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Episode #669 – Roy Milton

Air Week: February 27-March 5, 2023

Roy Milton

The “Juke In The Back” is proud to shine the spotlight on one of the granddads of Rock n’ Roll, Roy Milton. His group, The Solid Senders, was composed of top-notch musicians, including Camille Howard, who was one of the greatest boogie woogie pianists of all-time. Milton, a drummer, songwriter, singer and bandleader who was part Native American and part African American. He was the first artist signed to Art Rupe’s Juke Box Records in 1945 and after scoring an enormous hit in 1946 with “R.M. Blues,” made the transition over to Rupe’s next label, the trend-setting Specialty Records. Between Rupe’s two labels, Milton started his own Miltone Records in order to showcase his recordings and those of his contemporaries. He was one of Specialty’s biggest acts, remaining with the label until 1955 and scoring 17 charting singles along the way. Matt The Cat is going to make sure Roy Milton gets the respect he deserves on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”


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