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Episode #627 – Art Rupe & Specialty Records, Pt. 2 – 1950-53

Air Week: May 9-15, 2022

Art Rupe & Specialty Records, Pt. 2 – 1950-53


This week, the “Juke In The Back” pays our respects to one of the great record men of the 1940s and 50s; Art Rupe. Rupe passed away on April 15, 2022 at the age of 104! He started Juke Box Records in 1945, which would become Specialty Records in ’47 and go on to become one of the most important independent labels of Rhythm & Blues and early Rock n’ Roll. On part 2 of 3, Matt The Cat digs up some gems from Specialty’s golden period of 1950-53 from Roy Milton & His Solid Senders, Lloyd Price, Jesse & Marvin, Percy Mayfield and gospel group, The Swan Silvertones. Matt digs into the “Juke” archives for a Lloyd Price interview so Lloyd can tell us how he first met Specialty owner Art Rupe and how “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” came to be recorded. This series on Art Rupe and Specialty Records wraps up next week, so dig it while the diggin’s good.

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