C’est la vie . . . .

Posted: August 5, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #18 (04.08.11)

Well, once again, welcome one and all to Cruising with The Commissioner. I hope you have had a most enjoyable week and are suitably poised, primed and positioned for another cruise across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres. If you are, I can assure you that you’re in very good company. So, wind the windows down, turn the volume and let’s set off with no particular place to go!

If you caught last week’s Cruising with The Commissioner, you’ll know it included a few playlist items that suggested some follow-up tracks for this week’s show. As a result, we went looking for ‘Footsteps Following Me’ by Frances Nero, Erma Franklin’s version of ‘Whisper’s (Gettin’ Louder)’, and ‘Monkey Time’ by Major Lance. As if that wasn’t enough of a good start, we also went rummaging in the Cruising library for some big band calypso tracks to include in this week’s playlist. So, we were intent on keeping the mood very groovy and very summery. Indeed, the Cruisettes presented themselves in some colourful attire and all suitably augmented with an elegant glass or two of appropriately chilled Moet.

It has been an eventful week this end, with a few gigs, an armful of new music and (just as important) some friendly faces to bring extra delight to the social diary. It all got mixed well into our little musical feast and came with a real gourmet course from our ‘Talk To Me’ guest, Amigo. Some great tracks and fascinating stories, all added to the ingredients for a memorable musical meal.

As always, if you have something better to do when the show airs, but still think that stuffing some groovy music into your ears will be beneficial, you can always stop by and listen here to the show. If you do, you’ll find this week’s playlist here, although, due to a problem at border control, it doesn’t include Winnifred Atwell’s ‘Poor People Of Paris’ . . . . but who knows . . . . maybe on another occasion . . . . .

Cruising for fun . . . .
Breaking Up the House – Tiny Bradshaw
Squeeze Me – King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys
Whisper’s (Gettin’ Louder) – Erma Franklin
Monkey Time – Major Lance
Take Me Girl I’m Ready – Junior Walker & The Allstars
Trainsville – George Barnes
Little Egypt – The Coasters
Footsteps Following Me – Frances Nero
Home Of the Blues – Sherman Robertson

Talk To Me . . . . with Amigo
Just Like Jesse James – Jazz Gillum & His Jazz Boys
Trouble In Mind – The Dinning Sisters
I Will Still Love You – Dorothy Collins & Snooky Lanson
You Don’t Know Me – Eddy Arnold
Barefoot Baby – Janis Martin
Bump! – JayCee Hill
Early In The Morning – Bobby Darin
Early In The Morning – Buddy Holly
Lipstick On Your Collar – Connie Francis
Blue Gardenia – Dinah Washington
Memories Of You – George Barnes & Carl Kress

Cruising across frontiers . . . .
Flat Broke – The Nimmo Brothers
Down In Texas – The Hour Glass
I Guess I Was Dreaming – Fairytale
Doctor Kitch – Lord Kitchener
Must Get A Man – Nora Dean
Jane – The Mighty Sparrow
I Need A Guy – The Lovettes
You Made Me Love You – Little Royal

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
Tom Hark – Elias & His Zig Zag Jive Flutes

Cruising for home . . . .
Catch That Teardrop – The 5 Royals
Yes Sir – The Cues
Seventeen – Roy Bennett & The Rockets
Gonna Fix You Good – Little Anthony & The Imperials
Ten Miles High – David & The Giants
Shout (Parts 1 & 2) – The Isley Brothers
C’Est La Vie – Bob Seger

Our trip down Memory Lane this week took us back to 1958 to hear some South African kwela music from ‘Elias and His Zig Zag Jive Flutes’, who are best remembered for their international hit, “Tom Hark”. The story goes that they sold an estimated three million copies worldwide, but the musicians received no financial reward from its success. ‘Tom Hark’ was subsequently covered by various artists, but on Cruising with The Commissioner we still think the original is the best and our copy of the original HMV 45 has a special place in the Cruising library

As always, it’s great fun to have your company for the show and this week’s show was certainly packed with a variety of musical styles and choices. There’s plenty more in the ‘pending tray’, so future week’s playlists will not be short of great tunes, plus we have some intriguing ‘Three From Me’ slots in the offing too.

Thanks go to Wireless FM for giving me two hours each week to play the music I like and if you’ve enjoyed it, I hope you will join us next week for another festival of rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues. In the meantime, have a great week and take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM for some more great tunes.

So, until we next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . Have fun!

  1. Amigo says:

    Thanks again for the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for George Barnes with you and the listeners and great to hear the additional tracks featuring him that you played.

    Perry Como’s ‘Breezing Along With The Breeze’ nearly sneaked in to my track list. Would that have been a first for Perry on your show?

    • Amigo
      It was great to have your company and the expert, guided tour of some of George Barnes’ contributions over the years to jazz, RnB, country and rock hits of the day. I think including Eddy Arnold pushed the boundaries far enough on this occasion, so Perry Como will have to await his ‘magic moment’.

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