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Episode #517 – Annie Songs: Prequels, Sequels & Answer Records

Air Week: March 30-April 5, 2020

Annie Songs: Prequels, Sequels and Answer Records

This week, the “Juke In The Back” explores the rhythm and blues phenomenon of the “Annie” song.  This is the giant wave of sequel songs and answer records that emerged after the enormous success of The Midnighters’ “Work With Me Annie.”  Most of the hit “Annie” follow-ups were done by The Midnighters themselves, like “Annie Had A Baby” and “Annie’s Aunt Fannie,” but there were some notable “Annie” songs by The El Dorados, Linda Hayes, Danny Taylor and of course the “Henry” songs by a very young Etta James.  It may sound odd now, but from 1954-56, the R&B juke boxes were jumpin’ to songs about “Annie,” her 15 of the best on this week’s “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat.


Episode #516 – R&B Novelty Songs

Air Week: March 23-29, 2020

R&B Novelty Songs

We are living in some strange times and we could all use a little laugh to brighten the mood. Matt The Cat has put together a solid program of tunes to split your sides and make you smile as he presents Rhythm and Blues Novelty Songs on this week’s “Juke In The Back.” These “novelty” R&B tunes come from jump blues masters from Louis Jordan to Bull Moose Jackson and all the side-splittin’ jive in-between. You’ll hear all about Richard Berry, Wynonie Harris, Andre Williams and Dusty Fletcher getting in trouble with the law as well as a wacky song about crazy food. Join Matt The Cat for a hilarious look at the “soul that came before rock n’ roll” on “Juke In The Back.”


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