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 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 →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 046
    by Robert Javors on October 5, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Examination of John Dolphin's labels of the early 1950's: Recorded in Hollywood, Lucky, Cash & Money. Covers vocal groups, R&B, blues and some gospel.Many unissued songs and alternate takes of issued songs. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 046
    by Robert Javors on October 5, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Examination of John Dolphin labels of the early 1950;s: Recorded in Hollywood, Lucky, Cash and Money. Covers vocal groups, R&B, blues & a little gospel. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 045
    by Robert Javors on September 29, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    An examination of Dolphin's of Hollywood and Recorded in Hollywood doo wop, R&B, gospel and blues from 1948-1953.Features many unissued recordings. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 044
    by Robert Javors on September 23, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Second half of Coral R&B plus Part 1 of tribute to John Dolphin's labels: Dolphin's of Hollywood and Recorded in Hollywood. Features R&B, blues, gospel and doo wop. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 43
    by Robert Javors on September 15, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Part 2 of blues, gospel and R&B about the Korean War plus Part 1 of doo wop, blues and R&B from the Coral label from 1949-1952. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 042
    by Robert Javors on September 10, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    R&B, gospel and blues about the Korean War from 1950-1954.Includes on air news broadcasts about Korean War from radio & TV. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 041
    by Robert Javors on August 31, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Exploration of the Herald label from 1951-1963. Features down home blues like Little Walter, R&B likeBlind Billy Tate, Larry Dale, Tommy Ridgley, etc. & doo wop like The Nutmegs, Turban, Mello-Kings, Etc. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 040
    by Robert Javors on August 27, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Part 2 featuring Bobby & Danny Robinson's labels such as Fire, Fury, Red Robin, Whirlin Disc & Vest. Focus on R&B, blues and doo wop from Harlem in the 1950's & 1960's. Listen →

  • Black & Blues: Episode 039
    by Robert Javors on August 20, 2018 at 2:05 am

    A look at the R&B, blues and doo wop produced by Bobby & Danny Robinson on their many labels: Red Robin, Everlast, Fire, Fury, Vest & Whirlin' Disc in the 1950's & 1060's. Listen →