Archive for January, 2006

21st January
written by Matt The Cat

Hey Everybody, did ya hear the news?
Cleanhead’s coming to town
To shout some BLUES!!

Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson

Even though most people don’t know his name, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson certainly left his mark on jump blues from the late 1940s through the 1980s. He was signed to King Records during their heyday, along with fellow blues shouters Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris and Roy Brown. This week, Matt The Cat pays Cleanhead the respect he so deserves on the 50s on 5’s HARLEM.

HARLEM airs on XM5:
Monday 1/23 @ 1pm EST
Tuesday 1/24 @ midnight over LA and 9pm over NYC
Friday 1/27 @ 6pm EST
Sunday 1/29 @ 11am over Boston

20th January
written by Matt The Cat

The Greatest DJs of All Time!

Alan Freed died on this day in 1965 and Wolfman Jack was born tomorrow, the 21st of January back in 1939. Tonight, The Night Prowl honors these two great DJs as well as some of the others (Dick Biondi, Hunter Hancock, Jack Carney, Jumpin’ George and many others).

After the whole payola scandal had blown over in 1960, Freed could no longer work in New York State. He headed for the West Coast and landed a job on KDAY in LA. Tonight, I’ll present an exclusive aircheck of Freed on the air in LA from 1961 that has seldom been heard.

Plus, the Friday Night Cat Fight returns at 10pm EST / 7pm PST. We need your vote, so don’t miss it.

Have a great weekend and keep on prowlin’.


19th January
written by Matt The Cat

Wilson “The Wicked” Pickett RIP

Today we lost one of the greatest soul singers of the 1960s. Pickett’s career began with The Falcons in 1962 with “I Found A Love”, a song that made the R&B; top 10, while stalling at #75 on the pop lists. He was signed to Atlantic Records and in 1965 made musical history with the release of “In The Midnight Hour”. His career never stalled until the early ’70s when he left Atlantic for RCA.

Wilson Pickett died today of a heart attack at the age of 64.

We will remember some of Pickett’s early great records tonight on the Night Prowl Show.