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 #594 – Dinah Washington, Pt. 1 – 1943-46

Air Week: September 20-26, 2021

Dinah Washington, Pt. 1 – 1943-46

Dinah Washington was more than just the “Queen of The Jukeboxes,” “Queen Of The Blues” and any other prestigious but vacant title you could pin on her. Dinah was the real deal. As one of the best selling artists of the 20th Century, Dinah was no pop sensation or flash in the pan. She was a consummate artist, who developed a playful, yet serious style of phrasing all her own. This week, Matt The Cat honors the great Dinah Washington with the first installment of a multi-part series on “The Queen.” Part 1 focuses on Dinah’s very first recordings for the Keynote label with members of Lionel Hampton’s band as well as the seldom heard Apollo Records sides with Lucky Thompson’s group. We’ll also dig on her early Mercury Records releases. “Evil Gal Blues” (Keynote) from 1944 was her first charting hit, making the Harlem Hit Parade Top Ten. She then followed that success up with another top tenner, “Salty Papa Blues.” You’ll also hear clips from Matt The Cat’s interview with Dinah’s biographer, Nadine Cahodas, who wrote the book, “Queen: The Life and Music of Dinah Washington.” Don’t miss the Fabulous Miss “D” on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”