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Episode #581 – The Swallows

Air Week: June 21-27, 2021

The Swallows

The Swallows were one of the most underrated R&B vocal groups of the early 1950s. Hailing from Baltimore, they only scored 2 top 10 R&B hits during their 3 year stint with King Records, but collectors and aficionados know their catalog inside and out. The Swallows’ original lead tenor, Eddie Rich, joins Matt The Cat on the “Juke In The Back” with his first-hand account of scoring a hit record, life on the road, segregation and playing with the top artists of the day. So dim the lights, turn up the juke and get ready for a full hour of some of the greatest vocal group harmonies you’re ever going to hear. The Swallows, this week on your source for 1950s rhythm & blues, the “Juke In The Back.”


Episode #580 – The Story of Deacon Jones & Fanny Brown

Air Date: June 14-20, 2021

The Story of Deacon Jones & Fanny Brown

This week, we take a look at two of the most famous “characters” from 1940s and ’50s R&B: Deacon Jones and Fanny Brown. Sometimes these two were referenced in the same song, as in “Good Rockin’ Tonight” and sometimes they got their own songs, as in Louis Jordan’s “Deacon Jones” and Roy Brown’s “Miss Fanny Brown.” We’ll hear about the trials and tribulations of the deacon in Lucky Millinder’s “Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well” with Wynonie Harris as well as the sequel, “I Know Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well” from Bull Moose Jackson. Roy Brown had a real affection for Miss Fanny Brown as no one sang about her more than Roy did. Matt The Cat gets the story behind the story on these two R&B mainstays on the Juke In The Back.


Episode #579 – R&B Car Songs

Air Week: June 7-13, 2021

R&B Car Songs

The juke is jumpin’ with records focusing on classic R&B songs about cars. The automobile is a “road tested” symbol of the American Dream. We have all this land and the car gives us the freedom to get from one place to another. We’ll dig on some tunes about Cadillacs, Buicks, Mercurys and Model Ts. Chuck Berry, who made his early career on youth-oriented car songs will make a few appearances. Plus, musicologists Billy Vera and Steve Propes drop by the “Juke In The Back” to make their cases that the first rock n’ roll song might have been about a car. So grab your keys and prepare to be taken for a ride on this week’s “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat.


Juke In The Back Promo

1940s & ’50s Rhythm & Blues

At the end of the Second World War, economics forced the big bands to trim their once great size and thus, the Jump Blues combo was born. Between 1946-1954, rhythm and blues laid the tracks for what was to become Rock n’ Roll. So how come, 70 years later, this vibrant and influential music is still so unknown to so many?

Matt The Cat is going to change that with the radio program, “Juke In The Back.” These were the records that you couldn’t hear on the jukebox in the front of the establishment. To hear all this great 1950s rhythm & blues, you had to go to “Juke In The Back.”

Juke In The Back: Demo The Show


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