Archive for April, 2006

27th April
written by Matt The Cat
“Miss Peaches”

This week Harlem digs deep into the catalog of one of the first ladies of rhythm & blues, “Miss Peaches” Etta James. Johnny Otis discovered her in 1954 and signed her to Modern Records. You’ll dig some choice sides from her Modern Records period with Matt The Cat, all week long on HARLEM.

Harlem airs on the 50s on 5:
Monday 5/1 @ 1pm over NYC
Tuesday 5/2 @ midnight over LA & 9pm over Harlem
Friday 5/5 @ 6pm over Portland, ME
Sunday 5/7 @ 11am over Winston-Salem, NC

21st April
written by Matt The Cat
One of the forgotten LEGENDS OF RHYTHM & BLUES:

Larry Darnell was the biggest R&B; artist of 1950 and the top selling artist of all time for Regal Records, but you’d never know it today. By the end of the 1950s, his flame of popularity had virtually blown out, but back at the beginning of the decade it was burning strong and bright. This week, I’m going to set the record straight and bring Larry Darnell back to glory days by spotlighting some of his greatest records from 1949’s immortal “I’ll Get Along Somehow” to 1957’s “Ramblin’ Man”. Don’t miss a single tear drop with Larry Darnell, a true R&B; legend on HARLEM with Matt The Cat.

Harlem Airs at:
Monday 4/24 @ 1pm EST
Tuesday Night 4/25 @ 9pm PST & Midnight EST
Friday 4/28 @ 6pm EST
Sunday 4/30 @ 11am EST

19th April
written by Matt The Cat
Roy Orbison
Part 4 (parts 1-3)

Part 4 of the Complete Roy Orbison gathers parts 1-3 together in a three hour, long-form radio Roy extravaganza. Trace his entire three decade career from his early days at the legendary Sun Records to his 80s comeback with Virgin Records and “You Got It”. Roy tells his entire story in his own words through rare, never-before-heard interviews. Highlights include an appearance on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops program, Tom Petty talking about how the Traveling Wilburys were formed and a 1956 live appearance on his own Odessa, TX TV show. The show is hosted by Matt The Cat and will air at a special, revised schedule.

Wednesday, April 26th at 3pm EST
Saturday, April 29th at noon EST
Sunday, April 30th at 3pm EST

I hope you enjoy this special as much as I enjoyed putting it together. This 3 part special was almost a year in the making and I must thank Barbara Orbison and the Orbison Estate for helping me out by providing some of the rare interview footage that made this special stand out.