Black & Blues
Black & Blues
Hosted by Robert Javors. The show will feature music by African-American artists from the 1920’s through the 1960’s. Included will be blues, gospel, rhythm & blues, early soul and doo wop with emphasis on the period from W.W. II through the sixties. Most shows will be themed, e.g. shows about drinking or regional differences while others will be more free form. The bulk of the songs will taken from hard-to-find 78’s and 45’s and many be be unavailable on reissues.
Listen LIVE every Tuesday at 11:00 am
Category: Music


About Robert Javors

Born in Brooklyn 75 years ago & still live here. Became interested in African-American music while in elementary school. Began collecting records while in high school, mostly R&B,blues,gospel and jazz. Hosted the program, Something Inside of Me on WKCR for about 8 years in the 1970’s. Contributed to at least 20 books dealing with African-American music and had articles published in Sing Out magazine in the 1970’s. I also had a rare records column in the English magazine, Blues and Rhythm and was a music consultant for the documentary movie, The Atomic Cafe. I made numerous record collecting trips to the Deep South, Philadelphia, Chicago, etc. during which I purchased tens of thousands of records, many of which ended up in my collection. In recent years I’ve worked as a consultant to various record producers both in the states and in Europe and records from my collection have been the basis for many cd’s issued both here and abroad.



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  • Black & Blues: Episode 065
    by Robert Javors on February 14, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    A look at Federal records, Part 3. Concentrates on the mid to late 1950's. Features doo wop (Lamplighters, Platters, Royals, etc.), R&B (Cal Green, Jimmy Witherspoon, Rudy Ray Moore, etc.) and blues (Willie Mabon, Little Willie Littlefield, Preston Love, etc.) Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 064
    by Robert Javors on February 9, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Federal records, Part 2. Explores R&B (Annisteen Allen, Eddie Chamblee, Cecil Count Carter, etc.), doo wop (Platters, Lamplighters, etc.), blues (Pete Guitar Lewis,John Watson, Preston Love, etc.) & gospel (Florida Soul Stirrers, Sister Bonnie Bradford, etc.) Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 063
    by Robert Javors on February 2, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Looks at the first two years of Federal records. Awesome blues (Baby Boy Warren, John Lee, Little Willie Littlefield, etc.), great doo wop (Dominoes,Royals, 4 Jaqcks, etc.), early R&B (Max Bailey, Little Esther, Teddy Williams, etc.) & obscure gospel (Golden Eagles, 4 Internes, Thelma Bumpess, etc.) Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 062
    by Robert Javors on January 25, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Part 3 of tribute to Vee Jay records. Covers the years 1954-1956. Features R&B (Joe Buckner, Danny Cobb, Dizzy Dixon, etc.), blues (J.B.Hutto, Eddie Taylor,Billy Boy Arnold, Joe Williams, etc.), vocal groups Hi-Liters, Magnificents,Dells, El Dorados, etc.) and gospel (Spiritual Airs, Staple Singers, Kelly Brothers, etc.) Listen →

  • Black & Blues" Episode 061
    by Robert Javors on January 18, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Features Part 2 of tribute to Vee Jay records from 1953-1955. Vocal groups (Spaniels, El Dorados, Dells, etc.), R&B (Billy Emerson, Earl Phillips, Al Smith, Priscilla Bowman, etc.), blues (Sunnyland Slim, Floyd Jones, Eddie Taylor, etc.) & gospel (Staple Singers, Highway QC's, etc.). Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 060
    by Robert Javors on January 14, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    This show features the early years (1953/4) of Vee Jay records. Highlights are vocal groups (Spaniels, El Dorados, Five Echoes, etc.), blues (Sunnyland Slim, Floyd Jones, Jimmy Reed, etc.), R&B (Pro McClam, Floyd Valentine, Al Smith, Tommy Dean, etc.) and gospel (Maceo Woods, Lockhart Sgrs, Rasberry Sgrs, etc.) Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 059
    by Robert Javors on January 5, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    The story of Hollywood records from 1954 to 1958. Features doo wop (Feathers, L'Captans, 4 Jacks Arrows, etc), blues (McCracklin, Johnny Fuller, Muke Thomas, etc), R&B (Linda Hayes, Jesse Belvin, King Perry, Frankie Ervin, etc.) plus a smattering of gospel (Rising Star Sgrs & Soul Comforters). Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 058
    by Robert Javors on December 29, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Holiday music, Part 2. Features classic blues from the 20' & 30's (Bessie Smith, Victoria Spivey, Bumble Bee Slim, etc.) plus lots of R&B, blues, doo wop & gospel from the late 40's thru 1970. Listen to Johnny Otis, Carla Thomas, Titus Turner, The Moonglows, The Janells, & plenty others. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 057
    by Robert Javors on December 24, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Blues, R&B, gospel and doo wop holiday songs with emphasis on the late 1940's and the 1950's.Oddities by The Victory Five, Big Bud, Felix Gross, Boll Weevil, Kenny Williams, Maggie Ingram with the Silver Stars, etc. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 056
    by Robert Javors on December 14, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Features extra tracks from previous shows. More from Dootsie Williams' labels, more uptempo R&B, add'l Chance tracks, live Ike & Tina, and more West Coast R&B from Money, Cash and Recorded in Hollywood labels. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 055
    by Robert Javors on December 8, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    The second & final look at labels owned by Dootsie Williams. Emphasis on the years 1954-1962 and vocal group harmony. Listen to the Penguins, Medallions, Meadowlarks, Calvanes, Cuff Links, etc. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 055
    by Robert Javors on December 8, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Second and final part of a look at the labels owned by Dootsie Williams. Emphasis on 1954-1962 & vocal group harmony. Listen to the Medallions, Penguins, Cuff Links, Calvanes, Meadowlarks, et.al. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 054
    by Robert Javors on December 1, 2018 at 1:59 am

    This is the first part of an exploration of labels owned by Dootsie Williams. Concentrates on his early years with Blue (Blu) and early Dootone. Heavy on R&B (Roy Milton, Johnny Taylor, Duke Henderson, Fats Gains,etc), some blues, a little gospel and the rarer of vocal groups like The Pipes, The Saigons, The Dootones & The Calvanes. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 053
    by Robert Javors on November 26, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Features uptempo R&B from 1951-1962. Many rarities and obscurities like Tucker Coles, Pat Valdelar, Harmon Jump Jones, Scat Man Bailey, Jessie Mae, Percy Welch, Eddie Alston & Jimmie Lee. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 052
    by Robert Javors on November 18, 2018 at 4:21 am

    Part 3 of tribute to Ike Turner both as sideman & main artist on recordings from St. Louis & East St. Louis (Phantom, Stevens, Ballad, Joyce labels among others), Chicago (Cobra & Artistic labels, & recordings by the Ike & Tina Revue (Sue, Kent & Liberty labels). Years covered are 1954-1970. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 051
    by Robert Javors on November 11, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Part 2 of the music of Ike Turner. Ike as leader & sideman in recordings done in the South from 1951-1954. Featured artists include Bobby Blue Bland,Howlin' Wolf, Jackie Brenston, The Prisonaires, Little Jr. Parker & Billy the Kid Emerson among many others. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 050
    by Robert Javors on November 3, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Explores Ike Turner's career as leader & sideman from 1951-1954 on records made in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. Features artists like Jr. Parker, Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, Jackie Brenston, Bobby Blue Bland, Roscoe Gordon and many others. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 049
    by Robert Javors on October 29, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Show focuses on the Chance & Sabre labels 91950-1954) featuring blues(Johnny Shines, Big Boy Spires, J.B. Hutto, etc),R&B (Rudy Green, Skippy Brown, Bobby Prince, etc.),vocal groups (Moonglows, Flamingos, 5 Chances, etc.)and a little gospel. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 048
    by Robert Javors on October 19, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    A look at the Chance and Sabre labels from Chicago, 1950-1954. Looks at doo wop (Flamingos, Moonglows, Spaniels, 5 Chances, etc.), down home blues (John Lee Hooker, Homesick James, Big Boy Spires, etc.) and R&B (Rudy Greene, JoJo Adams, Jimmy Binkley, etc). Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 047
    by Robert Javors on October 13, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Final look at John Dolphin's Los Angeles labels. Features R&B, blues and vocal groups on Money and Cash labels from the mid-1950's. Lots of unissued songs & alternate takes. Listen →