Squeeze me in . . . .

Posted: October 6, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #27 (06.10.11)

Well, a big cheery welcome to one as we set out on this week’s musical escapade that for want of a better title we call . . . . Cruising with the Commissioner. Our clear mission is to play you as many tracks as we can from that tottering tower that is our ‘pending tray’, and tune up your musical taste buds for our journey, across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres.

The environs of the Grand Duchy have been basking in some welcome late sunshine this week, which has lured all concerned away from the timely preparations for the show. Due discipline was restored in the nick of time and we got up to full speed with ‘Goin’ To Jump And Shout’, a 1957 release on Imperial records by Smiley Lewis . . . . so named because of his lack of front teeth. He was also dubbed ‘The Unluckiest Man in New Orleans’ due to his string of releases that flopped for him, but ended up being a hit for someone else!!

We included Lavern Baker with her 1957 Atlantic single ‘Love Me Right’ and Jackie Wilson’s ‘I’ve Gotta Talk To You’ . . . . . and I’m grateful to Larry Grogan for including that one in his Funky 16 Corners Show on Viva-Radio. For Northern Soul fans we included Herbert Hunter’s ‘Love Has Taken Over Me’, and some more from Candy & The Kisses, with their Kenny Gamble and Jerry Ross song called ‘The 81’.

A few notable birthdays came along in the past week, including Andy Vargas, Helen Shapiro and Ben E King and we took the opportunity to play something from their respective collections by way of a small celebration. You can be the judge of whether the choices fitted well with our playlist.

Putting together the playlist this week gave us the opportunity to revisit our little ‘originals’ feature with a couple of tracks that are the originals of songs, perhaps, better known by other artists. This included ‘She Likes To Boogie Real Low’ by Frankie Lee Sims (a song we’ve played before by Johnny Winter) and those with a passion for genealogy, Frankie Lee Sims was the nephew of Texas blues singer Texas Alexander and the cousin of Texan guitarist Lightnin’ Hopkins. Our other ‘original’ came from Bobby Marchan with a song that is best known for the version by Frankie Ford . . . . but the original recording of ‘Roberta’ was made by Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns, featuring Bobby Marchan on vocals and it was called ‘Loberta’. But Johnny Vincent at Ace records decided to use the backing track and overdubbed Frankie Ford’s vocal, changing the title to ‘Roberta’.

Fans of Danny Kaye will be disappointed that there was not room in the playlist for anything by their hero, but here’s what did get included:

Cruising for fun
Goin’ To Jump & Shout – Smiley Lewis
Love Me Right – LaVern Baker
I’ve Gotta Talk To You – Jackie Wilson
Love Has Taken Over Me – Herbert Hunter
The 81 – Candy & The Kisses
Everyone But the Right One – Helen Shapiro
What Can A Man Do – Ben E King
She Likes To Boogie Real Low – Frankie Lee Sims
Loberta – Bobby Marchan with Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns

Three From Me . . . . with DJ Wheeliebag
Bossy Boss – Fingers Lee & The Upper Hand
What About It – Roy Kildare
Buried & Dead – Masters Apprentice

Cruising again
Squeeze Me In – Delbert McClinton
When Rita Leaves – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Paint It Black – The Deep Six
The Fat Angel – The Orange Alabaster Mushroom
L.B.’s Place (Part 1) – The Gaynotes
Don’t Be Ashamed – Jackie Lee
Earthquake – The Fashionettes
Look What You’ve Done To My Heart – Shirley & The Shirelles

Cruising the highway
Dixie Lullaby – Leon Russell
Pillow Talk – Sylvia
Sugar Sugar – Shirley
Now That We’ve Found Love – Third World
Oye Como Va – Andy Vargas, with Santana
The Storm – The Hunters
Torquay – the Fireballs
Yesterday My Love – Odds & Ends

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
Porky Chedwick WAMO, Pittsburgh
Flip Flop & Fly – Big Joe Turner

Cruising for home
Love Me Tenderly – The Scott Brothers
You Didn’t Say A Word – Yvonne Baker
Turn On Your Lovelight – Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
Blue Ribbon Baby – The Three Friends
I’m In Love – Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry

For even more adventures in sound, we were very pleased to welcome back DJ Wheeliebag to Cruising with the Commissioner, with another selection of surprises from his vinyl vault . . . and what surprises! He was looking forward to another of his foraging forays into overseas marketplaces in search of obscure and long forgotten vinyl (and shellac). Even after he’d gone he left me a note to say that it was Jumpin Gene Simmonds who did the original of Bossy Boss. If you’ve not seen his live shows, you’ll have to take it from me that his music selections are only part of the ‘whole package’ that makes for an excellent evening in his company. Check for yourself, as we did this week and had a hoot of a time!.

Well, once again, this week’s trip down memory lane took us across the Atlantic and back to Pittsburgh in the mid 1950’s, where Radio Station WAMO was the home of DJ Porky Chedwick. He was the self-professed ‘Daddio of the Raddio’ and the ‘Platter Pushin’ Papa’, a white guy playing rhythm and blues, honkin’ jazz and rocking records for a largely white audience that became the foundation of rock n roll. His popularity grew and so did the station’s and by 1958 Porky was the only white member on the staff. So, listen to Porky and the sounds of the mid 50s.

Well, our selection included many of the tracks sitting in the tottering tower that is the Cruise Control ‘pending tray’ and we managed to keep The Cruisettes on their feet most of the time. . . . . but there’s plenty more to come . . . . believe me!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s cruise and there was something to entice you back again next week for another musical adventure. If your ears are available at 8pm (GMT) on Thursday next week, then you are strongly recommended to tune them into Wireless FM where Cruising with The Commissioner will provide them with a sumptuous feast of rock, soul and real rhythm and blues, all served up with what passes for style by The Commissioner. If you can’t catch the show live, you can always stop by our website (https://cruisingwiththecommissioner.wordpress.com) and pick up the latest show (and the previous shows). Whether you listen live or on our website, it’s always fun to have your company, and it’s a pleasure to take you Cruising with The Commissioner.

In the meantime, don’t miss the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play you music that you’ll never forget.

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

  1. The Vikster says:

    Finally caught up! What an interesting version of Paint It Black and some great versions in the Cruising the Highway section (esp. Now That We’ve Found Love – a fave of mine). Always a joy to hear Flip Flop Fly, couldn’t make the office join in with the actions though. Turn On Your Love Light I’m sure featured in the second Blues Brothers film with vocals although the riff is all too familiar from another track.

  2. The Commissioner says:

    Glad you enjoyed the journey and have caught up with the rest of the Cruising Crew, in time for the Thursday night thrash. Clearly, there’s more work to do with your co-workers, but nothing that can’t be fixed by some minor amendment to their performance targets and an inter-departmental ‘Flip, Flop & Fly’ dance off at the Xmas party!!!

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