Archive for July, 2011

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Cruising with The Commissioner #17 (28.07.11)

Well, once again, welcome one and all to Cruising with The Commissioner. The self-help guide to Cruising recommends that you wind the windows down, turn the volume and set off with no particular place to go . . . so we did!

There was a hint of pressure this week, following a little excursion across country that set the holiday mood. Before you could look around, another week had crept up on us and we were back at Cruise Control. So, we unpacked, settled in and went for a rummage in the Cruising library to find the playlist for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner, but we kept the mood very groovy and very summery and the Cruisettes were ready with the mint and the lime and icing up the mojitos. I hope you enjoyed the resultant little feast of Rock, Soul and ‘real’ Rhythm & Blues.

There was much joy at Cruise Control this week, with the very welcome return of our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks to fill the ‘Three From Me’ slot this week. He brought, as usual, an unpredictable selection of tracks that certainly cross frontiers and time zones . . . . so very appropriate for Cruising with the Commissioner.

We understand (only too well) how busy life can be. So, as always, if you have something better to do when the show airs, you can always stop by here, pick up the show on the Cruising website and stuff some groovy music into your ears . . . . at your leisure!

There were several tracks that didn’t get included in the playlist this week. We had a slight technical hitch and were tight on time. So, with due apologies to Frinton’s Victor Silvester Appreciation Society for the glaring omission, here is this week’s playlist:

Cruising for fun . . . . . .
Everyday I Have The Blues – B B King
I’m The Man – Albert Washington & The Kings
Keep On Lovin’ Me – Frances Nero
Let The Four Winds Blow – Roy Brown
Applejack – Dave Appell & The Applejacks
This Magic Moment – Marvin Gaye
At The Top Of The Stairs – The Formations
Who Knows – Marion Black
Gotta Lotta That – Gene Summers & His Rebels
I Get The Sweetest Feeling – Erma Franklin

Three From Me . . . . DJ Leyton Rocks
And You Bird Can Sing – The Beatles
Baby Baby Please – Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry
Bandsman Shooting Case – Wilmouth Houdini & His Hummingbirds

Cruising beyond the blue horizon . . . .
Get Ready – Ella Fitzgerald
Sh Boom – The Chords
Silhouettes – The Rays
Getaway – Ritchie Blackmore
Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um – Major Lance
Seven Days Of Loving You – Johnny Vernilli
Would She Do That For You – Mary Saenz
Soulful Jerk – The Rumblers
Don’t Be Cruel – Bill Black’s Combo
Road Runner – Bo Diddley
Love, Beads & Meditation – The Lemon Pipers

Cruising down along the cove . . . .
That’s What I Want – The Liverpool Five
Don’t Let Go – Roy Hamilton
The Girl Can’t Help It – Little Richard
Too Early To Tell – The Kinsey Report
Ain’t Nobody Home – Howard Tate
Girl I’m Leaving You – The Invitations
Gotta Find A New Love – Willie & The Handjives
The Shadow Knows – The Coasters
Hey Hey – Jimmy Thomason & Icky Renrut

Memory Lane . . . . with TC
Robert W. Morgan on KHJ Boss Radio, Los Angeles.
The Name Game – Shirley Ellis

Cruising for home . . . .
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love – Wilson Pickett
Hurry Up John – The Idle Race
I Just Want To Make Love To You – The Rolling Stones
Trickle Trickle – The Videos
You’d Better Move – Bobbie Brookes
Out Of My Mind – The Platters

Well, this week’s playlist has certainly suggested some follow-up tracks for next week’s show. We will try to find ‘Footsteps Following Me’ by Frances Nero, Erma Franklin’s version of ‘Whisper’s (Gettin’ Louder)’, and ‘Monkey Time’ by Major Lance. Inspired by the tracks played by Johnny Alpha on his Killer Diller show this week, we will go rummaging in the Cruising library for some great big band calypso tracks that we know are there . . . . somewhere!

Our good pal, The Spongeman, deserves an honorable mention here for finding us two of those glorious ‘60s vinyl sampler albums, ‘Gutbucket’, and ‘Son of Gutbucket’. What a host of gems are on those sides and these will get featured over the week’s to come for sure. The exuberant Max Quirk also stopped by at Cruise Control during the week for a ‘Dansette’ evening and a ramble through the 45s. He didn’t come empty handed and we were very grateful that he left us some great tracks that will also get featured in future shows.

The Cruisettes always look forward to the company of The Shake when we’re cruising and enjoying the scenery, but due to a misunderstanding with the authorities about his mirror-on-a-stick, we got a message that he was laying low this week. So, we took a trip back down Memory Lane to 1965 to meet Robert W. Morgan, from radio station KHJ in Los Angeles, and sample some sounds of the time. We’ll hope to hear more of The Shake’s stories when it is safe for him to be seen in public again.

Well, it was fun putting together the show for this week and I offer grateful thanks to Wireless FM for allowing me to indulge my personal choice of music here each week. I only play the tracks that I enjoy, so I am even more surprised at the number of listeners that catch the show live or on the website and appear to enjoy the playlist selections. If you are one of those, I hope you’ll join me for the next festival of rock, soul and real RnB, when once again we’ll go Cruising with The Commissioner.

In the meantime, why not take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play music you’ll never forget.

Until the next time we go Cruising together, have fun!

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Cruising with The Commissioner #16 (21.07.11)

Well, this week attracted the customary tension for farmers and urologists alike on St Swithen’s day. There was added confusion as the Dartford Delta and the Weald of Welling basked in day-long sunshine on St Swithen’s day and were awash with rain afterwards. But, this did not dampen spirits at Cruise Control, where much time was devoted to sampling a pile of juicy singles and albums that had been growing with the efforts of our musical postman and some fruitful ventures to the music emporiums around and about. In addition, fellow Wireless FM DJs, Max Quirk, Johnny Alpha, The Shake and The Spongeman, all added to this week’s wish list.

Journeys around ‘this green and pleasant land’ during the week included an opportunity to meet up again with some good-humoured folks that included Paul Devine, whose knowledge of Northern Soul is truly fascinating. So, we seized the opportunity to entice him to present this week’s ‘Three From Me’ feature. His relaxed manner is disarming, but you can’t be in his company long without being lifted by his obvious enthusiasm for his musical choices and this soon becomes infectious. Anyone who remembers evenings at The Wigan Casino with such affection has to have some stories to tell . . . . and Paul certainly does, although we may have to get him back to tell some us more than he did this time !!!

A recent visit to Cruise Control by previous ‘Three From Me’ guest, Phil Tyler, was the inspiration for an extended selection of car-related tracks. The challenge wasn’t finding them, it was which ones to choose. It was an excuse to pick some long-time favourites and some recent discoveries. There was a bit of mixing of styles, with plenty left (some very good ones too) for another occasion.  Apologies to Seppo Valjakka if I mis-pronounced his name.

It was a real squeeze to get all the selected tracks into the playlist this week. Several had to be put in the ‘pending’ tray for another day, which will be a great disappointment to Max Bygraves fans, who have been waiting for their requests for some time now. However, for those who like reading lists and for the keen apostrophe prefects, here’s the playlist for this week’s show:

Cruising for fun . . . .

Well Oh Well – Tiny Bradshaw

Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go – Hank Ballard

One More Heartache – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Since You Said You’d Be Mine – Lou Raglan

You’re Right Ray Charles – Joe Tex

Some Postman – The Giraffes

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – The Temptations

Share A Little Love With Me (Somebody) – The Monitors

Billy’s Bag – Billy Preston

 Three from me . . . . . Paul Devine

Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Frank Wilson

10 Miles High – David and the Giants

That Beatin’ Rhythm – Richard Temple

Cruising in my automobile . . . . .

She Loves My Automobile – Seppo Valjakka

Red Cadillac & A Black Moustache – Warren Smith

The Jaguar & The Thunderbird – Chuck Berry

Little Deuce Coupe – Jan & Dean

Cadillac Baby – Roy Brown

Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile – Johnny Vernazza

Flat Tire – Albert King

Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin

Red ’69 Oldsmobile – Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24

Mercury Blues – Canned Heat

Heaven In A Pontiac – Bill Perry

Cruising further on . . . .

Time Is On My Side – Irma Thomas

Ain’t Nobody Home – B.B. King

Chill Out – Carlos Santana & John Lee Hooker

Memory Lane . . . . with TC  

Cruisin’ 1955 – Jumping George Oxford, KSAN, San Francisco

(Crazy Little Mama) At My Front Door – The Eldorados

Cruising for home . . . .

Mr Rainbow – Steve Flynn

Bye Bye Baby – The Johnny Otis Show

What Can a Man Do – Ben E King

Bumbershoot – Phil Harvey

Oh Mom (Teach me How To Uncle Willie) – The Daylighters

You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurts) – Alice Clark

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah – Joe Liggins

Behind The Painted Smile – The Isley Brothers

Three Time Loser – Wilson Pickett

Squeeze Me – Milt Trenier

There was sad news this week of the passing of Jerry Ragovoy, the writer of many classic soul songs of the Sixties. His first successes as a writer were in 1959 with songs for Fabian and Frankie Avalon, and he went on to be an arranger and producer. In the 60s he started writing soul songs under the pen name Norman Meade, including “Time Is On My Side,” that became a hit for Irma Thomas and was subsequently covered by the Rolling Stones. He also wrote many hits for Garnett Mimms and artists such as Erma Franklin, Lorraine Ellison, Janis Joplin, B.B. King and many more. We featured a couple of these in this week’s show . . . Irma Thomas (Time Is On My Side) and B.B. King (Ain’t Nobody Home), as a tribute to a great talent.

Well, The Shake had a busy week, so the Cruising Crew may have been a bit surprised to find me inviting everyone to sneak down Memory Lane in my company. Our trip took us back to the sounds of America in 1955 and particularly ‘Jumping’ George Oxford on radio station KSAN in San Francisco. It also offered an opportunity to hear again The Eldorados.

The Cruisettes certainly seemed to have a good time during the show and I hope everyone thought this was one of those good things that eventually have to come to an end. If you enjoyed this show, then perhaps you will join me next week, when once again we’ll go Cruising with the Commissioner and cruise through my choice of music.

 Thanks go to Wireless FM for their goodwill and fortitude in allowing me to play what I like each week and the Cruising Crew for listening in. If you enjoyed the music on Cruising with the Commissioner then, why not take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play music you’ll never forget.

Well, until we go cruising again . . . . Have fun!

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Cruising with The Commissioner #15 (14.07.11)

Well, while France closed for business to celebrate Bastille Day, Cruise Control was decidedly open and ready to celebrate . . . . . anything to do with great rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm ‘n’ blues music.

This week saw a deal of activity, with previous contributors to Cruising with The Commissioner calling by or getting in touch and a number of them will be appearing again on ‘Three From Me’, or even one of our occasional ‘Talk To Me’ sessions. Mrs TC seized the opportunity of an unguarded moment to sneak into Cruise Control and record another ‘Three From Me’. Given the date, I think we should be grateful that she didn’t decide to choose anything from her collection of 60’s French pop vinyl . . . . !

Phil Tyler came by Cruise Control on his Harley Davidson Fat Boy with some tracks that he’d borrowed from the Cruising library and a bit of encouragement to play some Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry while we’re cruising. So, the ‘Merry Mr Berry’ got a run out this week with ‘No Particular Place To Go’ . . . . which seemed most appropriate for Cruising with The Commissioner. Our good pal, Mr. T. was in touch and confessed that he was agonizing long over which of his many favourite tracks he might have to leave out of his next ‘Three From Me’ slot, and we heard from The Shake and DJ Leyton Rocks, whose good company and contributions are always very welcome.

I am grateful to Seph (South London’s fashion and music buff) for pointing me to the TV show about Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her fascinating life-story. It was a timely nudge to play something from her repertoire. So, this week we included ‘Up above My Head, I Hear Music In the Air’, which seemed very much in keeping with Cruising with The Commissioner and certainly got a good response in the Wireless FM chatroom.

Last week we played Jackie Wilson’s version of the Sam Cooke song ‘I’ll Always Be In Love With You’ and we hinted that we would go searching for the 1959 version by the Hollywood Flames, under the title ‘Every Day, Every Way (I’ll Always Be In Love With You). Well, we found a copy (with some help from Pete Hall). This was their first Atco release, when the group was fronted by Eddie Williams (former lead of the Aladdins) and baritone Ray Brewster (formerly of the Penguins). It certainly has a very Sam Cooke influence . . . . so enjoyment guaranteed.

Each week there is a real challenge to bring order out of chaos after the show and try to return the records and CDs to their rightful place in the Cruising library. This worthy activity is often overtaken by ‘high powered inertia’ with consequences that were revealed in this week’s show. You go looking for something and it is not where it should be, but all the more joy when it is discovered . . . . as with ‘Clap Your Hands’ by Memphis Slim. One item, an album by Larry Williams and Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, was just where it should be and we pulled it off the shelf to play their version of the Yardbird’s hit, ‘For Your Love’ . . . . which certainly had a ‘wow’ factor for fellow Wireless FM DJ The Spongeman, who was in the chatroom. Well, we like to surprise and delight! 

For the keen archivists or those with a casual curiosity (and with due apologies to the Friends of Mario Lanza for the obvious omission), here’s the playlist for this week’s show:

Cruising for fun . . . .

Let’s Rock ‘n’ Roll – The Cadets

Boogie Woogie King – Jimmy Liggins & His Band

No Second Thoughts – Top Shelf

Because I Love You – Willie Hightower

Water – Steamhammer

Junior’s Wailing – Steamhammer

Up Above My Head, I Hear Music In the Air – Sister Rosetta Tharpe (with Marie Knight)

Every Day, Every Way (I’ll Always Be In Love With You) – The Hollywood Flames

It’s All Over But The Crying – Baby Washington

For Your Love – Larry Williams & Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson

This Girl – Jordan Zeavons

Three From Me  . . . . Mrs TC

Bad Things – Jace Everett

Before You Accuse Me – Eric Clapton

Cry Me A River – Joe Cocker

Cruising some more . . . .

Some Postman – The Presidents of The United States of America

Go Your Own Way – Nanna

Showdown – Patty & The Emblems

Dumplin’s – Doc Bagby

Bongo Rock – Preston Epps

Denise – Randy & The Rainbows

Sh-Boom – The Crew Cuts

Having A Party – Sam Cooke

Destination Anywhere – The Marvelettes

Dum Dum – Brenda Lee

Clap Your Hands – Memphis Slim

You Need To Be With Me – Susan Tedeschi

Hit & Miss – John Barry Seven

Be Mine – Lance Fortune 

Memory Lane . . . . . with the Shake

What Do You Think You’re Doing Of – Billy Fury

Cruising for home . . . . .

Double Eyed Whammy – Tommy Ridgley

Feels Good – Bobby Wilson

Good Lovin’ – The Olympics

I See You – The Byrds

Only In America – Jay & The Americans

No Particular Place To Go – Chuck Berry

Stay Close to me – The Five Stairsteps & Cubie

Can’t Buy My Love – Barbara Lynn

Baby Workout – Jackie Wilson

Respectable – The Isley Brothers

Polly Molly – The Five Masks

 The ‘competing priorities’ this week meant that there was less time than usual for rummaging in the dark corners of the Cruising library for lost and forgotten gems to share in your good company. But, the turntables have not been idle in preparing this week’s playlist for Cruising with The Commissioner. We welcomed The Hollywood Flames, Patty & The Emblems and the superb, three volume collection, The Sound Stage 7 Story . . . . the joys of which will doubtless get shared with the Cruising Crew in future playlists.

As we went cruising and enjoying the scenery, the Cruisettes were keenly watching out for The Shake, because they always look forward to his detours down Memory Lane. They are captivated by the mysteries and secrets that he reveals in the shadowy corners down there. This week it was a salute to a great music buff, whose reputation has traveled across continents and as far as the Grand Duchy of Bexleyheath.

Well, if you have enjoyed this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner, perhaps you’ll join me in grateful thanks to Wireless FM, who (for reasons best known to them) continue to allow me each week to subject any passing listener to my choice of music. The feedback from folks who catch the show live or on the website is always encouraging and I am impressed at the range and depth of musical knowledge that is revealed in their contributions. However you stumbled upon the show, I hope 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.

If you can’t wait till then, why not take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play music you’ll never forget.

Until the next time we go Cruising together, have fun!

Listen to this week’s show here:
Cruising with The Commissioner #14 (07.07.11)

Well, this has been one of those weeks where the unexpected crept up from behind to disturb, but not disrupt, the natural equilibrium of the carefully crafted plans for enjoyment. The feedback from last week’s Cruising with The Commissioner, and the guest spot on Johnny Alpha’s Killer Diller show was positive and it was re-assuring to know that the playlist was enjoyed by others out there in Cruising land.

We opened up the show this week with Sam Cooke’s song ‘Well Alright’, a track from to album, ‘The Explosive Little Richard’. A few weeks back we played his earlier Specialty recording of this song and mentioned our fruitless efforts to find Sam’s own version. To ease our frustration, our good pal, Pete Hall, (who is a bit of an expert on such things) confirmed that Sam had not issued any recording of this song himself. As if that was not enough, Pete continued this pursuit of Sam Cooke songs that he did not record himself, and found another . . . . . the song ‘I Know I’ll Always Be In Love With You”. This appears on Jackie Wilson’s 1959 ‘So Much’ album. It’s credited to Barbara Campbell (Sam’s second wife) the name also used by Sam for ‘Wonderful World’ and other songs. It was recorded by The Pilgrim Travelers (featuring Lou Rawls) on the Keen label in 1959 under the name The Travelers and by Johnnie Taylor in 1962 (produced by Sam on his SAR records label) both those versions have the title ‘I’ll Always Be In Love With You”. But real aficionados will appreciate, the 1959 version by the Hollywood Flames, under the title ‘Every Day, Every Way (I’ll Always Be In Love With You), as it has a very Sam Cooke influence and this sent us off in hot pursuit. While we await its arrival in the Cruising library, we played Jackie Wilson’s version . . . . and very good it was too!

This week’s ‘Three From Me’ slot was filled by The Vikster, with a few more modern tracks than she has offered on her previous visits. Her selection got some positive comment in the Wireless FM chatroom and we can never be sure what she’s going to play, but it’s always good stuff.

For the keen archivists or those with a casual curiosity, here’s the playlist for this week’s show (with due apologies for not squeezing in some Liberace):

Cruising for fun . . . .
Well Alright – Little Richard
Crazy With You – Jeanette & Decky
Red Hot – Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson
Wild Child – The Sapphires
How Long (Has This Been Going On) – Bobby Womack
Memphis – Lonnie Mack
The In Crowd – Brian Auger
Double Eyed Whammy – Freddy King
Dixie Chicken – Little Feat
I Wanna Go Home – Roy Milton
Beverly – Billy Watkins
The Ta Ta Song – Little Henry & The Shamrocks
All About My Girl – Jimmy McGriff
Dancing Fast, Dancing Slow – The Intentions

Three from me . . . . . The Vikster
What Am I To Do – Virgil & The Accelerators
Still Want You – Elio Pace & His Band
It’s OK – Cee Lo Green

Cruising on up the road . . .
96 Tears – Jimmy Ruffin
Please Mr Postman – The Marvelettes
I Had A Fight With Love – Veda Brown
Little Darlin’ (I Need You) – Marvin Gaye
I Feel Good All Over – Betty Lavette
Vacating The Blues – Sherman Robertson
The Hunter – Albert King
Walk In My Shadow – Free
Mercy Mercy – Johnny & Edgar Winter

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
Arnie ‘Woo Woo’ Ginsburg, Radio WMEX, Boston
Freddie Cannon jingle
Tossin’ & Turnin’ – Bobby Day

Cruising for home . . . . .
Honey Don’t – Carl Perkins
I’ll Always Be In Love With You – Jackie Wilson
Rice Is Nice – The Lemon Pipers
Camilla Rhodes – Jordan Zeavons
One Way Love – Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers
The Girl Done Got It Together – Bobby Doyle
How Sweet It Is To be Loved By You – Junior Walker & The Allstars

The ‘competing priorities’ meant that there was limited time for rummaging in the dark corners of the Cruising library for lost and forgotten gems to share in your good company this week. But the turntables have not been idle in preparing this week’s playlist for Cruising with The Commissioner and news that Bobby Womack was in town at the Jazz Cafe prompted a search for a favourite track by Bobby, his excellent cover of Paul Carrick’s song, ‘How Long’. Some of the Cruising Crew were there and said the venue got really crammed and the audience included Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart and others.

We were pleased to hear from fellow Wireless FM DJ, Johnny Alpha, from somewhere on his tour of Europe, to say he had listened The Commissioner sitting in on Killer Diller and enjoyed it . . . . well, at least he didn’t have to put all the records away after the show!

The Cruisettes always look forward to the company of The Shake when we’re cruising and enjoying the scenery, but we got a message just before we set off that he had inadvertently locked himself in the vinyl vault and was waiting to be rescued. So, we took a trip back down Memory Lane to 1961 and met Arnie ‘Woo Woo’ Ginsburg, from radio station WMEX in Boston, and we’ll hope to see The Shake back after his release from captivity and with more stories to tell.
Well, having entered the second quarter year of Cruising with The Commissioner, I remain grateful to Wireless FM for allowing me to subject any passing listener to my choice of music. I am even more surprised at the number of listeners that catch the show live or on the website and appear to enjoy the playlist selections. If you are one of those, I hope you’ll join me for the next festival of rock, soul and real RnB, when once again we’ll go Cruising with The Commissioner.

In the meantime, why not take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play music you’ll never forget.

Until the next time we go Cruising together, have fun!

Listen here to this week’s show:
Cruising with The Commissioner #13 (30-6-11)

Well, we got past midsummer’s day without too much lingering madness, except for those drivers on weekend trips to and from the popular coastal resorts. These adventurous souls were provided with interesting opportunities to engage in involuntary social contact with complete strangers and exchange personal insights into a range of subjects from traffic management techniques, modern car engineering, standards of driving and the sanity of fellow travellers. Of course, you can avoid all of this when you are Cruising with The Commissioner.

The week has been eventful, including some great new music arriving by way of our musical postman and an expedition around local music emporiums in the company of fellow Wireless FM DJ, Max Quirk. This a discernible shift in Max’s demeanour as he nears such establishments . . . . his pace quickens, his eyes brighten and his fingers flex in anticipation. Once inside, he demonstrates an (apparently overwhelming) desire to rectify the perceived imbalance in the distribution of music between him and the purveyors of music media. Indeed, he is not above enlisting the assistance of his companions to extend his capacity in this worthy cause . . . . we each do ‘our bit’, but the imbalance seems perpetual. Still, some very nice items followed us home and some have found their place on this week’s playlist for Cruising with The Commissioner.

Re-discovering lost gems in the Cruising library is nearly as exciting as finding new items to add the library. One re-discovery this week was The Who’s album ‘A quick One’, which includes the great ‘Boris The Spider’ and ‘Run Run Run’ (which is in the playlist. Amongst the gems arriving in the ‘in tray’ this week were: ‘Tell Me Who’ by Big Maybelle, ‘Boogie Children’ by John Fred & The Playboys, ‘Boogie Woogie King’ by Jimmy Liggins, ’Knock Knock Rattle’ by Rex Allen, ‘Rocking All The Time’ by Roy Brown,’Ride Captain Ride’ by Blues Image, and ‘All Right’ by Russell Bridges & The Starlighters.

Despite stories to the contrary, the ‘Three From Me’ slot this week is a direct result of poor studio security measures, leaving the microphone switched on and the random application of rudimentary recording techniques during an ‘occupation’ of the studio by Mrs TC and The Little Sisters of The Rich (a select sect of devout observers of shop opening hours in all fashionable locations). Some extended negotiations were brought to a timely resolution with the arrival of a locksmith and rumours of breathtaking sale reductions at certain exclusive retail establishments. An agreement to broadcast of this ‘pirate’ ‘Three From Me’ was sufficient to restore the natural equilibrium of life (as we know it) at Cruising with The Commissioner.

Well, here’s the playlist for this week’s show and I know the Winifred Atwell Fan Club will be distraught, yet again, that she does not feature here:

Cruising for fun . . . .
Tell Me Who – Big Maybelle
L-O-V-E – Rico Rodrigues (with Jools Holland)
Never Found A Love – Eddie Floyd
Get On The Right Track – Georgie Fame
All Along The Watchtower – Brothers & Sisters
Keep On Lovin’ Me – Frances Nero
That’s When The Tears Start – The Velvettes
Help I’m A Rock – West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
Run Run Run – The Who

Memory Lane . . . . with The Shake
Coming Down – The United States of America

Cruising further on up the road . . . .
Ten Miles High – David & The Giants
Look At The Lights Go Up – Hopscotch
I’ll Be Waiting – Thunder
Rib Tips (Parts 1&2) – Andre Williams & His Orchestra
Little Latin Lupe Lu – The Righteous Brothers
Sweet Darlin’ – Jimmy (Soul) Clark
I Feel The Earth Move – Carol King
Good Times – Edie Bricknell
Come Back Home – Ann Sexton
Someone Else Is Steppin’ In – Buddy Guy
It’s Hard, But It’s Fair – Bobby Parker

Three From Me . . . . with Mrs TC
Blood On Your Hands – Big Joe Turner & The Memphis Caravan
Belle – Drew Barfield
Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits

Cruising for home . . . .
Alright – Russell Bridges & the Starlighters
Beatnik – The Champs
Shimmy Like Kate – The Olympics
Sweet & Tender Romance – Carter-Lewis & The Southerners
Can I Get A Witness – Calvin Scott
I Struck It Rich – Len Barry
A Losing Game – James Carr
Whipper Snapper – Lavern Baker
Let’s Do the Funky Boogaloo (Part 2) – Barry Jones
Stepping Stone – The Anglos
End Of The Road – Jerry Lee Lewis

We missed The Shake on last week’s Cruising with The Commissioner, but we found him this week and made him very welcome. He came bounding back on top form with a fine piece of psychedelia for his trip down Memory Lane and, like me, I know the Cruisettes will be looking forward more!

During my travels this week, I stopped off in a delightful rural hideaway and met a, hitherto, little known sect that included Caesar, The Dark Lord, The Vicar and some other colourful characters. One Paul (The Devine) reveal a passion for Northern Soul and some particular favourites, amongst which was David & The Giants with ‘Ten Miles High’. So, we played it for him and the lovely Katie.

The Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM are always worth a listen and this week’s Killer Diller show gave The Commissioner another opportunity to sit in while Johnny Alpha is away on his jaunt across Europe. So, there’s a double dose of delights posted here this week.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join the Wireless FM chat room on Thursday nights during Cruising with The Commissioner or give us some feedback about the show here on the website. If you have enjoyed the show, why not listen in again next week when, once again, we will go Cruising with The Commissioner.

Until we meet again . . . . have fun!