Too early to tell . . . . . .

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

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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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