Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat

Series produced by Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri

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The Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat 

Matt The Cat presents the soul that came before rock n' 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 to PRX.


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Memphis Slim dubbed himself the "Ambassador Of The Blues" and for good reason. He spread the gospel of America's music around the world during his ...

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  • Added: Feb 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 3
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In late 1953, RCA Victor launched a new subsidiary to focus on the Rhythm & Blues market, called Groove Records. It's hard to imagine, but Piano Re...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
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The "Juke In The Back" pays tribute to the great R&B vocalist, Lil Greenwood. You'll hear her greatest early recordings from 1950-1954, before she ...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" takes you back 70 years to the biggest jukebox hits of 1950 as we feature another Jukebox Rhythm Review. This week, in part ...

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" takes you back 70 years to the biggest jukebox hits of 1950 as we feature another Jukebox Rhythm Review. This week, in part ...

Bought by KTRT RADIO INC, WHRV, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 26, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Elmore James never tried to have crossover success. He was a bluesman through and through; an ambassador of the Mississippi Delta Blues with a mode...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
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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...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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The Hollywood Flames recorded for nearly 20 different record labels and had numerous personnel changes over their 18 year history, but they always ...

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Herb Cox, the primary singer and songwriter for the Cleftones passed away on December 7, 2019 at the age of 80. Cox was a founding member of this u...

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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The "Juke In The Back" presents part 2 of our 2 part vintage Christmas Rhythm & Blues extravaganza that Matt The Cat is calling "Cool Yule." Dig on...

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  • Added: Dec 21, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" begins a 2 part Holiday Music Extravaganza with a tribute to Santa Claus. This week, we find the "man in red" doing the boog...

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  • Added: Dec 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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This week, the entire "Juke In The Back" is loaded with records from the catalog of Duke/Peacock Records. Don Robey created one of the great R&B la...

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, the Juke In The Back celebrates its 500th episode. Matt The Cat marks the milestone with a very special show on one of R&B and Rock n' R...

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" is proud to feature The Channels, one of New York City's finest and most influential vocal groups of the mid-1950s. Earl Lew...

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  • Added: Nov 24, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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The ol' Rockola Juke is jumpin'. Drop a nickel in and throw a few back with the “king of R&B drinking songs,” Amos Milburn. We'll hear all about “B...

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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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 v...

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  • Added: Nov 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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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 poss...

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Matt The Cat celebrates Halloween with the scariest, spookiest and most sinister vintage rhythm & blues records ever made! It's the disembodied "so...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" looks at how one of R&B's greatest voices, LaVern Baker, got her start. It's part two of a two part feature on th...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, th "Juke In The Back" looks at how one of R&B's greatest voices, LaVern Baker, got her start. It's part one of a two part feature on the...

Bought by KTRT RADIO INC, WHRV, Royalton Community Radio, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Oct 13, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7