Archive for July, 2006

30th July
written by Matt The Cat

This week, Matt The Cat spotlights one of the greatest R&B; vocal groups of all time, The Swallows. Today, they’re mostly remembered for their risqué classic “It Ain’t The Meat” (which wasn’t a hit at the time), but their real strength was in ballads. Their smooth, harmonies are almost peerless. Catch all of their amazing R&B; hits as well as the story behind the story on The Swallows, this week on Harlem.

Harlem Airs on the 50s on 5:
Monday 7/31 @ 1pm ET
Tuesday 8/1 @ 9pm in LA and Midnight in NYC
Friday 8/4 @ 6pm ET
Sunday 8/6 @ 11am ET


28th July
written by Matt The Cat
Floyd Dixon
1929 – 2006

Today we lost one of the great R&B; pianists of the late ’40s, early ’50s Los Angeles scene. Dixon falls in-between Charles Brown and Ray Charles on the R&B; evolutionary scale. I’ll air a tribute to Floyd Dixon tonight on the Night Prowl Show (7-11pm EST) featuring a live interview with music historian and musician Billy Vera, who knew Floyd personally. Also, Bill Wax and I were privileged to do an interview with Floyd last year, so I’ll let Floyd tell a lot of his own story.

Floyd Dixon Tribute, Friday, July 28th 7-11pm on The 50s on 5

20th July
written by Matt The Cat

This week’s Harlem is beyond words. That’s because it features a solid hour of rhythm & blues instrumentals. You’ll hear the LA honkers Big Jay McNeely and Joe Houston, pianists Ray Charles and Fats Domino and guitarist T-Bone Walker, just to name a few. You’ll be speechless with 1950s instrumental R&B; on Harlem.

HARLEM airs on the 50s on 5:
Monday 7/24 @ 1pm EST
Tuesday 7/25 @ 9pm over LA – Midnight over NYC
Friday 7/28 @ 6pm EST
Sunday 7/30 @ 11am EST

Hot instrumental fun in the summertime!

Matt The Cat