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.


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Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 12 days 7 minutes


Episode #329 – Elmore James

Air Week: August 22-28, 2016 Elmore James – 1951-55 Elmore James never tried to have crossover success. He was a bluesman through and through; an ambassador of the Mississippi Delta Blues with a modern, 1950s electric twist. Elmore’s blu[...]


 2016-08-21  59m

Episode #328 – Elvis’ Rhythm & Blues Influences

Air Week: August 15-21, 2016 Elvis’ Rhythm & Blues Influences 39 years ago this week, we lost the “King Of Rock n’ Roll. Much has been written about Elvis’ enormous impact and popularity over the years, but it’s almost impossib[...]


 2016-08-15  59m

Episode #327 – Percy Mayfield – 1949-60

Air Week: August 8-14, 2016 Percy Mayfield – 1949-60 Some songwriters and singers just know how to tap into deepest regions of sadness, passion and truth. Such is the musical prowess of Percy Mayfield, the “Poet Laureate Of The Blues.[...]


 2016-08-08  59m

Episode #326 – T-Bone Walker

Air Week: Aug 1-7, 2016 T-Bone Walker Drop a nickel in the ol’ Rockola Juke to hear one of the best selling and most influential bluesmen and guitarists of all-time, T-Bone Walker. This week’s show looks at how T-Bone’s immense gui[...]


 2016-08-01  58m

Episode #325 – The Duke / Peacock Records Story

Air Week: July 25-31, 2016 The Duke/Peacock Records Story This week, the entire “Juke In The Back” is loaded with records from the catalog of Duke/Peacock Records.  Don Robey started Peacock in 1949 in order to record Clarence “Ga[...]


 2016-07-25  59m

Episode #324 – Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton

Air Week: July 18-24, 2016 Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton Willie Mae Thornton was a trailblazer, who in making her own rules paved the way for other groundbreaking female artists like Janis Joplin and Madonna. Known as “Big Mama,[...]


 2016-07-18  59m

Episode #323 – The “5” Royales

Air Week: July 11-17, 2016 The “5” Royales This week, the “Juke In The Back” features a rhythm & blues vocal group from Winston-Salem, NC that not only influenced James Brown, but quite possibly the entire soul movement [...]


 2016-07-11  59m

Episode #322 – Lucky Millinder

Air Week: July 4-10, 2016 Lucky Millinder The “Juke In The Back” is loaded this week with records by one of R&B’s greatest and most underrated bandleaders, Lucky Millinder.  He worked with vocalists as varied as Sister Rosetta [...]


 2016-07-03  58m

Episode #321 – 4th Of July Special: R&B Songs About Food

Air Week: June 27-July 3, 2016 4th Of July Special: R&B Songs About Food What’s more American than celebrating America’s birthday with some good ol’ red, white and Rhythm & Blues about THE Fourth of July staple: food? Dig in on an hour of cl[...]


 2016-06-27  59m

Episode #320 – Specialty Records, Pt. 3

Air Week: June 20-26, 2016 Specialty Records Pt. 3 This is the third and final part of “Juke In The Back”‘s tribute to Specialty Records. This week, host Matt The Cat looks at Specialty’s hit-making heyday of 1953-56, featuri[...]


 2016-06-19  59m