Have love, will travel . . . .

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #10 (09-06-11)

Well, it’s been another hectic week here, with much traveling and a no little testing of our organizing ability. Fortunately, there was time enough for some very enjoyable socializing and some very fruitful rummaging in the record shops for outstanding and long lost tracks that might extend our future playlists on Cruising with the Commissioner.

Our thanks to those who have joined us in the Wireless FM chatroom during the shows and given us feedback on the website (https://cruisingwiththecommissioner.wordpress.com/). It is always good to know how it is received, what tracks attracted particular attention and the odd clue about what might get included in future playlists. So, please feel free to make use of the chatroom and the website to give us your feedback on Cruising with the Commissioner.

Our ‘Three From Me’ this week featured seasoned session rock guitarist and band-leader, Phil Tyler, who brought an armful of classic rock albums with him and was visibly happy with his choices once he was in front of the microphone. The Cruisettes persuaded Phil to play some live rock guitar while he was in Cruise Control and he shook the walls. We should have left the mic on, because it was cracking stuff! Phil offered to come back sometime and we’ll be sure to take him up on that offer.

There hasn’t been much time for relaxing with the turntables this week, which was frustrating since there was a good selection of tunes that arrived to be added to the Cruising library and a few were featured in this week’s show. Such was my enthusiasm to play ‘Black Roses’ that I introduced it as ‘Clearlight’ instead of  ‘Clearwater’ , but I put the blame fairly and squarely on Mr Merlot, who paid an early visit to Cruise Control and certainly left his mark!

While we’re Cruising and playing the radio, we kept a look out for The Shake, because The Cruisettes always look forward to his saunter down Memory Lane, but somehow we missed him this week . . . . we surmised that he was escorted away again by the authorities for loitering, but he turned up in the chatroom later, so the restraining order must have elapsed! Still this offered an opportunity for The Commissioner to take a casual cruise down Memory Lane and to feature the late Les Paul (who’s birthday it would have been on the day of the show). Somewhere at Cruise Control there’s a photo of the occasion that they both met at the Iridium Club in New York some years ago and perhaps we’ll go searching for it.

So, here’s the playlist for this week’s show:

Do The Bop – Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns

Girls Are Out To Get You – The Fascinations

She’s Got A Way – James Hunter

Twistin’ Pneumonia – The Genies

Baby Do The Philly Dog – The Olympics

As Long As I Know He’s Mine – The Marvelettes

Can’t Look Back – Coco Montoya

Crosscut Saw – Albert King

Blue Jean Shuffle – Plas Johnson

Fast Freight – Arvee Allans (aka Richie Valens)

Strange Brew – Michael Udelson & Pat Kobas

Three From Me . . . . with Phil Tyler

Highway Star – Deep Purple

Drifting – Jimi Hendrix

You Don’t Remember, I’ll Never Forget – Yngwie Malmsteen

High Blood Pressure – Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns

The Girl’s Alright With Me – The Temptations

Irresistible You – Bobby Darin

Under Assistant West Coast Promo Man – The Rolling Stones

You’re On My Mind – The Birds

Chicken Pox – Booker T & The MGs

Originals

Honey Don’t – Carl Perkins

Rock Around The Clock – Sunny Dae & The Knights

Cut It Out – Joe Tex

Whispering – Les Paul

Black Roses – Clearwater

Peanuts – Little Joe & The Thrillers

River Deep Mountain High – Bobby Doyle

Shadow Of A Memory – Minnie Jones & The Minuettes

Baby, What Has Happened To Our Love – The Ringleaders

Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing – Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure

Drive My Car – The Gary Toms Empire

Turn It On – Don Covay

Copy Cat – The Cadillacs

Have Love Will Travel – Richard Berry and the Pharaohs

Hard Times – Noble Watts

Let’s Rock ‘N’ Roll – The Cadets

Now, amongst the gems this week was a version of The Cream’s, Strange Brew, by Michael Udelson & Pat Kobas, which has been much played, of late, at Cruise Control. Another was from the late Bobby Doyle from Houston Texas with his excellent version of River Deep Mountain High, which was the B side of his 1968 Warner Brothers single of Dylan’s ‘Blowing In The Wind’. The Bobby Doyle Trio is notable for once featuring Kenny Rogers (yes, THAT Kenny Rogers) on bass and back up vocals. Sadly, greater success eluded Bobby, but he has left a worthy legacy. The Four Seasons version of the Doo Wop classic, ‘Peanuts’, has long been enjoyed at Cruise Control and so it was great to find the version by Little Joe & The Thrillers.

If you’re free on Tuesday nights, I recommend that you take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, with The Spongeman, The Shake, Max Quirk and Johnny Alpha. If you enjoy Cruising with The Commissioner then I think you’ll enjoy their greater poise and professionalism as they make you an offer you can’t refuse and play music you’ll never forget.

If you enjoyed this week’s playlist, then I’ll not inquire about your assessment of the DJing. However, I am grateful to Wireless FM for another opportunity to play my choice of music and, hopefully, you’ll join me next Thursday for another festival of rock, soul and real RnB, when once again we’ll go Cruising with The Commissioner.

Until the next time we meet, have fun!

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