Jimmy Witherspoon part 1 this week on The Juke In The Back

The Juke In The Back” focuses on the “soul that came before rock n’ roll,” the records that inspired Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and countless others.
Jimmy Witherspoon is one of the most influential blues shouters to emerge after WWII and yet he remains just a footnote in the evolution of Rhythm & Blues and Rock n’ Roll. Originally from Arkansas, ‘Spoon settled in Los Angeles after his time in the Merchant Marines during the war. He replaced fellow-shouter Walter Brown in Jay McShann’s band and was featured on McShann’s first single for the fledgling Philo Label in 1945. Witherspoon is best remembered for his 1949 chart-topper, “Ain’t Nobody’s Business,” which was actually recorded at the end of ’47 and released in mid-’48. That would prove to be his signature tune, even though he had strong chart success with “In The Evening,” “No Rollin’ Blues” and “Big Fine Girl” in late ’49. The last 2 were recorded live at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena and really showcase the excitement of seeing ‘Spoon perform live. His career spanned over 50 years and this week Matt The Cat looks at ‘Spoon’s early records from 1945-50 in part 1 of 2 on this talented and important figure in early Rhythm & Blues on the “Juke In The Back.” This afternoon at 03:00 PM Eastern, with an encore presentation Thursday morning at 04:00 AM Eastern, on Mushroom FM, the home of the fun guys, making four decades of magic mushroom memories!