Archive for May, 2006

19th May
written by Matt The Cat
Joe Liggins
Jimmy Liggins

Pianist/singer Joe Liggins and younger brother, guitarist/singer Jimmy Liggins didn’t record together. They each had impressive and hit laden careers apart. Joe made history with “The Honeydripper” which sat at #1 on the R&B; charts for over 10 weeks in 1945, while Jimmy’s biggest R&B; hit was “Drunk” in 1953. This week, Matt The Cat focuses on both brothers, who contributed greatly to the R&B; scene of the late 40s and early 50s.

Harlem Airs On The 50s on 5:
Monday, 5/22 @ 1pm EST
Tuesday, 523 @ 9pm PST – Midnight EST
Friday, 5/26 @ 6pm EST
Sunday, 5/28 @ 11am EST
17th May
written by Matt The Cat

Cats n’ kittens rejoice as…

Instrumental Thursday RETURNS!

You’ll dig in on some of the coolest sounds that are guarenteed to leave you “speechless”. There are “no words” to describe these amazing instrumental sounds. Dig some B. Bumble & The Stingers, The Ventures, The Wailers, The Royaltones, Link Wray, Dick Dale, Duane Eddy and of course they’ll be many songs you’ve never heard before.

PLUS: We will also honor BIG JOE TURNER, who was born on this day in 1911. We’ll spin some of the greatest record by the biggest and best of the “blues shouters”.

11th May
written by Matt The Cat
Johnny “Guitar” Watson

Johnny “Guitar” Watson is one of the most underrated R&B; guitar players of the 1950s. He began his career as a piano player for Chuck Higgins’ band before jumping ship as a solo performer for Federal Records in 1953. He scored his biggest hit of the ’50s with the Bihari Brothers RPM Label in 1955 with his cover of Earl King’s “Those Lonely Lonely Nights”. This week, you’ll hear the best of Watson’s 1950s recordings, including a demo version of the infamous “Gangster Of Love”, which at that time was called “Bandit Of Love”. Don’t miss it as Matt The Cat reveals the story behind the story on one of the original bad boys of R&B.;

Harlem Airs On XM 5:
Monday 5/15 @ 1pm EST
Tuesday 5/16 @ 9pm over LA and Midnight over NYC
Friday 5/19 @ 6pm EST
Sunday 5/21 @ 11am EST