Archive for July, 2007

25th July
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 7/30 @ 1pm EST
Tuesday 7/31 @ 9pm PST and midnight EST
Friday 8/03 @ 6pm EST
Sunday 8/05 @ 11am EST

19th July
written by Matt The Cat
Floyd Dixon

A year ago on July 26th, we lost one of R&B;’s most beloved and influential artists; Floyd Dixon. Bill Wax from XM’s Bluesville and Matt The Cat had the privilege to speak to Floyd only a few months before he died. This week, “Harlem” looks back on the amazing career of Floyd Dixon with many of Floyd’s stories told in his own words. From the original “Hey Bartender” (covered by The Blues Brothers) to “Dallas Blues” and “Call Operator 210”, Floyd was a blues original. His story airs this week on “Harlem”.

Harlem Airs on the 50s on 5
Monday 7/23 @ 1pm ET
Tuesday 7/24 @ midnight ET
Friday 727 @ 6pm ET
Sun 7/29 @ 11am ET

This one’s for Floyd!

Matt The Cat

17th July
written by Matt The Cat
Jimmie Rodgers Joins Night Prowl Cruise!

IT’S OFFICIAL! The great Jimmie Rodgers will join the Night Prowl / Truckin’ Bozo Cruise this February for 8 days in the Mexican Riviera. This is due to popular demand. Night Prowlers requested it and we are making it so. There will be a fabulous show aboard the cruise ship, which leave CA on February 12, 2008, featuring Freddy Cannon, Carl Dobkins Jr. and NOW Jimmie Rodgers! Matt The Cat will emcee the show.

If you haven’t booked a cabin yet, do so fast as all cabin bookings must be in by September. For more info, click HERE!

When you book, make sure you tell them that you are WITH the Night Prowl Show!

You will need a valid Passport to travel on this cruise.

This is very exciting!