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Episode #696 – Willie Mabon

Air Week: September 4-10, 2023

Willie Mabon

Willie Mabon scored 2 #1 R&B records with “I Don’t Know” and “I’m Mad” in 1952 and ’53 respectively. Having 2 #1s ensured that he would never be forgotten, BUT Matt The Cat believe that this piano playing, harp-blowin’ blues cat should be better remembered and respected. This week, the “Juke In The Back” takes a look at nearly all his recordings for Chess Records, covering his career from his first solo release on Parrot in ’52 to his post-Chess single on Federal in ’57. In-between, you find different variations on his smash hits along side some unique sounding compositions which remain interesting to listen to and dig on some 70 years later. So grab a pocket full of nickels for the ol’ Rock-Ola juke and dig the sounds from Willie Mabon as we spin ’em ’round on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”


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