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Episode #608 – Combo Records

Air Week: December 27, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Combo Records

“Juke In The Back” ends 2021 with a profile of Combo Records, a small, independent Los Angeles record label that only scored one national hit, but had a stellar roster full of the top R&B acts of its day. Combo was formed in 1951 by trumpeter, bandleader and arranger Jake Porter. He kept the label up and running for ten years and released stellar records by some of his musician friends, honkin’ sax cat Joe Houston, bandleader Jack McVea and Blues Shouter Gene Phillips. He recorded established blues stars Smokey Hogg and Betty Hall Jones. Vocal groups from The Squires to The Chanters also graced Combo’s label. Gene & Eunice hit the top ten in late 1954 with their first version of the now-classic and oft-covered, “Ko Ko Mo.” Matt The Cat digs deep into the Combo label and focuses on the early years of 1951-54 on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”


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