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Episode #223

Air Week: August 11-17, 2014

The Excello Records StoryThe Excello Records Story

Drop a nickel in the ol’ Rockola Juke as Matt The Cat dedicates the entire hour to the great little Nashville R&B label, Excello Records. Ernie Young started Excello as a sister label to his Nashboro Label and both labels were housed in his Ernie’s Record Mart building in Nashville. For a city mostly known for Country Music, Nashville sure had a lot of great R&B acts and we’re going to hear some of ‘em this week. From The Marigolds to Arthur Gunter to Slim Harpo, Excello’s fantastic R&B catalog is in the spotlight on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Step By Step – The Boyer Brothers – Excello 1952

3. Wail Daddy – The Charlie Dowell Orch. With Willie Lee Patton – Excello 1953
4. Down South In Birmingham – Del Thorne & Her Trio – Excello 1953
5. Skip’s Boogie – Kid King’s Combo – Excello 1953
6. Banana Split – Kid King’s Combo – Excello 1953
7. Drive Soldier Drive – “Little Maxie” Bailey – Excello 1953
8. I’m Your Country Man – Shy Guy Douglas – Excello 1953
9. Drivin’ Down The Highway – The Blue Flamers – Excello 1954
10. Baby Let’s Play House – Arthur Gunter – Excello 1954
11. It’s Love Baby (24 Hours A Day) – Earl Gaines With Louis Brooks & His Hi-Toppers – Excello 1955
12. Rollin’ Stone – The Marigolds – Excello 1955
13. GREAT 78 – Congo Mambo – Guitar Gable – Excello 1956
14. Calling All Cows – The Blues Rockers – Excello 1956
15. My Mumblin’ Baby – Rudy Green – Excello 1956
16. Pleadin’ For Love – Larry Birdsong – Excello 1956
17. Chicken Hearted Woman – Clarence Samuels – Excello 1956
18. Little Darlin’ – The Gladiolas – Excello 1957
19. I’m A King Bee – Slim Harpo – Excello 1957
20. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #222

Air Week: August 4-10, 2014

FlamingosThe Flamingos, Pt. 3 – 1957-59

Terry Johnson of The Flamingos joins Matt The Cat this week as the “Juke In The Back” jumps and grooves with part three of our three part feature on The Flamingos, one of the most influential and best remembered vocal groups of the 1950s. In part three, we’ll dig on both sides of all The Flamingos single releases for the Decca and End labels covering 1957-59. With the additions of guitarist, arranger and vocalist Terry Johnson and vocalist Tommy Hunt in 1957, The Flamingos’ music takes on a heavy pop influence. Decca doesn’t provide much promotion, so their 3 original Decca releases flop. Once on George Goldner’s End Label, their fortunes turn as “Lovers Never Say Goodbye” hit the chart at the beginning of 1959. They quickly follow it up with the smash standard, “I Only Have Eyes For You,” which crosses over to the Pop Chart. Terry Johnson tells Matt The Cat the story behind those hits as well as how he came to join the group. He’s still performing as The Flamingos today. Don’t miss the final chapter of The Flamingos on this week’s “Juke In The Back.” 

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Interview with Terry Johnson on “The Ladder Of Love”

3. The Ladder Of Love – The Flamingos – Decca 1957
4. Let’s Make Up – The Flamingos – Decca 1957
5. Helpless – The Flamingos – Decca 1957
6. My Faith In You – The Flamingos – Decca 1957
7. Where Mary Go – The Flamingos – Decca 1958
8. The Rock and Roll March – The Flamingos – Decca 1958
9. Interview with Terry Johnson on “Lovers Never Say Goodbye”
10. Lovers Never Say Goodbye – The Flamingos – End 1958
11. That Love Is You – The Flamingos – End 1958
12. But Not For Me – The Flamingos – End 1959
13. I Shed A Tear At Your Wedding – The Flamingos – End 1959
14. GREAT 78 – At The Prom – The Flamingos – End 1959
15. Love Walked In – The Flamingos – End 1959
16. Interview with Terry Johnson on “I Only Have Eyes For You”
17. I Only Have Eyes For You – The Flamingos  – End 1959
18. Goodnight Sweetheart – The Flamingos – End 1959
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #221

Air Week: July 28-August 3, 2014

FlamingosThe Flamingos, Pt. 2 – 1954-56

The “Juke In The Back” jumps and grooves this week as Matt The Cat presents part 2 of a three part feature on The Flamingos, one of the most influential and best remembered vocal groups of the 1950s. In part two, we’ll dig on both sides of all The Flamingos single releases for the Parrot and Checker labels from the end of ’54 to the end of ’56. During this time, the group’s lead tenor Sollie McElroy resigned, but they gained a fantastic lead voice in Nate Nelson. In ’56, while recording for Chess’ Checker subsidiary, The Flamingos scored their first two national R&B hits when “I’ll Be Home” hit number 5 and “A Kiss From Your Lips” topped out at number 12. By the end of ’56, members Zeke Carey and Johnny Carter were drafted and this marked another period of great change for the group. Part 3 will focus on 1957-59 with guitarist and former Whispers’ vocalist Terry Johnson joining the group. Matt The Cat will highlight an interview with Johnson for a first hand account of what went on in one of the greatest vocal groups of all time. Grab some nickels and dig on the fantabulous Flamingos, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. On My Merry Way – The Flamingos – Parrot 1954

3. I Really Don’t Want To Know – The Flamingos – Parrot 1954
4. Get With It – The Flamingos – Parrot 1954
5. I’m Yours – The Flamingos – Parrot 1955
6. Ko Ko Mo – The Flamingos – Parrot 1955
7. When – The Flamingos – Checker 1955
8. (Chick A Boom) That’s My Baby – The Flamingos – Checker 1955
9. Please Come Back Home – The Flamingos – Checker 1955                                              
10. I Want To Love You – The Flamingos – Checker 1955
11. I’ll Be Home – The Flamingos – Checker 1956
12. Need Your Love – The Flamingos – Checker 1956
13. GREAT 78 – Just For A Kick – The Flamingos – Checker 1956
14. A Kiss From Your Lips – The Flamingos – Checker 1956
15. The Vow – The Flamingos – Checker 1956
16. Shilly Dilly – The Flamingos – Checker 1956
17. Would I Be Crying – The Flamingos – Checker 1956
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #220

Air Week: July 21-27, 2014

The FlamingosThe Flamingos, Pt. 1 – 1953-54

The “Juke In The Back” jumps and grooves this week as Matt The Cat begins a 3 part feature on The Flamingos, one of the most influential and best remembered vocal groups of the 1950s. In part one, we’ll dig on both sides of all six single releases that the Flamingos had on Chance Records in 1953-54. These are The Flamingos very first recordings and most of them feature the amazing Sollie McElroy on lead tenor. The Flamingos would become known as one of the greatest and smoothest sounding R&B vocal groups of the 1950s and would achieve cross-over success by the end of the decade. In part 2, we’ll focus on their mid-career with their Parrot and Checker singles and then in part 3, their Decca and End recordings will be spotlighted. Dig The Flamingos on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. How Can You Leave A Man Like This – Lavern Baker – Atlantic 1953
3. Tryin’ To Get To You – The Eagles – Mercury 1954
4. Someday, Someway – Flamingos – Chance 1953
5. If I Can’t Have You – Flamingos – Chance 1953
6. That’s My Desire – Flamingos – Chance 1953
7. Hurry Home Baby – Flamingos – Chance 1953
8. Golden Teardrops – Flamingos – Chance 1953
9. Carried Away – Flamingos – Chance 1953
10. Plan For Love – Flamingos – Chance 1953
11. You Ain’t Ready – Flamingos – Chance 1953
12. Cross Over The Bridge – Flamingos – Chance 1954
13. GREAT 78 – September Song – Flamingos – Chance UNRELEASED
14. Listen To My Plea – Flamingos – Chance 1954
15. Blues In A Letter – Flamingos – Chance 1954
16. Jump Children – Flamingos – Chance 1954
17. Dream Of A Lifetime – Flamingos – Parrot 1954
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #219

Air Week: July 14-20, 2014

Motown Artists Before Motown (The Miracles)Motown Artists Before Motown

The entire “Juke In The Back” this week features Motown’s biggest acts, BEFORE there even was a Motown Records and before those acts were household names. Matt The Cat spins the earliest records by The Miracles (1958), The Four Tops (1956), The Supremes (as The Primettes) and many more. Marvin Gaye’s first recordings with The Marquees are discussed with fellow group member, Reese Palmer. You’ll get the real story behind the story as to how DC’s Marquees became the “new” Moonglows as well as hear the original Bo Diddley produced version of the Marquees’ “Wyatt Earp,” which Okeh Records wouldn’t release. All this and more on this week’s, “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Whistle My Love – The Pips – Brunswick 1958

3. Every Beat Of My Heart – The Pips – Huntom 1961 & Vee-Jay 1961
4. Could It Be You? – Four Tops – Chess 1956
5. Woke Up This Morning – Four Tops – Chess 1956 – PREV UNRELEASED
6. Got A Job – The Miracles – End 1958
7. Money – The Miracles – End 1958
8. Tears Of Sorrow – The Primettes (The Supremes) – Lu Pine 1960
9. I’ll Let You Know – Del-Phis (Martha & The Vandellas)– Checkmate 1961
10. You – Eddie Holland – Mercury 1958
11. Moments To Remember You By – The Romeos (Lamont Dozier) – Fox 1957, Atco 1958
12. Shock – Briant Holland (Brian Holland) – Kudo 1958
13. Roll On – Futuretones (Edwin Starr) – Tress 1957
14. GREAT 78: Come On – The Distants (Temptations) – Northern 1960 & Warwick 1960
15. I know – Futuretones (Edwin Starr) – Tress 1957
16. Wyatt Earp – The Marquees (Marvin Gaye) – Okeh 1958
17. Mama Loochie – Harvey & The Moonglows (Marvin Gaye) – Chess 1959
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #218

Air Week: July 7-13, 2014

Marvin Phillips

Marvin Phillips is important to post WWII rhythm & blues, because he, along with Jesse Belvin helped to popularize the R&B duo. Jesse and Marvin scored an enormous hit in 1952 with the ballad, “Dream Girl,” thus paving the way for future R&B duos like Shirley & Lee, Gene & Eunice, Robert & Johnny, Don & Dewey and Marvin’s own, Marvin & Johnny. This week’s “Juke In The Back” takes a look at Marvin Phillips’ impressive career, from his first record in 1950, singing lead with Richard Lewis & The Barons to Marvin & Johnny’s short stint on Aladdin Records in 1957. Along the way, Jesse Belvin weaves in and out of Marvin’s singing career and a diverse array of records are recorded. Matt The Cat spotlights this oft unsung hero of Los Angeles R&B, Marvin Phillips, on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Forever – Richard Lewis & The Barons – Modern 1950 
3. Tall, Brown Woman – Big Jay McNeely w/ 3 Dots & A Dash – Imperial 1951
4. Wine Woogie – Marvin Phillips & The Men From Mars – Specialty 1952
5. Dream Girl – Jesse & Marvin – Specialty 1952 
6. Baby Doll – Marvin & Johnny & The Marsmen – Specialty 1953 
7. Salty Dog – Marvin Phillips – Swing Time 1953 
8. Anna Marie – Marvin Phillips – Swing Time 1954 
9. How Long She Been Gone – Marvin & Johnny & The Marsmen – Specialty 1954 
10. Cherry Pie – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1954
11. Tick Tock – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1954 
12. Kiss Me – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1954 
13. GREAT 78 - Ain’t That Right – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1955
14. Ko Ko Mo – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1955 
15. Will You Love Me – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1955
16. Have Mercy Miss Percy – Long Tall Marvin – Modern 1956
17. Yak Yak – Marvin & Johnny – Aladdin 1957
18. Sweet Dreams – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1955
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #217

Air Week: June 30-July 6, 2014

4th Of July R&B Picnic4th Of July: R&B Songs About Food

What’s more American than celebrating America’s birthday with some good ol’ red, white and Rhythm & Blues about THE Fourth of July staple: food? Dig in on an hour of classic R&B about hot dogs, cole slaw, potato salad, ribs and ice cream sung by the heroes of the “soul that came before rock n’ roll” on the Juke In The Back.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Rib Joint – Sam Price & His Texas Bluesicians – Savoy 1956 
3. House Of Blue Lights – Ella Mae Morse With Don Raye – Capitol 1946
4. Smoky Joe’s Caf – The Robins – Spark 1955
5. Chicken Shack – Amos Milburn – Aladdin 1956
6. Everybody Eats When They Come To My House – Cab Calloway – Columbia 1947
7. Pass The Biscuits Please – Andre Williams – Fortune 1957
8. Beans & Cornbread – Louis Jordan – Decca 1949 
9. Corn Bread – Hal Singer Sextette – Savoy 1948 
10. Hot Dog – Chris Powell & The Five Blue Flames – Okeh 1949
11. Dumplin’s – Doc Bagby – Okeh 1957
12. Monkey Hips & Rice – The “5″ Royales – King 1954
13. GREAT 78  – Cole Slaw – Frank Culley – Atlantic 1949
14. Pork Chops & Mustard Greens – Ernie Andrews With Maxwell Davis Orch – Imperial 1951
15. Cabbage Greens #2 – Champion Jack Dupree – Okeh 1940
16. The Frim Fram Sauce – King Cole Trio – Capitol 1945 
17. Solid Potato Salad – Ella Mae Morse – Capitol 1943 (Prev. Unreleased)
18. Ice Cream Man – John Brim – Chess 1953 
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #216

Air Week: June 23-29, 2014

Memphis SlimMemphis Slim

Memphis Slim dubbed himself the “Ambassador Of The Blues” and for good reason. He spread the gospel of America’s music around the world during his almost 50 year career. This week, Matt The Cat and the “Juke In The Back” take a look at Slim’s prodigious contribution to the genre. He began recording as Pete Chatman (his real name is John Chatman) in 1940 and by the end of the year was already known as Memphis Slim, a name given to him by a producer at Bluebird Records. His prolific career really took off after WWII, when he cut some incredible sides for Miracle Records, a little Chicago independent label. He scored a #1 R&B hit in 1948 with “Messin’ Around,” which is seldom heard or celebrated today. He would enter the R&B lists four more times during the late 1940s and twice in the early ’50s for the Premium and United Labels. Even though the US Senate honored Memphis Slim in the early ’70s with an “Ambassador of Good Will” title, he is hardly recognized today for his important contribution to Blues, Rhythm & Blues and early Rock n’ Roll. Get the story behind the story of Memphis Slim on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Diggin’ My Potatoes No. 2 – Peter Chatman & His Washboard Band – Okeh 1940
3. Beer Drinking Woman – Memphis Slim – Bluebird 1940
4. Rockin’ The House – Memphis Slim – Miracle 1947
5. Messin’ Around – Memphis Slim & His House Rockers – Miracle 1948
6. Frisco Bay – Memphis Slim & The House Rockers – Miracle 1949
7. Blue And Lonesome – Memphis Slim & The House Rockers – Miracle 1949
8. Help Me Some – Memphis Slim & The House Rockers – Miracle 1949
9. Nobody Loves Me – Memphis Slim & The House Rockers – Miracle 1949
10. Angel Child – Memphis Slim & The House Rockers – Miracle 1949
11. Really Got The Blues – Memphis Slim & The House Rockers– Premium 1950
12. Havin’ Fun – Memphis Slim & The House Rockers – Premium 1950
13. GREAT 78 – Kilroy Has Been Here – Memphis Slim & The House Rockers – Miracle 1947
14. No Mail Blues – Memphis Slim & His Orch. – Mercury 1951
15. Mother Earth – Memphis Slim & The House Rockers – Premium 1951
16. The Come Back – Memphis Slim & His House Rockers – United 1953
17. Sassy Mae – Memphis Slim & His House Rockers – United 1954 
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #215

Air Week: June 16-22, 2014

The Cardinals

The Cardinals only scored 3 R&B hits, but all 3 made the top ten and are considered classics today. The group formed in Baltimore in late 1946 and came to the attention of Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson, co-founders of Atlantic Records in very early 1951. They were signed immediately and soon Atlantic sent their house arranger, Jesse Stone, down to Baltimore to work with the group and prep them for their first recording session, which was held in March, 1951. The Cardinals, who were known as the Mellotones at that time, were used to singing pop songs. Jesse Stone had to give them that R&B sound. Their first release, “Shouldn’t I Know,” climbed the R&B charts and put The Cardinals on the map. Their version of “The Wheel Of Fortune” in 1952 is considered the definitive R&B version of that song today as is their 1955 rendition of the Chuck Willis penned tune, “The Door Is Still Open.” Lead tenor Ernie Warren has one of the most beautiful and distinguishable voices in all of early R&B and Matt The Cat brings The Cardinals’ music and legacy to life on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. For Awhile – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1953 (Prev. Unreleased)
3. Shouldn’t I Know – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1951
4. Pretty Baby Blues – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1952 
5. I’ll Always Love You – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1952
6. Wheel Of Fortune – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1952 
7. She Rocks – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1952 
8. Lovie Darling – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1953 
9. You Are My Only Love – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1953 
10. Under A Blanket Of Blue – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1954
11. Misirlou – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1955
12. The Door Is Still Open – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1955 
13. GREAT 78 - Kiss Me Baby – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1952 
14. Come Back My Love – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1955
15. Lovely Girl – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1955 
16. Choo Choo – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1956 
17. The End Of The Story – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1956 
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #214

Air Week: June 9-15, 2014

Rosco GordonRosco(e) Gordon

This week, the “Juke In The Back” spotlights the “Prince of Primitive Cool,” Rosco Gordon. His mostly self-penned tunes, feature his unique blend of mid-tempo shuffle with a slightly behind-the-beat rolling barrelhouse piano line. He was a master at making his recordings sound rough, but there was also a lot of blues sophistication buried under the simplicity. In his early recording days at RPM Records, his name was spelled Roscoe. He would later revert back to its original spelling of Rosco. His 2nd RPM release hit the national R&B top ten in 1951, but it was 1952′s “Booted” and “No More Doggin’” that put Gordon at the forefront of Rhythm & Blues popularity. His biggest hit came in 1959 with “Just A Little Bit” on Vee-Jay. It hit #2 on the R&B lists and crossed over to #64 on the Pop Chart. More people bought this record than of his others. Rosco Gordon is often overlooked, but this week Matt The Cat sets the record straight. He was an innovator, influencing the Jamaican Ska movement of the early ’60s, a hit maker and a unique and talented bluesman. Gordon’s records spin on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Roscoe’s Boogie – Roscoe Gordon & His Orch – RPM 1951
3. Saddled The Cow (And Milked The Horse) – Roscoe Gordon & His Orch – RPM 1951
4. Booted – Roscoe Gordon & His Orch – RPM 1952
5. Cold Cold Winter – Roscoe Gordon & His Orch – RPM 1952
6. No More Doggin’ – Roscoe Gordon & His Orch – RPM 1952
7. Maria – Roscoe Gordon & His Orch – RPM 1952
8. Lucille (Looking For My Baby) – Roscoe Gordon & His Orch – RPM 1953
9. Hey Fat Girl – Rosco Gordon – Duke 1953
10. T Model Boogie – Rosco Gordon – Duke 1953
11. You Figure It Out – Rosco Gordon – Duke 1954
12. Just Love Me Baby – Rosco Gordon – Sun 1955
13. GREAT 78 – Ouch! Pretty Baby – Roscoe Gordon & His Orch – RPM 1951
14. Cheese And Crackers – Rosco Gordon – Sun 1956
15. Tummer Tee – Rosco Gordon w/ Joe Scott Orch – Duke 1957
16. Going Home – Rosco Gordon – Vee-Jay 1959
17. Just A Little Bit – Rosco Gordon – Vee-Jay 1959
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #213

Air Week: June 2-8, 2014

Ike Turner

One of Rhythm & Blues’ greatest innovators was also one of its most notorious personalities. Ike Turner was born in the same place that the blues was born, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta in Clarksdale in 1931. He learned boogie woogie piano was the legendary Pinetop Perkins and soon taught himself how to play guitar. His band, The Kings Of Rhythm, recorded what some would come to name as the “first Rock n’ Roll Record” with “Rocket 88″ in 1951. The Chess label called them “Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats,” but it didn’t matter, Ike Turner’s stamp is all over that groundbreaking record, which was based on Jimmy Liggins’ 1948 R&B classic, “Cadillac Boogie.” From there, Turner became a talent scout for both Sam Phillips at Sun Records and The Bihari Brothers at RPM Records. He played behind Howlin’ Wolf, Little Milton, Elmore James, Otis Rush and many others while also releasing his own important sides. Matt The Cat sorts through the many record labels and incarnations of The Kings Of Rhythm on this week’s “Juke In The Back,” as we honor one of music’s most tragic, but important figures, the legendary Ike Turner.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Rocket 88 – Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats – Chess 1951
3. Real Gone Rocket – Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats – Chess 1951 
4. You Know I Love You – B.B. King – RPM 1952 
5. How Many More Years – Howlin’ Wolf – Chess 1951 
6. Sho’ Nuff I Do – Elmore James – Flair 1954
7. I Miss You So – Dennis Binder & His Orch – Modern 1954 
8. Hoo-Doo Say – The Sly Fox – Spark 1954 
9. Peg Leg Woman – Willie King With The Ike Turner Band – Vita 1956 
10. I’m Tore Up – Billy Gayles With Ike Turner’s Rhythm Rockers – Federal 1956
11. I’m On Your Trail – Ike Turner – Royal American 1965 – Recorded 1958 
12. BoxTop – Ike Turner, Carlson Oliver & Little Ann – Tune Town 1958
13. GREAT 78 - Ho-Ho – Icky Renrut – Stevens 1959 
14. Matchbox – Ike Turner’s Kings Of Rhythm – Cobra 1959 (Unreleased at the time) 
15. Double Trouble – Otis Rush & His Band – Cobra 1958
16. Hey-Hey – Icky Renrut – Stevens 1959
17. Fool In Love – Ike & Tina Turner – Sue 1960 
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #212

Air Week: May 26 – June 1, 2014


Johnny AceJohnny Ace

He is often called the “first casualty of rock n’ roll,” since his life was brought to a controversial end just as rock n’ roll was picking up steam in the mainstream, but Johnny Ace’s demise does not overshadow his impressive, yet short career. This week’s “Juke In The Back” highlights Ace’s early session with rising star, B.B. King, as well as a his rare first solo record, cut for the Bihari Brothers in 1951, but not released by them until 1953. Ace tasted success early, as his first single for the fledgling Duke Records soared to the top of the R&B charts. He would have 2 more #1 smashes, including “Pledging My Love,” which was released posthumously and hit an impressive #17 on the pop lists. Yes, Johnny Ace died young and became immortal in verse and tribute and Matt The Cat shows you why he was much revered on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. 3 O’Clock Blues – B. B. King – RPM 1951 
3. Midnight Hours Journey – Johnny Ace – Flair 1953 – Recorded 1951 
4. My Song – Johnny Ace w/ The Beale Streeters – Duke 1952 
5. Angel – Johnny Ace w/ The Beale Streeters – Duke 1953 – wr by Mattis & Ace
6. Cross My Heart – Johnny Ace w/ The Beale Streeters – Duke 1953 – #3, Ace on organ
7. Ace’s Wild – Johnny Ace w/ The Beale Streeters – Duke 1953 – inst w/ Ace on piano
8. The Clock – Johnny Ace w/ The Beale Streeters – Duke 1953 
9. Saving My Love For You – Johnny Ace w/ Johnny Otis Orch – Duke 1953
10. Yes Baby – Johnny Ace w/ Johnny Otis Orch – Duke 1953
11. Please Forgive Me – Johnny Ace w/ Johnny Otis Orch – Duke 1954 
12. Never Let Me Go – Johnny Ace /w Johnny Board & His Orch – Duke 1954 
13. GREAT 78 - How Can You Be So Mean – Johnny Ace w/ Johnny Board & His Orch – Duke 1955
14. Pledging My Love – Johnny Ace w/ Johnny Otis Orch – Duke 1955
15. Anymore – Johnny Otis w/ Johnny Otis Orch – Duke 1955 
16. No Money – Johnny Otis w/ Johnny Board & His Orch – Duke 1955
17. Johnny Has Gone – Varetta Dillard – Savoy 1955 
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #211

Air Week: May 19-25, 2014

1952: Jukebox Rhythm Review Pt. 2

This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 60 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the second half of 1952. You’ll hear a lot more than just the big #1 R&B hits this week as we dig deep into the jukebox lists to feature seldom heard tunes by Illinois Jacquet, Varetta Dillard and Sonny Thompson with Lula Reed. These are the top requested records that were spinning on the jukebox in the back of the establishment. It’s part 2 of 2 on the 1952 Rhythm Review on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Easy, Easy Baby – Varetta Dillard – Savoy 1952
3. Lawdy Miss Clawdy – Lloyd Price – Specialty 1952
4. I’ll Drown In My Own Tears – Sonny Thompson – King 1952
5. Call Operator 210 – Floyd Dixon – Aladdin 1952
6. Mary Jo – The Four Blazes – United 1952
7. Ting-A-Ling – The Clovers – Atlantic 1952
8. My Song – Johnny Ace With The Beale Streeters – Duke 1952
9. Juke – Little Walter & His Night Cats – Checker 1952
10. The Bells Are Ringing – Smiley Lewis – Imperial 1952
11. Beside You – The Swallows – King 1952
12. Goodbye Baby – Little Caeser – Recorded In Hollywood 1952
13. GREAT 78 - Rock Me All Night Long – The Ravens – Mercury 1952
14. Five Long Years – Eddie Boyd – J.O.B. 1952
15. You Know I Love You – BB King & His Orch – RPM 1952
16. Port Of Rico – Illinois Jacquet & His Orch – Mercury 1952
17. I Don’t Know – Willie Mabon & His Combo – Chess 1952
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #210

Air Week: May 12-18, 2014

1952: Jukebox Rhythm Review Pt. 1

This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 62 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the first half of 1952. You’ll hear a lot more than just the big #1 R&B hits this week as we dig deep into the jukebox lists to feature seldom heard tunes by John Greer & His Rhythm Rockets, Dinah Washington and Marie Adams. These are the top requested records that were spinning on the jukebox in the back of the establishment. It’s part 1 of 2 on the 1952 Rhythm Review on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Flamingo – Earl Bostic & His Orch – King 1951
3. Cry – Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads – Okeh 1951
4. She Moves Me – Muddy Waters – Chess 1952
5. 3 O’clock Blues – BB King – RPM 1952
6. Got You On My Mind – John Greer & His Rhythm Rockets- RCA Victor 1952
7. Night Train – Jimmie Forrest – United 1952
8. Wheel Of Fortune – Dinah Washington – Mercury 1952
9. Booted – Roscoe Gordon – RPM & Chess 1952
10. Dust My Broom – Elmo James – Trumpet 1952
11. One Mint Jullep – The Clovers – Atlantic 1952
12. I’m Gonna Play The Honky Tonks – Marie Adams – Peacock 1952
13. GREAT 78 - Baby Please Don’t Go – The Orioles – Jubilee 1952
14. 5-10-15 Hours – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1952
15. Moody’s Mood For Love – King Pleasure – Prestige 1952
16. Have Mercy Baby – The Dominoes – Federal 1952
17. Goin’ Home – Fats Domino – Imperial 1952
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #208

Air Week: May 5-11, 2014

Moonglows Pt. 2The Moonglows, Pt. 2

Much has been written about the great R&B vocal groups of the 1950s. Many of the classic groups were either great musicians and vocalists and never had the recognition or record sales to back it up or these groups were thrown together, they couldn’t sing very well and scored one, solid hit that still spins in the eternal jukebox of public consciousness. The Moonglows were one of the few groups to come out of the post World War II, pre-Elvis era, who were extremely talented and had the sales figures and notoriety to back it up. Originally called The Crazy Sounds, Harvey Fuqua and Bobby Lester led The Moonglows to a #1 R&B smash in 1954 with “Sincerely” on Chess, but that was after a somewhat bumpy start on Alan Freed’s Champagne Records and Chicago’s Chance Records. This week, Matt The Cat presents part 2 of a 2 part feature on the fantastic Moonglows, covering their career from 1956 through their breakup in 1958 and the singles that followed through the end of 1961. An interview with the late Reese Palmer reveals how Harvey Fuqua came to hire his group, The Marquees as the “new” Moonglows. This week’s “Juke In The Back” shares the rest of the story on this influential and important 1950s vocal group.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. We Go Together – The Moonglows – Chess 1956

3. Chickie Um Bah – The Moonglows
4. See Saw – The Moonglows – Chess 1956 – July
5. When I’m With You – The Moonglows – Chess 1956
6. Over and Over Again (slow version) – The Moonglows – Chess 1956
7. Over and Over Again (fast version) – The Moonglows – Chess 1956
8. Please Send Me Someone To Love – The Moonglows – Chess 1957
9. Mr. Engineer (Bring Her Back To Me) – The Moonglows – Chess 1957
10. The Beating Of My Heart – The Moonglows – Chess 1957
11. Here I Am – The Moonglows – Chess 1957
12. Sweeter Than Words – The Moonglows – Chess 1958
13. GREAT 78 – I Knew From The Start – The Moonglows – Chess 1956
14. Ten Commandments Of Love – Harvey & The Moonglows – Chess 1958
15. Mean Old Blues – Harvey & The Moonglows – Chess 1958
16. Twelve Months Of The Year – Harvey & The Moonglows – Chess 1959
17. Blue Velvet – Bobby Lester & The Moonglows – Chess 1961
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #208

Air Week: April 28-May 4, 2014

MoonglowsThe Moonglows, Pt. 1

Much has been written about the great R&B vocal groups of the 1950s. Many of the classic groups were either great musicians and vocalists and never had the recognition or record sales to back it up or these groups were thrown together, they couldn’t sing very well and scored one, solid hit that still spins in the eternal jukebox of public consciousness. The Moonglows were one of the few groups to come out of the post World War II, pre-Elvis era, who were extremely talented and had the sales figures and notoriety to back it up. Originally called The Crazy Sounds, Harvey Fuqua and Bobby Lester led The Moonglows to a #1 R&B smash in 1954 with “Sincerely” on Chess, but that was after a somewhat bumpy start on Alan Freed’s Champagne Records and Chicago’s Chance Records. This week, Matt The Cat presents part 1 of a 2 part feature on the fantastic Moonglows, covering their career from 1953 to 1955. Vocal harmony doesn’t get much sweeter than this, so don’t miss one note of this week’s “Juke In The Back” radio program.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. I Just Can’t Tell No Lie – The Moonglows – Champagne 1953
3. Baby Please – The Moonglows w/ Red Holloway Orch– Chance 1953
4. Secret Love – The Moonglows w/ Red Holloway Orch – Chance 1954
5. Real Gone Mama – The Moonglows w/ Red Holloway Orch – Chance 1954
6. I Was Wrong – The Moonglows w/ Red Holloway Orch – Chance 1954

7. 219 Train – The Moonglows w/ Red Holloway Orch – Chance 1954
8. Sincerely – The Moonglows – Chess 1954
9. Tempting – The Moonglows – Chess 1954
10. Shoo Doo-Be-Doo (My Loving Baby) – Bobby Lester & The Moonlighters – Checker 1954
11. So All Alone – Bobby Lester & The Moonlighters – Checker 1954
12. Most Of All – The Moonglows – Chess 1955
13. GREAT 78 – I’ve Been Your Dog (Ever Since I’ve Been Your Man) – Moonglows – Champagne 1953
14. She’s Gone – The Moonglows – Chess 1955
15. I’m In Love – The Moonglows – Chess 1955
16. In My Diary – The Moonglows – Chess 1955
7. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #207

Air Week: April 21-27, 2014

The Robins

This week, the “Juke In The Back” features The Robins, one of the earliest and most influential West Coast R&B vocal groups. They first appeared on wax in April of 1949 as the 4 Bluebirds, backed up by bandleader extraordinaire, Johnny Otis, who had discovered the group at his Barrelhouse Nightclub during a talent competition. Otis had the Robins duet with Little Esther on the 1950 smash, “Double Crossing Blues,” which spent more than 2 months at the top of the R&B charts. Real fame came when the group hooked up with the young, talented songwriting duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. On their Spark Records, the Robins scored with “Riot In Cell Block #9″ and “Smokey Joe’s Caf ,” two early rock n’ roll smashes. Two members would leave The Robins and form The Coasters with Leiber and Stoller and much of their history is complicated, but host Matt The Cat gets to the bottom of it all with this “Juke In The Back” look at The Robins’ early career. This truly is the “soul that came BEFORE rock n’ roll” and you’ll only hear it on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. My Baby Done Told Me – The Four Bluebirds – Excelsior 1949
3. Around About Midnight – The Robins – Score 1949
4. If It’s So, Baby – The Robins – Savoy 1949
5. If I Didn’t Love You So – The Robins – Savoy 1949
6. Double Crossing Blues – Johnny Otis Quintet, The Robins & Little Esther  – Savoy 1950
7. Turkey Hop – The Robins – Savoy 1950
8. School Girl Blues – The Robins – Recorded In Hollywood 1950
9. That’s What The Good Book Says – Bobby Nunn With The Robins – Modern 1951
10. How Would You Know – The Robins  – RCA 1953
11. Get It Off Your Mind – The Robins – RCA 1953
12. Double Crossin’ Baby – The Robin – Crown 1954
13. GREAT 78 – Rockin’ – Bobby Nunn With The Robins – Modern 1951
14. Riot In Cell Block #9 – The Robins – Spark 1954
15. Framed – The Robins – Spark 1954
16. Smokey Joe’s Caf  – The Robins – Spark 1954
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #206

Air Week: April 14-20, 2014

Roy Brown

Roy Brown was one of early R&B’s undisputed blues shouters. He burst on the scene in 1947 with the original recording of “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” which would become a rock n’ roll and blues classic when covered by Wynonie Harris, Elvis Presley and countless others. He managed to chart 16 R&B hits from 1947-1957, most of them in the late ’40s and early ’50s. Many of these songs never get played on the radio anymore, but this week’s “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat will set the record straight as we spin every charting hit of Roy Brown’s career. We’ll dig on Brown’s jump blues, his ballads and his late career New Orleans comeback. So get down to the sound of Good Rockin’ Roy Brown on this week’s “Juke In The Back,” the “soul that came BEFORE rock n’ roll!”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Good Rocking Tonight – Roy Brown w/ Bill Ogden & His Orch- DeLuxe 1948
3. Long About Midnight – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1948
4. Rainy Weather Blues – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1949
5. Fore Day In The Morning – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1949
6. Rockin’ At Midnight – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1949 
7. Miss Fanny Brown – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1949
8. Please Don’t Go (Come Back Baby) – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1949
9. Boogie At Midnight – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1949
10. Hard Luck Blues – Roy Brown W/ The Griffen Brothers Orch – DeLuxe 1950
11. Love Don’t Love Nobody – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1950
12. Cadillac Baby – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1950
13. GREAT 78 - Lolly Pop Mama – Roy Brown w/ Bill Ogden & His Orch – DeLuxe 1948
14. Long About Sundown – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1950
15. Big Town – Roy Brown W/ The Griffen Brothers Orch – DeLuxe 1951
16. Bar Room Blues – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1951
17. Let The Four Winds Blow – Roy Brown – Imperial 1957
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #205

Air Week: April 7-13, 2014

Sam CookeSam Cooke

The “Juke In The Back” features a full hour of Sam Cooke, one of the distinctive and expressive voices ever pressed in wax. Cooke’s early period singing gospel with the renowned Soul Stirrers is often cited, but hardly ever featured. Matt The Cat focuses on Sam Cooke’s early days from 1951 to 1957, begriming with his recordings with the Soul Stirrers up through his R&B and pop breakthrough of 1957. Matt is joined by author Peter Guralnick, who wrote the definitive biography on Cooke called “Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke,” filling in the background on one of the 20th Century’s most revered singers. Cooke was also a noted songwriter, producer and entrepreneur, starting his own SAR Records in the late 1950s. Few African-American artists went further during the 1950s while jamming the juke boxes with tremendous gospel, R&B and pop hits. Hear the man who invented soul, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. You Send Me (Demo) – Sam Cooke – Unreleased 1957
3. Peter Guralnick Interview 1 – Beginnings
4. Peace In The Valley – The Soul Stirrers – Specialty 1951
5. Peter Guralnick Interview 2 – Soul Stirrers
6. Just Another Day – The Soul Stirrers – Specialty 1952
7. Peter Guralnick Interview 3 – Sam’s Voice
8. Touch The Hem Of His Garment – The Soul Stirrers – Specialty 1956
9. Farther Along – The Soul Stirrers – Specialty 1956
10. Peter Guralnick Interview 4 – Leaving Soul Stirrers
11. Wonderful – The Soul Stirrers –Specialty 1956
12. Peter Guralnick Interview 5 – Switch To Secular Music
13. Lovable – Sam Cooke – Specialty 1957
14. That’s Heaven To Me – The Soul Stirrers – Specialty 1957
15. GREAT 78 – Summertime – Sam Cooke – Keen 1957
16. I’ll Come Running Back To You – Sam Cooke – Specialty 1957
17. Mean Old World – Sam Cooke – Specialty 1957
18. You Were Made For Me – Sam Cooke – Keen 1958
19. Win Your Love For Me – Sam Cooke – Keen 1958
20. Somewhere There’s A Girl – Sam Cooke – Unreleased 1961
21. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #204

Air Week: March 31-April 6

Paul GaytenPaul Gayten

Paul Gayten is one of the unsung heroes of rhythm & blues and one of the many architects of rock n roll. This week, Matt The Cat spotlights Gayten s great contributions to music on the Juke In The Back. Paul Gayten scored the first New Orleans hit of the post World War II R&B era with True (You Don t Love Me) in 1947, thus kicking off a legacy of rhythm hit-making and influence from the Crescent City. His work with vocalists Annie Laurie and Chubby Hip Shakin Newsome is legendary. As a songwriter, producer and talent scout for Chess Records, Gayten discovered and signed Clarence Henry and Bobby Charles and worked with Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. Gayten made great contributions to R&B and Rock n Roll, but gets very little recognition these days. Matt The Cat and the Juke In The Back are out to change that with this week s heartfelt dedication to the late, great Paul Gayten. 

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! – Paul Gayten – Regal 1951
3. True (You Don’t Love Me) – Paul Gayten Trio – DeLuxe 1947
4. Since I Fell For You – Annie Laurie w/ Paul Gayten & His Trio – DeLuxe 1947
5. Hip Shakin’ Mama – Chubby “Hip Shakin’” Newsome & Her Hip Shakers– DeLuxe 1949
6. Cuttin Out – Annie Laurie w/ The Paul Gayten Orch – Regal 1949
7. Fishtails – Paul Gayten Orch – Regal 1949
8. I’ll Never Be Free – Annie Laurie w/ Paul Gatyen & His Orch – Regal 1950
9. I Ain’t Gonna Let You In Annie Laurie and The Paul Gayten Orch – Regal 1950
10. 3×7=21 – Annie Laurie w/ Paul Gayten – Prev Unreleased Demo
11. Cow Cow Blues – Paul Gayten – Okeh 1953
12. You Better Believe It – Paul Gayten – Checker 1956
13. GREAT 78 – Get It – Paul Gayten – Checker 1954
14. The Music Goes Round and Round – Paul Gayten – Argo 1956
15. Nervous Boogie – Paul Gayten – Argo 1957
16. The Hunch – Paul Gayten – Anna 1959
17. Ain’t Got No Home – Clarence Henry “Frog Man” – Argo 1956
18. Suzette – Paul Gayten – Regal 1950
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #203

Air Week: March 24-30, 2014

New Orleans R&B, Pt. 3New Orleans R&B, Pt. 3

This week, it’s part 3 of “Juke In The Back”‘s 3 part series on the great, influential and infectious music that came out of New Orleans, one of America’s most fertile musical cities. In fact, the “Crescent City” is often cited as the birth place of Jazz, The Blues, R&B and Rock n’ Roll. While New Orleans certainly had its share of influential talent, from Louis Armstrong and Paul Gayten to Fats Domino and Dr. John, it’s hard to give one single region all the credit. The music that flowed from this fruitful ground is definitely something special and on part 3, Matt The Cat will look at New Orleans R&B from 1955 to 1957, highlighting records by Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, Eddie Bo, Huey “Piano” Smith, Smiley Lewis, Annie Laurie and many more. So get ready for some real jumpin’ musical jambalaya on your source for vintage Rhythm & Blues on the “Juke In The Back. 

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Those Lonely Lonely Nights – Earl King – Ace 1955
3. Poor Me – Fats Domino – Imperial 1955
4.  Later, Alligator – Bobby Charles – Chess 1955
5. So Glad She’s Mine – Charles “Hungry” Williams w/ Paul Gayten Orch– Checker 1956
6. Try Rock n’ Roll – Bobby Mitchell – Imperial 1956
7. Long Tall Sally – Little Richard – Specialty 1956
8. Little Liza Jane – Huey Smith & His Rhythm Aces – Ace 1956
9. Cotton Picking Hands – The Dukes – Imperial 1956
10. Rockin’ At Cosimo’s – Lee Allen & Band – Aladdin 1956
11. Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino – Imperial 1956
12. Ain’t Got No Home – Clarence Henry “Frog Man” – Argo 1956
13. GREAT 78 – Hey Bo – Eddie Bo – Apollo 1956
14. It Hurts To Be In Love – Annie Laurie – DeLuxe 1957
15. The Monkey – Dave Bartholomew – Imperial 1957
16. Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu – Part 1 and 2 – Huey Smith & The Clowns – Ace 1957
17. Let The Four Winds Blow – Roy Brown – Imperial 1957
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #202

Air Week: March 17-23, 2014

New Orleans R&BNew Orleans R&B, Pt. 2

This week, it’s part 2 of “Juke In The Back”‘s 3 part series on the great, influential and infectious music that came out of New Orleans, one of America’s most fertile musical cities. In fact, the “Crescent City” is often cited as the birth place of Jazz, The Blues, R&B and Rock n’ Roll. While New Orleans certainly had its share of influential talent, from Louis Armstrong and Paul Gayten to Fats Domino and Dr. John, it’s hard to give one single region all the credit. The music that flowed from this fruitful ground is definitely something special and on part 2, Matt The Cat will look at New Orleans R&B from 1953 to 1955, highlighting records by Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, Lloyd Price, Shirley & Lee, Eddie Bo and many more. Next week on part 3, we’ll wrap up our series with a look at New Orleans R&B from 1955-1957. So get ready for some real jumpin’ musical jambalaya on your source for vintage Rhythm & Blues on the “Juke In The Back.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Ain’t It A Shame – Lloyd Price & His Orch. – Specialty 1953
3. 4-11=44 – Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers – Imperial 1953
4. The Things That I Used To Do – Guitar Slim & His Band – Specialty 1953
5. Tipitina – Professor Longhair & His Blues Scholars – Atlantic 1954
6. Jock-A-Mo – Sugar Boy & His Cane Cutters – Checker 1954
7. I Didn’t Want To Do It – The Spiders – Imperial 1954
8. Blue Monday – Smiley Lewis – Imperial 1954
9. Toy Bell – The Bees – Imperial 1954
10. Jam Up – Tommy Ridgley & His Band – Atlantic 1954
11. Mardi Gras Mambo – The Hawketts – Chess 1955
12. GREAT 78 – Jump Children  – Dave Bartholomew – Imperial 1954
13. Feels So Good – Shirley & Lee – Aladdin 1955
14. I Hear You Knocking – Smiley Lewis – Imperial 1955
15. So Glad – Little Bo & Orch – Ace 1955
16. Tutti Frutti – Little Richard & His Band – Specialty 1955
17. Rich Woman – Li’l Millet & His Creoles – Specialty 1955
18. Shrimp & Gumbo – Dave Bartholomew – Imperial 1955
19. Ain’t It A Shame – Fats Domino – Imperial 1955
20. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #201

Air Week: March 10-16, 2014

New Orleans R&BNew Orleans R&B, Pt. 1

This week, “Juke In The Back” begins a 3 part series on the great, influential and infectious music that came out of New Orleans, one of America’s most fertile musical cities. In fact, the “Crescent City” is often cited as the birth place of Jazz, The Blues, R&B and Rock n’ Roll. While New Orleans certainly had its share of influential talent, from Louis Armstrong and Paul Gayten to Fats Domino and Dr. John, it’s hard to give one single region all the credit. The music that flowed from this fruitful ground is definitely something special and on part 1, Matt The Cat will look at New Orleans R&B from 1940 to 1953, highlighting records by Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, Lloyd Price and Shirley & Lee, just to name a few. Next week on part 2, we’ll look at the years 1953-55 and then we’ll wrap up the series with a look at 1955-57. So get ready for some real jumpin’ musical jambalaya on your source for vintage Rhythm & Blues on the “Juke In The Back.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Where You At – Lloyd Price – Specialty 1953
3. Junker’s Blues – Champion Jack Dupree – Okeh 1940
4. True – Paul Gayten Trio – DeLuxe 1947
5. ‘Long About Midnight – Roy Brown & His Mighty Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1948
6. For You My Love – Larry Darnell – Regal 1949
7. Stack-A’Lee Pt. 1 & 2 – Archibald & His Orch – Imperial 1950
8. Mardi Gras In New Orleans – Professor Longhair & His New Orleans Boys – Atlantic 1950
9. The Fat Man – Fats Domino – Imperial 1950
10. Two Faced Woman (A Two Faced Man) – James Wayne & His Orch. – Imperial 1951
11. Lawdy Miss Clawdy – Lloyd Price & His Orch. – Specialty 1952
12. I’m Gone – Shirley & Lee – Imperial 1952
13. GREAT 78 – Bald Head – Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers – Mercury 1950
14. My Ding-A-Ling – Dave Bartholomew – King 1952
15. Teachin’ & Preachin’ – Royal Kings – Specialty 1952
16. The Bells Are Ringing – Smiley Lewis – Imperial 1952
17. Going To The River – Fats Domino – Imperial 1953
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #200

Air Week: March 3-9, 2014

The SpidersThe Spiders

New Orleans is not known for its R&B vocal groups. In a city where jazz, blues and zydeco thrive, one vocal group rose to the top: The Spiders. In two short years, the Spiders landed enduring hits like “I Didn’t Want To Do It,” “I’m Slippin’ In” and “Witchcraft,” led by brothers Chuck and Chick Carbo. They were produced by the legendary Dave Bartholomew and recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studios with the cream of New Orleans’ session musicians. When the hits stopped coming, Chuck Carbo left the group for a solo career, thus ending their time in the spotlight. Matt The Cat explores The Spiders’ story on this week’s “Juke In The Back.” 

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Jungle Juice – Stick McGhee – King 1953
3. I’ve Been Around – Little Willie John – King 1956
4. Bye & Bye – The Spiders – (Prev. Unreleased) Imperial 1953
5. I Didn’t Want To Do It – The Spiders – Imperial 1954
6. Tears Began To Flow – The Spiders – Imperial 1954
7. I’m Slippin’ In – The Spiders – Imperial 1954
8. The Real Thing – The Spiders – Imperial 1954
9. 21 – The Spiders – Imperial 1954
10. Am I The One – The Spiders – Imperial 1955
11. Bells In My Heart – The Spiders – Imperial 1955
12. Witchcraft – The Spiders – Imperial 1955
13. How I Feel – Chuck Carbo & The Spiders – Imperial 1956
14. GREAT 78 – You’re The One – The Spiders – Imperial 1954
15. A-1 In My Heart – The Spiders With Chuck Carbo – Imperial 1956
16. Goodbye – The Spiders With Chuck Carbo – Imperial 1956
17. Poor Boy – Chuck Carbo – Imperial 1957
18. Wild, Wild Young Men – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1953
19. My Saddest Hour – The Five Keys – Aladdin 1953
20. Smoke From Your Cigarette – The Mellows – Jay-Dee 1955
21. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #199

Air Week: February 24-March 2, 2014

Aladdin Records Part 2Aladdin Records Story, Pt. 2

The Juke In The Back concludes its two part series on Aladdin Records, one of the most important independent labels of the pre-rock era. Part 2 will pick up the Aladdin Records Story in 1950 and carry it through til rock n roll began hitting the mainstream in 1954. This week, we ll hear more hits from Aladdin s early hit-makers, Amos Milburn and Charles Brown. We ll also dig some of the newcomers, like Floyd Dixon, Peppermint Harris, Calvin Boze, Shirley & Lee, the Five Keys and more. Aladdin was a rare label in that almost everything they pressed was worth hearing. If you ever see a discarded Aladdin 45 by an artist you ve never heard before, pick it up, because chances are it ll make you very, very happy. Matt The Cat hosts the Aladdin Records Story, Part 2, this week on the Juke In The Back.  

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Jay’s Frantic – Big Jay McNeely – Aladdin 1950
3. Safronia B – Calvin Boze & His All-Stars – Aladdin 1950
4. Shotgun Blues – Lightnin’ Hopkins Singing And Accompanying Himself On Guitar – Aladdin 1950
5. Bad Bad Whiskey – Amos Milburn – Aladdin 1950
6. Telephone Blues – Floyd Dixon With Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Aladdin 1951
7. Black Night – Charles Brown – Aladdin 1951
8. Blue Turning Grey Over You – Billie Holiday w/ Tiny Grimes Sextet – Aladdin 1951
9. Glory Of Love – The Five Keys – Aladdin 1951
10. I Got Loaded – Peppermint Harris – Aladdin 1951
11. Call Operator 210 – Floyd Dixon – Aladdin 1952
12. I Need You, I Want You – Jack (The Bear) Parker Featuring Emmet Davis, Vocalist – 7-11 1952
13. GREAT 78 – Hucklebuck With Jimmy – The Five Keys – Aladdin 1951
14. I’m Gone – Shirley & Lee – Aladdin 1952
15. Way Down Boogie – Harold Burrage w/ Jimmy Binkley & His Orch – Aladdin 1953
16. Don’t Leave Me Baby – Lowell Fulson & His Orch – Aladdin 1953
17. Don’t Let Go (Hold Me, Hold Me, Hold Me) – The Cookies – Lamp 1954
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #198

Air Week: February 17-24, 2014

Aladdin Records Pt. 1Aladdin Records Story Pt. 1

The “Juke In The Back” begins a two part special on one of the most important record labels of the pre-rock era, Aladdin Records. Eddie and Leo Mesner started Aladdin as Philo Records in 1945. It was one of the first independent labels on the West Coast and sought to fill in the R&B void left by major labels like Victor, Decca and Columbia. The Mesners hired Maxwell Davis to help with musical arrangements and back up their artists and got the label off to a jumpin’ start. In February of 1946, Philo became Aladdin and a record label icon was born. With artists like Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers featuring Charles Brown, Helen Humes, Illinois Jacquet, Wynonie Harris, Amos Milburn and some rare releases from a young Robins group, how could Aladdin possibly fail? They didn’t and in the process, they helped propel rhythm & blues into the mainstream, paving the way for the emergence of Rock n’ Roll. This week’s show focuses on the beginning of the label from 1945-49 and next week’s show will feature 1950 to the birth of Rock n’ Roll. Grab some nickels, because the party’s getting ready to start down at the Chicken Shack…with Matt The Cat and the “Juke In The Back.” 

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Flyin’ Home Pt 1 & 2 – Illinois Jacquet & His All-Stars – Philo 1945
4. He May Be Your Man – Helen Humes & The Bill Doggett Octet – Philo 1945
5. Be-Baba-Leba – Helen Humes & The Bill Doggett Octet – Philo 1945
6. Baby Don’t You Cry – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Philo 1945
7. Driftin’ Blues – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Philo 1945
8. When I’m In My Tea – Jo Jo Adams With Maxwell Davis & His Band – Aladdin 1946
9. Down The Road Apiece – Amos Milburn – Aladdin 1946
10. Guitar In My Hand – Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown Singing And Accompanying Himself On Guitar With Maxwell Davis & His Orch – Aladdin 1947
11. GREAT 78 - (I Don’t Stand A) Ghost Of A Chance – Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris & His All-Stars Accompanied By The Harlemaires – Aladdin 1947
12. Chicken Shack Boogie – Amos Milburn – Aladdin 1948
13. Milky White Way – The Trumpeteers – Score 1948
14. Trouble Blues – Charles Brown – Aladdin 1949
15. Around About Midnight – The Robins – Score 1949
16. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #197

Air Week: February 10-16, 2014

Little Willie JohnLittle Willie John

The “Juke In The Back” is proud to spotlight one of R&am p;B’s most underrated singers and showmen, Little Willie John. Born in Arkansas, Willie was raised in Detroit and took advantage of its thriving music scene from an early age. By 18, he was recording for the influential King Record Label out of Cincinatti and by 19, he was on top of the R&B charts with “Fever” in the spring of 1956. Enlightening interviews with Otis Williams of the Charms as well as Willie’s older sister, Mable John add depth to Willie’s story. Matt The Cat explores the breadth of Willie’s catalog, from his first hit “All Around The World” in 1955, to his big comeback in 1958 with “Talk To Me, Talk To Me,” to his final recordings, which have only recently been released. The spotlight shines bright on a great big talent, Little Willie John on this week’s “Juke In The Back.” 

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. All Around The World – Little Willie John – King 1955
3. Need Your Love So Bad – Little Willie John – King 1955
4. Home At Last – Little Willie John – King 1955
5. Fever – Little Willie John – King 1956
6. Do Something For Me – Little Willie John – King 1956
7. Talk To Me, Talk To Me – Little Willie John – King 1958
8. Tell It Like It Is – Little Willie John – King 1958
9. Leave My Kitten Alone – Little Willie John – King 1959
10. I’m Shakin’ – Little Willie John – King 1960
11. Heartbreak (It’s Hurtin’ Me) – Little Willie John – King 1960
12. GREAT 78 – Spasms – Little Willie John – King 1958
13. Sleep – Little Willie John – King 1960
14. Flamingo – Little Willie John – King 1961
15. Take My Love (I Want To Give It All To You) – Little Willie John – King 1961
16. Never Let Me Go – Little Willie John – Capitol (Unreleased) 1966
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #196

Air Week: February 3-9, 2014

1954: Jukebox Rhythm Review1954: Jukebox Rhythm Review, Pt. 2

1954 was a pivotal year for American Music. The lines between Rhythm & Blues and Pop were getting blurred as more and more R&B records crossed over into the Pop Chart, causing a brand new youth market to open up. American teens of all colors were diggin that jump blues sound that had been a staple on Black Radio for years. This would lead to racial integration and eventually, the Civil Rights Movement. There is no doubt that music played an important role in the early days of Civil Rights and those roots can be traced back to the Black Music of 1954. In fact, this was the year that a young, white kid from Memphis named Elvis began recording at 706 Union Avenue. It was also a year of unlikely musical heroes as 43 year old Joe Turner, who had been making records since 1938, topped the R&B Chart twice, helping to propel Rock n Roll Music to the forefront. Vocal groups like the Chords, The Charms, The Five Keys and The Drifters were forging a new sub-genre that would come to be called Doo Wop. This week in part 2, Matt The Cat focuses on the biggest jukebox hits of the second half of 1954. So grab a handful of nickels, cause you re gonna need em to keep the Juke In The Back jumping as we highlight the momentous year of 1954.  

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Honey Love – The Drifters Feat. Clyde McPhatter – Atlantic 1954
3. Sh-Boom – The Chords – Cat 1954
4. Sexy Ways – The Midnighters – Federal 1954
5. Oh What A Dream – Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers – Atlantic 1954
6. Annie Had A Baby – The Midnighters – Federal 1954
7. I’m Ready – Muddy Waters & His Guitar – Chess 1954
8. Hurts Me To My Heart – Faye Adams – Herald 1954
9. I Don’t Hurt Anymore – Dinah Washington – Mercury 1954
10. Mambo Baby – Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers – Atlantic 1954
11. Hearts Of Stone – The Charms – DeLuxe 1954
12. Reconsider Baby – Lowell Fulson – Checker 1954
13. GREAT 78 – Oop Shoop – Shirley Gunter & “The Queens” – Flair 1954
14. Poison Ivy – Willie Mabon – Chess 1954
15. Ling, Ting, Tong – The Five Keys – Capitol 1954
16. You Upset Me Baby – B. B. “Blues Boy” King & His Orch – RPM 1954
17. Earth Angel – The Penguins – Dootone 1954
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #195

Air Week: January 27-February 2, 2014

1954: Jukebox Rhythm Review1954: Jukebox Rhythm Review, Pt. 1

1954 was a pivotal year for American Music. The lines between Rhythm & Blues and Pop were getting blurred as more and more R&B records crossed over into the Pop Chart, causing a brand new “youth market” to open up. American teens of all colors were diggin’ that jump blues sound that had been a staple on Black Radio for years. This would lead to racial integration and eventually, the Civil Rights Movement. There is no doubt that music played an important role in the early days of Civil Rights and those roots can be traced back to the Black Music of 1954. In fact, this was the year that a young, white kid from Memphis named Elvis began recording at 706 Union Avenue. It was also a year of unlikely musical heroes as 43 year old Joe Turner, who had been making records since 1938, topped the R&B Chart twice, helping to propel Rock n’ Roll Music to the forefront. Vocal groups like The Crows, The Spiders, The Spaniels and The Drifters were forging a new sub-genre that would come to be called Doo Wop. This week in part 1, Matt The Cat focuses on the biggest jukebox hits of the first half of 1954 and next week, we’ll close out the year. So grab a handful of nickels, ’cause you’re gonna need ‘em to keep the “Juke In The Back” jumping as we highlight the momentous year of 1954.  

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Honey Hush – Joe Turner & His Band – Atlantic 1953
3. You’re So Fine – Little Walter & His Jukes – Checker 1953
4. The Things That I Used To Do – Guitar Slim & His Band – Specialty 1954
5. I’ll Be True – Faye Adams – Herald 1954
6. Good, Good Whiskey – Amos Milburn & His Aladdin Chickenshackers – Aladdin 1954
7. I Didn’t Want To Do It – The Spiders – Imperial 1954
8. Such A Night – Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters – Atlantic 1954
9. You’ll Never Walk Alone – Roy Hamilton – Epic 1954
10. Gee – The Crows – Rama 1954
11. It Should’ve Been Me – Ray Charles & His Orch. – Atlantic 1954
12. Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight – The Spaniels – Vee-Jay 1954
13. GREAT 78 – Darling Dear – The Counts – Dot 1954
14. Work With Me Annie – The Midnighters – Federal 1954
15. Please Forgive Me – Johnny Ace w/ Johnny Otis Orch. – Duke 1954
16. Shake, Rattle & Roll – Joe Turner & His Blues Kings – Atlantic 1954
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #194

Air Week: January 20-26, 2014

Big Jay McNeelyBig Jay McNeely

The juke is jumpin’ this week with some of the wildest, craziest and most gloriously blistering honking sax records of all-time by the master, Big Jay McNeely. Not only will Matt The Cat spin Big Jay’s greatest sides, but he’ll also be talking to the man behind the sax as Big Jay tells his own story in his own words. From the shuffle fire of “Deacon’s Hop,” a number one R&B smash from 1949 to the crazed “3-D,” “Mule Milk” and “The Goof,” Jay’s best instrumentals will be highlighted. McNeely was also successful with a few vocal records like the pop crossover success of 1959′s “There Is Something On Your Mind” with Little Sonny on vocals and his early ’50s singles with his vocal group, Three Dots And A Dash, which included a very young Jesse Belvin and Mercy Dee. Don’t miss Matt The Cat’s interview with Big Jay McNeely and the birth of rock n’ roll on this week’s “Juke In the Back.”.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Wild Wig – Big Jay McNeely & His Bluejays – Savoy 1949
3. Big Jay McNeely Interview 1
4. 3-D – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1953
5. Big Jay McNeely Interview 2
6. Deacon’s Hop – Big Jay McNeely – Savoy 1949
7. The Goof – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1952
8. Big Jay McNeely Interview 3
9. All That Wine Is Gone – Big Jay McNeely – Imperial 1951
10. Big Jay McNeely Interview 4
11. Hot Cinders – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1954
12. GREAT 78 – Insect Ball – Big Jay McNeely – Imperial 1951
13. Mule Milk – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1954
14. Nervous Man Nervous – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1953
15. Big Jay McNeely Interview 5
16. There Is Something On Your Mind – Big Jay McNeely and Band – Swingin’ 1959
17.  Head Hunter – Johnny Otis Orchestra – Regent 1949
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #193

Air Week: January 13-19, 2014

Chuck BerryChuck Berry: His First Year

Chuck Berry has been called the “Father of Rock n’ Roll” and with good reason. He took the blues of T-Bone Walker and B.B. King, the guitar riffs of Carl Hogan and mixed it with the fiddle and Western Swing music of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. Then he rolled it all into one big sonic blast. Rhythm & Blues become Rock n’ Roll when Chuck Berry began writing songs aimed at teenagers, finally granting them their own music. In this week’s “Juke In The Back,” Matt The Cat explores Chuck Berry’s first full year of recording for the legendary Chess Records in Chicago. We’ll look at his recordings from his first session, held in May, 1955 to his fourth session from April, 1956 and everything in-between. Some of the titles you’ll know by heart, like “Maybellene,” “You Can’t Catch Me” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” but others might be new to your ears, like the eerie “Down Bound Train” and the very bluesy “Wee Wee Hours.” Chuck Berry defined Rock n’ Roll guitar and his influence is felt every time some one picks up a guitar with the intention of tearing the house down. Hear Berry’s beginnings on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Wild Wig – Big Jay McNeely & His Bluejays – Savoy 1949
3. Big Jay McNeely Interview 1
4. 3-D – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1953
5. Big Jay McNeely Interview 2
6. Deacon’s Hop – Big Jay McNeely – Savoy 1949
7. The Goof – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1952
8. Big Jay McNeely Interview 3
9. All That Wine Is Gone – Big Jay McNeely – Imperial 1951
10. Big Jay McNeely Interview 4
11. Hot Cinders – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1954
12. GREAT 78 – Insect Ball – Big Jay McNeely – Imperial 1951
13. Mule Milk – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1954
14. Nervous Man Nervous – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1953
15. Big Jay McNeely Interview 5
16. There Is Something On Your Mind – Big Jay McNeely and Band – Swingin’ 1959
17.  Head Hunter – Johnny Otis Orchestra – Regent 1949
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #192

Air Week: January 6-12, 2014

The SwallowsThe 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.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Will You Be Mine – The Swallows – King 1951
3. Eddie Rich Interview Segment 1
4. Since You’ve Been Away – The Swallows – King 1951
5. Eddie Rich Interview Segment 2
6. Dearest – The Swallows – King 1951
7. Tell Me Why – The Swallows – King 1951
8. Eddie Rich Interview Segment 3
9. It Ain’t The Meat – The Swallows – King 1951
10. Eddie Rich Interview Segment 4
11. Beside You – The Swallows – King 1952
12. Roll, Roll Pretty Baby – The Swallows – King 1951
13. GREAT 78 – Eternally – The Swallows – King 1951
14. I Only Have Eyes For You – The Swallows – King 1952
15. Eddie Rich Interview Segment 5
16. I’ll Be Waiting – The Swallows – King 1953
17. Bicycle Tillie – The Swallows – King 1953
18. You Left Me – The Swallows – King 1952
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #191

Air Week: December 30, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Faye AdamsFaye Adams

This week’s “Juke In The Back” highlights the short, but important career of Faye Adams. DJ Alan Freed called her “The little gal with the big voice” and she scored an impressive 3 #1 R&B hits in just a little over a year (1953-54). Surprisingly, she only had one more hit, before leaving secular music for her first love, Gospel Music. Born Fanny Tuell, Adams got her stage name from bandleader Joe Morris, who hired her after his former female vocalist, Laurie Tate, left to raise a family. Morris’ record label, Atlantic Records was not terribly impressed with the 2 released singles featuring Adams on lead, so they declined to release the new Morris composition, “Shake A Hand.” Morris took Adams over to New York’s Herald Records and right out of the gate, “Shake A Hand” topped the charts for a whopping 10 weeks. Two more #1s followed (“I’ll Be True” and “Hurts Me To My Heart”), before the hits began to fade. Adams had one more hit single in 1957 for Imperial. By the early ’60s, she had left secular music all together and hasn’t been heard from since. Faye Adams’ Herald and Imperial Records output is impressive and is featured throughout this week’s “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. That’s What Makes My Baby Fat – Joe Morris Blues Cavalcade – Atlantic 1953
3. Sweet Talk – Faye Adams w/ Joe Morris & His Orch. – Atlantic 1953
4. Shake A Hand – Faye Adams w/ The Joe Morris Orch. – Herald 1953
5. I’ve Gotta Leave You – Faye Adams w/ The Joe Morris Orch. – Herald 1953
6. I’ll Be True – Faye Adams w/ The Joe Morris Orch. – Hearal 1953
7. Every Day – Faye Adams w/ The Joe Morris Orch. – Herald 1954
8. Somebody, Somewhere, Someday – Faye Adams – Herald 1954
9. Hurts Me To My Heart – Faye Adams – Herald 1954
10. I Owe My Heart To You – Faye Adams – Herald 1954
11. Anything For A Friend – Faye Adams – Herald 1955
12. You Ain’t Been True – Faye Adams – Herald 1955
13. GREAT 78 – I’m Going to Leave You – Joe Morris Blues Cavalcade – Atlantic 1953
14. Shake A Hand – Faye Adams – LIVE on Alan Freed’s Rock n’ Roll Dance Party, May 5, 1956 – CBS Radio
15. The Hammer Keeps A Knockin’ – Faye Adams – Herald 1956
16. Keeper Of My Heart – Faye Adams – Imperial 1957
17. Johnny Lee – Faye Adams – Imperial 1957
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #190

Air Week: December 23-29, 2013

New Year 1950sR&B Christmas Leftovers & New Year’s Resolutions

Matt The Cat has dug up some more R&B Christmas treasures and added a few tunes about New Years for this week s continuation of the Juke In The Back R&B Christmas Special. The holiday juke is jumpin with cool tunes by Big John Greer, Champion Jack Dupree, Lowell Fulson, The Moonglows, Marvin & Johnny and many more. The range of topics is wide, from dancing Santas to lonely Christmases to making up with your baby on New Year s Eve. So get hungry for some Christmas leftovers and plan your New Year s resolutions this week with Matt The Cat on the Juke In The Back.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Far Away Christmas Blues – Little Esther With The Johnny Otis Orch – Savoy 1950
3. It’s Christmas – Marvin & Johnny  - Aladdin 1958
4. Santa Claus Blues – Champion Jack Dupree – Davis 1945
5. Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney – Ella Fitzgerald – Decca 1950
6. We Wanna To See Santa Do The Mambo – Big John Greer – Groove 1955
7. Lonesome Christmas – Lowell Fulson – Swingtime 1950
8. Just A Lonely Christmas – The Moonglows – Chance 1953
9. I’ll Miss You This Christmas – Marvin & The Chips – Virginia 1955
10. Be Bop Santa Claus – Babs Gonzales – Bruce 1954
11. Mr. Santa’s Boogie – The Marshall Brothers – Savoy 1951
12  Wonderful Christmas Night – Dan Grissom – Jewel (Unissued) 1948
13. GREAT 78 – Merry Xmas – Little Willie Littlefield – Modern 1949
14. Hello, Mr. New Year – The Coolbreezers – Bale 1958
15. Happy New Year Baby – Johnny Otis & His Orch – Excelsior 1947
16. Ringing In A Brand New Year – Billy Ward & His Dominoes – Federal 1953
17. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – The Orioles – Jubilee 1950
18. The Christmas Song – King Cole Trio – Capitol 1946
19. White Christmas – Charlie Parker – Recorded Live, 12/25/1948

Episode #189

Air Week: December 16-22, 2013

R&B ChristmasR&B Christmas

The entire “Juke In The Back” is loaded with the greatest R&B Christmas records from the late 1940s and 1950s. It’s the yuletide soul that came before rock n’ roll. From the all-time classics by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters and The Orioles to some rarer Christmas plattahs from Amos Milburn, JB Summers and The Five Keys. So grab some ‘nog and get groovin’.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Rockin N Rollin With Santa Claus – The Hepsters – Ronel 1955
3. Jingle Jangle – The Penguins – Mercury 1955
4. Christmas In Jail – The Youngsters – Empire 1956
5. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus – Mabel Scott – Excelsior 1948
6. Hey Santa Claus – The Moonglows – Chance 1953
7. Christmas Date Boogie – Joe Turner – Downbeat 1948
8. Dig That Crazy Santa Claus – Oscar McLollie – Modern 1954
9. Christmas In Heaven – Billy Ward & His Dominoes – Federal 1953
10. Christmas Spirits – Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends – Capitol 1947
11. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Cadillacs – Josie 1956
12. (It’s Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas – The Orioles – Jubilee 1949
13. I Want A Present For Xmas – J.B. Summers & The Blues Shouters – Gotham 1949
14. GREAT 78 – Let’s Make Christmas Merry, Baby – Amos Milburn – Aladdin 1950
15. It’s Christmas Time – The Five Keys – Aladdin 1951
16. White Christmas – Clyde McPhatter & The The Drifters – Atlantic 1954
17. Merry Christmas Baby – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Exclusive 1947
18. Silent Night – The Ravens – National 1948
19. White Christmas – Charlie Parker – Recorded Live, 12/25/1948

Episode #188

Air Week: December 9-15, 2013

Jimmy LigginsJimmy Liggins

Jimmy Liggins didn’t have the chart success or popularity of his older brother Joe Liggins, but he did have a killer band, a raw sound and quite possibly the “first rock n’ roll record.”

Both brothers traveled to California from their native Oklahoma in order to make it in the music business. Jimmy started out as a professional boxer before hanging up the gloves in order to drive his older brother around after the success of Joe’s “The Honeydripper” in 1945. By the end of ’46, Jimmy told Joe that he was cuttin’ out on his own to form his own band and make his own records. He hit the charts with his 2nd single “Teardrop Blues” in 1948. Its flipside was “Cadillac Boogie,” which was Ike Turner and Jackie Brenston’s inspiration for “Rocket 88.” Jimmy Liggins only scored four R&B chart hits during his career, but he cut a trove of groovy plattahs worth hearing. He is definitely one of R&B’s unsung heroes. Get Jimmy Liggins’ story and all the great music that comes with it on this week’s “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Ojai – Joe Lutcher & His Orch – Modern 1949
3. He s A Real Gone Guy – Nellie Lutcher & Her Rhythm – Capitol American 1947
4. I Can t Stop It – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1947
5. Teardrop Blues – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1948
6. Cadillac Boogie – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1948
7. Move Out Baby – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1948
8. Careful Love – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1948
9. Don t Put Me Down – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1949 – #9, oct
10. Answer To Teardrop Blues – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1950
11. That s What s Knockin Me Out – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1951
12. Drunk – Jimmy Liggins & His 3-D Music – Specialty 1953
13. GREAT 78 – Troubles Goodbye – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1947
14. I Ain t Drunk – Jimmy Liggins – Aladdin 1954
15. No More Alcohol – Jimmy Liggins – Aladdin 1954
16. Boogie Woogie King – Jimmy Liggins – Aladdin 1954
17. I ll Never Let You Go – Jimmy Liggins & His 3-D Music – Specialty 1953
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #187

Air Week: December 2-8, 2013

Joe LigginsJoe Liggins

There were so many important figures in post WWII Rhythm & Blues that helped build what would become Rock n’ Roll. Today’s popular culture has left so many musical pioneers behind and this week the “Juke In The Back” features Joe Liggins, one such pioneer who’s been largely forgotten. Liggins scored one of the biggest hits of all-time when his “The Honeydripper” hit #1 on the R&B Chart for 18 staggering weeks in 1945. Singer/songwriter and music historian, Billy Vera drops by the “Juke” to tell us how “The Honeydripper” became such an enormous hit. Liggins scored 10 solid hits for Leon Rene’s Exclusive Records before moving to Art Rupe’s Specialty Records in 1950. At Specialty, Liggins had the biggest R&B hit of 1950 when “Pink Champagne went to #1 for 13 weeks and ended up selling more copies than “The Honeydripper.” It looked like Joe Liggins’ career couldn’t be stopped, but soon Rock n’ Roll, the music he helped create, pushed him and his contemporaries aside to make way for the youth movement. The “Juke In The Back” is proud to honor one of the great musical pioneers of the last century as Matt The Cat plays every chart hit from the fantastic Joe Liggins.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. The Honeydripper Pt. 1 & 2 – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Exclusive 1945
3. Left A Good Deal In Mobile – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Exclusive 1945
4. Got A Right To Cry – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Exclusive 1946
5. Tanya – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Exclusive 1946
6. Blow Mr. Jackson – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Exclusive 1947
7. Sweet Georgia Brown – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Exclusive 1948
8. Dripper’s Blues – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Exclusive 1948
9. Roll Em’ – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Exclusive 1948
10. The Darktown Strutters Ball – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Exclusive 1948
11. Rag Mop – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Specialty 1950
12. GREAT 78 – Sweet & Lovely – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Exclusive 1948
13. Pink Champagne – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Specialty 1950
14. Little Joe s Boogie – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Specialty 1951
15. Frankie Lee – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Specialty 1951
16. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah – Joe Liggins & His Orch – Merucry 1954
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #186

Air Date: November 25 – December 1, 2013

Etta JamesEtta James

Producer Jerry Wexler called Etta James, “The greatest of all modern blues singers.” That’s great praise coming from a guy who worked with the greatest of the greats for 50 years. Etta had an amazing talent for mixing a bit of tenderness and heartbreak into her gritty, tough and soulful voice. She had a style all her own and she played by her own rules. Her success on record was equally matched by her personal failures off-mic, dealing with drug addiction, bad relationships and financial problems. On this week’s “Juke In The Back,” Matt The Cat looks at how this incredible legend got started, focusing on Etta’s first recordings from 1954 to her great rise in 1960. Through these records, you’ll hear that even in her early days, Etta’s music had great depth and variety. We honor the late, great Etta James, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. The Wallflower – Etta James & The Peaches – Modern 1955
3. Hold Me, Squeeze Me – Etta James & The Peaches – Modern 1955
4. Hey Henry – Etta James – Modern 1955
5. Be Mine – Etta James – Modern 1955
6. Good Rockin Daddy – Etta James – Modern 1955
7. Crazy Feeling – Etta James – Modern 1955
8. W-O-M-A-N – Etta James – Modern 1955
9. Number One – Etta James – Modern 1956
10. Tears Of Joy – Etta Miss Peaches James – Modern 1956
11. Tough Lover – Etta James – Modern 1956
12. Good Lookin – Etta James – Modern 1956
13. GREAT 78 – Come What May – Etta James ” Modern 1957
14. The Pick-Up – Etta James – Modern 1957
15. Baby Baby Every Night – Etta James – Kent 1958
16. All I Could Do Was Cry – Etta James – Argo 1960
17. If I Can t Have You – Etta & Harvey – Chess 1960
18. At Last – Etta James – Argo 1961
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #185

Air Week: November 18-24, 2013

Johnny OtisJohnny Otis

This week, the Juke In The Back is proud to honor the late, great Johnny Otis, who passed away at the age of 90 on January 17, 2012. Johnny Otis was a true renaissance man. He was a singer, songwriter, drummer, bandleader, talent scout, record label owner and radio / TV show host and that s not everything he did. He was the son of Greek immigrants, growing up in a mostly Black section of Vallejo, CA during the 1920s and 30s. He not only absorbed Black Culture, he became a part of it, changing his last name to Otis in order to sound more black. He went from playing drums at the Club Alabam on Central Ave. in LA to opening his own Barrelhouse Club in Watts in 1947, creating a scene of his own. His first records were made just as the big bands were dying off and the jump combos were rising. Johnny Otis did not interpret rhythm and blues, Johnny Otis WAS rhythm & blues. From hi s first recordings for Leon Rene s Excelsior Label in 1945 to his commercial breakthrough in 1949-50 for Herman Lubinsky s Savoy Label to his great rock n roll success with Willie And The Hand Jive for Capitol in 1958, Johnny Otis did more than almost anyone to push Black Music into the mainstream, creating rock n roll. Juke In The Back highlights the early part of Otis amazing career from 1945-1958. It s not an overstatement to say that the music we enjoy today is here because of what Johnny Otis recorded, played and produced in the late 1940s and early 1950s. This Juke is truly The Johnny Otis Show.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Harlem Nocturne – Johnny Otis, His Drums & Orch – Excelsior 1945
3. Midnight In The Barrelhouse – Johnny Otis Orch – Excelsior 1947
4. Hangover Blues – Johnny Otis & His Orch – Regent 1949
5. Double-Crossing Blues – Johnny Otis Quintette, The Robins and Little Esther – Savoy 1950
6. Mistrustin Blues – Little Esther with Mel Walker & The Johnny Otis Orch – Savoy 1950
7. Cry baby – Johnny Otis Orch, Mel Walker & The Bluenotes – Regent 1950
8. Cupid s Boogie – Johnny Otis Orch With Little Esther & Mel Walker – Savoy 1950
9. Wedding Boogie – Johnny Otis Congregation: Little Esther, Mel Walker and Lee Graves – Savoy 1950
10. Rockin Blues – Johnny Otis Orch With Mel Walker – Savoy 1950
11. Gee Baby – Johnny Otis & His Orch – Savoy 1951
12. GREAT 78 – The Turkey Hop Part 2 – Johnny Otis Orch – Savoy 1950
13. All Nite Long – Johnny Otis & His Orch – Savoy 1951
14. Hound Dog – Willie Mae Big Mama Thornton – Peacock 1953
15. The Wallflower – Etta James & The Peaches – Modern 1954
16. Willie And The Hand Jive – The Johnny Otis Show – Capitol 1958
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #184

Air Week: November 11-17, 2013

Champion Jack DupreeThe Influence Of “Junker’s Blues” & R&B Telephone Songs

The Juke In The Back is jumpin this week as we take a look at the history and influence of the Champion Jack Dupree classic, Junker s Blues. He learned the tune from New Orleans boogie woogie pianist Drive Em Down, but it was Dupree s recording that influenced Fats Domino, Lloyd Price and Professor Longhair. We ll also make some long distance rhythm & blues phone calls from Floyd Dixon, Sonny Terry, Muddy Waters and Big Walter. Grab a nickel and dig on the Juke In The Back.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. I m Tore Up – Billy Gayles – Federal 1956
3. Teardrops From My Eyes – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1950
4. Crying Won t Help You – BB King – RPM 1956
5. Hucklebuck With Jimmy – Five Keys – Aladdin 1951
6. Tempting – The Moonglows – Chess 1954
7. Junker s Blues – Champion Jack Dupree – Okeh 1941
8. The Fat Man – Fats Domino – Imperial 1949
9. Lawdy Miss Clawdy – Lloyd Price – Specialty 1952
10. Tipitina – Professor Longhair – Atlantic 1954
11. Junker s Blues – Champion Jack Dupree – Atlantic 1958
12. GREAT 78: I m Still In Love With You – T-Bone Walker – Comet 1948
13. Telephone Is Ringing – Pee Wee Crayton – Vee-Jay 1956
14. Telephone Blues – Floyd Dixon With Johnny Moore s Three Blazers – Aladdin 1950
15. Calling Margie – Big Walter & His Thunderbirds – TNT 1955
16. Call Operator 210 – Floyd Dixon – Aladdin 1952
17. Long Distance Call – Muddy Waters – Chess 1951
18. Telephone Blues – Sonny Terry – Capitol 1950
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #183

Air Week: November 4-10, 2013

Young JessieYoung Jessie

The West Coast is often ignored as a post World War II Rhythm & Blues hot spot, but some mighty fine R&B artists, groups and labels called LA home. This week, “Juke In The Back” spotlights Obediah “Young” Jessie, one such unsung hero of Los Angeles’ R&B scene during the 1950s. At age 16, Obie Jessie cut his first record with the Hollywood Blue Jays, which also included schoolmates Richard Berry and Cornell Gunter. The song, “I Had A Love” was written by Young Jessie and featured Gunter on lead. Soon, the group was renamed The Flairs and were recording for the Bihari Brothers’ Flair Records. Jessie went solo in ’54 and began working with Maxwell Davis’ great band. In ’55, he wrote and cut his more enduring song, “Mary Lou,” which unfortunately wasn’t a hit for Young Jessie, but became a huge hit for Ronnie Hawkins in ’59. His Modern Records output was top-notch ’50s R&B and Young Jessie was working with the best in the business. He was managed by Buck Ram, who also managed The Platters and The Penguins and he was recording with songwriters/producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, however, Young Jessie never enjoyed a national hit record. Matt The Cat spins the records that should-have-been hits by an artist that should be legendary. Dig Young Jessie on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Long Tall Girl – The Carnations – Lescay 1961
3. You Ain’t Movin Me – Linda Hayes w/ Earl Warren Orch and Chorus – Antler 1959
4. I Had A Love – The Hollywood Blue Jays – Recorded In Hollywood 1952
5. Down At Hayden’s – The Hunters – Flair 1953
6. Lonesome Desert – Young Jessie – Modern 1954
7. I Smell A Rat – Young Jessie – Modern 1954
8. Mary Lou – Young Jessie – Modern 1955
9. Don’t Think I Will – Young Jessie – Modern 1955
10. Nothing Seems Right – Young Jessie – Modern 1955
11. Do You Love Me – Young Jessie – Modern 1955
12. Hit, Git and Split – Young Jessie – Modern 1956
13. GREAT 78 – Here Comes Henry – Young Jessie – Modern 1956
14. Oochie Coochie – Young Jessie – Modern 1956
15. Hot Dog – Young Jessie – UNRELEASED Modern 1956
16. It Don’t Happen No More – Young Jessie – Modern 1956
17. Shuffle In The Gravel – Young Jessie – Atco 1957
18. Make Believe – Young Jessie – Atco 1957
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #182

Air Week: October 28-November 3, 2013

Jackie WilsonEarly Jackie Wilson & The Sound Of Vocalese

Drop a nickel in the ol’ Rockola Juke for an hour of pre-rock rhythm & blues. This week, we feature the very first recordings made by Jackie Wilson. His first sides, cut as Sonny Wilson as well as leader of Billy Ward & His Dominoes from 1952-53 are in the spotlight. Everyone must start somewhere and these early recordings give us a glimpse of Jackie’s amazing power as a singer. Also, we examine the brief vocal jazz phenomenon known as Vocalese, which top-notch records from King Pleasure, Annie Ross and many more. Vocalese hit hard in 1952 and then virtually disappeared. Since many R&B records during this time were made with jazz musicians playing the sessions, it only makes sense to feature some jazz on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Rock Bottom – Milt Trenier – RCA Victor 1953
3. This Is It – The Treniers – Okeh 1952
4. Looped – Calvin Boze – Aladdin 1952
5. Rainy Day Blues – Sonny Wilson (Jackie Wilson) – Dee Gee 1952
6. You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down – Billy Ward & His Dominoes – Federal 1953
7. Above Jacob’s Ladder – Billy Ward & His Dominoes – Federal 1954
8. Rags To Riches – Billy Ward & His Dominoes – King 1953
9. Until The Real Thing Comes Along – Billy Ward & His Dominoes – Federal 1953
10. One Moment With You – Billy Ward & His Domines – Federal 1957
11. Jump Jack Jump – Wynona Carr – Specialty 1956
12. Flat Foot Floogie – Slim Gaillard – Savoy 1945
13. GREAT 78 – Don’t You Know – Ray Charles – Atlantic 1954
14. Body & Soul – Eddie Jefferson – Hi-Lo 1952
15. Moody’s Mood For Love – King Pleasure – Prestige 1952
16. Twisted – Annie Ross – Prestige 1952
17. The Boss Is Back – Babs Gonzales – Savoy 1953
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #181

Air Week: October 21-27, 2013

Halloween R&B w/ Screamin' Jay HawkinsHalloween Rhythm & Blues

Matt The Cat experiences some paranormal rhythms coming out of his “Juke In The Back” as we celebrate the truly spooky, sinister and down-right crazy sounds of a vintage rhythm & blues Halloween. Eugene Fox meets the devil, The Hollywood Flames take us to Frankenstein’s Den and Bill Doggett throws a Monster’s Party. It’s a treat, not a trick to hear an alternate take of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ 1956 classic, “I Put A Spell On You,” with EXTRA screaming and a killer sax solo payed by Sam “The Man” Taylor. So clear your voodoo calendar and dig the sounds from the outer bounds on this week’s Halloween edition of the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Voodoo Voodoo – Lavern Baker – Atlantic 1961
3. King Kong – Big T Tyler – Aladdin 1957
4. Frankenstein’s Den – Hollywood Flames – Ebb 1958
5. Castin’ My Spell – The Johnny Otis Show – Capitol 1959
6. Black Cat Blues – Lowell Fulson – Down Beat 1948
7. Monster’s Party – Bill Doggett – King 1959
8. Peak-A-Boo – The Cadillacs – Josie 1958
9. I Put A Spell On You (Alt. Take)- Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Okeh 1956
10. Screamin’ Ball (At Dracula Hall) – The Duponts – Roulette 1958
11. Bo Meets The Monster – Bo Diddley – Checker 1958
12. Legend Of Sleepy Hollow – The Monotones – Argo 1958
13. GREAT 78 – Witchcraft – The Spiders – Imperial 1955
14. Nightmare – Big Mama Thornton – Peacock 1953
15. Sinner’s Dream – Eugene Fox – Checker 1954
16. Cadillac Funeral – Peppermint Harris – Cash 1955
17. Alligator Wine – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Okeh 1958
18. Halloween Spooks – Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – Columbia 1962
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #180

Air Week: October 14-20, 2013

Griffin BrothersThe Griffin Brothers

This week, “Juke In The Back” features The Griffin Brothers, one of the unsung Rhythm & Blues groups from the early 1950s. Jimmy and “Buddy” Griffin began in their hometown of Norfolk, VA in the late ’40 playing jump blues. They settled in Washington, DC and were asked to backup Roy Brown on “Hard Luck Blues” in April, 1950. That recorded went to #1 in August and soon the brothers had their own record deal with Randy Wood’s Dot Records out of Gallatin, TN. With vocalists Margie Day and Tommy Brown, The Griffin Brothers Orchestra scored six charting R&B hits from 1950-52, before embarking on separate solo careers in 1954. Matt The Cat features The Griffin’s biggest hits, jumpin’ B-sides and solo records on this week’s “Juke.” The Griffin Brothers were an important part of R&B’s rise, scoring a #1 smash in early 1952 with “Weepin’ & Cryin’” (featuring Tommy Brown on lead vocals) and now they’re finally getting their due, even if time has left them behind.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Rye Boogie – Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers – Savoy 1950
3. Tell A Whale Of A Tale – Wynonie Harris – Atlantic 1956
4. Hard Luck Blues – Roy Brown & His Mighty Mighty Men – De-Luxe 1950
5. Street Walking Daddy – Margie Day with The Griffin Brothers Orch. – Dot 1950
6. Riffin’ With Griffin – Griffin Brothers Orch. – Dot 1950
7. Little Red Rooster – Margie Day with The Griffin Brothers Orch. – Dot 1950
8. Sadie Green – Griffin Brothers Orch Feat: Margie Day – Dot 1951
9. Tra La La – Griffin Brothers Feat: Tommy Brown – Dot 1951
10. Hoppin’ – Griffin Brothers Feat: Tommy Brown – Dot 1951
11. Weepin’ & Cryin’ – Griffin Brothers Orch. Feat: Tommy Brown – Dot 1951
12. Pretty Baby – Griffin Brothers Feat: Margie Day – Dot 1951
13. GREAT 78 – Shuffle Bug – Griffin Brothers – Dot 1951
14. Snatchin’ It Back – Margie Day – Decca 1953
15. Atlanta Boogie – Tommy Brown & Orch. – Regent 1949
16. I Wanna Hug Ya, Kiss Ya, Squeeze Ya – Buddy & Claudia w/ Buddy Griffin & His Orch – Chess 1955
17. Somebody Take Me – Jimmy Griffin – Atco 1956
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #179

Air Week: October 7-13, 2013

R&B Car SongsRhythm & Blues 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. 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. “Juke In The Back” focuses on the “soul that came before rock n’ roll,” the records that inspired Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and countless others.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Motorhead Baby – Chuck Higgins & The Mellotones – Combo 1951
3. No Money Down – Chuck Berry – Chess 1955
4. I Gotta New Car – Big Boy Groves & Band – Spark 1955
5. Buick 59 – Vernon Green & The Medallions – Dootone 1954
6. Push Button Automobile – Vernon Green & The Medallions – Dootone 1956
7. Fishtail Blues – Wynonie Harris – King 1955
8. T-Model Boogie – Rosco Gordon – 1951 (Prev. Unreleased)
9. Rocket 88 – Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats – Chess 1951
10. Cadillac Boogie – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1947
11. Cadillac Song – The Ravens – National 1950
12. S’Cadillac – The Squires – Vita (Prev. Unreleased)
13. GREAT 78 – Heaven On Wheels – Richard Berry & The Locketts – Flip 1958
14. V-Eight Baby – Tommy Brown – Savoy 1951
15. Mercury Boogie – Hosie Dwine Craven – Mercury 1949 (Prev. Unreleased)
16. Too Many Drivers – Smiley Lewis – Imperial 1955
17. Automobiles – The Spaniels – 1958 (Prev. Unreleased)
18. Flat Tire – Del Vikings – Mercury 1958
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #178

Air Week: September 30-October 6, 2013

Floyd DixonFloyd Dixon

This week, “Juke In The Back” features another unsung hero of early Rhythm & Blues, Floyd Dixon. He’s often overlooked or labeled as a Charles Brown sound-alike, but Dixon was a prolific songwriter who made a great contribution to the R&B foundation of Rock n’ Roll. After meeting his piano/singing idol, Charles Brown, Dixon hooked up with Eddie Williams, who had played bass in Brown’s group, Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers. They had several hits together before Dixon himself was asked to join The Three Blazers, after Brown went solo. As a solo artist, Dixon is remembered for his top 10 R&B hits “Sad Journey Blues” and “Call Operator 210,” but his most enduring song is “Hey Bartender,” which he cut in 1954 for Cat Records. It was revived in the late ’70s by The Blues Brothers and remains a classic to this day. Dixon recorded for Swingtime, Supreme, Modern, Aladdin, Specialty and many more influential independent labels. Matt The Cat digs up his finest platters, while also highlighting a 2006 interview with Dixon that was recorded shortly before his death at age 77. Dig on “Mr. Magnificent,” Floyd Dixon on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Houston Jump – Floyd Dixon w/ Eddie Williams Trio – Swingtime 1948
3. You Need Me Now – Floyd Dixon w/ Eddie Williams & His Brown Buddies – Supreme 1948
4. Floyd Dixon Interview #1
5. Dallas Blues – Floyd Dixon – Modern 1949
6. Mississippi Blues – Floyd Dixon Trio – Modern 1949
7. Sad Journey Blues – Floyd Dixon & His Orch – Peacock 1950
8. Telephone Blues – Floyd Dixon w/ Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers Feat: Oscar Moore- Aladdin 1950
9. Real Lovin’ Mama – Floyd Dixon w/ Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers Feat: Oscar Moore – Aladdin 1950
10. Rockin’ At Home – Floyd Dixon & His Band – Aladdin 1951
11. Floyd Dixon Interview #2
12. Call Operator 210 – Floyd Dixon – Aladdin 1952
13. GREAT 78 – Broken Hearted – Eddie Williams & His Brown Buddies – Supreme 1949
14. Wine, Wine, Wine – Floyd Dixon – Aladdin 1952
15. Hard Living Alone – Floyd Dixon – Specialty 1953
16. Floyd Dixon Interview #3
17. Hey Bartender – Floyd Dixon Band – Cat 1954
18. That’ll Get it – Floyd Dixon – Modern 1949
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #177

Air Week: September 23-29, 2013

R&B Novelty SongsR&B Novelty Songs

The juke is jumpin’ this week with a salute to the lighter side of classic 1950s rhythm and blues. 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.” Stream the program below or on iTunes and TuneIn or dig it on local radio and web radio.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Dad Gum Ya Hide Boy – Louis Jordan – Aladdin 1954
3. Good Morning Judge – Wynonie Harris – King 1950
4. Gabbin’ Blues – Big Maybelle – Okeh 1953
5. Rubber Biscuit – The Chips – Josie 1956
6. Open The Door, Richard – Dusty Fletcher – National 1947
7. You’re The Greatest – Dallas Bartley – National 1947
8. Riot In Cell Block #9 – The Robins – Spark 1954
9. You Can’t Beat The Horses – Big Boy Groves – Vita 1956
10. I Must have Been An Ugly Baby – King Perry – Specialty 1951
11. Trio Mail Call – Emitt Slay Trio – Savoy 1953
12. GREAT 78 – Next Time – Richard Berry – Flair 1955
13. Who Drank My Beer, While I Was In The Rear – Dave Bartholomew – Imperial 1952
14. Jail bait – Andre Williams – Fortune 1957
15. Toy Bell – The Bees – Imperial 1954
16. Big Ten Inch Record – Bull Moose Jackson – King 1952
17. Beware – Louis Jordan – Decca 1946
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #176

Air Week: September 16-22, 2013

Little RichardEarly Little Richard: 1951-55

Before Little Richard’s atomic howl burst through radios in early 1956 with a feverish “Wop-bop-a-loo-mop alop-bam-bom,” he was just another Rhythm & Blues singer struggling to find his identity and sound. Growing up in a poor section of Macon, GA wasn’t easy and young Richard Wayne Penniman found himself on his own, singing in clubs before he was 17. However, he was a musical sponge, picking up vocal and performance tips from blues shouters Billy Wright and Roy Brown and some piano licks from the young Esquerita. He landed his first record contract with RCA Victor in late 1951 and cut 4 singles that didn’t go anywhere for the major label. Then in early ’53, Richard was on Don Robey’s Peacock label where he didn’t fare any better. But through all the disappointing record sales, Little Richard was building a style that would burst open when he cut “Tutti Frutti” for Specialty Records in September of 1955. Matt The Cat digs out Little Richard’s long forgotten humble beginnings and spins them this week on the “Juke In The Back.” This is truly the “soul that came before Rock n’ Roll” with one of Rock n’ Roll’s TRUE pioneers.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Blue Light Boogie Pt 1 & 2 – Louis Jordan & His Tympani Five – Decca 1950
3. Every Hour – Little Richard – RCA Victor 1951
4. Taxi Blues – Little Richard – RCA Victor 1951
5. Thinkin’ Bout My Mother – Little Richard – RCA Victor 1952
6. Get Rich Quick – Little Richard – RCA Victor 1952
7. Why Did You Leave Me – Little Richard – RCA Victor 1952
8. Ain’t Nothin’ Happenin’ – Little Richard – RCA Victor 1952
9. I Brought It All On Myself – Little Richard – RCA Victor 1952
10. Please Have Mercy On Me – Little Richard – RCA Victor 1952
11. Ain’t That Good News – Deuces Of Rhythm & Tempo Toppers, Lead: “Little Richard” – Peacock 1953
12. GREAT 78 – Fool At The Wheel – Deuces Of Rhythm & Tempo Toppers, Lead: “Little Richard” – Peacock 1953
13. Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens – The Tempo Toppers Featuring “Little Richard” – Peacock 1954
14. Always – The Tempo Toppers Featuring “Little Richard” – Peacock 1954
15. Little Richard’s Boogie – Little Richard w/ Johnny Otis’ Band – Peacock 1956
16. Tutti Frutti – Little Richard – Specialty 1955
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #175

Air Week: September 9-15, 2013

Bobby Mitchell & The ToppersBobby Mitchell & The Toppers

The “Juke In The Back” digs deep into New Orleans Rhythm & Blues this week to focus on Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers, one of the few vocal groups to come out of a city best known for its blues, jazz and cajun roots. The Spiders were the best known vocal group to come out of 1950s New Orleans, but Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers were probably more versatile in the sense that they could not only shout the blues, like Roy Brown or Wynonie Harris, but they could also harmonize like a top notch doo wop group. Bobby Mitchell is best remembered today as the cat who originally sang “I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday,” two years before Fats Domino would cut it, but it was his “Try Rock n’ Roll” from 1956 that would be his only charting hit (reaching #14 nationally). That song capitalized on the emerging rock n’ roll craze and remains a record of its time. Bobby Mitchell and The Toppers were definitely a vocal group of their time, but they are well worth checking out as Matt The Cat gives them the spotlight treatment on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Cadillac Baby – Roy Brown – DeLuxe 1950
3. Don’t You Lie To Me – Fats Domino – Imperial 1951
4. I’m Crying – Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers – Imperial 1953
5. Roll Em Back – Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers – Imperial 1953
6. 4 – 11 – 44 – Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers – Imperial 1953
7. Baby’s Gone – Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers – Imperial 1954
8. Sister Lucy – Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers – Imperial 1954
9. School Boy Blues – Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers – Imperial 1954
10. She Couldn’t Be Found – Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers – Imperial 1954
11. Try Rock n’ Roll – Bobby Mitchell – Imperial 1956
12. No, No, No – Bobby Mitchell – Imperial 1956
13. GREAT 78 – One Friday Morning – Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers – Imperial 1953
14. I’m Goin’ Around In Circles – Bobby Mitchell – Imperial 1956
15. I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday – Imperial 1957
16. You Better Go Home – Bobby Mitchell – Imperial 1957
17. One Night – Smiley Lewis – Imperial 1956
18. I’m Gone – Shirley & Lee – Aladdin 1952
19. 21 – The Spiders – Imperial 1955
20. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #174

Air Week: September 2-8, 2013

Bo DiddleyBo Diddley: 1955

This week’s “Juke In The Back” takes a look at the breakthrough year of one of rock n’ roll’s true architects and innovators, Bo Diddley. His first recording session was held at Chess Records in Chicago on March 2nd and 3rd, 1955, where he laid down 4 original tunes. One of those songs, “I’m A Man,” would inspire blues great Muddy Waters’ “Manish Boy,” while the other, “Bo Diddley,” would be the igniting spark for rock n’ roll. Diddley was a complicated and compelling artist, who’s talents go way beyond his signature “hambone” rhythm, his vibrato guitar and his crazy lyrics. Bo’s spirit is the spirit of rebellion, the true ingredient for rock music. It all began in 1955 and this week’s “Juke In The Back” will explore those roots.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Bumpity Bump – Smiley Lewis – Imperial 1955
3. Thunder Bird – Little Walter – Checker 1955
4. Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley – Checker 1955
5. I’m A Man – Bo Diddley – Checker 1955
6. Little Girl – Bo Diddley – Checker 1955
7. You Don’t Love Me (You Don’t Care) – Bo Diddley – Checker 1955
8. Diddley Daddy – Bo Diddley – Checker 1955
9. She’s Fine, She’s Mine – Bo Diddley – Checker 1955
10. Pretty Thing – Bo Diddley – Checker 1955
11. Bring It To Jerome – Bo Diddley – Checker 1955
12. Spanish Guitar – Bo Diddley – Checker 1955
13. GREAT 78 – Heart-O-Matic Love – Bo Diddley – Checker 1955
14. Diddy Wah Diddy – Bo Diddley – Checker 1956
15. I’m Looking For A Woman – Checker 1956
16. Dancing Girl – Bo Diddley – Checker 1955
17. Lonely Nights – The Hearts – Baton 1955
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #173

Air Week: August 26-September 1, 2013

Little Miss CornshucksLittle Miss Cornshucks

Little Miss Cornshucks was an influential figure in post WWII Rhythm & Blues. For one thing, she inspired Ahmet Ertegun to start Atlantic Records and when he couldn’t locate her to record her, he launched the career of Ruth Brown instead. Her version of the classic, “Try A Little Tenderness” updated 1930s torch singing by bringing it into the R&B realm, introducing Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding to the song. Lavern Baker copied Cornshucks’ country girl stage act down to the name, calling herself Little Miss Sharecropper and finding success in confusing people as to who the real Cornshucks was. Little Miss Cornshucks has an almost mythical reputation and her impact on R&B and soul is immeasurable, but she’s hardly ever mentioned today. Matt The Cat digs up the REAL Cornshucks on this week’s “Juke In The Back.” Her name was Mildred Cummings and she was born in Dayton, OH in 1923. She began recording for Marl Young’s Sunbeam label in Chicago in late 1946. Then she cut some sides for Roy Milton’s Miltone Label, as well as Aladdin, Coral and even Columbia (though those sides have never been released). Her voice is as powerful as it is personal. Her stage act was part country girl, part Vaudevillian comedienne, part torch singer and soul sister. These sides are rare and historically significant and this week, they’re jumping right out of the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. So Long – Marl Young’s Orch w/ Little Miss Cornshucks – Sunbeam 1946
3. Gonna Leave Here Walkin’ – Marl Young’s Orch w/ Little Miss Cornshucks – Sunbeam 1946
4. Have You Ever Loved Somebody – Marl Young’s Orch w/ Little Miss Cornshucks – Sunbeam 1947
5. I Don’t Love You Anymore – Marl Young’s Orch w/ Little Miss Cornshucks – Sunbeam 1947
6. He’s Funny That Way – Little Miss Cornshucks w/ The Blenders – Miltone 1948
7. Cornshucks Blues – Little Miss Cornshucks w/ The Blenders – Miltone 1948
8. In The Rain – Little Miss Cornshucks w/ The Blenders – Miltone 1948
9. True (You Don’t Love Me) – Little Miss Cornshucks w/ The Blenders – Miltone 1948
10. Waiting In Vain – Little Miss Cornshucks & Her All-Stars – Aladdin 1949
11. Papa Tree Top Blues – Little Miss Cornshucks w/ Benny Carter & His Orch – Coral 1950
12. GREAT 78 – Time After Time – Little Miss Cornshucks & Her All-Stars – Aladdin 1949
13. Rock Me To Sleep – Little Miss Cornshucks w/ Benny Carter & His Orch – Coral 1950
14. No Teasing Around – Little Miss Cornshucks – Chess 1960
15. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #172

Air Week: August 19-25, 2013

Phillips & ElvisSun Records R&B Story Pt. 2

On Part 2 of “Juke In The Back”‘s 2 part series on Sun Records’ early R&B releases, Matt The Cat spotlights 1954 and ’55. This was the most important year and a half in Sun’s history. In July, 1954, a young former truck driver named Elvis Presley entered 706 Union Avenue in Memphis and laid down the a song that would lead to the rock n’ roll explosion of the mid-1950s. Sun founder, the late Sam Phillips recalls that historic recording as Matt The Cat spins classic Sun R&B from the likes of Billy “The Kid” Emerson, Little Milton, James Cotton and Roscoe Gordon. This is the thrilling conclusion to the “Juke In The Back” tribute to the most important and influential label in the history of rock n’ roll.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. No Teasing Around – Billy “The Kid” Emerson – Sun 1954
3. Wolf Call Boogie – Hot Shot Love
4. My Baby – James Cotton – Sun 1954
5. If You Love Me – Little Milton – Sun 1954
6. The Snuggle – Raymond Hill – Sun 1954
7. Cotton Crop Blues – James Cotton – Sun 1954
8. There Is Love In You – The Prisonaires – Sun 1954
9. That’s All Right – Elvis Presley – Sun 1954
10. The Boogie Disease – Doctor Ross – Sun 1954
11. Every Night – Jones Brothers – Sun 1954
12. Move Baby Move – Billy “The Kid” Emerson – Sun 1955
13. GREAT 78 – Don’t Do That – The Five Tinos – Sun 1955
14. I Feel So Worried – Sammy Lewis with Walter Johnson Combo – Sun 1955
15. Lookin’ For My Baby – Little Milton – Sun 1955
16. Ain’t That Right – Eddie Snow – Sun 1955
17. Just Love Me Baby – Roscoe Gordon – Flip / Sun 1955
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946 

Episode #171

Air Week: August 12-18, 2013

Sam Phillips At Sun Records 1952Sun Records R&B Story Pt. 1

This week, the “Juke In The Back” salutes the most influential and important record label of all-time, Sun Records. Sam Phillips started the legendary label in Memphis, TN in March, 1952 after successfully recording the debut sides from B.B. King, Ike Turner, Phineas Newborn and Howlin’ Wolf and selling the masters to RPM Records in LA and Chess Records in Chicago. This is part one of a two part feature, leading up to Phillips’ groundbreaking, pop culture shifting discovery of Elvis Presley in July, 1954. Matt The Cat examines nearly every rhythm & blues side that Sun Released during 1952 and ’53 on this in-depth look into one of America’s most treasured music catalogs. That little yellow label from Memphis is in the spotlight all week on the “Juke In The Back,” America’s showcase for 1940s and ’50s Rhythm & Blues.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Drivin’ Slow – Johnny London – Sun 1952
3. Got My Application Baby – Handy Jackson – Sun 1953
4. She May Be Yours – Joe Hill Louis – Sun 1953
5. Bear Cat – Rufus “Hound Dog” Thomas Jr. – Sun 1953
6. Tears And Wine – Dusty Brooks & His Tones – Sun 1953
7. Call Me Anything But Call Me – Big Memphis Ma Rainey – Sun 1953
8. Just Walkin’ In The Rain – The Prisonaires – Sun 1953
9. Feelin’ Good – Little Junior’s Blue Flames – Sun 1953
10. Tiger Man (King Of The Jungle) – Rufus Thomas, Jr. – Sun 1953
11. Mystery Train – Little Junior’s Blue Flames – Sun 1953
12. GREAT 78 – Baby Please – The Prisonaires – Sun 1953
13. Love My Baby – Little Junior’s Blue Flames – Sun 1953
14. Come Back Baby – Doctor Ross – Sun 1953
15. Beggin’ My Baby – Little Milton – Sun 1953
16. Somebody Told Me – Little Milton – Sun 1953
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #170

Air Week: August 5-11, 2013

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley’s R&B Influences

Much has been written about Elvis’ enormous impact and popularity over the years, but it’s almost impossible to overstate the cultural shift that took place as he rose to fame in 1956. Elvis was a musical sponge. He absorbed all the music that moved him and those around him, from Country and Hillbilly to Gospel, Pop, R&B and Blues. This week’s “Juke In The Back” focuses solely on the rhythm & blues that motivated Elvis’ early career. During the end of his first session with Sam Phillips, Elvis cut into an inspired rendition of a semi-forgotten Arthur Crudup gem and rock n’ roll was literally born. From the New Orleans R&B of Smiley Lewis, to the jump blues of Wynonie Harris, Elvis dug it all and made each song uniquely his own. He wasn’t copying his R&B idols, he was merely using their material as a springboard for his own blend of the White and the Black. Sam Phillips was right when he said that it would take a White cat with an African-American feel to propel this exciting R&B music into the mainstream and lucky for us, he found that in Elvis Presley. Matt The Cat presents many surprises in this week’s “Juke In The Back,” dedicated to Elvis’ strongest musical influence: Rhythm & Blues.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. That’s All Right – Elvis Presley, Scotty & Bill – Sun 1954
3. That’s All Right – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – RCA Victor 1946
4. Good Rockin’ Tonight – Wynonie Harris – King 1948
5. Trying To Get To You – Elvis Presley – RCA 1956
6. Trying To Get To You – The Eagles – Mercury 1954
7. Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley – Million Dollar Quartet, December 4, 1956
8. Harbor Lights – The Dominoes – Federal 1951
9. Mystery Train – Little Junior’s Blue Flames – Sun 1953
10. Mystery Train – Elvis Presley – Sun 1955
11. One Night – Smiley Lewis – Imperial 1955
12. One Night (Of Sin) – Elvis Presley – Recorded, 1957, unreleased until 1983
13. GREAT 78 – Tomorrow Night – Lonnie Johnson – King 1948
14. Hound Dog – Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton w/ Kansas City Bill & Orch – Peacock 1953
15. Baby Let’s Play House – Arthur Gunter – Excello 1954
16. Baby Let’s Play House – Elvis Presley – Live on Louisiana Hayride, August 20, 1955
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #169

Air Week: July 29-August 3, 2013

Little Willie LittlefieldLittle Willie Littlefield

There are many great pianists in the history of boogie woogie that helped push its evolution. Out of the great Pete Johnson and Champion Jack Dupree, pianists Charles Brown and Amos Milburn brought boogie woogie into the R&B combo. But it was Little Willie Littlefield who popularized the triplet style of playing (basically playing 3 notes inside of one beat), which in turn inspired Fats Domino and eventually let to the birth of rock n’ roll. Littlefield, who is a highly underrated player in the development of R&B and rock n’ roll, began recording in Houston in 1948 for the tiny Eddie’s Records. After being discovered by Jules Bihari and signed to Modern Records, Littlefield moved to LA and scored 3 national top ten R&B hits for the Modern Label. In 1952, he moved over to Federal Records and cut some influential sides, such as the Leiber/Stoller-penned classic “Kansas City” (as “K.C. Lovin’”), but never hit the charts again. Matt The Cat digs up some rare and wonderful sides by this pioneering boogie woogie pianist and throws a few listener requests on the ol’ jukebox on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. TV Is The Thing – Dinah Washington – Mercury 1953
3. Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave – Little Richard & His Band – Specialty 1957
4. Little Willie’s Boogie – Little Willie Littlefield – Eddie’s Records 1948
5. It’s Midnight (No Place To Go) – Little Willie Littlefield – Modern 1949
6. Farewell – Little Willie Littlefield – Modern 1949
7. Rockin’ Chair Mama – Little Willie Littlefield – Modern 1950
8. Happy Pay Day – Little Willie Littlefield – Modern 1950
9. Hit The Road – Little Willie Littlefield – Modern 1950
10. I’ve Been Lost – Little Willie Littlefield and Little Lora Wiggins – Modern 1951
11. Monday Morning Blues – Lil Greenwood & Little Willie – Federal 1952
12. Last Laugh Blues – Little Ester and Little Willie – Federal 1952
13. GREAT 78 – Drinkin’ Hadacol – Little Willie Littlefield – Modern 1949
14. K. C. Loving – Little Willie Littlefield – Federal 1952
15. Miss K.C.’s Fine – Little Willie Littlefield – Federal 1953
16. Ruby-Ruby – Little Willie Littlefield – Bullseye 1958
17. Swanee River – Little Willie Littlefield – Eddie’s 1948
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #168

Air Week: July 22-28, 2013

Trumpet RecordsTrumpet Records

Matt The Cat & The “Juke In The Back” feature a look at one of most significant little record labels in history: Trumpet Records. Based in Jackson, MS, Trumpet only lasted for 5 years and only scored one national hit (Elmore James’ “Dust My Broom,” but they recorded some of the greatest delta blues artists. Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller) began his career on Trumpet, while Arthur Crudup’s Trumpet sides came after his enormous success on RCA Victor. Blues legend Big Joe Williams also recorded for Lillian McMurry’s little Mississippi label. So get the “story behind the story” of Trumpet Records on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Lovin’ Machine – Wynonie Harris With Todd Rhodes Orch. – King 1951
3. Insect Ball – Big Jay McNeely – Imperial 1951
4. Rolli Polli – Chuck Berry – Chess 1955
5. Dust My Broom – Elmo James – Trumpet 1952
6. Catfish Blues – Elmo James (Bobo Thomas) – Trumpet 1952
7. Pontiac Blues – Sonny Boy Williamson – Trumpet 1951
8. Eyesight To The Blind – Sonny Boy Williamson – Trumpet 1951
9. Everybody’s Fishing – Willie Love & His Three Aces – Trumpet 1951
10. Dirty Disposition – Luther Huff – Trumpet 1951
11. Mama Don’t Allow Me – Big Joe Williams – Trumpet 1951
12. GREAT 78 – Hot Fish – Sherman “Blues” Johnson & His Clouds Of Joy – Trumpet 1953
13. Gonna Find My Baby – Elmer James (Arthur Crudup) – Trumpet 1952
14. Wine O Wine – Jerry “Boogie” McCain – Trumpet 1953
15. Too Old To Get Married – Wally Mercer – Trumpet 1954
16. City Of New Orleans – Sonny Boy Williamson – 1953
17. You Never Had It So Good – The Checkers – King 1953
18. Mystery Train – Little Junior’s Blue Flames – Sun 1953
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #167

Air Week: July 15-21, 2013

The OriolesThe Orioles

The week, the “Juke In The Back” spotlights the most influential rhythm & blues vocal group of all-time. The Orioles hailed from Baltimore and featured lead vocals by Sonny Til, one of the most talented, dynamic and recognizable voices in history. Their first record, “It’s Too Soon To Know” from 1948 ignited a new vocal movement that would develop into doo wop in the rock n’ roll era. Til enjoyed tremendous success until he was vocally dethroned in the early 1950s by Clyde McPhatter and the new school of R&B vocal groups. Matt The Cat is joined by Diz Russell, who became an Oriole in the mid-1950s and still leads a group of Orioles today. Russell knew Sonny Til personally and provides some prospective on these historic and influential recordings as the “Juke” focuses on the golden era of Orioles. Their biggest hit, “Crying In The Chapel” would also prove to be the group’s undoing. Fly high with the “high flying Orioles” as we celebrate R&B vocal groups in their purest form on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons – King Cole Trio – Capitol 1946
3. It’s Too Soon To Know – The Orioles – It’s A Natural 1948
4. To Be To You – The Orioles – Jubilee 1948
5. Tell Me So – The Orioles – Jubilee 1949
6. I Challenge Your Kiss – The Orioles – Jubilee 1949
7. A Kiss And A Rose – The Orioles – Jubilee 1949
8. Forgive And Forget – The Orioles – Jubilee 1949
9. I’d Rather Have You Under The Moon – The Orioles – Jubilee 1950
10. I Miss You So – The Orioles – Jubilee 1951
11. Baby, Please Don’t Go – The Orioles – Jubilee 1951
12. GREAT 78 – Deacon Jones – The Orioles – Jubilee 1949
13. Crying In The Chapel – The Orioles – Jubilee 1953
14. In The Mission Of St. Augustine – The Orioles – Jubilee 1953
15. Golden Teardrops – The Flamingos – Chance 1953
16. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #166

Air Week: July 8-14, 2013

Paul Hucklebuck WilliamsPaul “Hucklebuck” Williams

This week, “Juke In The Back” presents one of the architects of the “honkin’” sax, Paul Williams. Many people associate that “honkin’” sax sound with West Coast Jump Blues, but it actually originated in 1947 with Paul Williams in Detroit. Savoy Records dug Williams’ style as it was very different than their other sax great at the time, Charlie Parker. Williams’ Sextette released some moderately successful instrumentals early on, before they hit paydirt with “The Huckle-Buck” in 1949. It was at a show in late 1948 that Williams and his group played a slowed down version of Parker’s “Now’s The Time” and saw the kids going crazy doing a new dance called The Hucklebuck. He knew he was on to something and rushed into the studio to cut “The Huckle-Buck.” The record sparked a national dance craze and hit #1 on the R&B chart, where it remained for 14 week. “The Huckle-Buck” was the best selling record of 1949. From then on out, Paul Williams was known as Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams and the rest is history. Matt The Cat digs deep into Williams’ catalog for a plethora of killer R&B jump tunes that deserve more exposure on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. The Bells Ring Out – The Spaniels – Vee-Jay 1953
3. Little Darlin’ – The Gladiolas – Excello 1957
4. Hastings Street Bounce – Paul Williams Sextette – Savoy 1947
5. Thirty-Five-Thirty – Paul Williams Sextette – Savoy 1947
6. We’re Gonna Rock – Wild Bill Moore – Savoy 1948
7. The Twister, Pt. 1 & 2 – Paul Williams & His Sextette – Savoy 1948
8. Waxey Maxie – Paul Williams & His Sextette – Savoy 1948
9. Walkin’ Around – Paul Williams Sextette – Savoy 1948
10. The Huckle-Buck – Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers – Savoy 1949
11. House Rocker – Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers – Savoy 1949
12. GREAT 78 – The Thin Man – Paul Williams Orch. – Jax 1952
13. He Knows How To Hucklebuck – Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers – Savoy 1949
14. Pop-Corn – Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers – Savoy 1949
15. Ring A Ling – Paul Williams Orch. – Rama 1955
16. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #165

Air Week: July 1-7, 2013

4th Of July R&B Picnic4th Of July: R&B Songs About Food

What’s more American than celebrating America’s birthday with some good ol’ red, white and Rhythm & Blues about THE Fourth of July staple: food? Dig in on an hour of classic R&B about hot dogs, cole slaw, potato salad, ribs and ice cream sung by the heroes of the “soul that came before rock n’ roll” on the Juke In The Back.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Rib Joint – Sam Price & His Texas Bluesicians – Savoy 1956
3. House Of Blue Lights – Ella Mae Morse With Don Raye – Capitol 1946
4. Smoky Joe’s Caf – The Robins – Spark 1955
5. Chicken Shack – Amos Milburn – Aladdin 1956
6. Everybody Eats When They Come To My House – Cab Calloway – Columbia 1947
7. Pass The Biscuits Please – Andre Williams – Fortune 1957
8. Beans & Cornbread – Louis Jordan – Decca 1949
9. Corn Bread – Hal Singer Sextette – Savoy 1948
10. Hot Dog – Chris Powell & The Five Blue Flames – Okeh 1949
11. Dumplin’s – Doc Bagby – Okeh 1957
12. Monkey Hips & Rice – The “5″ Royales – King 1954
13. GREAT 78  – Cole Slaw – Frank Culley – Atlantic 1949
14. Pork Chops & Mustard Greens – Ernie Andrews With Maxwell Davis Orch – Imperial 1951
15. Cabbage Greens #2 – Champion Jack Dupree – Okeh 1940
16. The Frim Fram Sauce – King Cole Trio – Capitol 1945
17. Solid Potato Salad – Ella Mae Morse – Capitol 1943 (Prev. Unreleased)
18. Ice Cream Man – John Brim – Chess 1953
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #164

Air Week: June 24-30, 2013

Lowell FulsonLowell Fulson

This week, the “Juke In The Back” spotlights Lowell Fulson, one of the blues’ most versatile and vastly underrated talents. In the late 1940s, Fulson stormed the charts with his first hit “Three O’Clock Blues,” a song that B.B. King would take to the top of the charts in 1951. Fulson started the 1950s with a bang, scoring six charted hits for Swingtime Records in 1950 alone. By ’54, he was on Checker Records out of Chicago with a song that would be covered by Elvis in 1960, “Reconsider Baby.” Fulson wrote many of his own songs and was a major inspiration to both B.B. King and Ray Charles, who played in his touring band in 1950. Get the story behind the story on a true rhythm & blues legend, it’s Lowell Folsun, this week on the “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Come Back To Me Baby – T Bone Walker – Mercury 1946
3. Sinner’s Prayer – Ray Charles – Atlantic 1954
4. Three O’Clock Blues – Lowell Fulson – Down Town 1948
5. Come Back Baby – Lowell Fulson & His Trio – Down Beat 1949
6. Everyday I Have The Blues – Lowell Fulson – Swingtime 1950
7. Blue Shadows – Lowell Fulson – Swingtime 1950
8. Low Society Blues – Lowell Fulson – Swingtime 1950
9. Sinner’s Prayer – Lowell Fulson – Swingtime 1950
10. Old Time Shuffle Blues – Lowell Fulson – Swingtime 1950
11. I’m A Night Owl Pt. 1 & 2 – Lowell Fulson – Swingtime 1951
12. Great 78 – Rocking After Midnight – Lowell Fulson – Swingtime 1950
13. Don’t Leave Me Baby – Lowell Fulson – Aladdin 1953
14. Reconsider Baby – Lowell Fulson – Checker 1954
15. Loving You (Is All I Crave) – Lowell Fulson – Checker 1955
16. 3 O’Clock Blues – B. B. King – RPM 1951
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #163

Air Week: June 17-23, 2013

Ruth Brown 4Ruth Brown: More Rhythm (1955-60)

Ruth Brown was Atlantic Records first big star. She was so successful, racking up 24 R&B hits for the fledging label, that Atlantic was often called the “house that Ruth built.” This week, “Juke In The Back” adds to its three previous shows on “Miss Rhythm” by breaking from playing every single chronological release and focusing on all her remaining R&B charting hits from 1955 to her final R&B chart entry in 1960. During these five years, Ruth Brown failed to expand on her five previous #1 hit records, but she did rack up ten more Top 10 singles, with “I Want To Do More” hitting #3 in early 1956. “Lucky Lips” from 1957 became her first big crossover record, hitting #25 on the Pop Charts, while making #6 on the R&B Charts. Even though Atlantic was trying for a big Pop single for Ruth Brown, she continued to record some great R&B records like the Brook Benton-penned “I Don’t Know” and the Leiber-Stoller-penned “I Can’t Hear A Word You Say.” Matt The Cat will also dig out some non-charting B sides to round out the show. This “Juke In The Back” program concludes a mammoth four-part musical examination of one of Rhythm & Blues’ biggest stars, Ruth Brown.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. As Long As I’m Moving – Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers – Atlantic 1955
3. I Can See Everybody’s Baby – Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers – Atlantic 1955
4. It’s Love Baby (24 Hours Of The Day) – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1955
5. Love Has Joined Us Together – Ruth Brown & Clyde McPhatter – Atlantic 1955
6. I Want To Do More – Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers – Atlantic 1955
7. Sweet Baby Of Mine – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1956
8. I’m Getting Right – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1956
9. Lucky Lips – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1957
10. This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’ – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1958
11. Why Me – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1958
12. Jack Of Diamonds – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1959
13. GREAT 78 – My Heart Is Breaking Over You – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1957
14. I Can’t Hear A Word You Say – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1959
15. I Don’t Know – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1959
16. Don’t Deceive Me – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1960
17. Taking Care Of Business – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1960
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #162

Air Week: June 10-16, 2013

Ruth Brown 3Ruth Brown Pt. 3 (1953-55)

Ruth Brown was Atlantic Records first big star. She was so successful, racking up 24 R&B hits for the fledging label, that Atlantic was often called the “house that Ruth built.” This week, “Juke In The Back” continues its 3 part feature celebrating the music and influence of “Miss Rhythm.” Part 3 will feature another hour of Brown’s gritty, tough R&B and sweet ballads beginning in the middle of 1953 and continuing up through her first single release of 1955. During this period, she would score 2 more #1 hits with “Oh What A Dream,” which was written for her by Chuck Willis and “Mambo Baby.” These Ruth Brown sessions were co-produced by Jerry Wexler, who had joined Atlantic Records in ’53 as Atlantic’s co-founder Herb Abramson was drafted into the Army. Rock n’ roll was about to hit the mainstream as we close this final part of our Ruth Brown complete singles chronology. Next week, our look at Ruth Brown continues as we introduce a bonus show that will feature every one of her remaining charting singles from 1955-1960.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. The Shrine Of St. Cecilia – Ruth Brown – Unissued 1951
3. Wild Wild Young Men – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1953
4. Mend Your Ways – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1953
5. The Tears Keep Tumbling Down – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1953
6. I Would If I Could – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1953
7. Love Contest – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1954
8. If You Don’t Want Me (I Don’t Want No Part Of You) – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1954
9. Hello Little Boy – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1954
10. If I Had Any Sense – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1954
11. Oh What A Dream – Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers – Atlantic 1954
12. Please Don’t Freeze – Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers- Atlantic 1954
13. GREAT 78 – It’s All In Your Mind – Ruth Brown & The Delta Rhythm Boys – Atlantic 1954
14. Mambo Baby – Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers – Atlantic 1954
15. Somebody Touched Me – Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers – Atlantic 1954
16. Ever Since My Baby’s Been Gone – Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers – Atlantic 1955
17. Bye Bye Young Men – Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers – Atlantic 1955
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #161

Air Week: June 3-9, 2013

Ruth Brown 2Ruth Brown Pt. 2 (1951-53)

Ruth Brown was Atlantic Records first big star. She was so successful, racking up 24 R&B hits for the fledging label, that Atlantic was often called the “house that Ruth built.” This week, “Juke In The Back” continues its 3 part feature celebrating the music and influence of “Miss Rhythm.” Part 2 will focus on the hayday of Brown’s recordings from the start of 1951 through the middle of 1953. During this period, she would score 2 more #1 hits with “5-10-15 Hours” and “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean” as well as 3 more top ten entries. Matt The Cat digs out an interview with the late co-founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun, explaining how Atlantic marketed Ruth Brown during the early days. Next week, part 3 will focus on Brown’s 1954-’55 recordings just as Rock n’ Roll was hitting the American mainstream.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. It’s All For You – Ruth Brown – Unissued 1951
3. I’ll Wait For You – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1951
4. Standing On The Corner – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1951
5. I Know – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1951
6. I Don’t Want Nobody (If I Can’t Have You) – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1951
7. Shine On (Big Bright Moon) – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1951
8. Without My Love – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1951
9. 5-10-15 Hours – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1952
10. Be Anything (But Be Mine) – Atlantic 1952
11. Daddy Daddy – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1952
12. Have A Good Time – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1952
13. GREAT 78 – Good For Nothing Joe – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1952
14. Three Letters – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1952
15. (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1953
16. R. B. Blues – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1953
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #160

Air Week: May 27 – June 2, 2013

Ruth BrownRuth Brown Pt. 1 (1949-50)

Ruth Brown was Atlantic Records first big star. She was so successful, racking up 24 R&B hits for the fledging label, that Atlantic was often called the “house that Ruth built.” This week, “Juke In The Back” begins a 3 part feature celebrating the music and influence of “Miss Rhythm.” Part 1 will focus on Brown’s beginnings with Atlantic. She came to the attention of co-founders Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson in 1948, thanks to Voice of America DJ Willis Conover. They signed her up, but a terrible car accident sidelined the chanteuse for several months. By May, 1949, Brown was in the studio cutting her first single, which also turned out to be her first hit, the #4 smash, “So Long.” Matt The Cat digs out an interview with the late Ertegun, explaining how Atlantic came to sign Ruth Brown. She may have hit pay dirt right out of the gate, but still they didn’t know how to record her. Brown wanted to sing pop songs and standards and Ertegun and Abramson wanted her to sing in the Rhythm & Blues style. So there were quite a few missteps before Ruth Brown landed her next hit at the very end of 1950 with the #1 smash, “Teardrops From My Eyes.” We’ll dig on every single released by Ruth Brown from 1949-1950 on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Hey Pretty Baby – Ruth & Jimmy Brown – Unissued 1949
3. So Long – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1949
4. It’s Raining – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1949
5. I’ll Get Along Somehow – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1949
6. Rockin’ Blues – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1949
7. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe – Atlantic 1950
8. Love Me Baby – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1950
9. Why – Ruth Brown & The Delta Rhythm Boys- Atlantic 1950
10. (I’ll Come Back) Someday – Ruth Brown & The Delta Rhythm Boys – Atlantic 1950
11. Sentimental Journey – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1950
12. I Can Dream, Can’t I – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1950
13. GREAT 78 – Where Can I Go – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1950
14. Dear Little Boy Of Mine – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1950
15. Am I Making The Same Mistake Again – Ruth Brown w/ Budd Johnson’s Orch – Atlantic 1950
16. Teardrops From My Eyes – Ruth Brown w/ Budd Johnson’s Orch – Atlantic 1950
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #159

Air Week: May 20-26, 2013

RavensThe Ravens

The “Juke In The Back” features The Ravens, an R&B vocal group that set the stage for all the groups that would follow. With Jimmy Ricks’ bass lead and some tremendous harmony behind him, The Ravens were the predecessors to the doo wop music that would follow in the 1950s. They formed in New York City in 1945 and quickly built a solid following, even before they had hits on the radio. Their “Ol’ Man River,” and “Write Me A Letter” were instant smashes in 1948, but it was their non-charting “Count Every Star” that proved to be the most influential. Music historian Billy Vera stops by the “Juke” to discuss the impact of “Count Every Star” while Matt The Cat examines the overall influence of this wonderful group. The Ravens along with The Orioles moved vocal group singing from its gospel and Ink Spots / Mills Brothers roots into the next phase…rock n’ roll. The Ravens story and star shine bright on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. I Dreamt I Dwelt In Harlem – Delta Rhythm Boys – Decca 1941
3. Bye Bye Baby Blues – The Ravens – Hub 1946
4. Ol’ Man River – The Ravens – National 1947
5. Mahzel – The Ravens – National 1947
6. Write Me A Letter – The Ravens – National 1947
7. Be I Bumble Bee Or Not – The Ravens – National 1947
8. There’s No You – The Ravens – National 1948
9. September Song – The Ravens – National 1948
10. Be On Your Merry Way – The Ravens – National 1948
11. Ricky’s Blues – The Ravens – National 1949
12. GREAT 78 – The House I Live In (That’s America To Me) – The Ravens – National 1949
13. Send For Me If You Need Me – The Ravens – National 1948
14. I Don’t Have To Ride No More – The Ravens – National 1949
15. Count Every Star – The Ravens – National 1950
16. Rock Me All Night Long – The Ravens – Mercury 1952
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #158

Air Week: May 13-19, 2013

PrisonairesJohnny Bragg (The Prisonaires & The Marigolds)

This week, Matt The Cat features the incredible story of Johnny Bragg. It’s one of the greatest stories in all of Rhythm & Blues and early Rock n’ Roll. At age 17, Johnny Bragg is sentenced to 594 years in prison on six counts of rape. He possesses one of the most beautiful tenors and thanks to prison reforms, he is allowed to record with his group, The Prisonaires for Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Their first release, “Just Walkin’ In The Rain” from 1953 becomes an instant vocal group classic and in 1956 is made into an enormous pop hit by Johnnie Ray. The Prisonaires cut 4 singles for Sun before changing their name to The Marigolds and scoring a top ten R&B hit in 1955 with “Rollin’ Stone.” The “Juke In The Back” honors Johnny Bragg and his immeasurable contribution to popular music through his story, his music and interviews from a new documentary film on The Prisonaires. Bragg’s story is one of the greatest seldom-told secrets from the back alleys of early Rhythm & Blues, but it’s in the forefront on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Surleen – The Prisonaires – Unissued 1954
3. Just Walkin’ In The Rain – The Prisonaires – Sun 1953
4. Baby Please – The Prisonaires – Sun 1953
5. My God Is Real – The Prisonaires – Sun 1953 – Sun 189
6. Softly and Tenderly – The Prisonaires – Sun 1953
7. A Prisoner’s Prayer – The Prisonaires – Sun 1953
8. I Know – The Prisonaires – Sun 1953
9. There Is Love In You – The Prisonaires – Sun 1954
10. What Will You Do Next – The Prisonaires – Sun 1954
11. Rollin’ Stone – The Marigolds – Excello 1955
12. GREAT 78 – Pork & Beans – The Solotones – Excello 1955
13. Love You Love You – The Marigolds – Excello 1955
14. It’s You Darling, It’s You – The Marigolds – Excello 1956
15. Foolish Me – Johnny Bragg – Excello 1956
16. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #157

Air Week: May 6-12, 2013

TreniersThe Treniers

There were so many influential Rhythm & Blues artists who had a great impact on the development of Rock n’ Roll, but were never able to profit from the new genre they helped to create. The Treniers were just one such group. Their core were the twins Cliff and Claude Trenier, who were later joined by their younger brothers Milt and Buddy. Their sound formed a great bridge from the swing bands of the 1940s to the rock n’ roll jump combos of the early ’50s. Matt The Cat digs up Claude Trenier’s first records as a vocalist for The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra as well as some early singles for the legendary Charles Mingus. We’ll dig into The Trenier Twins’ early sides for Mercury Records and then rock, roll and swing to their hep sides for the Okeh label. The Treniers only scored one national R&B hit, but they left their mark on the new music they helped to create and popularize; Rock n’ Roll. The Treniers’ story lights up this week’s “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. That Someone Must Be You – Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra – Decca 1944
3. Young Man’s Blues Pt. 1 – Claude Trenier With The Lamplighter All-Stars – Lamplighter 1946
4. Ain’t Jivin’ Blues – Charlie Mingus Sextet – Excelsior 1946
5. Buzz Buzz Buzz – The Trenier Twins – Mercury 1947
6. My Convertible Cadillac – The Trenier Twins – Mercury 1948
7. Everybody Get Together – The Treniers – London 1950
8. Go! Go! Go! – The Treniers – Okeh 1951 – June ’51
9. It Rocks, It Rolls, It Swings – The Treniers – Okeh 1952
10. Hadacol (That’s All) – The Treniers – Okeh 1952
11. Poon-Tang! – The Treniers – Okeh 1952
12. Rockin’ Is Our Business – The Treniers – Okeh 1953
13. GREAT 78 – The Moondog – The Treniers – Okeh 1952
14. This Is It – The Treniers – Okeh 1953
15. Rock Bottom – Milt Trenier & His Solid Six – RCA Victor 1953
16. (Uh! Oh!) Get Out Of The Car – The Treniers – Okeh 1955
17. Rock n’ Roll Call – The Treniers – Epic 1956
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #156

Air Week: April 29-May 5, 2013

RoyalsThe Royals (Early Midnighters)

This week, the “Juke In The Back” looks at the humble beginnings of The Midnighters, one of early R&B’s most successful groups. Before they topped the R&B charts with “Work With Me Annie” in 1954, The Midnighters were known as The Royals, a rough and ready group from the east side of Detroit. Charles Sutton, the Royal’s first great lead singer, shaped their early recordings (1952-53) in the style of The Orioles’ leader Sonny Til. That influence resulted in the recording of some amazing vocal group records, including the immortal “Moonrise” from 1952. Matt The Cat explores the Royals great early sides, their lineup changes (Hank Ballard joined in 1953) and their legal battles. You’ll only hear this great early rhythm & blues jumpin’ out of the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Deacon Moves In – Little Esther With Earle Warren Orch. – Federal 1951
3. Tell Me So – The Orioles – Jubilee 1949
4. Every Beat Of My Heart – The Royals – Federal 1952
5. All Night Long – The Royals – Federal 1952
6. Starting From Tonight – The Royals – Federal 1952
7. Moonrise – The Royals – Federal 1952
8. Fifth Street Blues – The Royals – Federal 1952
9. I’ll Never Let Her Go – The Royals – Federal 1952
10. What Did I Do – The Royals – Federal 1952
11. The Shrine of St. Cecilia – The Royals – Federal 1953
12. Get It – The Royals – Federal 1953
13. GREAT 78 – That’s It – The Royals – Federal 1953
14. Until I Die – The Royals – Federal 1954
15. Work With Me Annie – The Royals (The Midnighters) – Federal 1954
16. Shotgun Blues – Lightnin’ Hopkins – Aladdin 1950
17. Freddie – Carmen Taylor & The Boleros – Atlantic 1954
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946 

Episode #155

Air Week: April 22-28, 2013

Lil GreenwoodLil Greenwood

This week, the “Juke In The Back” pays tribute to a very dynamic, soulful and often passed over R&B female vocalist: Lil Greenwood. Today, Lil Greenwood is best remembered as a vocalist for Duke Ellington during the late ’50s and early ’60s, but it’s her R&B recordings from 1950-1954 that are the real standouts. She recorded for the Modern, Specialty and Federal labels and often had vocal groups like The Four Jacks and The Lamplighters backing her up. Hear Lil’s story and some of her greatest records on the “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Don’t Leave Me This Way – Fats Domino – Imperial 1954
3. The Monkey – Dave Bartholomew – Imperial 1957
4. Jungle King – Hot Lips Page – King 1953
5. Heart Full Of Pain – Lil Greenwood – Modern 1950
6. Ain’t Gonna Cry – Lil Greenwood – Modern 1950
7. Dissatisfied Blues – Lil Greenwood – Modern 1950
8. Sitting And Wondering – Lil Greenwood – Modern 1951
9. Love Will Make You A Slave – Lil Greenwood – Specialty 1952
10. Grandpa Can Boogie Too – Lil Greenwood & The Four Jacks – Federal 1952
11. Never Again – Lil Greenwood & The Four Jacks – Federal 1952
12. I’ll Go – Lil Greenwood – Federal 1953
13. GREAT 78 – Monday Morning Blues – Lil Greenwood & Little Willie Littlefield – Federal 1952
14. Mercy Me – Lil Greenwood – Federal 1954
15. Be Bop Wino – The Lamplighters – Federal 1953
16. Back Trackin’ (Dr. Daddy-O) – Paul Gayten – Regal 1949
17. Middle Of The Night – The Clovers – Atlantic 1952
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #154

Air Week: April 15-22, 2013

Jukebox Listener Request #1

This week’s “Juke In The Back” is completely turned over to YOU, the hep cats and crazy kittens who dig on these vintage Rhythm & Blues sounds each week. Matt The Cat is taking requests from all over the world and putting your voices on the air. We’ll hear from Germany, The Netherlands and Madison, Wisconsin, just to name a few of the exotic locales that called into the Juke Hotline at 812-JUKE-MTC. Our Jukers chose an eclectic mix of R&B going back to early Memphis Slim, a rarely heard duet between Earl Bostic and Bill Doggett, some LIVE Lavern Baker from 1956 and many more surprises. So gather up your nickels and dimes and prepare to hear the wildest show yet. It’s the first of hopefully more ALL REQUST “Juke In The Back” shows.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Bo-Do Rock – Earl Bostic & Bill Doggett – King 1956
3. Mamo Mamo – Marvin & Johnny & The Marsmen – Specialty 1955
4. Don’t Leave Me Fanny – The Royal Jokers – Atco 1956
5. Beal Street On A Saturday Night – Calvin Boze – Aladdin 1951
6. I’m Blue – Camille Howard Trio – Specialty 1950
7. Fee Fee Fi Fo Fum – Lavern Baker – LIVE on Alan Freed’s Rock n’ Roll Dance Party – 1956
8. Baby I Need You – El Dorados – Vee-Jay 1954
9. Beer Drinking Woman – Memphis Slim – Bluebird 1940
10. When My Baby Left Me – Cootie Williams & His Orch – Capitol 1945
11. One Mint Julep – The Clovers – Atlantic 1952
12. Drank Up All The Wine Last Night – Stick McGhee & His Spo-de-O-dee Buddies – Atlantic 1949
13. GREAT 78 – I’m So Good To You (Pretty Baby) – Jimmy “Baby Face” Lewis & His Band – Atlantic 1949
14. Aged & Mellow Blues – Little Esther – Federal 1952
15. The Train Kept A-Rollin’ – Tiny Bradshaw – King 1951
16. I Can’t Quit You Baby – Otis Rush – Cobra 1956
17. Golden Teardrops – The Flamingos – Chance 1953
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #153

Air Week: April 8 – 14, 2013

Fats DominoFats Domino Pt. 2 (1953-55)

The “Juke In The Back” is proud to feature Fats Domino, one of the most influential and popular recording stars of both Rhythm & Blues and Rock n’ Roll music. Fats’ streak of hit records was nearly unbroken from 1950-1963 and he did it without changing his core sound. He just kept on playin’ the New Orleans boogie woogie music that he grew up with. Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. got his first recording contract in early December of 1949 as bandleader Dave Bartholomew introduced him to Lew Chudd, the head of LA’s Imperial Records. Within days, they were in Cosimo Matassa’s famous J&M studios cutting Fats’ first record, “The Fat Man,” which sold over one million copies and made him a star. In part two of this two part series, Matt The Cat will spin the A and B sides of EVERY Fats Domino R&B charting single from mid-1953 thru his enormous crossover success in 1955 with “Ain’t It A Shame.” That record not only spent 11 weeks on top of the R&B charts, but it also crossed over and hit #10 on the Pop charts. Pat Boone would take his cover version to #1, thus giving Fats Domino even more Pop exposure. This show will also feature some great non-charting records and fabulous instrumentals from this time period as well. So c’mon and dig the R&B roots of Fats Domino, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Rose Mary – Fats Domino – Imperial 1953
3. You Said You Love Me – Fats Domino – Imperial 1953
4. Something’s Wrong – Fats Domino – Imperial 1953
5. Don’t Leave Me This Way – Fats Domino – Imperial 1953
6. You Done Me Wrong – Fats Domino – Imperial 1954
7. Little School Girl – Fats Domino – Imperial 1954
8. Thinking Of You – Fats Domino – Imperial 1954
9. I Know – Fats Domino – Imperial 1954
10. Don’t You Know – Fats Domino – Imperial 1955
11. Helping Hand (A Long Way From Home) – Fats Domino – Imperial 1955
12. Ain’t It A Shame – Fats Domino – Imperial 1955
13. GREAT 78 – Where Did You Stay – Fats Domino – Imperial 1954
14. La-La – Fats Domino – Imperial 1955
15. You Can Pack Your Suitcase – Fats Domino – Imperial 1954
16. Swanee River Hop – Fats Domino – Imperial 1956
17. Domino Stomp (Twistin’ The Stomp) – Fats Domino – Imperial 1956
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #152

Air Week: April 1 – 7, 2013

Fats DominoFats Domino Pt. 1 (1950-53)

The “Juke In The Back” is proud to feature Fats Domino, one of the most influential and popular recording stars of both Rhythm & Blues and Rock n’ Roll music. Fats’ streak of hit records was nearly unbroken from 1950-1963 and he did it without changing his core sound. He just kept on playin’ the New Orleans boogie woogie music that he grew up with. Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. got his first recording contract in early December of 1949 as bandleader Dave Bartholomew introduced him to Lew Chudd, the head of LA’s Imperial Records. Within days, they were in Cosimo Matassa’s famous J&M studios cutting Fats’ first record, “The Fat Man,” which sold over one million copies and made him a star. In part one of this two part series, Matt The Cat will spin the A and B sides of EVERY Fats Domino R&B charting single from 1950 to 1953. Part 2 will pick it up and spin the charting singles up through Domino’s big Pop crossover success with “Ain’t It A Shame” in 1955. We’re diggin’ on the R&B roots of Fats Domino, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. The Fat Man – Fats Domino – Imperial 1950
3. Detroit City Blues – Fats Domino – Imperial 1950
4. Every Night About This Time – Fats Domino – Imperial 1950
5. Korea Blues – Fats Domino – Imperial 1950
6. Careless Love – Fats Domino – Imperial 1951
7. Rockin’ Chair – Fats Domino – Imperial 1951
8. Going Home – Fats Domino – Imperial 1952
9. Reeling And Rocking – Fats Domino – Imperial 1952
10. Poor Poor Me – Fats Domino – Imperial 1952
11. Trust In Me – Fats Domino – Imperial 1952
12. How Long – Fats Domino – Imperial 1952
13. GREAT 78 – Dreaming – Fats Domino – Imperial 1952
14. Going To The River – Fats Domino – Imperial 1953
15. Mardi Gras In New Orleans – Fats Domino – Imperial 1953
16. Please Don’t Leave Me – Fats Domino – Imperial 1953
17. The Girl I Love – Fats Domino – Imperial 1953
*18. Don’t Lie To Me – Fats Domino – Imperial 1951
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #151

Air Week: March 25 – 31, 2013

Spark RecordsSpark Records

The “Juke In The Back” is proud to present one of the premiere, short-lived R&B record labels of the 1950s. Started by songwriters Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller after they were stiffed on royalty payments for Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog,” Spark records only lasted for a year and a half. In that time they wrote and produced some of early rock’s most defining songs like “Riot In Cell Block #9″ and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” for The Robins, “Love Me” for Willie & Ruth (Elvis Presley would go on to cut it), “One Bad Stud” for San Francisco’s The Honey Bears and many more. Spark was cut short in 1955, when Atlantic Records offered Leiber & Stoller an offer they couldn’t refuse. Catch the Spark Records story this week on the “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Farewell – Willie & Ruth – Spark 1954
3. Easyville – Gil Bernal – Spark 1954
4. Riot In Cell Block #9 – The Robins – Spark 1954
5. One Bad Stud – The Honey Bears – Spark 1954
6. Love Me – Willie & Ruth – Spark 1954
7. King Solomon’s Blues – Gil Bernal – Spark 1954
8. Hoo-Doo Say – The Sly Fox – Spark 1954
9. If Teardrops Were Kisses – The Robins – Spark 1955
10. My Four Women – The Sly Fox – Spark 1955
11. I Gotta New Car – Big Boy Groves – Spark 1955
12. Bring It On Back – Mister Ruffin – Spark 1955
13. GREAT 78 – Whadaya Want – The Robins – Spark 1955
14. Zerlene – Gene & Billy – Spark 1955
15. Just Say The Word – Frankie Marshall – Spark 1955
16. Another Fool (Sings The Blues) – Ray Agee – Spark 1955
17. Tree Stump Jump – Garland The Great – Spark 1955
18. Smoky Joe’s Caf – The Robins – Spark 1955
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #150

Air Week: March 18 – 24, 2013

Camille HowardCamille Howard

The pre-Rock n’ Roll era is full of unsung performers who’s style directly impacted those who came after. This week’s “Juke In The Back” spotlight on Camille Howard is one such example. Her boogie woogie piano style was inventive, fluid and pure joy. It left a lasting impression on Ike Turner, Fats Domino and Professor Longhair. Howard rose to fame as the pianist for Roy Milton & His Solid Senders in the mid-1940s. Their breakthrough smash, “R.M. Blues” featured her fantastic piano style and the public took notice. Soon, Art Rupe of Specialty Records had her releasing solo records under The Camille Howard Trio while she remained with Roy Milton. Matt The Cat will dig into Howard’s best work with The Solid Senders as well as her solo material up through 1956, when she left music for good. Camille Howard, along with Hadda Brooks must be remembered as pioneering instrumentalists in the developing field of Rhythm & Blues, which of course led to the birth of Rock n’ Roll. Camille Howard’s star shines on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. R.M. Blues – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Juke Box 1946
3. Camille’s Boogie – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Specialty 1947
4. Thrill Me – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Specialty 1947
5. X-Temporaneous Boogie – Camille Howard Trio – Specialty 1948
6. You Don’t Love Me – Camille Howard Trio – Specialty 1948
7. The Mood I’m In – Camille Howard Trio – Specialty 1949
8. Fiesta In Old Mexico – Camille Howard Trio – Specialty 1949
9. O Sole Mio Boogie – Camille Howard Trio – Specialty 1950
10. Shrinking Up Fast – Camille Howard Trio – Specialty 1950
11. That’s The One For Me – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Specialty 1950
12. Money Blues – Camille Howard & Her Boy Friends – Specialty 1951
13. GREAT 78 – I’m Blue – Camille Howard Trio – Specialty 1950
14. Excite Me Daddy – Camille Howard – Federal 1953
15. Are You Losing Your Mind – Camille Howard – Federal 1953
16. Business Woman – Camille Howard – Vee-Jay 1956
17. Mr. Fine – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Miltone 1947 – Camille on lead
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #149

Air Week: March 11 – 17, 2013

The CheckersThe Checkers

The “Juke In The Back” features another highly underrated R&B vocal group from the 1950s: The Checkers. They never scored a national hit, but they’re one of the finest examples of polished 1950s R&B and their story deserves to be shared. The Checkers were formed after tenor Charlie White and bass Bill Brown split from Bill Ward & His Dominoes. They had some regional success with “House With No Windows,” an uptempo version of “White Cliffs Of Dover” and “Don’t Stop Dan,” the sequel to “Sixty Minute Man.” Matt The Cat digs through a mess of King Records 78s to bring you the best and most influential sides that this great R&B vocal group has to offer on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Let The Four Winds Blow – Roy Brown – Imperial 1957
3. Elevator Boogie – Mabel Scott – Exclusive 1948
4. Flame In My Heart – The Checkers – King 1952
5. Oh, Oh, Oh Baby – The Checkers – King 1952
6. Night’s Curtains – The Checkers – King 1952
7. Let Me Come Back – The Checkers – King 1952
8. My Prayer Tonight – The Checkers – King 1953
9. Ghost Of My Baby – The Checkers – King 1953
10. You Never Had It So Good – The Checkers – King 1953
11. White Cliffs Of Dover – The Checkers – King 1953
12. House With No Windows – The Checkers – King 1954
13. GREAT 78 – Love Wasn’t There – The Checkers – King 1953
14. Don’t Stop Dan – The Checkers – King 1954
15. Can’t Find My Sadie – The Checkers – King 1954
16. 4-11=44 – Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers – Imperial 1953
17. Lost My Baby – Larry Darnell – Regal 1949
18. Bells In My Heart – The Spiders – Imperial 1955
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #148

Air Week: March 4 – 10, 2013

Cobra RecordsCobra Records

Cobra Records left quite a bite, even thought this little West Side Chicago label was only in existence for three short years. Cobra was started by television repair shop owner Eli Toscano in the summer of 1956. Toscano was lucky enough to snag Willie Dixon from Chess Records to write, produce and scout talent for his new label. They hit gold right out of the gate, when Cobra’s first release, “I Can’t Quit You Baby” by Otis Rush went to #6 on the national R&B charts. Cobra would not score another hit record, but they are credited with popularizing the West Side blues style of their young artists; Otis Rush, Magic Sam and Buddy Guy. In fact, Magic Sam’s “All You Love” and Otis Rush’s “Double Trouble” are considered bonafied blues classics today. Betty Everett recorded her first sides for Cobra and Ike Turner recorded some of his last before forming Ike & Tina Turner. So get ready to fall under the spell of Cobra Records as Matt The Cat spins this little label’s best sides on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. I Can’t Quit You Baby – Otis Rush – Cobra 1956
3. Rock and Roll Boogie – The Clouds – Cobra 1956
4. Have A Good Time – Shakey Horton – Cobra 1956
5. Mambo Fiesta – The Calvaes – Cobra 1956 \
6. Violent Love – Otis Rush & His Band – Cobra 1956
7. Shake It – Duke Jenkins – Cobra 1957
8. I Don’t Care Who Knows – Harold Burrage – Cobra 1957
9. My Love – Betty Everett – Cobra 1957
10. All Your Love – Magic Sam – Cobra 1957
11. Look Whatcha Done – Magic Sam – Cobra 1958
12. Double Trouble – Otis Rush & His Band – Cobra 1958
13. GREAT 78 – Love Me With A Feeling – Magic Sam – Cobra 1957
14. I’ll Weep No More – Betty Everett & The Willie Dixon Band – Cobra 1958
15. Roll Your Money Maker – Shakey Jake & The Willie Dixon Band – Artistic 1958
16. Try To Quit You Baby – Buddy Guy & His Band – Artistic 1958
17. (I Know) You Don’t Love Me – Ike Turner’s Kings Of Rhythm – Artistic 1959
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #147

Air Week: February 25 – March 3, 2013

Cab CallowayCab Calloway

If you’re “hep to the jive” and can “dig the scene,” then you’re in for a treat on this week’s “Juke In The Back.” Matt The Cat presents Cab Calloway: the “Father of R&B,” the “Grandfather of Rock n’ Roll” and the “Hi De Ho Man.” There is no question that Cab Calloway planted the seeds that would grow into Rhythm & Blues on his 1931 Brunswick single “Minnie The Moocher.” That song would go on to have a life of its own, inspiring sequels and re-recorded versions for the rest of Calloway’s career. The tune would be revived yet again in 1980, when it and Cab Calloway were featured in the “Blues Brothers” film. Cab accomplished so much in his career, from breaking down the color barrier in motion pictures to introducing the world to scat singing and jive talking. He had a musical language and style all his own and we celebrate the great, influential Cab Calloway on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Minnie The Moocher – Cab Calloway & His Orch – Brunswick 1931
3. St. Louis Blues – Cab Calloway & The Missourians – JSP 1930
4. St. James Infirmary – Cab Calloway & His Orch – Brunswick 1931
5. Kickin’ The Gong Around – Cab Calloway & His Orch – Brunswick 1931
6. Reefer Man – Cab Calloway & His Orch – Brunswick 1932
7. Chinese Rhythm – Cab Calloway & His Orch – Brunswick 1934
8. (Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin’ Jive – Cab Calloway & His Orch – Vocalion 1939
9. Are You Hep To The Jive – Cab Calloway & His Orch – Okeh 1940
10. Blues In The Night – Cab Calloway & His Orch – Okeh 1942
11. The Honeydripper – Cab Calloway & His Orch – Columbia 1946
12. GREAT 78 – Are You All Reet – Cab Calloway & His Orch – Okeh 1941
13. Everybody Eats When They Come To My House – Cab Calloway & His Orch – Columbia 1947
14. The Calloway Boogie – Cab Calloway & His Orch – Columbia 1948
15. Minnie The Moocher – Cab Calloway & His Orch – RCA 1978
16. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #146

Air Week: February 18 – 24, 2013

Billy The Kid EmersonBilly “The Kid” Emerson

The “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat features Billy “The Kid” Emerson, a talented R&B singer and songwriter who never had a hit record, but his songs were covered by the likes of Elvis Presley and Billy Riley. Originally from Tarpon Springs, FL, Billy Emerson burst on the scene in 1954, with the help of friend Ike Turner. He released a string of stellar R&B records for Sun, before moving on to Vee-Jay, Chess and many others. Elvis recorded Emerson’s very soulful, “When It Rains, It Pours” and Billy Riley made Emerson’s “Red Hot” a rockabilly standard. Billy “The Kid” Emerson’s story and music is the feature of this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Sheik Of Araby – The Colts – Antler 1956
3. Jump, Everybody, Jump – Joe Morris Blues Cavalcade – Atlantic 1951
4. No Teasing Around – Billy “The Kid” Emerson – Sun 1954
5. The Woodchuck – Billy (The Kid) Emerson – Sun 1954
6. I’m Not Going Home – Billy (The Kid) Emerson – Sun 1954
7. Move Baby Move – Billy (The Kid) Emerson – Sun 1955
8. When It Rains, It Pours – Billy (The Kid) Emerson – Sun 1955
9. Red Hot – Billy “The Kid” Emerson – Sun 1955
10. No Greater Love – Billy “The Kid” Emerson – Sun 1955
11. Little Fine Healthy Thing – Billy “The Kid” Emerson – Sun 1956
12. Every Woman I know – Billy “The Kid” Emerson – Vee-Jay 1957
13. GREAT 78 – If Lovin’ Is Believing – Billy “The Kid” Emerson – Sun 1954
14. The Pleasure Is All Mine – Billy “The Kid” Emerson – Vee-Jay 1957
15. Give Me A Little Love – Billy Emerson – Chess 1958
16. Alarm Clock Boogie – Odelle Turner – Atlantic 1952
17. Sweet Dreams – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1955
18. Real Gone – Amos Milburn – Aladdin 1947
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #145

Air Week: February 11 – 17, 2013

CloversThe Clovers Pt. 3 (1956-58)

The Clovers were the most successful rhythm & blues vocal group from 1951 to 1955, racking up 16 top 10 R&B singles during that time-frame. Three of those singles went to #1. Though they didn’t have a huge career defining hit, like The Dominoes did with “Sixty Minute Man,” The Clovers claim to fame was consistency. You always knew what you were going to get with a Clovers record. Most of their songs were mid-tempo with tight, limited instrumentation, beautifully blended harmonies and catchy, memorable lyrics. This week, “Juke In The Back” presents part 3 of a 3 part feature on this ground-breaking pre-rock n’ roll group. In part 3, we’ll cover EVERY Clovers’ release (both A and B sides) from early 1956 to the middle of 1958. 1956 was the group’s last year as hit-makers. They scored two R&B top ten hits with “Hey Doll Baby” and “Love, Love, Love” (which also hit the pop charts) and then they didn’t score another hit until their final hit, “Love Potion #9″ in mid-1959. But during this dry spell, The Clovers managed to release some memorable, quality records, such as the Chuck Willis penned, “From The Bottom Of My Heart,” the jivin’, “Down In The Alley” and the catchy, “The Gossip Wheel.” Also, during this time, the group left Atlantic Records and jumped to their manager’s Poplar label before ending up on United Artists in 1959. It’s the final chapter of my 3 part special on the amazing Clovers, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Hey Doll Baby – The Clovers – Atlantic 1956
3. Love, Love, Love – The Clovers – Atlantic 1956
4. Your Tender Lips – The Clovers – Atlantic 1956
5. From The Bottom Of My Heart – The Clovers – Atlantic 1956
6. Bring Me Love – The Clovers – Atlantic 1956
7. Baby Baby, Oh My Darling – The Clovers – Atlantic 1956
8. Here Comes Romance – The Clovers – Atlantic 1957
9. You Good Looking Woman – The Clovers – Atlantic 1957
10. I I I Love You – The Clovers – Atlantic 1957
11. So Young – The Clovers – Atlantic 1957
12. Down In The Alley – The Clovers – Atlantic 1957
13. GREAT 78 – A Lonely Fool – The Clovers – Atlantic 1956
14. There’s No Tomorrow – The Clovers – Atlantic 1957
15. Wishing For Your Love – The Clovers – Atlantic 1958
16. All About You – The Clovers – Atlantic 1958
17. The Gossip Wheel – The Clovers – Poplar 1958
18. Please Come On To Me – The Clovers – Poplar 1958
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #144

Air Week: February 4 – 10, 2013

The CloversThe Clovers Pt. 2 (1953-56)

The Clovers were the most successful rhythm & blues vocal group from 1951 to 1955, racking up 16 top 10 R&B singles during that time-frame. Three of those singles went to #1. Though they didn’t have a huge career defining hit, like The Dominoes did with “Sixty Minute Man,” The Clovers claim to fame was consistency. You always knew what you were going to get with a Clovers record. Most of their songs were mid-tempo with tight, limited instrumentation, beautifully blended harmonies and catchy, memorable lyrics. This week, “Juke In The Back” presents part 2 of a 3 part feature on this ground-breaking pre-rock n’ roll group. In part 2, we’ll cover EVERY Clovers’ release (both A and B sides) from mid-1953 to the beginning of 1956. During this time, lead vocalist Buddy Bailey was drafted, so Charlie White, formally of the Dominoes and The Checkers was brought in to sing on “Good Lovin’,” which hit #2 on the R&B charts as well as the classic “Lovey Dovey.” When things didn’t work out with White, the group hired Billy Mitchell, who lends his versatile voice to “Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash” and “In The Morning Time,” until Buddy Bailey was discharged and could return to lead the group. It’s part 2 of 3 on the amazing Clovers, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Good Lovin’ – The Clovers – Atlantic 1953
3. Comin’ On – The Clovers – Atlantic 1953
4. The Feeling Is So Good – The Clovers – Atlantic 1953
5. Lovey Dovey – The Clovers – Atlantic 1954
6. Little Mama – The Clovers – Atlantic 1954
7. Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash – The Clovers – Atlantic 1954
8. I’ve Got My Eyes On You – The Clovers – Atlantic 1954
9. I Confess – The Clovers – Atlantic 1954
10. Blue Velvet – The Clovers – Atlantic 1954
11. If You Love Me – The Clovers – Atlantic 1954
12. Love Bug – The Clovers – Atlantic 1955
13. GREAT 78 – Alrighty Oh Sweetie – The Clovers – Atlantic 1954
14. In The Morning Time – The Clovers – Atlantic 1955
15. Nip Sip – The Clovers – Atlantic 1955
16. If I Could Be Loved By You – The Clovers – Atlantic 1955
17. Devil Or Angel – The Clovers – Atlantic 1956
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #143

Air Week: January 28 – February 3, 2013

CloversThe Clovers Pt. 1 (1950-53)

The Clovers were the most successful rhythm & blues vocal group from 1951 to 1955, racking up 16 top 10 R&B singles during that time-frame. There of those singles went to #1. Though they didn’t have a huge career defining hit, like The Dominoes did with “Sixty Minute Man,” The Clovers claim to fame was consistency. You always knew what you were going to get with a Clovers record. Most of their songs were mid-tempo with tight, limited instrumentation, beautifully blended harmonies and catchy, memorable lyrics. Atlantic co-founder Ahmet Ertegun oversaw their quality control, writing every one of their #1 records. This week, “Juke In The Back” begins a 3 show feature on this ground-breaking pre-rock n’ roll group. In part 1, we’ll cover EVERY Clovers’ release (both A and B sides) from their debut on Rainbow Records in 1950 to their mid-1953 Atlantic releases. In-between, you’ll find almost #1s, “One Mint Julep” and “Crawlin’” as well as their monster hits, “Don’t You Know I love You So,” “Fool, Fool, Fool” and “Ting-A-Ling.” We even get the inside scoop on how the Clovers were signed to Atlantic from an interview Matt The Cat conducted with the late Ahmet Ertegun several years ago. It’s part 1 of 3 on the amazing Clovers, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Yes Sir, That’s My Baby – The Clovers – Rainbow 1950
3. When You Come Back To Me – The Clovers – Rainbow 1950
4. Don’t You Know I Love You So – The Clovers – Atlantic 1951
5. Skylark – The Clovers – Atlantic 1951
6. Fool, Fool, Fool – The Clovers – Atlantic 1951
7. Needless – The Clovers – Atlantic 1951
8. One Mint Julep – The Clovers – Atlantic 1952
9. Middle Of The Night – The Clovers – Atlantic 1952
10. Ting-A-Ling – The Clovers – Atlantic 1952
11. Wonder Where My Baby’s Gone – The Clovers – Atlantic 1952
12. Hey Miss Fannie – The Clovers – Atlantic 1952
13. GREAT 78 – Yes, It’s You – The Clovers – Atlantic 1953
14. I Played The Fool – The Clovers – Atlantic 1952
15. Crawlin’ – The Clovers – Atlantic 1953
16. Here Goes A Fool – The Clovers – Atlantic 1953
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946  

Episode #142

Air Week: January 21 – 27, 2013

Johnny Moore's Three BlazersJohnny Moore’s Three Blazers

This week’s “Juke In The Back” is dedicated to one of the true unsung heroes of 1940s and ’50s rhythm & blues, Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers. The group is mostly remembered as the springboard for vocalist/pianist Charles Brown and today they are generally only recognized for their 1946 smash, “Driftin’ Blues.” However, back in the late 1940s, The Three Blazers scored R&B hit after hit. Between Johnny Moore’s influential guitar licks and Charles Brown’s tasty piano, The Three Blazers were at the top of their genre. However, their sound fell out of favor as soon as the blues shouters and jump blues combos took over, setting the stage for the coming rock n’ roll explosion. Their first records were made for the tiny Atlas label in 1944 and featured an uncredited Frankie Laine on vocals. They then backed up Ivory Joe Hunter in 1945, before Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers hit the bigtime in 1946. Matt The Cat will cover Johnny Moore’s years with Charles Brown as well as those following Brown’s departure. This week’s “Juke In The Back” is the definitive look at Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, vintage R&B icons.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Melancholy Madeline – Oscar Moore w/ The Three Blazers – Atlas 1944
3. Blues At Sunrise – Ivory Joe Hunter w/ Johnny Moore’s 3 Blazers – Exclusive 1945
4. Driftin’ Blues – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Philo 1946
5. Sunny Road – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Exclusive 1946
6. So Long – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Modern 1946
7. New Orleans Blues – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Exclusive 1947
8. Changeable Woman Blues – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Exclusive 1947
9. Groovy Movie Blues – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Exclusive 1948
10. Jilted Blues – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Exclusive 1948
11. More Than You Know – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Modern 1948
12. Lonesome Blues – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Exclusive 1948
13. GREAT 78 – Johnny Ace’s Last Letter – Johnny Moore’s Blazers – Hollywood 1955
14. Where Can I Find My Baby – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Exclusive 1949
15. Walkin’ Blues – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – RCA Victor 1949
16. Dragnet Blues – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Modern 1953
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #141

Air Week: January 14 – 20, 2013

1953: Jukebox Rhythm Review1953: Jukebox Rhythm Review Pt 2

This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 60 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the second half of 1953. You’ll hear a lot more than just the big #1 R&B hits this week as we dig deep into the jukebox lists to feature seldom heard tunes by The Clovers, Eddie Boyd and The Coronets. The juke will also be jumpin’ with top tunes from Faye Adams, Johnny Ace and Big Joe Turner. These are the top requested records that were spinning on the jukebox in the back of the establishment. It’s part 2 of 2 on the 1953 Rhythm Review on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Please Love Me – B. B. King & His Orch – RPM 1953
3. Good Lovin’ – The Clovers – Atlantic 1953
4. The Clock – Johnny Ace – Duke 1953
5. Third Degree – Eddie Boyd – Chess 1953
6. Crying In The Chapel – Sonny Til & The Orioles – Jubilee 1953
7. Nadine – The Coronets – Chess 1953
8. Shake A Hand – Faye Adams w/ Joe Morris Orch – Herald 1953
9. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer – Amos Milburn & His Aladdin Chickenshakers – Aladdin 1953
10. Blues With A Feeling – Little Walter & His Jukes – Checker 1953
11. Rags To Riches – The Dominoes – Federal 1953
12. Money Honey – Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters – Atlantic 1953
13. GREAT 78 – Drunk – Jimmy Liggins & His 3-D Music – Specialty 1953
14. Marie – The Four Tunes – Jubilee 1953
15. I Had A Notion – Joe Morris & His Orch w/ Alan Savage – Herald 1953
16. Honey Hush – Joe Turner – Atlantic 1953
17. I’ll Be True – Faye Adams & Joe Morris Orch – Herald 1953
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #140

Air Week: January 7 – 13, 2013

1953: Jukebox Rhythm Review1953: Jukebox Rhythm Review Pt. 1

This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 60 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the first half of 1953. You’ll hear a lot more than just the big #1 R&B hits this week as we dig deep into the jukebox lists to feature seldom heard tunes by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, The Emitt Slay Trio and King Pleasure. The juke will also be jumpin’ with top tunes from The “5″ Royales, Ruth Brown and Fats Domino. These are the top requested records that were spinning on the jukebox in the back of the establishment. It’s part 1 of 2 on the 1953 Rhythm Review on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Baby Don’t Do It – The “5″ Royales – Apollo 1953
3. Dream Girl – Jesse & Marvin – Specialty 1953
4. Soft – Tiny Bradshaw – King 1953
5. My Kind Of Woman – Emitt Slay Trio – Savoy 1953
6. (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1953
7. Red Top – King Pleasure w/ Betty Carter & Charlie Ferguson Band – Prestige 1953
8. Hound Dog – Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton – Peacock 1953
9. Going To The River – Fats Domino – Imperial 1953
10. I Wanna Know – The Du Droppers – RCA Victor 1953
11. Bear Cat – Rufus “Hound Dog” Thomas Jr. – Sun 1953
12. I’m Mad – Willie Mabon – Chess 1953
13. GREAT 78 – Gabbin’ Blues – Big Maybelle – Okeh 1953
14. Is It A Dream – The Vocaleers – Red Robin 1953
15. Help Me Somebody – The “5″ Royales – Apollo 1953
16. Dragnet Blues – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Modern 1953
17. Get It – The Royals – Federal 1953
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #139

Air Week: December 31, 2012 – January 6, 2013

The CricketsThe Crickets

The “Juke In The Back” is loaded with records by the 1950s R&B vocal group, The Crickets. They hailed from The Bronx and only recorded from late 1952 to 1954, but man did they lay down some sweet harmonies. Buddy Holly would take the name to the top of the charts, but these guys had it first. Grover “Dean” Barlow led the group vocally, but it was record label owner Joe Davis that would ultimately control their fate. Matt The Cat tells the story of the original Crickets and their 3 group incarnations on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. The Walkin’ Blues (Walk Right In, Walk Right Out) – Jesse Powell Orch. With Fluffy Hunter – Federal 1952
3. That Man Is Walking – Larry Liggett – Chess 1954
4. You’re Mine – The Crickets – MGM 1953
5. Milk & Gin – The Crickets – MGM 1953
6. For You I Have Eyes – The Crickets – MGM 1953
7. I’ll Cry No More – The Crickets – MGM 1953
8.When I Met You – The Crickets – Jay-Dee 1953
9. I’m Not The One You Love – The Crickets – Jay Dee 1953
10. Changing Partners – The Crickets – Jay-Dee 1953 -
11. Are You Looking For A Sweetheart – The Crickets – Jay-Dee 1954
12. Be Faithful – The Crickets – Beacon 1954
13. GREAT 78 – Just You – The Crickets – Jay-Dee 1953
14. I’ll String Along With You – Dean Barlow – Jay-Dee 1955
15. Fat Daddy – Dinah Washington – Mercury 1953
16. Mardi Gras – Joe Lutcher & His Orch. – Modern 1949
17. Are You Hep To The Jive – Cab Calloway – Okeh 1940
18. Are You Sorry – The Whispers – Gotham 1955
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #138

Air Week: December 24 – 30, 2012

Lindy HopChristmas Leftovers & New Year’s Resolutions

Matt The Cat has dug up some more R&B Christmas treasures and added a few tunes about New Years for this week’s continuation of the “Juke In The Back” R&B Christmas Special. The holiday juke is jumpin’ with cool tunes by Big John Greer, Champion Jack Dupree, Lowell Fulson, The Moonglows, Marvin & Johnny and many more. The range of topics is wide, from dancing Santas to lonely Christmases to making up with your baby on New Year’s Eve. So get hungry for some Christmas leftovers and plan your New Year’s resolutions this week with Matt The Cat on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Far Away Christmas Blues – Little Esther With The Johnny Otis Orch – Savoy 1950
3. It’s Christmas – Marvin & Johnny – Aladdin 1958
4. Santa Claus Blues – Champion Jack Dupree – Davis 1945
5. Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney – Ella Fitzgerald – Decca 1950
6. We Wanna To See Santa Do The Mambo – Big John Greer – Groove 1955
7. Lonesome Christmas – Lowell Fulson – Swingtime 1950
8. Just A Lonely Christmas – The Moonglows – Chance 1953
9. I’ll Miss You This Christmas – Marvin & The Chips – Virginia 1955
10. Be Bop Santa Claus – Babs Gonzales – Bruce 1954
11. Mr. Santa’s Boogie – The Marshall Brothers – Savoy 1951
12 Wonderful Christmas Night – Dan Grissom – Jewel (Unissued) 1948
13. GREAT 78 – Merry Xmas – Little Willie Littlefield – Modern 1949
14. Hello, Mr. New Year – The Coolbreezers – Bale 1958
15. Happy New Year Baby – Johnny Otis & His Orch – Excelsior 1947
16. Ringing In A Brand New Year – Billy Ward & His Dominoes – Federal 1953
17. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – The Orioles – Jubilee 1950
18. The Christmas Song – King Cole Trio – Capitol 1946
19. White Christmas – Charlie Parker – Recorded Live, 12/25/1948 

 

Episode #137

Air Week: December 17 – 23, 2012

R&B ChristmasRhythm & Blues Christmas

The entire “Juke In The Back” is loaded with the greatest R&B Christmas records from the late 1940s and 1950s. It’s the yuletide soul that came before rock n’ roll. From the all-time classics by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters and The Orioles to some rarer Christmas plattahs from Amos Milburn, JB Summers and The Five Keys. So grab some ‘nog and get groovin’.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Rockin N Rollin With Santa Claus – The Hepsters – Ronel 1955
3. Jingle Jangle – The Penguins – Mercury 1955
4. Christmas In Jail – The Youngsters – Empire 1956
5. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus – Mabel Scott – Excelsior 1948
6. Hey Santa Claus – The Moonglows – Chance 1953
7. Christmas Date Boogie – Joe Turner – Downbeat 1948
8. Dig That Crazy Santa Claus – Oscar McLollie – Modern 1954
9. Christmas In Heaven – Billy Ward & His Dominoes – Federal 1953
10. Christmas Spirits – Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends – Capitol 1947
11. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Cadillacs – Josie 1956
12. (It’s Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas – The Orioles – Jubilee 1949
13. I Want A Present For Xmas – J.B. Summers & The Blues Shouters – Gotham 1949
14. GREAT 78 – Let’s Make Christmas Merry, Baby – Amos Milburn – Aladdin 1950
15. It’s Christmas Time – The Five Keys – Aladdin 1951
16. White Christmas – Clyde McPhatter & The The Drifters – Atlantic 1954
17. Merry Christmas Baby – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Exclusive 1947
18. Silent Night – The Ravens – National 1948
19. White Christmas – Charlie Parker – Recorded Live, 12/25/1948

Episode #136

Air Week: December 10 – 16, 2012

The (original) Diamonds & R&B Songs About Detroit

The “Juke In The Back” takes a look at one of New York’s greatest, but almost unheard of R&B vocal groups: The Diamonds. They only got 3 singles released by Atlantic Records during 1952 and ’53 and would fade into history by 1955, but their harmonies are second to none. “Sonny” Wright’s lead baritone remains much admired as does Myles Hardy’s tenor. Hear all six of the Diamond’s known songs this week. Plus, Matt The Cat also features R&B songs about Detroit with Blind Blake, Tampa Red, John Lee Hooker and Fats Domino weighing in on the Motor City and Hastings Street, the cultural center of African-American life during the 20s to the 60s.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Rockola – Joe Lutcher – Modern 1949
3. Lily Maybelle – The Valentines – Rama 1955
4. Baby Please Don’t Go – Rose Mitchell – Imperial 1954
5. Call Baby Call – The Diamonds – Atlantic 1952
6. Beggar For Your Kisses – The Diamonds – Atlantic 1952
7. Two Loves Have I – The Diamonds – Atlantic 1953
8. I’ll Live Again – The Diamonds – Atlantic 1953
9. Romance In The Dark – The Diamonds – Atlantic 1953
10. Cherry – The Diamonds – Atlantic 1953
11. Thrill Me – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Specialty 1947
12. Brazil – The Coasters – Atco 1956
13. GREAT 78 – Together (We Will Always Be) – Chuck Berry – Chess 1955
14. Hastings Street – Charlie Spand & Blind Blake – Paramount 1929 & Columbia 1947
15. Detroit Blues – Tampa Red – Bluebird 1938
16. Detroit Jump – Big Maceo – RCA Victor 1945
17. Boogie Chillun – John Lee Hooker – Modern 1948
18. Detroit City Blues – Fats Domino – Imperial 1950
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946 

Episode #135

Air Week: December 3 – 9, 2012

The Cadillacs

The Cadillacs began their journey in 1953 as The Carnations and when they changed their name they helped usher in a new era of automobile names for R&B vocal groups. Lead tenor Earl “Speedo” Carroll and bass singer Bobby Phillips forged a friendship that would carry on from their days growing up in Harlem until the day each of them passed on. While together, The Cadillacs produced some of the coolest jump tunes from the classic “Speedo” to the jazzy “Down The Road” and the killer “No Chance.” As a ballad group, Speedo and the boys recorded the version of the immortal “Gloria” that all other vocal groups are measured against as well as other gorgeous tunes like “You Are” and “The Girl I Love.” Matt The Cat features an interview with Earl Carroll himself, so that he can tell The Cadillacs story in his own words. We lost Earl Carroll and a little piece of early rock n’ roll on November 25, 2012, but Speedo will never be forgotten in the hearts of those who dig REAL vocal group harmony.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Speedo – The Cadillacs – Josie 1955
3. Earl Carroll Interview #1
4. Gloria – The Cadillacs – Josie 1954
5. I Wonder Why – The Cadillacs – Josie 1954
6. Wishing Well – The Cadillacs – Josie 1954
7. No Chance – The Cadillacs – Josie 1955
8. Earl Carroll Interview #2
9. Speedo – The Cadillacs – LIVE on Alan Freed’s Rock & Roll Dance Party 1956
10. Earl Carroll Interview #3
11. Down The Road – The Cadillacs – Josie 1955
12. You Are – The Cadillacs – Josie 1956
13. GREAT 78 – I Want To Know About Love – The Cadillacs – Josie 1954
14. Zoom – The Cadillacs – Josie 1956
15. Earl Carroll Interview #4
16. Woe Is Me – The Cadillacs – Josie 1956
17. The Girl I Love – The Cadillacs – Josie 1956
18. Speedo Is Back – The Cadillacs – Josie 1958
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #134

Air Week: November 26 – December 2, 2012

Pee Wee Crayton

The “Juke In The Back” honors one of the greatest, yet more underrated originators of electric blues guitar: Pee Wee Crayton. Matt The Cat digs deep into Crayton’s musical catalog and dusts off more than just his three charting R&B hits. You’ll also get to hear the fantastic and inspired recordings he cut in New Orleans with bandleader Dave Bartholomew as well as his Vee-Jay Records sides. Pee Wee Crayton’s story comes to life through his music on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Disc Jockey Nightmare – Earl Bostic – King 1949
3. Bip Bam – Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters – Atlantic 1954
4. Blues After Hours – Pee Wee Crayton – Modern 1948
5. Texas Hop – Pee Wee Crayton – Modern 1948
6. I Love You So – Pee Wee Crayton – Modern 1949
7. Daybreak – Pee Wee Crayton – Aladdin 1952
8. When It Rains It Pours – Pee Wee Crayton – Aladdin 1952
9. Every Dog Has His Day – Pee Wee Crayton – Imperial 1954
10. Hurry Hurry – Pee Wee Crayton – Imperial 1954
11. You Know Yeah – Pee Wee Crayton – Imperial 1955
12. Runnin’ Wild – Pee Wee Crayton – Imperial 1955
13. Great 78 – Central Avenue Blues – Pee Wee Crayton – Modern 1948
14. Telephone Is Ringing – Pee Wee Crayton – Vee-Jay 1956
15. I Found Peace Of Mind – Pee Wee Crayton – Vee-Jay 1957
16. Oh, Oh, Oh Baby – The Checkers – King 1953
17. I’m Living My Life For You – Lavern Baker – Atlantic 1954
18. I’ll Be Forever Loving You – The El Dorados – Vee-Jay 1955
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #133

Air Week: November 19 – 25, 2012

Richard Berry

Richard Berry is truly one of the unsung heroes of early rhythm & blues and rock n’ roll. That he wrote and recorded the original version of “Louie Louie” is only scratching the surface of this renaissance man of R&B. As a teenager at LA’s Jefferson High School, he was a founding member of The Flairs, one of the first great vocal groups to hit the LA Scene. From there, Berry recorded some solo sides for the Flair, Modern, RPM and Flip labels. Matt The Cat takes a look and listen to Richard Berry’s early catalog, digging out some of his greatest sides from his first record with The Flairs to the solo ballad, “One Little Prayer,” his uncredited vocals on The Robins’ “Riot In Cell Block #9″ and Etta James’ “The Wallflower (Roll With Me Henry)” to the classic “Have Love Will Travel.” Plus, we’ll hear Richard Berry’s story in HIS own words through an interview conducted by former DJ James Austin from the mid-1980s (used with permission). In the interview, Berry gives a detailed history of how “Louie Louie” was inspired, written and received. So catch an intimate visit with the late Richard Berry, a rhythm & blues icon, on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Have Love Will Travel – Richard Berry & The Pharaohs – Flip 1959
3. Richard Berry Interview #1
4. I Had A Love – The Hollywood Blue Jays – Recorded In Hollywood 1953
5. She Wants To Rock – The Flairs – Flair 1953
6. Richard Berry Interview #2
7. One Little Prayer – Richard Berry & Band – Flair 1953
8. I’m Still In Love With You – Richard Berry & Band – Flair 1953
9. Riot In Cell Block #9 – The Robins – Spark 1954
10. Richard Berry Interview #3
11. The Big Break – Richard Berry – Flair 1954
12. Next Time – Richard Berry – Flair 1955
13. Richard Berry Interviw #4
14. The Wallflower (Roll With Me Henry) – Etta James & The Peaches – Modern 1955
15. GREAT 78 – You Are My Sunshine – Richard Berry & The Pharaohs – Flip 1956
16. Oh! Oh! Get Out Of The Car – Richard Berry – Flair 1955
17. Richard Berry Interview #5
18. Louie Louie – Richard Berry & The Pharaohs – Flair 1956
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #132

Air Week: November 12 – 18, 2012

The Penguins

The Penguins’ “Earth Angel” was the first rhythm & blues song to crossover into the pop world in such a big way that it announced the beginning of what was to be called “rock n’ roll.”

“Earth Angel” remains one of the most eduring songs in the history of recorded music and yet when it was released in late 1954, it received very little promotion from the record company. It’s a rare example of a song that became a huge hit based on its own merits. The Penguins’ lead vocalist, Cleve Duncan, who passed away on November 6, 2012 while waiting in line to vote, talks with Matt The Cat about The Penguins’ beginnings, “Earth Angel” and the 1950s music scene. Cleve Duncan tells the Penguins’ story in his own words, while Matt The Cat digs deep into the archives to pull out some surprises, like both of the Penguins’ live performances from a 1956 Alan Freed show. Grab a few nickels, as we pay tribute to one of LA’s great vocal groups while the juke jumps with the best of The Penguins.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Earth Angel – The Penguins – LIVE on Alan Freed’s Rock n’ Roll Dance Party – 1956
3. Ice – The Penguins – LIVE on Alan Freed’s Rock n’ Roll Dance Party – 1956
4. Interview With Cleve Duncan #1 – Matt The Cat
5. Hey Senorita – The Penguins – Dootone 1954
6. Love Will Make Your Mind Go Wild – The Penguins – Dootone 1954
7. Ookey Ook – The Penguins – Dootone 1954
8. Interview With Cleve Duncan #2 – Matt The Cat
9. Don’t Do It – The Penguins – Mercury
10. Be Mine Or Be A Fool – The Penguins – Mercury 1955
11. Promises, Promises, Promises – The Penguins – Mercury 1955
12. Interview With Cleve Duncan #3 – Matt The Cat
13. Pledge Of Love – The Penguins – Atlantic 1957
14. GREAT 78 – Dealer Of Dreams – The Penguins – Wing 1956
15. Let Me Make Up Your Mind – The Penguins – Dooto 1958
16. Interview With Cleve Duncan #4 – Matt The Cat
17. Memories Of El Monte – The Penguins – Original Sound 1963
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #131

Air Week: November 5 – 11, 2012

Wynonie Harris

Part 2

It’s part 2 of our 2 part series on Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris, one of the greatest blues shouters of all time. This week, Matt The Cat focuses on Harris’ hit-making years of 1948-1952, when he ruled the rhythm & blues charts. “Grandma Plays The Numbers,” “All She Wants To Do Is Rock,” “Bloodshot Eyes,” “Lovin’ Machine” and many more Wynonie Harris classics spun in high numbers on the jukeboxes, so drop a nickel in the “Juke In The Back,” cause “Mr. Blues” is gonna ROCK!

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Blowin’ To California – Wynonie Harris – King 1948
3. Grandma Plays The Numbers – Wynonie Harris – King 1949
4. I Feel That Old Age Coming On – Wynonie Harris – King 1949
5. Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee – Wynonie Harris – King 1949
6. All She Wants To Do Is Rock – Wynonie Harris – King 1949
7. I Want My Fanny Brown – Wynonie Harris – King 1949
8. Battle Of The Blues Pt. 2 – Wynonie Harris & Big Joe Turner – Aladdin 1949
9. Sittin’ On It All The Time – Wynonie Harris – King 1949
10. I Like My Baby’s Pudding – Wynonie Harris – King 1950
11. Good Morning Judge – Wynonie Harris – King 1950
12. Rock Mr. Blues – Wynonie Harris – King 1950
13. GREAT 78 – Mr. Blues Is Coming To Town – Wynonie Harris – King 1950
14. Oh, Babe! – Wynonie Harris & The Lucky Millinder Orch.- King 1950
15. Bloodshot Eyes – Wynonie Harris – King 1951
16. Lovin’ Machine – Wynonie Harris – King 1951
17. Quiet Whiskey – Wynonie Harris – King 1954
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #130

Air Week: October 29 – November 4, 2012

Wynonie Harris, Pt. 1

The “Juke In The Back” is overflowin’ with records by one of R&B’s greatest blues shouters and entertainers: Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris. Part 1 of this 2 part series focuses on Wynonie’s early recordings from 1944-1948. Matt The Cat digs deep in his “juke” archives to pull out many of Harris’ early records that often get ignored. We’ll dig on Harris’ first 2 singles with the Lucky Millinder Orchestra and cover his releases with Philo, Apollo, Aladdin and King. Three versions of the early rock n’ roll anthem, “Good Rockin’ Tonight” will also be examined. So get ready to shout “Hoy! Hoy!” as Mr. Blues is coming to town on this week’s “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. S.K. Blues Pt. 1 – Joe Turner With Pete Johnson’s All Stars – National 1945
3. Good Rockin’ Tonight – Roy Brown – DeLuxe 1947
4. Hurry, Hurry – Lucky Millinder & His Orch. – Decca 1944
5. Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well? – Lucky Millinder & His Orch. – Decca 1945
6. Around The Clock, Part 2 – Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris and Johnny Otis’ All Stars – Philo 1945
7. Young Man’s Blues – Wynonie “Blues” Harris – Apollo 1945
8. Wynonie’s Blues – Wynonie “Blues” Harris – Apollo 1945
9. Playful Baby – Wynonie “Blues” Harris – Apollo 1946
10. My Baby’s Barrel House – Wynonie (Mr. Blues) Harris – Bullet 1946
11. Time To Change Your Town – Wynonie “Blues” Harris – Apollo 1946
12. Mr. Blues Jumped The Rabbit – Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris and His All Stars – Aladdin 1947
13. GREAT 78 – Cock-A-Doodle-Doo – Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris and Johnny Otis’ All Stars – Philo 1945
14. Good Rockin’ Tonight – Wynonie Harris – King 1948
15. Lollipop Mama – Wynonie Harris – King 1948
16. Good Rockin’ Tonight – Elvis Presley – Sun 1954
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #129

Air Week: October 22 – 28, 2012

Halloween Rhythm & Blues

Matt The Cat experiences some paranormal rhythms coming out of his “Juke In The Back” as we celebrate the truly spooky, sinister and down-right crazy sounds of a vintage rhythm & blues Halloween. Eugene Fox meets the devil, The Hollywood Flames take us to Frankenstein’s Den and Bill Doggett throws a Monster’s Party. It’s a treat, not a trick to hear an alternate take of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ 1956 classic, “I Put A Spell On You,” with EXTRA screaming and a killer sax solo payed by Sam “The Man” Taylor. So clear your voodoo calendar and dig the sounds from the outer bounds on this week’s Halloween edition of the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Voodoo Voodoo – Lavern Baker – Atlantic 1961
3. King Kong – Big T Tyler – Aladdin 1957
4. Frankenstein’s Den – Hollywood Flames – Ebb 1958
5. Castin’ My Spell – The Johnny Otis Show – Capitol 1959
6. Black Cat Blues – Lowell Fulson – Down Beat 1948
7. Monster’s Party – Bill Doggett – King 1959
8. Peak-A-Boo – The Cadillacs – Josie 1958
9. I Put A Spell On You (Alt. Take)- Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Okeh 1956
10. Screamin’ Ball (At Dracula Hall) – The Duponts – Roulette 1958
11. Bo Meets The Monster – Bo Diddley – Checker 1958
12. Legend Of Sleepy Hollow – The Monotones – Argo 1958
13. GREAT 78 – Witchcraft – The Spiders – Imperial 1955
14. Nightmare – Big Mama Thornton – Peacock 1953
15. Sinner’s Dream – Eugene Fox – Checker 1954
16. Cadillac Funeral – Peppermint Harris – Cash 1955
17. Alligator Wine – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Okeh 1958
18. Halloween Spooks – Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – Columbia 1962
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #128

Air Week: October 15 – 21, 2012

Little Esther

Esther Mae Jones is one of the First Ladies of R&B, yet her 1950s output under the name Little Esther is sadly overlooked. Little Esther was discovered by bandleader Johnny Otis in 1949, when she was only 14 years old. Otis immediately added her to his musical ensemble. He had scored a few hits before, but nothing could have prepared Otis for his HUGE 1950 breakthrough record, “Double Crossing Blues,” featuring Little Esther and The Robins. Otis and his group dominated the R&B lists in 1950, scoring three #1 hit records and six R&B top tens, all featuring Little Esther. This week, Matt The Cat examines Little Esther’s records with Otis as well as her duets with The Dominoes, Bobby Nunn, Little Willie Littlefield and her many solo sides for the Federal and Savoy labels. Esther Jones would gain much recognition as Esther Phillips in the 1960s and ’70s, but as a teen in the 1950s, Little Esther laid the groundwork for musical genius. The spotlight shines bright on Little Esther, this week on the “Juke In The Back.” This is the “soul that came BEFORE rock n’ roll.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Mean Ole Gal – Little Esther with Johnny Otis & His Orch – Modern 1950
3. Double Crossing Blues – Johnny Otis Quintette – Savoy 1950
4. Misery – Little Esther w/ The Johnny Otis Orch. – Savoy 1950
5. Mistrustin’ Blues – Little Esther and Mel Walker w/ The Johnny Otis Orch. – Savoy 1950
6. Cupid’s Boogie – Little Esther and Mel Walker w/ The Johnny Otis Orch. – Savoy 1950
7. Deceivin’ Blues – Little Esther and Mel Walker w/ The Johnny Otis Orch. – Savoy 1950
8. Wedding Boogie – Johnny Otis Congregation – Savoy 1950
9. The Deacon Moves In – Little Esther w/ Earle Warren Orch. – Federal 1951
10. I’m A Bad, Bad Girl – Little Esther w/ Earle Warren Orch. – Federal 1951
11. Heart To Heart – Little Esther & The Dominoes w/ Earle Warren Orch. – Federal 1951
12. Ring-A-Ding Doo – Little Esther w/ The J. & O. Orch. – Federal 1952
13. GREAT 78 – Aged & Mellow Blues – Little Esther – Federal 1952
14. Saturday Night Daddy – Little Esther & Bobby Nunn – Federal 1952
15. Turn The Lamps Down Low – Little Esther & Little Willie Littlefield – Federal 1953
16. Cherry Wine – Little Esther – Federal 1953
17. You Can Bet Your Life – Little Esther – Savoy 1956
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #127

Air Week: October 8 – 14, 2012

Rudy Toombs: R&B Songwriter

This week, The “Juke In The Back” features the songs of one of R&B’s greatest songwriters: Rudy Toombs. This underrated cat wrote some of the most fabulous drinking songs of all-time for Amos Milburn, The Clovers, The Five Keys and a young Johnny “Guitar” Watson. Beyond drinking songs, Toombs wrote some mega-hits for Ruth Brown, Varetta Dillard and Little Willie John, just to name a few. Matt The Cat gives you the story behind the story of one of early rock n’ roll’s greatest cleffers. It’s Rudy Toombs’ best songs, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Hard Ridin’ Mama – Wynonie Harris – Aladdin 1947
3. Easy Easy Baby – Varetta Dillard – Savoy 1952
4. 5-10-15 Hours – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1952
5. I’m So High – Five Keys – Aladdin 1953
6. My Nerves – Little Willie John – King 1956
7. I Ain’t Gonna Let You In – Annie Laurie & The Paul Gayten Orch. – Regal 1950
8. Drank Up All The Wine Last Night – Stick McGhee – Atlantic 1949
9. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer – Amos Milburn – Aladdin 1953
10. Nip Sip – The Clovers – Atlantic 1955
11. One Mint Julep – The Clovers – Atlantic 1952
12. Half Pint Of Whiskey – Young John Watson – Federal 1954
13. GREAT 78 – Bump Miss Suzie – Joe Turner – Atlantic 1951
14. Teardrops From My Eyes – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1950 – #1
15. Teardrops From My Eyes – Louis Jordan – Decca 1951 – #4
16. Gum Drop – Otis Williams & His New Group – De Luxe 1955
17. That Dood It – James Brown & The Famous Flames – Federal 1957
18. Rocking And Crying Blues – Five Keys – Aladdin 1953
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #126

Air Week: October 1 – 7, 2012

Marvin Phillips

Marvin Phillips is important to post WWII rhythm & blues, because he, along with Jesse Belvin helped to popularize the R&B duo. Jesse and Marvin scored an enormous hit in 1952 with the ballad, “Dream Girl,” thus paving the way for future R&B duos like Shirley & Lee, Gene & Eunice, Robert & Johnny, Don & Dewey and Marvin’s own, Marvin & Johnny. This week’s “Juke In The Back” takes a look at Marvin Phillips’ impressive career, from his first record in 1950, singing lead with Richard Lewis & The Barons to Marvin & Johnny’s short stint on Aladdin Records in 1957. Along the way, Jesse Belvin weaves in and out of Marvin’s singing career and a diverse array of records are recorded. Matt The Cat spotlights this oft unsung hero of Los Angeles R&B, Marvin Phillips, on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Forever – Richard Lewis & The Barons – Modern 1950
3. Tall, Brown Woman – Big Jay McNeely w/ 3 Dots & A Dash – Imperial 1951
4. Wine Woogie – Marvin Phillips & The Men From Mars – Specialty 1952
5. Dream Girl – Jesse & Marvin – Specialty 1952
6. Baby Doll – Marvin & Johnny & The Marsmen – Specialty 1953
7. Salty Dog – Marvin Phillips – Swing Time 1953
8. Anna Marie – Marvin Phillips – Swing Time 1954
9. How Long She Been Gone – Marvin & Johnny & The Marsmen – Specialty 1954
10. Cherry Pie – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1954
11. Tick Tock – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1954
12. Kiss Me – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1954
13. GREAT 78 – Ain’t That Right – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1955
14. Ko Ko Mo – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1955
15. Will You Love Me – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1955
16. Have Mercy Miss Percy – Long Tall Marvin – Modern 1956
17. Yak Yak – Marvin & Johnny – Aladdin 1957
18. Sweet Dreams – Marvin & Johnny – Modern 1955
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #125

Air Week: September 24 – 30, 2012

The Cardinals

The Cardinals only scored 3 R&B hits, but all 3 made the top ten and are considered classics today. The group formed in Baltimore in late 1946 and came to the attention of Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson, co-founders of Atlantic Records in very early 1951. They were signed immediately and soon Atlantic sent their house arranger, Jesse Stone, down to Baltimore to work with the group and prep them for their first recording session, which was held in March, 1951. The Cardinals, who were known as the Mellotones at that time, were used to singing pop songs. Jesse Stone had to give them that R&B sound. Their first release, “Shouldn’t I Know,” climbed the R&B charts and put The Cardinals on the map. Their version of “The Wheel Of Fortune” in 1952 is considered the definitive R&B version of that song today as is their 1955 rendition of the Chuck Willis penned tune, “The Door Is Still Open.” Lead tenor Ernie Warren has one of the most beautiful and distinguishable voices in all of early R&B and Matt The Cat brings The Cardinals’ music and legacy to life on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. For Awhile – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1953 (Prev. Unreleased)
3. Shouldn’t I Know – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1951
4. Pretty Baby Blues – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1952
5. I’ll Always Love You – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1952
6. Wheel Of Fortune – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1952
7. She Rocks – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1952
8. Lovie Darling – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1953
9. You Are My Only Love – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1953
10. Under A Blanket Of Blue – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1954
11. Misirlou – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1955
12. The Door Is Still Open – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1955
13. GREAT 78 – Kiss Me Baby – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1952
14. Come Back My Love – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1955
15. Lovely Girl – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1955
16. Choo Choo – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1956
17. The End Of The Story – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1956
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #124

Air Week: September 17 – 23, 2012

1951: Jukebox Rhythm Review

Part 2

This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 61 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the second half of 1951. You’ll hear a lot more than just the big #1 R&B hits this week as we dig deep into the jukebox lists to feature seldom heard tunes by Johnny Hodges, Dinah Washington and Jimmy Nelson. These are the top requested records that were spinning on the jukebox in the back of the establishment. It’s part 2 of 2 on the 1951 Rhythm Review on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Chains Of Love – Joe Turner – Atlantic 1951
3. Castle Rock – Johnny Hodges & His Orch – Mercury 1951
4. Eyesight To The Blind – The Larks – Apollo 1951
5. T 99 Blues – Jimmie Nelson & The Peter Rabbit Trio – RPM 1951
6. The Thrill Is Gone – Roy Hawkins – Modern 1951
7. Bloodshot Eyes – Wynonie Harris – King 1951
8. The Glory Of Love – The Five Keys – Aladdin 1951
9. I Got Loaded – Peppermint Harris – Aladdin 1951
10. Fool, Fool, Fool – The Clovers – Atlantic 1951
11. I’m In the Mood – John Lee Hooker – Modern 1951
12. Because Of You – Tab Smith – United 1951
13. GREAT 78 – Seven Long Days – Charles Brown – Aladdin 1951
14. Flamingo – Earl Bostic – King 1951
15. Cold, Cold Heart – Dinah Washington – Mercury 1951
16. How Many More Years – Howlin’ Wolf – Chess 1951
17. Weepin’ & Cryin’ – The Griffin Brothers Orchestra Featuring Tommy Brown – Dot 1951
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #123

Air Week: September 10 – 16, 2012

1951: Jukebox Rhythm Review

Pt. 1

This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 61 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the first half of 1951. You’ll hear a lot more than just the big #1 R&B hits this week as we dig deep into the jukebox lists to feature seldom heard tunes by Margie Day, Ray Charles and Lloyd Glenn. These are the top requested records that were spinning on the jukebox in the back of the establishment. It’s part 1 of 2 on the 1951 Rhythm Review on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Bad, Bad Whiskey – Amos Milburn – Aladdin 1950
3 Telephone Blues – Floyd Dixon With Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Aladdin 1951
4. Little Red Rooster – Margie Day With The Griffin Brothers Orch. – Dot 1951
5. Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand – Ray Charles Trio – Swing Time 1951
6. Black Night – Charles Brown – Aladdin 1951
7. Red’s Boogie – Piano Red – RCA Victor 1951
8. Lost Love – Percy Mayfield – Specialty 1951
9. I’ll Wait For You – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1951
10. Don’t Take Your Love Away From Me – Joe Morris & His Orch – Atlantic 1951
11. Gee Baby – Johnny Otis – Savoy 1951
12. Chica Boo – Lloyd Glenn – Swing Time 1951
13. GREAT 78 – I Will Wait – The Four Buddies – Savoy 1951
14. Tend To Your Business – James Waynes – Sittin’ In With 1951
15. Rocket 88 – Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats – Chess 1951
16. Don’t You Know I Love You So – The Clovers – Atlantic 1951
17. I’m Waiting Just For You – Lucky Millinder & His Orch. – King 1951
18. Sixty Minute Man – The Dominoes – Federal 1951
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #122

Air Week: September 3 – 9, 2012

The Chords

This week’s “Juke In The Back” digs deep into a group that is usually only remembered for one, incredibly influential tune, “Sh-Boom.” The Chords cut that tune in 1954, right at the height of America’s fear of the Atomic Bomb and this song did more for helping to launch rock n’ roll than almost any other. In fact, the tittle “Sh-Boom” was meant to simulate the sound of an A-Bomb explosion. Even though their label didn’t believe in “Sh-Boom,” they just couldn’t stop it, but unfortunately, they didn’t do much to promote The Chords subsequent releases. They were forced to change their name to The Chordcats, due to a lawsuit and then dropped that name in favor of The Sh-Booms. Matt The Cat digs up the story behind the story of The Chords and their great recordings on this episode of the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Cat Music – Dave Bartholomew – Imperial 1954
3. Hurts Me To My Heart – Faye Adams – Herald 1954
4. Say Baby – Willie Johnson – Specialty 1954
5. Sh-Boom – The Chords – Cat 1954
6. Cross Over The Bridge – The Chords – Cat 1954
7. Little Maiden – The Chords – Cat 1954
8. Zippity Zum – The Chords – Cat 1954
9. Bless You (For Being An Angel) – The Chords – Cat 1954
10. Hold Me Baby – The Chordcats – Cat 1954
11. Could It Be – The Sh-Booms – Cat 1955
12. Lu Lu – The Sh-Booms – Vik 1957
13. GREAT 78 – Love Oh Love – The Chords – Rec. 1955 – Unissued
14. Blue Moon – The Sh-Booms – Atlantic 1960
15. Tell A Whale Of A Tail – Wynonie Harris – Atco 1956
16. Let Your Tears Fall Baby – Willie Mae Thornton With The Bill Harvey Band – Peacock 1951
17. Oh-Rooba-Lee – Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns – Specialty 1956
18. Low & Lonesome – Boo Breeding – Imperial 1955
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #121

Air Week: August 27 – September 2, 2012

Jimmy Liggins

Jimmy Liggins didn’t have the chart success or popularity of his older brother Joe Liggins, but he did have a killer band, a raw sound and quite possibly the “first rock n’ roll record.”

Both brothers traveled to California from their native Oklahoma in order to make it in the music business. Jimmy started out as a professional boxer before hanging up the gloves in order to drive his older brother around after the success of Joe’s “The Honeydripper” in 1945. By the end of ’46, Jimmy told Joe that he was cuttin’ out on his own to form his own band and make his own records. He hit the charts with his 2nd single “Teardrop Blues” in 1948. Its flipside was “Cadillac Boogie,” which was Ike Turner and Jackie Brenston’s inspiration for “Rocket 88.” Jimmy Liggins only scored four R&B chart hits during his career, but he cut a trove of groovy plattahs worth hearing. He is definitely one of R&B’s unsung heroes. Get Jimmy Liggins’ story and all the great music that comes with it on this week’s “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Ojai – Joe Lutcher & His Orch – Modern 1949
3. He’s A Real Gone Guy – Nellie Lutcher & Her Rhythm – Capitol American 1947
4. I Can’t Stop It – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1947
5. Teardrop Blues – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1948
6. Cadillac Boogie – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1948
7. Move Out Baby – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1948
8. Careful Love – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1948
9. Don’t Put Me Down – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1949 – #9, oct
10. Answer To Teardrop Blues – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1950 11. That’s What’s Knockin’ Me Out – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1951
12. Drunk – Jimmy Liggins & His 3-D Music – Specialty 1953
13. GREAT 78 – Troubles Goodbye – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1947
14. I Ain’t Drunk – Jimmy Liggins – Aladdin 1954
15. No More Alcohol – Jimmy Liggins – Aladdin 1954
16. Boogie Woogie King – Jimmy Liggins – Aladdin 1954
17. I’ll Never Let You Go – Jimmy Liggins & His 3-D Music – Specialty 1953
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode 120

Air Week: August 20 – 26, 2012

Parrot Records Story

The entire “Juke In The Back” focuses on a tiny Chicago R&B record label with a big sound; Parrot Records. The label was started by Chicago DJ Al Benson in late 1952 and it closed its doors in 1956. During its period of operation, Parrot recorded some smokin’ R&B and smooth vocal group sounds from Willie Mabon and J.B. Lenoir to The Flamingos and the 5 Thrills. Matt The Cat highlights both the hits and misses and bring you the story behind the story on this often forgotten R&B label on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. I Don’t Know – Willie Mabon & His Combo – Parrot 1952
3. Weep, Weep, Weep – The Parrots – Parrot 1953
4. Mr. Fine – Mabel Scott – Parrot 1953
5. I Can’t Forget – The Rockettes – Parrot 1953
6. I’ve Been Mistreated – Lowell Fulson & Orch. – Parrot 1953
7. Salty Dog – Marvin Phillips – Parrot 1953
8. White Cliffs Of Dover – The Pelicans – Parrot 1954
9. My Baby’s Gone – The 5 Thrills – Parrot 1954
10. Be On Your Merry Way – Albert King – Parrot 1954
11. Gloria – The 5 Thrills – Parrot 1954
12. Eisenhower Blues – J.B. Lenoir – Parrot 1954
13. GREAT 78 – Slow Down – Lou Mac – Blue Lake 1955
14. Dream Of A Lifetime – The Flamingos – Parrot 1954
15. Ko Ko Mo – The Flamingos – Parrot 1955
16. Mama, Talk To You Daughter – J. B. Lenoir – Parrot 1955
17. Don’t Give My Love Away – The Fascinators – Blue Lake 1955
18. Newly Wed – The Orchids – Parrot 1955
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #119

Air Week: August 13 – 19, 2012

Ike Turner

One of Rhythm & Blues’ greatest innovators was also one of its most notorious personalities. Ike Turner was born in the same place that the blues was born, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta in Clarksdale in 1931. He learned boogie woogie piano was the legendary Pinetop Perkins and soon taught himself how to play guitar. His band, The Kings Of Rhythm, recorded what some would come to name as the “first Rock n’ Roll Record” with “Rocket 88″ in 1951. The Chess label called them “Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats,” but it didn’t matter, Ike Turner’s stamp is all over that groundbreaking record, which was based on Jimmy Liggins’ 1948 R&B classic, “Cadillac Boogie.” From there, Turner became a talent scout for both Sam Phillips at Sun Records and The Bihari Brothers at RPM Records. He played behind Howlin’ Wolf, Little Milton, Elmore James, Otis Rush and many others while also releasing his own important sides. Matt The Cat sorts through the many record labels and incarnations of The Kings Of Rhythm on this week’s “Juke In The Back,” as we honor one of music’s most tragic, but important figures, the legendary Ike Turner.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Rocket 88 – Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats – Chess 1951
3. Real Gone Rocket – Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats – Chess 1951
4. You Know I Love You – B.B. King – RPM 1952
5. How Many More Years – Howlin’ Wolf – Chess 1951
6. Sho’ Nuff I Do – Elmore James – Flair 1954
7. I Miss You So – Dennis Binder & His Orch – Modern 1954
8. Hoo-Doo Say – The Sly Fox – Spark 1954
9. Peg Leg Woman – Willie King With The Ike Turner Band – Vita 1956
10. I’m Tore Up – Billy Gayles With Ike Turner’s Rhythm Rockers – Federal 1956
11. I’m On Your Trail – Ike Turner – Royal American 1965 – Recorded 1958
12. BoxTop – Ike Turner, Carlson Oliver & Little Ann – Tune Town 1958
13. GREAT 78 – Ho-Ho – Icky Renrut – Stevens 1959
14. Matchbox – Ike Turner’s Kings Of Rhythm – Cobra 1959 (Unreleased at the time)
15. Double Trouble – Otis Rush & His Band – Cobra 1958
16. Hey-Hey – Icky Renrut – Stevens 1959
17. Fool In Love – Ike & Tina Turner – Sue 1960
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #118

Air Week: August 6 – 12, 2012

Elvis’ R&B Influences

Much has been written about Elvis’ enormous impact and popularity over the years, but it’s almost impossible to overstate the cultural shift that took place as he rose to fame in 1956. Elvis was a musical sponge. He absorbed all the music that moved him and those around him, from Country and Hillbilly to Gospel, Pop, R&B and Blues. This week’s “Juke In The Back” focuses solely on the rhythm & blues that motivated Elvis’ early career. During the end of his first session with Sam Phillips, Elvis cut into an inspired rendition of a semi-forgotten Arthur Crudup gem and rock n’ roll was literally born. From the New Orleans R&B of Smiley Lewis, to the jump blues of Wynonie Harris, Elvis dug it all and made each song uniquely his own. He wasn’t copying his R&B idols, he was merely using their material as a springboard for his own blend of the White and the Black. Sam Phillips was right when he said that it would take a White cat with an African-American feel to propel this exciting R&B music into the mainstream and lucky for us, he found that in Elvis Presley. Matt The Cat presents many surprises in this week’s “Juke In The Back,” dedicated to Elvis’ strongest musical influence: Rhythm & Blues.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. That’s All Right – Elvis Presley, Scotty & Bill – Sun 1954
3. That’s All Right – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – RCA Victor 1946
4. Good Rockin’ Tonight – Wynonie Harris – King 1948
5. Trying To Get To You – Elvis Presley – RCA 1956
6. Trying To Get To You – The Eagles – Mercury 1954
7. Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley – Million Dollar Quartet, December 4, 1956
8. Harbor Lights – The Dominoes – Federal 1951
9. Mystery Train – Little Junior’s Blue Flames – Sun 1953
10. Mystery Train – Elvis Presley – Sun 1955
11. One Night – Smiley Lewis – Imperial 1955
12. One Night (Of Sin) – Elvis Presley – Recorded, 1957, unreleased until 1983
13. GREAT 78 – Tomorrow Night – Lonnie Johnson – King 1948
14. Hound Dog – Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton w/ Kansas City Bill & Orch – Peacock 1953
15. Baby Let’s Play House – Arthur Gunter – Excello 1954
16. Baby Let’s Play House – Elvis Presley – Live on Louisiana Hayride, August 20, 1955
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #117

Air Week: July 30 – August 5, 2012

Johnny Ace

He is often called the “first casualty of rock n’ roll,” since his life was brought to a controversial end just as rock n’ roll was picking up steam in the mainstream, but Johnny Ace’s demise does not overshadow his impressive, yet short career. This week’s “Juke In The Back” highlights Ace’s early session with rising star, B.B. King, as well as a his rare first solo record, cut for the Bihari Brothers in 1951, but not released by them until 1953. Ace tasted success early, as his first single for the fledgling Duke Records soared to the top of the R&B charts. He would have 2 more #1 smashes, including “Pledging My Love,” which was released posthumously and hit an impressive #17 on the pop lists. Yes, Johnny Ace died young and became immortal in verse and tribute and Matt The Cat shows you why he was much revered on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. 3 O’Clock Blues – B. B. King – RPM 1951
3. Midnight Hours Journey – Johnny Ace – Flair 1953 – Recorded 1951
4. My Song – Johnny Ace w/ The Beale Streeters – Duke 1952
5. Angel – Johnny Ace w/ The Beale Streeters – Duke 1953 – wr by Mattis & Ace
6. Cross My Heart – Johnny Ace w/ The Beale Streeters – Duke 1953 – #3, Ace on organ
7. Ace’s Wild – Johnny Ace w/ The Beale Streeters – Duke 1953 – inst w/ Ace on piano
8. The Clock – Johnny Ace w/ The Beale Streeters – Duke 1953
9. Saving My Love For You – Johnny Ace w/ Johnny Otis Orch – Duke 1953
10. Yes Baby – Johnny Ace w/ Johnny Otis Orch – Duke 1953
11. Please Forgive Me – Johnny Ace w/ Johnny Otis Orch – Duke 1954
12. Never Let Me Go – Johnny Ace /w Johnny Board & His Orch – Duke 1954
13. GREAT 78 – How Can You Be So Mean – Johnny Ace w/ Johnny Board & His Orch – Duke 1955
14. Pledging My Love – Johnny Ace w/ Johnny Otis Orch – Duke 1955
15. Anymore – Johnny Otis w/ Johnny Otis Orch – Duke 1955
16. No Money – Johnny Otis w/ Johnny Board & His Orch – Duke 1955
17. Johnny Has Gone – Varetta Dillard – Savoy 1955
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #116

Air Week: July 23 – 29, 2012

The Du-Droppers

Matt The Cat presents another highly underrated R&B vocal group from the 1950s: The Du-Droppers. They didn’t sound like the stereotypical “doo wop” groups of the era and they weren’t your standard rhythm group either. The Du-Droppers had a sound that was all their own. Their leader, JC Ginyard began his career in Gospel groups and you can really hear that influence on the Du-Droppers’ best material. The group’s first single for Bobby Robinson’s Red Robin label was a sequa record to the Dominoes’ smash, “Sixty Minute Man,” called “Can’t Do Sixty No More.” Once they signed with RCA Victor, they scored two of the biggest smashes of 1953. Dig the sound and get the story behind the Du-Droppers, this week on the “Juke In The Back,” the “soul that came BEFORE rock n’ roll.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Texas Hop – Pee Wee Crayton & His Guitar – Modern 1948
3. Sixty Minute Man – The Dominoes – Federal 1951
4. Can’t Do Sixty No More – The Du-Droppers – Red Robin 1952
5. Chain Me Baby (Blues Of Desire) – The Du-Droppers – Red Robin 1952
6. I Wanna Know – The Du-Droppers – RCA Victor 1953
7. Laughing Blues – The Du-Droppers – RCA Victory 1953
8. Come On And Love Me Baby – The Du-Droppers – Red Robin 1953
9. I Found Out (What You Do When You Go Round There) – The Du-Droppers – RCA Victor 1953
10. Whatever You’re Doin’ (Keep On Doin’ It) – The Du-Droppers – RCA Victor 1953
11. The Note In the Bottle – The Du-Droppers – RCA Victor 1953
12. Speed King – The Du-Droppers – Groove 1954
13. GREAT 78 – Don’t Pass Me By – The Du-Droppers – RCA Victor 1953
14. Talk That Talk – The Du-Droppers – Groove 1955
15. I Want To Love You – The Du-Droppers – Groove 1955
16. Smoke From Your Cigarette – The Mellows Feat. Lillian Leach – Jay-Dee 1955
17. Numbers Boogie – Sugar Chile Robinson – Capitol 1949
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #115

Air Week: July 16 – 22, 2012

The Robins

This week, the “Juke In The Back” features The Robins, one of the earliest and most influential West Coast R&B vocal groups. They first appeared on wax in April of 1949 as the 4 Bluebirds, backed up by bandleader extraordinaire, Johnny Otis, who had discovered the group at his Barrelhouse Nightclub during a talent competition. Otis had the Robins duet with Little Esther on the 1950 smash, “Double Crossing Blues,” which spent more than 2 months at the top of the R&B charts. Real fame came when the group hooked up with the young, talented songwriting duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. On their Spark Records, the Robins scored with “Riot In Cell Block #9″ and “Smokey Joe’s Caf ,” two early rock n’ roll smashes. Two members would leave The Robins and form The Coasters with Leiber and Stoller and much of their history is complicated, but host Matt The Cat gets to the bottom of it all with this “Juke In The Back” look at The Robins’ early career. This truly is the “soul that came BEFORE rock n’ roll” and you’ll only hear it on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. My Baby Done Told Me – The Four Bluebirds – Excelsior 1949
3. Around About Midnight – The Robins – Score 1949
4. If It’s So, Baby – The Robins – Savoy 1949
5. If I Didn’t Love You So – The Robins – Savoy 1949
6. Double Crossing Blues – Johnny Otis Quintet, The Robins & Little Esther  – Savoy 1950
7. Turkey Hop – The Robins – Savoy 1950
8. School Girl Blues – The Robins – Recorded In Hollywood 1950
9. That’s What The Good Book Says – Bobby Nunn With The Robins – Modern 1951
10. How Would You Know – The Robins  – RCA 1953
11. Get It Off Your Mind – The Robins – RCA 1953
12. Double Crossin’ Baby – The Robin – Crown 1954
13. GREAT 78 – Rockin’ – Bobby Nunn With The Robins – Modern 1951
14. Riot In Cell Block #9 – The Robins – Spark 1954
15. Framed – The Robins – Spark 1954
16. Smokey Joe’s Caf  – The Robins – Spark 1954
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #114

Air Week: July 9 – 15, 2012

Roy Brown

Roy Brown was one of early R&B’s undisputed blues shouters. He burst on the scene in 1947 with the original recording of “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” which would become a rock n’ roll and blues classic when covered by Wynonie Harris, Elvis Presley and countless others. He managed to chart 16 R&B hits from 1947-1957, most of them in the late ’40s and early ’50s. Many of these songs never get played on the radio anymore, but this week’s “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat will set the record straight as we spin every charting hit of Roy Brown’s career. We’ll dig on Brown’s jump blues, his ballads and his late career New Orleans comeback. So get down to the sound of Good Rockin’ Roy Brown on this week’s “Juke In The Back,” the “soul that came BEFORE rock n’ roll!”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Good Rocking Tonight – Roy Brown w/ Bill Ogden & His Orch- DeLuxe 1948
3. Long About Midnight – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1948
4. Rainy Weather Blues – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1949
5. Fore Day In The Morning – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1949
6. Rockin’ At Midnight – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1949
7. Miss Fanny Brown – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1949
8. Please Don’t Go (Come Back Baby) – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1949
9. Boogie At Midnight – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1949
10. Hard Luck Blues – Roy Brown W/ The Griffen Brothers Orch – DeLuxe 1950
11. Love Don’t Love Nobody – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1950
12. Cadillac Baby – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1950
13. GREAT 78 – Lolly Pop Mama – Roy Brown w/ Bill Ogden & His Orch – DeLuxe 1948
14. Long About Sundown – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1950
15. Big Town – Roy Brown W/ The Griffen Brothers Orch – DeLuxe 1951
16. Bar Room Blues – Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men – DeLuxe 1951
17. Let The Four Winds Blow – Roy Brown – Imperial 1957
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #113

Air Week: July 2 – 8, 2012

The “5″ Royales

This week, the “Juke In The Back” features a rhythm & blues vocal group from Winston-Salem, NC that not only influenced James Brown, but quite possibly the entire soul movement of the late ’50s into the 1960s; The “5″ Royales.

They began their career as a six man gospel group called The Royal Sons Quintet. They kept their six member lineup even after they changed their name to the “5 Royales. They had legal battles with Hank Ballard’s Royals and their own label, Apollo Records, but managed to score two #1 smashes during 1953. Their sound was unique, their harmonies air-tight and thief chief songwriter was also their guitarist, Lowman Pauling. His guitar playing influenced Eric Clapton, Steve Cropper and countless other guitar legends. The “5″ Royales were much more than just a ’50s R&B vocal group and this week, Matt The Cat & the “Juke In The Back” are going to tell their story.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Let’s Have Some Fun (Honey) – Slim Saunders – Chess 1954
3. You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide – Solomon Burke – Apollo 1956
4. Let Nothing Separate Me – Royal Sons Quintet – Apollo 1952
5. Baby Don’t Do It – The “5″ Royales – Apollo 1952
6. Help Me Somebody – The “5″ Royales – Apollo 1953
7. Crazy, Crazy, Crazy – The “5″ Royales – Apollo 1953
8. Laundromat Blues – The “5″ Royales – Apollo 1953
9. Too Much Lovin’ – The “5″ Royales – Apollo 1953
10. I Do – The “5″ Royales – Apollo 1954
11. Monkey Hips And Rice – The “5″ Royales – King 1954
12. Tears Of Joy – The “5″ Royales – King 1957
13. GREAT 78 – Women About To Make Me Go Crazy – The “5″ Royales – King 1955
14. Think – The “5″ Royales – King 1957
15. Dedicated To The One I Love – The “5″ Royales – King 1957
16. The Slummer The Slum – The “5″ Royales – King 1958
17. Drunk, Drunk, Drunk – The Kidds – Imperial 1955
18. I’ll Never Be Free – Annie Laurie & The Paul Gayten Orch. – Regal 1950
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #112

Air Week: June 25 – July 1, 2012

4th Of July Special: R&B Songs About Food

What’s more American than celebrating America’s birthday with some good ol’ red, white and Rhythm & Blues about THE Fourth of July staple: food? Dig in on an hour of classic R&B about hot dogs, cole slaw, potato salad, ribs and ice cream sung by the heroes of the “soul that came before rock n’ roll” on the Juke In The Back.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Rib Joint – Sam Price & His Texas Bluesicians – Savoy 1956
3. House Of Blue Lights – Ella Mae Morse With Don Raye – Capitol 1946
4. Smoky Joe’s Caf – The Robins – Spark 1955
5. Chicken Shack – Amos Milburn – Aladdin 1956
6. Everybody Eats When They Come To My House – Cab Calloway – Columbia 1947
7. Pass The Biscuits Please – Andre Williams – Fortune 1957
8. Beans & Cornbread – Louis Jordan – Decca 1949
9. Corn Bread – Hal Singer Sextette – Savoy 1948
10. Hot Dog – Chris Powell & The Five Blue Flames – Okeh 1949
11. Dumplin’s – Doc Bagby – Okeh 1957
12. Monkey Hips & Rice – The “5″ Royales – King 1954
13. GREAT 78  – Cole Slaw – Frank Culley – Atlantic 1949
14. Pork Chops & Mustard Greens – Ernie Andrews With Maxwell Davis Orch – Imperial 1951
15. Cabbage Greens #2 – Champion Jack Dupree – Okeh 1940
16. The Frim Fram Sauce – King Cole Trio – Capitol 1945
17. Solid Potato Salad – Ella Mae Morse – Capitol 1943 (Prev. Unreleased)
18. Ice Cream Man – John Brim – Chess 1953
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #111

Air Week: June 18-24, 2012

Aladdin Records Story, Part 2

The “Juke In The Back” concludes its two part series on Aladdin Records, one of the most important independent labels of the pre-rock era. Part 2 will pick up the Aladdin Records Story in 1950 and carry it through til rock n’ roll began hitting the mainstream in 1954. This week, we’ll hear more hits from Aladdin’s early hit-makers, Amos Milburn and Charles Brown. We’ll also dig some of the newcomers, like Floyd Dixon, Peppermint Harris, Calvin Boze, Shirley & Lee, the Five Keys and more. Aladdin was a rare label in that almost everything they pressed was worth hearing. If you ever see a discarded Aladdin 45 by an artist you’ve never heard before, pick it up, because chances are it’ll make you very, very happy. Matt The Cat hosts the Aladdin Records Story, Part 2, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Jay’s Frantic – Big Jay McNeely – Aladdin 1950
3. Safronia B – Calvin Boze & His All-Stars – Aladdin 1950
4. Shotgun Blues – Lightnin’ Hopkins Singing And Accompanying Himself On Guitar – Aladdin 1950
5. Bad Bad Whiskey – Amos Milburn – Aladdin 1950
6. Telephone Blues – Floyd Dixon With Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Aladdin 1951
7. Black Night – Charles Brown – Aladdin 1951
8. Blue Turning Grey Over You – Billie Holiday w/ Tiny Grimes Sextet – Aladdin 1951
9. Glory Of Love – The Five Keys – Aladdin 1951
10. I Got Loaded – Peppermint Harris – Aladdin 1951
11. Call Operator 210 – Floyd Dixon – Aladdin 1952
12. I Need You, I Want You – Jack (The Bear) Parker Featuring Emmet Davis, Vocalist – 7-11 1952
13. GREAT 78 – Hucklebuck With Jimmy – The Five Keys – Aladdin 1951
14. I’m Gone – Shirley & Lee – Aladdin 1952
15. Way Down Boogie – Harold Burrage w/ Jimmy Binkley & His Orch – Aladdin 1953
16. Don’t Leave Me Baby – Lowell Fulson & His Orch – Aladdin 1953
17. Don’t Let Go (Hold Me, Hold Me, Hold Me) – The Cookies – Lamp 1954
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #110

Air Week: June 11-17, 2012

Aladdin Records Story, Part 1

The “Juke In The Back” begins a two part special on one of the most important record labels of the pre-rock era, Aladdin Records. Eddie and Leo Mesner started Aladdin as Philo Records in 1945. It was one of the first independent labels on the West Coast and sought to fill in the R&B void left by major labels like Victor, Decca and Columbia. The Mesners hired Maxwell Davis to help with musical arrangements and back up their artists and got the label off to a jumpin’ start. In February of 1946, Philo became Aladdin and a record label icon was born. With artists like Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers featuring Charles Brown, Helen Humes, Illinois Jacquet, Wynonie Harris, Amos Milburn and some rare releases from a young Robins group, how could Aladdin possibly fail? They didn’t and in the process, they helped propel rhythm & blues into the mainstream, paving the way for the emergence of Rock n’ Roll. This week’s show focuses on the beginning of the label from 1945-49 and next week’s show will feature 1950 to the birth of Rock n’ Roll. Grab some nickels, because the party’s getting ready to start down at the Chicken Shack…with Matt The Cat and the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Flyin’ Home Pt 1 & 2 – Illinois Jacquet & His All-Stars – Philo 1945
4. He May Be Your Man – Helen Humes & The Bill Doggett Octet – Philo 1945
5. Be-Baba-Leba – Helen Humes & The Bill Doggett Octet – Philo 1945
6. Baby Don’t You Cry – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Philo 1945
7. Driftin’ Blues – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Philo 1945
8. When I’m In My Tea – Jo Jo Adams With Maxwell Davis & His Band – Aladdin 1946
9. Down The Road Apiece – Amos Milburn – Aladdin 1946
10. Guitar In My Hand – Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown Singing And Accompanying Himself On Guitar With Maxwell Davis & His Orch – Aladdin 1947
11. GREAT 78 – (I Don’t Stand A) Ghost Of A Chance – Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris & His All-Stars Accompanied By The Harlemaires – Aladdin 1947
12. Chicken Shack Boogie – Amos Milburn – Aladdin 1948
13. Milky White Way – The Trumpeteers – Score 1948
14. Trouble Blues – Charles Brown – Aladdin 1949
15. Around About Midnight – The Robins – Score 1949
16. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #109

Air Week: June 4-10, 2012

Paul Gayten

Paul Gayten is one of the unsung heroes of rhythm & blues and one of the many architects of rock n’ roll. This week, Matt The Cat spotlights Gayten’s great contributions to music on the “Juke In The Back.” Paul Gayten scored the first New Orleans’ hit of the post World War II R&B era with “True (You Don’t Love Me)” in 1947, thus kicking off a legacy of rhythm hit-making and influence from the Crescent City. His work with vocalists Annie Laurie and Chubby “Hip Shakin’” Newsome is legendary. As a songwriter, producer and talent scout for Chess Records, Gayten discovered and signed Clarence Henry and Bobby Charles and worked with Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. Gayten made great contributions to R&B and Rock n’ Roll, but gets very little recognition these days. Matt The Cat and the “Juke In The Back” are out to change that with this week’s heartfelt dedication to the late, great Paul Gayten.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! – Paul Gayten – Regal 1951
3. True (You Don’t Love Me) – Paul Gayten Trio – DeLuxe 1947
4. Since I Fell For You – Annie Laurie w/ Paul Gayten & His Trio – DeLuxe 1947
5. Hip Shakin’ Mama – Chubby “Hip Shakin’” Newsome & Her Hip Shakers- DeLuxe 1949
6. Cuttin Out – Annie Laurie w/ The Paul Gayten Orch – Regal 1949
7. Fishtails – Paul Gayten Orch – Regal 1949
8. I’ll Never Be Free – Annie Laurie w/ Paul Gatyen & His Orch – Regal 1950
9. I Ain’t Gonna Let You In Annie Laurie and The Paul Gayten Orch – Regal 1950
10. 3×7=21 – Annie Laurie w/ Paul Gayten – Prev Unreleased Demo
11. Cow Cow Blues – Paul Gayten – Okeh 1953
12. You Better Believe It – Paul Gayten – Checker 1956
13. GREAT 78 – Get It – Paul Gayten – Checker 1954
14. The Music Goes Round and Round – Paul Gayten – Argo 1956
15. Nervous Boogie – Paul Gayten – Argo 1957
16. The Hunch – Paul Gayten – Anna 1959
17. Ain’t Got No Home – Clarence Henry “Frog Man” – Argo 1956
18. Suzette – Paul Gayten – Regal 1950
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #108

Air Week: May 28 – June 3, 2012

Sam Cooke

The “Juke In The Back” features a full hour of Sam Cooke, one of the distinctive and expressive voices ever pressed in wax. Cooke’s early period singing gospel with the renowned Soul Stirrers is often cited, but hardly ever featured. Matt The Cat focuses on Sam Cooke’s early days from 1951 to 1957, begriming with his recordings with the Soul Stirrers up through his R&B and pop breakthrough of 1957. Matt is joined by author Peter Guralnick, who wrote the definitive biography on Cooke called “Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke,” filling in the background on one of the 20th Century’s most revered singers. Cooke was also a noted songwriter, producer and entrepreneur, starting his own SAR Records in the late 1950s. Few African-American artists went further during the 1950s while jamming the juke boxes with tremendous gospel, R&B and pop hits. Hear the man who invented soul, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. You Send Me (Demo) – Sam Cooke – Unreleased 1957
3. Peter Guralnick Interview 1 – Beginnings
4. Peace In The Valley – The Soul Stirrers – Specialty 1951
5. Peter Guralnick Interview 2 – Soul Stirrers
6. Just Another Day – The Soul Stirrers – Specialty 1952
7. Peter Guralnick Interview 3 – Sam’s Voice
8. Touch The Hem Of His Garment – The Soul Stirrers – Specialty 1956
9. Farther Along – The Soul Stirrers – Specialty 1956
10. Peter Guralnick Interview 4 – Leaving Soul Stirrers
11. Wonderful – The Soul Stirrers -Specialty 1956
12. Peter Guralnick Interview 5 – Switch To Secular Music
13. Lovable – Sam Cooke – Specialty 1957
14. That’s Heaven To Me – The Soul Stirrers – Specialty 1957
15. GREAT 78 – Summertime – Sam Cooke – Keen 1957
16. I’ll Come Running Back To You – Sam Cooke – Specialty 1957
17. Mean Old World – Sam Cooke – Specialty 1957
18. You Were Made For Me – Sam Cooke – Keen 1958
19. Win Your Love For Me – Sam Cooke – Keen 1958
20. Somewhere There’s A Girl – Sam Cooke – Unreleased 1961
21. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #107

Air Week: May 21 – 27, 2012

Specialty Records Pt. 3

This is the third and final part of “Juke In The Back”‘s tribute to Specialty Records. This week, host Matt The Cat looks at Specialty’s hit-making heyday of 1953-56, featuring Marvin & Johnny, John Lee Hooker, Jesse Belvin and Little Richard!  Label founder Art Rupe was a major force in presenting rhythm & blues to the masses and introducing the world to Little Richard, who’s musical impact is still being felt today. The birth of Rock n’ Roll can be traced back to Specialty Records, find out why on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. She’s Been Gone – H-Bomb Ferguson – Specialty 1953
3. Drunk – Jimmy Liggins & His 3-D Music – Specialty 1953
4. One Room Country Shack – Mercy Dee Walton – Specialty 1953
5. Lucy Mae Blues – Frankie Lee Sims – Specialty 1953
6. Hole In The Wall – Floyd Dixon – Specialty 1953
7. Baby Doll – Marvin & Johnny – Specialty 1953
8. The Things That I Used To Do – Guitar Slim – Specialty 1954
9. No Room In The Hotel – The Chosen Gospel Singers – Specialty 1954
10. Touch The Hem Of His Garment – The Soul Stirrers – Specialty 1956
11. I’m Mad – John Lee Hooker – Specialty 1954
12. Something’s Going On In My Room – Daddy Cleanhead – Specialty 1954
13. GREAT 78 – I’m Your Best Bet Baby – Earl King – Specialty 1954
14. Zindy Lou – The Chimes – Specialty 1955
15. Where’s My Girl – Jesse Belvin – Specialty 1955
16. Nite Owl – Tony Allen & The Champs – Specialty 1955
17. Eternity – Ernest Kador – Specialty 1955
18. Tutti Frutti – Little Richard – Specialty 1955
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #106

Air Week: May 14 – 20, 2012

Specialty Records Pt. 2

This week, the “Juke In The Back” is jumpin’ with records all hailing from the Specialty Label out of LA on part 2 of The Specialty Records Story. 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. Lloyd Price even drops by the “Juke” to tell us how he first met Specialty owner Art Rupe and how “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” came to be recorded. Matt The Cat wraps up his series on Specialty Records next week, so dig it while the diggin’s good.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Information Blues – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Specialty 1949
3. Oh Babe! – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Specialty 1950
4. Money Blues – Camille Howard & Her Boy Friends- Specialty 1951
5. Please Send Me Someone To Love – Percy Mayfield – Specialty 1950
6. Strange Things Happening – Percy Mayfield – Specialty 1950
7. Everything’s Gonna Be All Right Tonight – King Perry & His Pied Pipers – Specialty 1950
8. I Can’t Lose With The Stuff I Use – Lester Williams – Specialty 1952
9. Wheel Of Fortune – The Four Flames – Specialty 1952
10. Best Wishes – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Specialty 1951
11. Lost Love – Percy Mayfield – Specialty 1951
12. Lawdy Miss Clawdy – Lloyd Price – Specialty 1952
13. GREAT 78 – Strange Angel – Amos Easton & His Orch. – Specialty 1951
14. Oooh! Oooh! Oooh! – Lloyd Price – Specialty 1952
15. Dream Girl – Jesse & Marvin – Specialty 1952
16. Wine Woogie – Marvin Phillips – Specialty 1952
17. Frantic – Frank Motley & His Crew – Specialty 1952
18. I’m Coming Home – The Swan Silvertones – Specialty 1953
19.After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #105

Air Week: May 7 – 13, 2012

Specialty Records Pt. 1
This week, the “Juke In The Back” is full of old records from one of the greatest record labels of all-time, Specialty Records. Art Rupe started the label in 1944 as Juke Box Records. Part 1 of this multi-part feature will focus on Specialty’s early years, featuring not only the enormous hits from Roy Milton & His Solid Senders, Jimmy Liggins, Camille Howard and Joe Liggins, but also the lesser known releases by The Sepia Tones, The Blues Woman, Big Maceo and more. Find out how this great label began on this week’s “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Boogie #1 – Sepia Tones – Juke Box 1945 3. Voo-It! Voo-It! – The Blues Woman – Juke Box 1946
4. Ice Cream Freezer – The Blues Man – Juke Box 1946
5. R.M. Blues – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Juke Box  1946
6. Milton Boogie – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Juke Box 1946
7. Rockin’ Boogie – Joe Lutcher & His Society Cats – Specialty 1948
8. Teardrop Blues – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1948 9. Cadillac Boogie – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy – Specialty 1948
10. X-Temporaneous Boogie – Camille Howard & Her Trio – Specialty 1948
11. You Don’t Love Me – Camille Howard & Her Trio – Specialty 1948
12. Fat Meat – Jim Wynn – Specialty 1947
13. GREAT 78 – Keep A Dollar In Your Pocket – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Specialty 1948
14. Big City Blues – Big Maceo – Specialty 1949
15. Hop, Skip, Jump – Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Specialty 1948
16. Fiesta In Old Mexico – Camille Howard & Her Trio – Specialty 1949
17. Rag Mop – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Specialty 1950
18. Pink Champagne – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Specialty 1950
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #104

Air Week: April 30 – May 6, 2012

The Spiders

New Orleans is not known for its R&B vocal groups. In a city where jazz, blues and zydeco thrive, one vocal group rose to the top: The Spiders. In two short years, the Spiders landed enduring hits like “I Didn’t Want To Do It,” “I’m Slippin’ In” and “Witchcraft,” led by brothers Chuck and Chick Carbo. They were produced by the legendary Dave Bartholomew and recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studios with the cream of New Orleans’ session musicians. When the hits stopped coming, Chuck Carbo left the group for a solo career, thus ending their time in the spotlight. Matt The Cat explores The Spiders’ story on this week’s “Juke In The Back.” 

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Jungle Juice – Stick McGhee – King 1953
3. I’ve Been Around – Little Willie John – King 1956
4. Bye & Bye – The Spiders – (Prev. Unreleased) Imperial 1953
5. I Didn’t Want To Do It – The Spiders – Imperial 1954
6. Tears Began To Flow – The Spiders – Imperial 1954
7. I’m Slippin’ In – The Spiders – Imperial 1954
8. The Real Thing – The Spiders – Imperial 1954
9. 21 – The Spiders – Imperial 1954
10. Am I The One – The Spiders – Imperial 1955
11. Bells In My Heart – The Spiders – Imperial 1955
12. Witchcraft – The Spiders – Imperial 1955
13. How I Feel – Chuck Carbo & The Spiders – Imperial 1956
14. GREAT 78 – You’re The One – The Spiders – Imperial 1954
15. A-1 In My Heart – The Spiders With Chuck Carbo – Imperial 1956
16. Goodbye – The Spiders With Chuck Carbo – Imperial 1956
17. Poor Boy – Chuck Carbo – Imperial 1957
18. Wild, Wild Young Men – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1953
19. My Saddest Hour – The Five Keys – Aladdin 1953
20. Smoke From Your Cigarette – The Mellows – Jay-Dee 1955
21. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #103

Air Week: April 23 – 30, 2012

Little Willie John

The “Juke In The Back” is proud to spotlight one of R&B’s most underrated singers and showmen, Little Willie John. Born in Arkansas, Willie was raised in Detroit and took advantage of its thriving music scene from an early age. By 18, he was recording for the influential King Record Label out of Cincinatti and by 19, he was on top of the R&B charts with “Fever” in the spring of 1956. Enlightening interviews with Otis Williams of the Charms as well as Willie’s older sister, Mable John add depth to Willie’s story. Matt The Cat explores the breadth of Willie’s catalog, from his first hit “All Around The World” in 1955, to his big comeback in 1958 with “Talk To Me, Talk To Me,” to his final recordings, which have only recently been released. The spotlight shines bright on a great big talent, Little Willie John on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

 1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. All Around The World – Little Willie John – King 1955
3. Need Your Love So Bad – Little Willie John – King 1955
4. Home At Last – Little Willie John – King 1955
5. Fever – Little Willie John – King 1956
6. Do Something For Me – Little Willie John – King 1956
7. Talk To Me, Talk To Me – Little Willie John – King 1958
8. Tell It Like It Is – Little Willie John – King 1958
9. Leave My Kitten Alone – Little Willie John – King 1959
10. I’m Shakin’ – Little Willie John – King 1960
11. Heartbreak (It’s Hurtin’ Me) – Little Willie John -King 1960
12. GREAT 78 – Spasms – Little Willie John – King 1958
13. Sleep – Little Willie John – King 1960
14. Flamingo – Little Willie John – King 1961
15. Take My Love (I Want To Give It All To You) – Little Willie John – King 1961
16. Never Let Me Go – Little Willie John – Capitol (Unreleased) 1966
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #102

Air Week: April 16 – 22, 2012

Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson
This week, the “Juke In The Back” honors one of the greatest blues shouters of all-time, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson. He burst on the scene in 1944 with a cover of the Joe Turner classic, “Cherry Red Blues” as the vocalist for the Cootie Williams Orchestra. He remained with Cootie Williams until 1945, when Vinson cut out and formed his own orchestra. He signed with Mercury and scored the biggest hit of his career in 1947 with “Old Maid Boogie” and “Kidney Stew Blues.” He entered that R&B charts one more time in 1949 with the sequel to “Cherry Red Blues” with “Somebody Done Stole My Cherry Red.” For those in the know, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson is an R&B, jazz and blues shoutin’ treasure, but for those who missed the boat, he’s forgotten. Join Matt The Cat as we remember one of the all-time greats on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. What’s Her Whimsey, Dr. Kinsey – Stomp Gordon – Mercury 1953
3. Queen Of Diamonds – Roy Brown – King 1955
4. Red Blues – Cootie Williams & His Orch. – Hit 1944
5. Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t – Cootie Williams & His Orch. – Hit 1944
6. Somebody’s Got To Go – Cootie Williams & His Orch. – Hit 1945
7. Juice Head Baby – Cootie Williams & His Orch – Capitol 1945
8. Cleanhead Blues – Eddie Vinson & His Orch. – Mercury 1946
9. Old Maid Blues – Eddie Vinson & His Orch. – Mercury 1947
10. Kidney Stew Blues – Eddie Vinson & His Orch – Mercury 1947
11. Oil Man Blues – Eddie Vinson & His Orch – Mercury 1947
12. I Took The Front Door In – Eddie Vinson & His Orch. – Mercury 1947
13. GREAT 78 – When A Woman Loves Her Juice – Eddie Vinson & His Orch. – Mercury 1946
14. Somebody Done Stole My Cherry Red – Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson – King 1949
15. Ashes On My Pillow – Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson – King 1950
16. Long John Blues – Dinah Washington – Mercury 1949
17. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #101

Air Week: April 9 – 15, 2012

Early Lavern Baker & R&B Baseball Songs

This week, “The Juke In The Back” looks at how one of R&B’s greatest voices, Lavern Baker, got her start. Matt The Cat collects ALL of Baker’s early records together in one place. From her first recordings with the Eddie “Sugarman” Penigar Orch to her breakthrough sides with The Todd Rhodes Orch and all the records in-between. You can really hear how Baker’s sound evolved between 1949 and 1953. Her true breakthrough wouldn’t come until “Tweedlee Dee” became a huge R&B and pop hit in 1955.

Plus, in our “Harlem Hit Parade,” celebrate America’s National Pastime with a collection of R&B baseball songs. Soon after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and Larry Doby went to the Indians, blues and rhythm artists started singing about a game that could now be enjoyed by everybody.

“The Juke In The Back” features the underground R&B music that directly influenced the birth of rock n’ roll, but is seldom heard or respected on the radio.

Grab a nickel and dig on “The Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. I Wonder Baby – Eddie “Sugarman” Penigar Orch – RCA 1949
3. Easy Baby – Eddie “Sugarman” Penigar Orch – RCA 1949
4. I’ve Tried – Little Miss Sharecropper – National 1951
5. How Long – Little Miss Sharecropper – National 1951
6. I Want To Rock – Little Miss Sharecropper – National 1951
7. Take Out Some Time – Little Miss Sharecropper – National 1951
8. Good Daddy – Maurice King & His Wolverines – Columbia 1951
9. I Want A Lavender Cadillac – Maurice King & His Wolverines – Okeh 1951
10. Make It Good – Maurice King & His Wolverines – Okeh 1951
11. Trying – Todd Rhodes Orch. – King 1952
12. Pig Latin Blues – Todd Rhodes Orch – King 1952
13. Must I Cry Again – Todd Rhodes Orch – King 1952
14 GREAT 78 – My Pinch Hitter – Buddy Lucas – Groove 1954
15. Lost Child – Todd Rhodes Orch – King 1953
16. Robbie-Doby Boogie – Brownie McGhee – Savoy 1948
17. Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball – Buddy Johnson – Decca 1949
18. Baseball Boogie – Mabel Scott – King 1950
19. Say Hey – The Treniers – Epic 1954
20. The Ballgame – Sister Wynona Carr – Specialty 1953
21. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #100

Air Week: April 2 – 8, 2012

Big Jay McNeely

The juke is jumpin’ this week with some of the wildest, craziest and most gloriously blistering honking sax records of all-time by the master, Big Jay McNeely. Not only will Matt The Cat spin Big Jay’s greatest sides, but he’ll also be talking to the man behind the sax as Big Jay tells his own story in his own words. From the shuffle fire of “Deacon’s Hop,” a number one R&B smash from 1949 to the crazed “3-D,” “Mule Milk” and “The Goof,” Jay’s best instrumentals will be highlighted. McNeely was also successful with a few vocal records like the pop crossover success of 1959′s “There Is Something On Your Mind” with Little Sonny on vocals and his early ’50s singles with his vocal group, Three Dots And A Dash, which included a very young Jesse Belvin and Mercy Dee. Don’t miss Matt The Cat’s interview with Big Jay McNeely and the birth of rock n’ roll on this week’s “Juke In the Back.”.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Wild Wig – Big Jay McNeely & His Bluejays – Savoy 1949
3. Big Jay McNeely Interview 1
4. 3-D – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1953
5. Big Jay McNeely Interview 2
6. Deacon’s Hop – Big Jay McNeely – Savoy 1949
7. The Goof – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1952
8. Big Jay McNeely Interview 3 9. All That Wine Is Gone – Big Jay McNeely – Imperial 1951
10. Big Jay McNeely Interview 4
11. Hot Cinders – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1954
12. GREAT 78 – Insect Ball – Big Jay McNeely – Imperial 1951
13. Mule Milk – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1954
14. Nervous Man Nervous – Big Jay McNeely – Federal 1953
15. Big Jay McNeely Interview 5
16. There Is Something On Your Mind – Big Jay McNeely and Band – Swingin’ 1959
17.  Head Hunter – Johnny Otis Orchestra – Regent 1949
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #099

Air Week: March 26 – April 2, 2012

Lucky Millinder

The “Juke In The Back” is loaded this week with records by one of R&B’s greatest and most underrated bandleaders, Lucky Millinder. He worked with vocalists as varied as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Wynonie Harris, Annisteen Allen, Bull Moose Jackson and Big John Greer, but Lucky Millinder is mostly forgotten by today’s audiences. Dizzy Gillespie actually played trumpet in Millinder’s Band in the early 1940s for a brief time. Even though Lucky Millinder is not remembered well today, his records certainly helped lay the foundation that would soon become Rock n’ Roll. Dig on some of greatest records, this week on the “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Ease The Pain – Chuck Willis – Atlantic 1957
3. Bicycle Tillie – The Swallows – King 1953
4. Shout, Sister, Shout – Lucky Millinder & His Orch – Decca 1941
5. When The Lights Go On Again (All Over The World) – Lucky Millinder & His Orch – Decca 1942
6. Apollo Jump – Lucky Millinder & His Orch – Decca 1943
7. Sweet Slumber – Lucky Millinder & His Orch – Decca 1943
8. Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well – Lucky Millinder & His Orch – Decca 1945
9. Shorty’s Got To Go – Lucky Millinder & His Orch – Decca 1946
10. D’ Natural Blues – Lucky Millinder & His Orch – RCA Victor 1949
11. Little Girl, Don’t Cry – Lucky Millinder & His Orch – RCA Victor 1949
12. Oh Babe! – Lucky Millinder & His Orch – King 1950
13. GREAT 78 – Who Said Shorty Wasn’t Coming Back – Lucky Millinder & His Orch – King 1950
14. I’ll Never Be Free – Lucky Millinder & His Orch – RCA Victor 1951
15. I’m Waiting Just For You – Lucky Millinder & His Orch – King 1951
16. Can’t Stand To See You Go – Jimmy Reed – Vee-Jay 1956
17. Under A Blanket Of Blue – The Cardinals – Atlantic 1954
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #098

Air Week: March 19 – 25, 2012

Chuck Berry: His First Year

Chuck Berry has been called the “Father of Rock n’ Roll” and with good reason. He took the blues of T-Bone Walker and B.B. King, the guitar riffs of Carl Hogan and mixed it with the fiddle and Western Swing music of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. Then he rolled it all into one big sonic blast. Rhythm & Blues become Rock n’ Roll when Chuck Berry began writing songs aimed at teenagers, finally granting them their own music. In this week’s “Juke In The Back,” Matt The Cat explores Chuck Berry’s first full year of recording for the legendary Chess Records in Chicago. We’ll look at his recordings from his first session, held in May, 1955 to his fourth session from April, 1956 and everything in-between. Some of the titles you’ll know by heart, like “Maybellene,” “You Can’t Catch Me” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” but others might be new to your ears, like the eerie “Down Bound Train” and the very bluesy “Wee Wee Hours.” Chuck Berry defined Rock n’ Roll guitar and his influence is felt every time some one picks up a guitar with the intention of tearing the house down. Hear Berry’s beginnings on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Ain’t That Just Like A Woman – Louis Jordan – Decca 1946
3. Maybellene – Chuck Berry – Chess 1955
4. Wee Wee Hours – Chuck Berry – Chess 1955
5. Thirty Days (To Come Back Home) – Chuck Berry – Chess 1955
6. Together (We Will Always Be) – Chuck Berry – Chess 1955
7. You Can’t Catch Me – Chuck Berry – Chess 1956
8. Rolli Polli – Chuck Berry – Chess 1955
9. Down Bound Train – Chuck Berry – Chess 1955
10. No Money Down – Chuck Berry – Chess 1955
11. Berry Pickin’ – Chuck Berry – Chess 1955
12. I’ve Changed – Chuck Berry – Chess 1955
13. GREAT 78 – Maybellene (Live on Alan Freed’s Rock n’ Roll Dance Party Show) – Chuck Berry – 1956
14. Drifting Heart – Chuck Berry – Chess 1956
15. Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry – Chess 1956
16. Brown Eyed Handsome Man – Chuck Berry – Chess 1956
17. Too Much Monkey Business – Chuck Berry – Chess 1956
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #097

Air Week: March 12 – 18, 2012

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.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Will You Be Mine – The Swallows – King 1951
3. Eddie Rich Interview Segment 1
4. Since You’ve Been Away – The Swallows – King 1951
5. Eddie Rich Interview Segment 2
6. Dearest – The Swallows – King 1951
7. Tell Me Why – The Swallows – King 1951
8. Eddie Rich Interview Segment 3
9. It Ain’t The Meat – The Swallows – King 1951
10. Eddie Rich Interview Segment 4
11. Beside You – The Swallows – King 1952
12. Roll, Roll Pretty Baby – The Swallows – King 1951
13. GREAT 78 – Eternally – The Swallows – King 1951
14. I Only Have Eyes For You – The Swallows – King 1952
15. Eddie Rich Interview Segment 5
16. I’ll Be Waiting – The Swallows – King 1953
17. Bicycle Tillie – The Swallows – King 1953
18. You Left Me – The Swallows – King 1952
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #096

Air Week: March 5 – 11, 2012

Chuck Willis: Part 2

“Juke” completes its 2 part special on the great Chuck Willis. This week, in part 2, we focus on Chuck’s amazing crossover success in the late 1950s with huge pop hits like “C. C. Rider,” “Betty And Dupree,” “What Am I Livin’ For” and “Hang Up My Rock n’ Roll Shoes.” Willis’ career ended with him on top after his tragic death in 1958 at the age of 30. Chuck Willis is one of the many underrated 1950s R&B performers. Pop audiences only remember him for a handful of tunes, yet he was extremely popular on the R&B-side of the 1950s. Each week, the “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat brings the music and stories of this oft forgotten part of American Music.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Bacon Fat – Andre Williams & His New Group – Fortune 1956
3. You Better Stop – Lavern Baker – Atlantic 1954
4. Keep A Knockin’ – Chuck Willis – Okeh – Orig. Unissued
5. Give And Take – Chuck Willis – Okeh 1954
6. Two Spoons Of Tears – Chuck Willis – Okeh 1956
7. It’s Too Late – Chuck Willis – Atlantic 1956
8. Juanita – Chuck Willis – Atlantic 1956
9. Whatcha’ Gonna Do When Your Baby Leaves You – Chuck Willis – Atlantic 1956
10. C. C. Rider – Chuck Willis – Atlantic 1957
11. Betty And Dupree – Chuck Willis – Atlantic 1958
12. What Am I Living For – Chuck Willis – Atlantic 1958
13. Hang Up My Rock n’ Roll Shoes – Chuck Willis – Atlantic 1958
14. GREAT 78 – Blow Freddy Jackson – Chuck Willis – Okeh Orig. Unissued
15. My Life – Chuck Willis – Atlantic 1958
16. Keep A Drivin’ – Chuck Willis – Atlantic 1958
17. I Had A Love – The Flairs – Flair 1953
18. In Paradise – The Cookies – Atlantic 1956
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #095

Air Week: February 27 – March 4, 2012

Chuck Willis: Part 1

This week, the “Juke” features part 1 of a 2 part special on the great and much underrated Chuck Willis. Most cats n’ chicks know Chuck’s 1957 smash “C. C. Rider,” but many are unfamiliar with the great records Chuck cut in the early 1950s. That’s a shame, because Willis was a rare talent in that he could sell a ballad as well if not better than his jump sides. He was also a fantastic songwriter, writing hits for Ruth Brown and The Clovers, just to name a few. Matt The Cat introduces you to the Okeh and Columbia sides of one of the greatest, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. The Honeydripper, Part 1 – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Exclusive 1945
3. The Honeydripper, Part 2 – Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Exclusive 1945
4. Can’t You See – Chuck Willis – Columbia 1951
5. I Tried (To Get Along With You) – Chuck Willis – Okeh 1951
6. Let’s Jump Tonight – Chuck Willis – Okeh 1951
7. Loud Mouth Lucy – Chuck Willis Okeh 1952
8. My Story – Chuck Willis – Okeh 1952
9. Caldonia – Chuck Willis – Okeh 1952
10. Going To The River – Chuck Willis – Okeh 1953
11. Don’t Deceive Me – Chuck Willis – Okeh 1953
12. You’re Still My Baby – Chuck Willis – Okeh 1954
13. GREAT 78 – It’s Too Late Baby – Chuck Willis – Okeh 1951
14. I Feel So Bad – Chuck Willis – Okeh 1954
15. Money Blues – Camille Howard – Specialty 1951
16. Feelin’ Good – Little Junior’s Blue Flames – Sun 1953
17. Jam Up – Tommy Ridgley – Atlantic 1954
18. Jimmy’s Blues – Count Basie – Columbia 1945
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #094

Air Week; February 20 – 26, 2012

1952: Jukebox Rhythm Review Pt. 2

This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 60 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the second half of 1952. You’ll hear a lot more than just the big #1 R&B hits this week as we dig deep into the jukebox lists to feature seldom heard tunes by Illinois Jacquet, Varetta Dillard and Sonny Thompson with Lula Reed. These are the top requested records that were spinning on the jukebox in the back of the establishment. It’s part 2 of 2 on the 1952 Rhythm Review on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Easy, Easy Baby – Varetta Dillard – Savoy 1952
3. Lawdy Miss Clawdy – Lloyd Price – Specialty 1952
4. I’ll Drown In My Own Tears – Sonny Thompson – King 1952
5. Call Operator 210 – Floyd Dixon – Aladdin 1952
6. Mary Jo – The Four Blazes – United 1952
7. Ting-A-Ling – The Clovers – Atlantic 1952
8. My Song – Johnny Ace With The Beale Streeters – Duke 1952
9. Juke – Little Walter & His Night Cats – Checker 1952
10. The Bells Are Ringing – Smiley Lewis – Imperial 1952
11. Beside You – The Swallows – King 1952
12. Goodbye Baby – Little Caeser – Recorded In Hollywood 1952
13. GREAT 78 – Rock Me All Night Long – The Ravens – Mercury 1952
14. Five Long Years – Eddie Boyd – J.O.B. 1952
15. You Know I Love You – BB King & His Orch – RPM 1952
16. Port Of Rico – Illinois Jacquet & His Orch – Mercury 1952
17. I Don’t Know – Willie Mabon & His Combo – Chess 1952
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #093

Air Week: February 13 – 19, 2012

1952: Jukebox Rhythm Review Pt. 1

This week, the jukebox is in the spotlight as Matt The Cat takes you back 60 years and highlights the top jukebox hits of the first half of 1952. You’ll hear a lot more than just the big #1 R&B hits this week as we dig deep into the jukebox lists to feature seldom heard tunes by John Greer & His Rhythm Rockets, Dinah Washington and Marie Adams. These are the top requested records that were spinning on the jukebox in the back of the establishment. It’s part 1 of 2 on the 1952 Rhythm Review on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Flamingo – Earl Bostic & His Orch – King 1951
3. Cry – Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads – Okeh 1951
4. She Moves Me – Muddy Waters – Chess 1952
5. 3 O’clock Blues – BB King – RPM 1952
6. Got You On My Mind – John Greer & His Rhythm Rockets- RCA Victor 1952
7. Night Train – Jimmie Forrest – United 1952
8. Wheel Of Fortune – Dinah Washington – Mercury 1952
9. Booted – Roscoe Gordon – RPM & Chess 1952
10. Dust My Broom – Elmo James – Trumpet 1952
11. One Mint Jullep – The Clovers – Atlantic 1952
12. I’m Gonna Play The Honky Tonks – Marie Adams – Peacock 1952
13. GREAT 78 – Baby Please Don’t Go – The Orioles – Jubilee 1952
14. 5-10-15 Hours – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1952
15. Moody’s Mood For Love – King Pleasure – Prestige 1952
16. Have Mercy Baby – The Dominoes – Federal 1952
17. Goin’ Home – Fats Domino – Imperial 1952
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #092

Air Week: February 6 – 12, 2012

T-Bone Walker

Drop a nickel in the ol’ Rockola Juke to hear one of the best selling and most influential bluesmen and guitarists of all-time, T-Bone Walker. This week’s show looks at how T-Bone’s immense guitar talent developed from his first recordings in the early 1940s to his breakthrough after WWII with the now classic, “Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday’s Just As Bad)” for Black & White Records. We’ll also get a taste of T-Bone’s work for the Cornet, Imperial and Atlantic labels. B. B. King, Ray Charles and Chuck Berry have all cited T-Bone Walker as a heavy influence. Find out why on this week’s “Juke In The Back” with Matt The Cat.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Daddy Rollin’ Stone – Otis Blackwell – Jay-Dee 1953
3. I’ll Wait For You – Ruth Brown – Atlantic 1951
4. Good Lovin’ – The Clovers – Atlantic 1953
5. T-Bone Blues – Les Hite & His Orch – Variety 1940
6. Mean Old World – T-Bone Walker – Capitol 1942
7. Bobby Sox Blues – T-Bone Walker With Jack McVea’s All-Stars- Black & White 1946
8. Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday’s Just As Bad) – T-Bone Walker – Black & White 1947
9. Long Skirt Baby Blues – T-Bone Walker – Black & White 1948
10. I’m Waitin’ For Your Call – T-Bone Walker – Black & White 1948
11. Midnight Blues – T-Bone Walker – Black & White 1948
12. West Side Baby – T-Bone Walker – Cornet 1948
13. GREAT 78 – Strollin’ With Bone – Imperial 1950
14. Description Blues – T-Bone Walker – Cornet 1949
15. The Hustle Is On – T-Bone Walker – Imperial 1950
16. Papa Ain’t Salty – T-Bone Walker – Atlantic 1954
17. Wee Wee Hours – Chuck Berry – Chess 1955
18. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #091

Air Week: January 30 – February 5, 2012

Etta James

Producer Jerry Wexler called Etta James, “The greatest of all modern blues singers.” That’s great praise coming from a guy who worked with the greatest of the greats for 50 years. Etta James, who passed away at the age of 73 on January 20, 2012 had an amazing talent for mixing a bit of tenderness and heartbreak into her gritty, tough and soulful voice. She had a style all her own and she played by her own rules. Her success on record was equally matched by her personal failures off-mic, dealing with drug addiction, bad relationships and financial problems. On this week’s “Juke In The Back,” Matt The Cat looks at how this incredible legend got started, focusing on Etta’s first recordings from 1954 to her great rise in 1960. Through these records, you’ll hear that even in her early days, Etta’s music had great depth and variety. We honor the late, great Etta James, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. The Wallflower – Etta James & “The Peaches” – Modern 1955
3. Hold Me, Squeeze Me – Etta James & “The Peaches” – Modern 1955
4. Hey Henry – Etta James – Modern 1955
5. Be Mine – Etta James – Modern 1955
6. Good Rockin’ Daddy – Etta James – Modern 1955
7. Crazy Feeling – Etta James – Modern 1955
8. W-O-M-A-N – Etta James – Modern 1955
9. Number One – Etta James – Modern 1956
10. Tears Of Joy – Etta “Miss Peaches” James – Modern 1956
11. Tough Lover – Etta James – Modern 1956
12. Good Lookin’ – Etta James – Modern 1956
13. GREAT 78 – Come What May – Etta James – Modern 1957
14. The Pick-Up – Etta James – Modern 1957
15. Baby Baby Every Night – Etta James – Kent 1958
16. All I Could Do Was Cry – Etta James – Argo 1960
17. If I Can’t Have You – Etta & Harvey – Chess 1960
18. At Last – Etta James – Argo 1961
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #090

Air Week: January 23 – 29, 2012

Johnny Otis

This week, the “Juke In The Back” is proud to honor the late, great Johnny Otis, who passed away at the age of 90 on January 17, 2012. Johnny Otis was a true renaissance man. He was a singer, songwriter, drummer, bandleader, talent scout, record label owner and radio / TV show host and that’s not everything he did. He was the son of Greek immigrants, growing up in a mostly Black section of Vallejo, CA during the 1920s and 30s. He not only absorbed Black Culture, he became a part of it, changing his last name to Otis in order to sound more black. He went from playing drums at the Club Alabam on Central Ave. in LA to opening his own Barrelhouse Club in Watts in 1947, creating a scene of his own. His first records were made just as the big bands were dying off and the jump combos were rising. Johnny Otis did not interpret rhythm and blues, Johnny Otis WAS rhythm & blues. From his first recordings for Leon Rene’s Excelsior Label in 1945 to his commercial breakthrough in 1949-50 for Herman Lubinsky’s Savoy Label to his great rock n’ roll success with “Willie And The Hand Jive” for Capitol in 1958, Johnny Otis did more than almost anyone to push Black Music into the mainstream, creating rock n’ roll. “Juke In The Back” highlights the early part of Otis’ amazing career from 1945-1958. It’s not an overstatement to say that the music we enjoy today is here because of what Johnny Otis recorded, played and produced in the late 1940s and early 1950s. This “Juke” is truly The Johnny Otis Show.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Harlem Nocturne – Johnny Otis, His Drums & Orch – Excelsior 1945
3. Midnight In The Barrelhouse – Johnny Otis Orch – Excelsior 1947
4. Hangover Blues – Johnny Otis & His Orch – Regent 1949
5. Double-Crossing Blues – Johnny Otis Quintette, The Robins and Little Esther – Savoy 1950
6. Mistrustin’ Blues – Little Esther with Mel Walker & The Johnny Otis Orch – Savoy 1950
7. Cry baby – Johnny Otis Orch, Mel Walker & The Bluenotes – Regent 1950
8. Cupid’s Boogie – Johnny Otis Orch With Little Esther & Mel Walker – Savoy 1950
9. Wedding Boogie – Johnny Otis’ Congregation: Little Esther, Mel Walker and Lee Graves – Savoy 1950
10. Rockin’ Blues – Johnny Otis Orch With Mel Walker – Savoy 1950
11. Gee Baby – Johnny Otis & His Orch – Savoy 1951
12. GREAT 78 – The Turkey Hop Part 2 – Johnny Otis Orch – Savoy 1950
13. All Nite Long – Johnny Otis & His Orch – Savoy 1951
14. Hound Dog – Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton – Peacock 1953
15. The Wallflower – Etta James & “The Peaches” – Modern 1954
16. Willie And The Hand Jive – The Johnny Otis Show – Capitol 1958

Episode #089

Air Week: January 16 – 22, 2012

Hadda Brooks

Hadda Brooks is one of the most talented boogie woogie musicians of all-time, yet her name doesn’t come up nearly as often as Pete Johnson, Champion Jack Dupree or Professor Longhair. That’s a shame! This week, the “Juke In The Back” sets the record straight with a heavy dose of the “Queen Of The Boogie.” All three of her R&B hits will be played as well as some of her tunes with Pete Johnson and Smokey Hogg. So grab a nickel, a glass of bourbon and your dancin’ shoes, as the “Juke In The Back” spotlights Hadda Brooks.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. You Better Believe It – Paul Gayten – Checker 1956
3. Bluesy Me – Dave Collins & The Scrubs – Imperial 1954
4. Swingin’ The Boogie – Hadda Brooks – Modern 1945
5. That’s My Desire – Hadda Brooks – Modern 1947
6. Out Of The Blue – Hadda Brooks – Modern 1948
7. Variety Boogie – Hadda Brooks & Pete Johnson – Modern 1948
8. What Have I Done? – Hadda Brooks – Modern 1948
9. Long Tall Mama – Smokey Hogg – Modern 1948
10. Little School Girl – Smokey Hogg – Modern 1950
11. Jump Back Honey – Hadda Brooks – Okeh 1952
12. All Night Long – Hadda Brooks – Okeh 1952
13. The Great 78 – Humoresque Boogie – Hadda Brooks – Modern 1947
14. Brooks Boogie – Hadda Brooks – Okeh 1953
15. Stinkin’ Drunk – Gene Phillips – Modern 1947
16. Such A Night – Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters – Atlantic 1954
17. Cuttin’ Out – Annie Laurie With The Paul Gayten Orch. – Regal 1949
18. Goodbye Baby – Little Caesar with Que Martyn & His Orch. – Recorded In Hollywood 1952
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #088

Air Week: January 9 – 15, 2012

The Duke / Peacock Records Story

This week, the entire “Juke In The Back” is loaded with records from the catalog of Duke/Peacock Records. Don Robey started Peacock in 1949 in order to record Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, whom he also managed. In 1953, Robey took over Duke Records (which was owned by David J. Mattis and Bill Fitzgerald) and a R&B empire was born. Matt The Cat shares the history and music, which features some of the greatest R&B talents of all-time, including: Bobby “Blue” Bland, Johnny Ace, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Big Mama Thornton, Junior Parker and more.

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Atomic Energy – Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – Peacock 1950
3. Mary Is Fine – Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – Peacock 1950
4. I’m So Worried – Floyd Dixon – Peacock 1950
5. Sad Journey Blues – Floyd Dixon – Peacock 1950
6. My Song – Johnny Ace – Duke 1952
7. Hound Dog – Willie Mae Thornton With Kansas City Bill’s Orch. – Peacock 1953
8. Rock-A-Bye Baby – Big Mama Thornton – Peacock 1952
9. No Blow, No Show – Bobby “Blue” Bland – Duke 1953
10. How Deep Is The Ocean – The Sultans – Duke 1954
11. I Wanna Ramble – Little Junior Parker – Duke 1955
12. Pledging My Love – Johnny Ace With the Johnny Otis Orch. – Duke 1955
13. Great 78 – Nightmare – Willie Mae Thornton – Peacock 1953
14. Little Richard’s Boogie – Little Richard w/ The Johnny Otis Orch. – Peacock 1956
15. Pack Fair And Square – Big Walter & His Thunderbirds – Peacock 1956
16. Next Time You See Me – Little Junior Parker – Duke 1957
17. Dance With Me – El Torros – Duke 1957
18. Farther Up The Road – Bobby “Blue” Bland – Duke 1957
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946

Episode #087

Air Week: January 2 – 8, 2012

Solomon Burke: His First Recordings (1955-1960)

This week we solute Solomon Burke, the “King of Rock n’ Soul” and the “Juke In The Back” is loaded with his very first recordings from 1955 to 1960. As a teenager in Philadelphia, Burke was recording for Apollo Records in NYC, but none of his nine Apollo singles charted. He then cut two singles for the Singular Label before his fortunes turned around and he began recording with Atlantic Records. You won’t hear anything that will blow you mind from Burke’s early recordings, but they all have a quality that would stick with him for the rest of his career. Hear how the “Bishop Of Soul” evolved into the giant he became on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. Too Much Lovin’ – The “5″ Royales – Apollo 1953
3. Be Baba Leba – Helen Humes With Bill Doggett Octet – Philo 1945
4. Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) – Solomon Burke – Atlantic 1961
5. Christmas Presents From Heaven – Solomon Burke – Apollo 1955
6. Why Do Me That Way – Solomon Burke – Apollo 1956
7. To Thee – Solomon Burke – Apollo 1956
8. No Man Walks Alone – Solomon Burke – Apollo 1956
9. A Picture Of You – Solomon Burke – Apollo 1956
10. This Is It – Solomon Burke – Apollo 1957
11. For You And You Alone – Solomon Burke – Apollo 1957
12. My Heart Is A Chapel – Solomon Burke – Apollo 1958
13. Great 78 – Don’t Cry – Solomon Burke – Apollo 1958
14. It’s All Right – Solomon Burke – Singular 1959
15. This Little Ring – Solomon Burke – Singular 1960 & Mala 1960
16. Don’t Blame It On Me – Fats Domino – Imperial 1956
17. Don’t Feel Sorry For Me – Jimmy Beasley – Modern 1956
18. Flying Home – Lionel Hampton & His Orch. – Decca 1942
19. After Hours – Erskine Hawkins – Bluebird 1946