Archive for December, 2007

12th December
written by Matt The Cat
1931 – 2007

Ike Turner, one of the founding fathers of rock n’ roll died today in San Diego. The cause of death has not yet been released. It was his Kings Of Rhythm group that backed up vocalist Jackie Brenston on the groundbreaking 1951 classic, “Rocket 88”. Rhythm and Blue and Rock n’ Roll music grew out of licks and style laid down by Ike long before he hired Anna Mae Bullock (Tina Turner) to head his revue. Ike has long been vilified in the movies and in print, but tonight we’ll get down to Ike Turner the musician and the innovator. The Night Prowl Show will honor Ike Turner throughout the night. May he rest in peace.
11th December
written by Matt The Cat

There’s a lot to talk about this week on the Night Prowl Show. Here is a sampling of what you’ll hear all week long.

Bluesday Tuesday:
Along with an extra dose of R&B; and Blues to get you ready for Big Jay McNeely interviewed by Matt The Cat on Harlem (9pm PT – midnight ET), we also have:
-Memories of Sam Cooke, who lost his life on this day in 1964 in a LA motel room.
-Brenda Lee (Miss Dynamite) celebrates her 63rd birthday.
-The late Perez Prado is born on this day in 1918.
-Big Mama Thornton is born on this day in 1926.

West Coast Wednesday:
Our general spotlight is shining bright on the West Coast music scene, but we also can’t forget:
-Connie Francis celebrates her 69th birthday and almost 50 years in the music business.
-Dionne Warwick is 68 today.
-Frank Sinatra is born on this day in 1915.

Soul Thursday:
Billy Vera is my very special guest as we celebrate a new 4 CD box set from Rhino Handmade Records called “Atlantic Soul: 1959-1975”. This is the 2nd of 3 box sets that Billy has put together for Rhino to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Atlantic Records. Along with Billy, we’ll also have a very special “secret” guest to talk about recording for Atlantic during its heyday. Get more info on “Atlantic Soul: 1959-1975” by going to Rhino Handmade’s Website.

-The late, great Charlie Rich is born on this day in 1932.
-The great Dinah Washington dies on this day in 1963.
-Atlantic Record co-founder Ahmet Ertegun dies in 2006.
On Saturday:
-Jesse Belvin is born on Dec. 15, 1932.
-DJ Alan Freed is born on Dec. 15, 1922

…and don’t forget Night Prowl T-Shirts are on sale now at The Back Alley Night Prowl Store!

Tis the season to NOG! Try this recipee:

Chocolate Eggnog


8 eggs3 cups chocolate milk

2 cups milk

1 cup cream

1 cup Kahlua liqueur (or delicious, freshly brewed strong coffee)

1 cup dark rum

1/2 cup brown sugar

¾ teaspoon cinnamon, ground¾ teaspoon nutmeg, groundpinch cinnamon, ground (as garnish)pinch chocolate, grated (as garnish)

In a large saucepan over a medium heat, pour the milk and chocolate milk.Heat the milks, but DO NOT BOIL.In a large bowl, beat the eggs and brown sugar until they are well combined and of a reasonably thick consistency.When the milk mixture is hot (but not boiling!), add approximately half of it to the bowl containing the beaten eggs and brown sugar.Whisk well.Pour all of the egg, sugar & milk mixture back into the large saucepan.Reduce heat to low.Slowly and gently, add in the Kahlua liqueur/ coffee, and then the cream.Stir continuously until the mixture has thickened enough to be able to coat the back of a spoon.Remember not to ever allow the mixture to boil.Remove the eggnog from the low heat.Stir in the dark rum, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg.Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled (at least 3 hours).To serve, ladle the eggnog into individual glasses, and garnish with a little grated chocolate or ground cinnamon.
Serves: 8.

Yuuuuuuuuummmmmm Yuuuuuuuuuummmmm!

7th December
written by Matt The Cat
Night Prowl T-Shirts ARE HERE!

Just in time for your holiday prowlin‘, we’re proud to introduce our 100% cotton heavy Night Prowl T-Shirts. Get ’em in black or the very stylish white “ringer”. So prowl your own back alley with a pint of nog and a Night Prowl Tee on your back.

Visit the Back Alley Night Prowl Show Store

Shirts are available in L, XL and XXL

Cross Country Kelly models the white “ringer” tee

All shirts are top quality and guaranteed to last. I wouldn’t put my name on anything unless it was the best and you know that’s true. Remember to keep ’em clean!

Yum Yum is all over the black tee