Where were we going . . . . ?

Posted: April 29, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen or download the show here:  Cruising with The Commissioner #4 (28-04-11)

Well, the sun has made more than a few welcome visits to the Grand Duchy of Bexleyheath this past week and brought a hint of tropical utopia to the Dartford Delta (if you squint hard enough and keep company with Mr. Merlot). However, I think it may be too soon to say that summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets.

Well, we were pleased to host visits from two fellow DJs on this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner show and each was most welcome on our musical journey. They made great travelling companions (with some plasticine that they found in the glove compartment) and they brought along musical contributions from their cherished collections. We set off knowing that The Shake was going to take us for a detour and a risky ramble all-along,down-along ‘Memory Lane’. This week he recounted a tale of schoolboy rivalry to find an obscure song featured on a TV documentary, the discovery that the singer was, in fact, veteran musical hall artist, Max Wall, and a surprise home visit from Mr Wall . . . . with dolly bird in tow. Take a listen to the track and the story in the show (posted below).

It was great to have DJ Wheeliebag visit the show for the ‘Three from me’ slot. He never fails to find some memorable gems from his amazing archives, although he left it to me to tell listeners what they were! He treated us to some great ‘real’ RnB tracks and he couldn’t resist giving us his gig guide and if you are looking for an entertaining night in good company, check out DJWB website and his up-coming pre ‘Cinco de Mayo’ Hot Latin Mexican Music Nite on 4 May. Each time I’ve seen his show, he has added a few more tracks to my lengthening musical ‘wish list’ and this week I took his suggestion to visit Sounds That Swing in Camden Town, close to where he has his Wednesday night residency at The Spread Eagle PH. This visit ensured that . . . . Sounds That Swing are marginally more economically solvent and I am distinctly better provided for with good music. Thanks DJWB for the recommendation. I shall return.

Our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks was off on a clandestine filming project in ‘another place’. Unlike his radio manner, DJLR was saying nothing on this occasion and we were all left to speculate whether this was, or was not, anything connected with a certain celebrity event being held in London this week.

Occasionally, we feature a couple of well-known songs and dig out the originals. This week’s ‘originals’ segment, featured the song ‘Oh Boy’ which was a big hit for Buddy Holly. Although Buddy was a prolific and successful songwriter himself, this song was written and recorded by Sonny West who was a fellow Texan from Lubbock, Texas. In 1957 Sonny West wrote and made the first recordings of Oh Boy and Rave On at Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis, New Mexico, where Buddy Holly also recorded. These were quickly covered by Buddy Holly and The Crickets and became timeless classics.

We also played the original of “See You Later Alligator”, which was written and first recorded by Louisiana songwriter “Bobby Charles” in 1955. He was a white Cajun musician, but adopted a New Orleans-influenced blues style for the recording, causing some to believe he was a black artist. However, the most famous version of the song was recorded on December 12, 1955 by Bill Haley & His Comets and the rest (as they say) is history. (A foot note here: Bobby Charles also wrote “Walking to New Orleans”, which was a hit for Fats Domino).

The carefully planned musical route for this week’s show was going well, until we encountered some technical misfiring and had to re-route. When the gremlins come a-chasing, you have got to be enterprising to evade them and make it home safely. The resultant playlist (below) may look interesting, but it is quite different from what was planned. Even with these changes, we did mark Duane Eddy’s 72nd birthday this week and gave an acknowledgement of 40’s bluesman, Blind Willie Johnson’s music on its continuing journey aboard the spaceship Voyager.  Anyway, we arrived back with everyone still on board and accompanied by some encouraging chatter in the Wireless FM chatroom.

Lipstick, Powder & Paint – Delbert McClinton
How Sweet It Is – Jnr Walker & The Allstars
Brand New Girl – Walter Scott & The Kapers
But It’s Alright – J.J. Jackson
Wild Child – The Sapphires
Big Time Operator – Charlie Rich

Oh Boy – Sonny West
See You Later Alligator – Bobby Charles
Skee Mo – Hoochie & The Coochie Coos

Three from me . . . .  DJ Wheeliebag
Dirty by the dozen – Little Johnny Jones and the Chicago Hound Dogs
Worried ’bout you baby – Roy ‘Mr Guitar’ Gaines
Possum Belly Overalls – June Bateman with Noble Thin Man Watts and his Band

Leave Me Alone – Baby Washington
I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – Cissy Houston
I Must Be Doing Something Right – Dee Dee Gardner
Let’s Jam (Part 1) – Bobby Gregg & His Friends
Turn It On – Don Covay
Sweet Darlin’ – Jimmy Soul Clarke
Woolly Bully – Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
Chaquita Linda – Bill Haley & His Comets
Ain’t Love Wonderful – The Fantastic Four
Irresistible You – Bobby Peterson
Motherless Children Have A Hard Time – Eric Clapton

Memory Lane . . . . The Shake
Dream Tobacco – Max Wall

Love Makes The World Go Round – Odds & Ends
Hide Nor Hair – Lou Rawls
Touching & Caring – Nina Simone
Think – The 5 Royales
Fine Junk Thing – The Electric Flag
Shazam – Duane Eddy
Oh Baby (We Got A Good Thing Going) – Barbara Lynn
You Want It, You Got It – The Detroit Emeralds
I Like It Like That – Don Bryant
O’Baby (I Believe I’m Losing You) – Billy Hawkes
Going To A Go Go – The Miracles
Well – Little Richard

Already, plans are afoot (well 30cms actually) for next week’s show (I can hear the gasps of disbelief from here). This will include a little Latin rock, since the show will coincide with the ‘Cinco de Mayo’ festivities and I don’t doubt that you have already selected an appropriately flamboyant outfit from your cavernous wardrobe for the occasion. For the fashion conscious amongst you, I shall be wearing a super size sombrero with a bold, multi-striped poncho in a dazzling array of spicy colours and all set off with a maxi size Pancho Villa moustache. Doubtless, the Cruising Cruisettes will have some tequila, a few limes and some salt, for our passengers. Of course, I am well aware that we will be at risk of bandits on our planned journey, but, hopefully, we will have DJ Leyton Rocks on board to ride shotgun and to assume filming rights for any ‘incidents’ along the way.

Well, once again I am grateful to Wireless FM for the opportunity to assail your ears with my choice of music on this week’s journey. If you enjoy this selection, I hope you’ll join me next Thursday for a veritable cornucopia of rock, soul and ‘real’ RnB, when once again we’ll go Cruising with The Commissioner.

If you can’t wait till then, I recommend you take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM (from 6 till midnight), where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play music you’ll never forget.

So, from The Commissioner, until next time, have fun!


  1. I forgot about the website … listening while I write dude … and I posted a link on FBook

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