Archive for February, 2007

26th February
written by Matt The Cat
Doo Wop Thursday RETURNS this week with the GREAT EARL LEWIS of THE CHANNELS!

This will surely be a Doo Wop Thursday Night Prowl Show to remember as Matt The Cat is joined by one of Doo Wop’s unsung heroes. Earl Lewis was there at the beginning and with the Channels recorded some of the best remembered records of the era. What was it like to tour back in the mid 1950s? What was New York City like back then for emerging vocal groups? How was the record business? These questions and more will be answered live on the radio, as Earl Lewis joins Matt The Cat for Doo Wop Thursday.

Thursday, March 1st from 4-7pm EST

22nd February
written by Matt The Cat

Every Hit Version of The Song….

Open The Door, Richard

In the late 1940’s, the phrase, “Open The Door, Richard” was on everyone’s lips. The song of the same name began as a comic routine, but blew up to the point where it sent four different versions to #2 on the R&B; charts. This week HARLEM uncovers as many versions, sequels and answer records as it can to represent this historical record. You’ll hear versions of “Open The Door, Richard” by Jack McVea, Dusty Fletcher, Louis Jordan, Count Basie, The Charioteers, The Pied Pipers, The Three Flames and even the Hit Paraders. Matt The Cat will also give you the story behind who wrote it and who got sued over it. This is one HARLEM not to miss. So put down that beer and OPEN THE DOOR, RICHARD!

Harlem Airs on XM-5:
Monday 2/26 @ 1pm EST
Tuesday 2/27 @ 9pm over LA and Midnight over NYC
Friday 3/2 @ 6pm over Baltimore
Sunday 3/4 @ 11am over Newark

I hope you enjoy this evolution of a song.


16th February
written by Matt The Cat
This week on HARLEM….

New Orleans
Rhythm & Blues

Harlem gets fat all week (not just Tuesday) with a full hour of nothing but great New Orleans rhythm & blues from the early ’50s. Celebrate Mardi Gras in the juke joint with the likes of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair and Smiley Lewis. I spilt gumbo all over my 45s and 78s.

Harlem airs on the 50s on 5:
Monday 2/19 @ 1pm in NY and noon in New Orleans
Tuesday Night 2/20 @ 9pm PST – Midnight EST
Friday 2/23 @ 6pm EST
Sunday morning 2/25 @ 11am EST and 10am in New Orleans

Keep it soulful, ya hear!

Matt The Cat