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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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...

Bought by WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, and KMXT


  • Added: Nov 17, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 3
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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...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, WHRV, WOUB, KTRT RADIO INC, KMXT and more


  • 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...

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


  • 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
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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...

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  • Added: Oct 06, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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Jack Lauderdale started Downbeat Records in 1947, making it one the first Black owned record companies in America. The jazz magazine Downbeat force...

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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Willie Mae Thornton was a trailblazer, who in making her own rules paved the way for other groundbreaking female artists like Janis Joplin and Mado...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" honors one of the greatest blues shouters of all-time, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson. Matt The Cat covers Vinson's ear...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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This week, the "Juke In The Back" spotlights the "Prince of Primitive Cool," Rosco Gordon. His mostly self-penned tunes, feature his unique blend o...

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  • Added: Sep 08, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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The "Juke In The Back" presents Part 6, the final part of our mammoth, 6 part series, on the most important musical figure of the 1940s, Louis Jord...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" presents Part 5 of our mammoth, 6 part series, featuring the most important musical figure of the 1940s, Louis Jordan. He wa...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" presents Part 4 of our mammoth, 6 part series, featuring the most important musical figure of the 1940s, Louis Jordan. He wa...

Bought by WHRV, KTRT RADIO INC, WOUB, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, and KMXT


  • Added: Aug 18, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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The "Juke In The Back" presents Part 3 of a mammoth, multi-part series, featuring the most important musical figure of the 1940s, Louis Jordan. He ...

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


  • Added: Aug 11, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" presents Part 2 of a mammoth, multi-part series, featuring the most important musical figure of the 1940s, Louis Jordan. Thi...

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


  • Added: Aug 04, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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The "Juke In The Back" begins a mammoth, multi-part series, featuring the most important musical figure of the 1940s, Louis Jordan. Part 1 features...

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


  • Added: Jul 28, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Elvis Presley's early music was a blend of Hillbilly, Country, Gospel and R&B. This week's "Juke In The Back" explored the enormous debt Elvis owed...

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  • Added: Jul 21, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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"Juke In The Back" completes its 2 part special on the great Chuck Willis. This week, in part 2, we focus on Chuck's amazing crossover success in t...

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, the "Juke" features part 1 of a 2 part special on the great and much underrated Chuck Willis. Most cats n' chicks know Chuck's 1957 smas...

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  • Added: Jul 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5