Juke In The Back

Matt The Cat presents the soul that came before rock and roll: 1950s rhythm and blues. Each week, this underrated and rollicking music plays on that old Rockola Jukebox in the back. If you wanted to hear rhythm & blues during the 1950s, you couldn’t get it from the juke box in the front. No, no! In order to hear that glorious, down and dirty R&B, you had to go to the low-lit, spit-shined “Juke In The Back.” These songs are the building blocks of rock n’ roll. These are the records that inspired Elvis and single-handedly led to the rock n’ roll explosion of the mid-1950s. Big Joe Turner, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Wynonie Harris, LaVern Baker, Roy Brown, Joe Liggins, Professor Longhair and many more take center stage on The Juke In The Back. Matt The Cat hosted a similar program on XM Satellite Radio called “Harlem” and now he brings this great music and information back to radio.



Episode #585 – Chuck Berry, Pt. 3 – 1958

Air Week: July 19-25, 2021

Chuck Berry, Part 3 – 1958

Chuck Berry has been called the “Father of Rock n’ Roll” and with good reason. He took the blues of T-Bone Walker and B.B. King, the guitar riffs of Carl Hogan and mixed it with the fiddle and Western Swing music of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. Then he rolled it all into one big sonic blast. Rhythm & Blues become Rock n’ Roll when Chuck Berry began writing songs aimed at teenagers, finally granting them their own music. The “Juke In The Back” presents the final part of a 3 part feature on Chuck Berry’s early career. This week, Matt The Cat focuses on Berry’s recorded and released output during the pivotal year of 1958. He began the year with a bang and the #1 R&B tune “Sweet Little Sixteen.” 1958 was also the year that gave us “Reelin’ and Rockin’,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Around and Around” and “Carol.” Just like in the first parts of this series, this week’s program is packed with some fantastic and seldom-heard instrumentals, showcasing Chuck Berry’s true guitar chops. So dig this final “Juke In The Back” treatment of the legendary “Shakespeare Of Rock n’ Roll,” Chuck Berry.



 2021-07-18  59m