Archive for August, 2008

14th August
written by Matt The Cat


Part 1

Syd Nathan launched KING RECORDS in 1944 as a country & western label in his native Cincinnati. He controlled every aspect of the business from recording, record pressing, album jacket printing and even distribution. He got into the R&B; market in 1947 with the signing of Bull Moose Jackson. For the next 2 weeks, Matt The Cat digs deep into the satellite vaults to feature the hit, misses and influence of this “king of all labels”. There will be vocal group sounds from The Midnighters, The Swallows, The Dominoes and the “5” Royales as well as down-home R&B; from Bull Moose, James Brown, Little Willie John and Freddy King. This is part 1 of a 2 part special on The King Records Story.

Harlem Airs on the 50s on 5:
Monday 8/18 @ 1pm EST
Tuesday 8/19 @ 9pm PST and midnight EST
Friday 8/22 @ 6pm EST
Sunday 8/24 @ 11am EST

7th August
written by Matt The Cat


It took a white hep cat singing rhythm and blues to launch rock n’ roll into the mainstream, but Elvis didn’t come out of nowhere. His R&B; influences run deep. Matt The Cat brings Elvis’ influences to the surface on “Elvis In Harlem” as we commemorate “Elvis Week”. You’ll hear the original R&B; versions of the songs that Elvis made famous as well as rare interview footage of Elvis on his musical influences. Before he was King Of Memphis, Elvis WAS “Harlem”.

Harlem Airs:
Monday 8/11 at 1pm ET
Tuesday 8/12 at 9pm PT – Midnight ET
Friday 8/15 at 6pm ET
Sunday 8/17 at 11am ET