Drive my car . . . .

Posted: November 11, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with the Commissioner #32 (10.11.11)

Well, another busy week with plenty of events to juggle, but we just about did it! The fireworks came and went, the weather kept changing and teased us with bright sunshine, followed by rain with thunder and lightening, but we still fitted in some good gigs and social events with ‘friendly faces’. One consequence of all this activity was little time to visit the various music establishments in the vicinity, but we’ll make up for that soon.

There’s plenty of good stuff in this week’s playlist and regular members of the Cruising Crew will remember our Stones Soul Picnic, from a few weeks back, where we featured some soul covers of Rolling Stones tracks. The feedback was good and it encouraged us to pull together a similar soulful selection of Beatles tunes. So this week we went cruising with a Soulful of Beatles and interpretations of their song from an impressive range of soul artists, even including something from Ella Fitzgerald with her version of Savoy Truffle.

I was particularly pleased to find a track by the esteemed Charlie Wood, a great Memphis keyboard player and vocalist. We picked out a track from a Memphis tribute to the Beatles, called Fried Glass Onions, with Charlie Wood doing a fine, fine version of ‘Back in the USSR’. There was plenty more that we could have put into the soulful pot of Beatles covers, but time ran out and we closed the set with the Gary Tom’s Empire and ‘Drive My Car’

This week’s birthdays included Lulu and Bryan Adams. So, we picked out tracks of theirs that seemed to fit our musical mood this week. The week brought sad news of the passing of UK blues enthusiast, Bob Brunning, who was the first bass player in Fleetwood Mac and later joined Savoy Brown. We picked out a Savoy Brown track where he was the bass player . . . . a single release on Decca called ‘Taste and Try Before You Buy’.

One of the joys of the past week was catching a band called Instant People, who put on an enthusiastic show for a London audience and are clearly building a following now. We also caught the only London gig this year from American rock-bluesman Kenny Wayne Shepherd. What a stunning, full power set put on for a very appreciative crowd . . . . so we played ‘Backwater Blues’ which was on his set list this week.

Our Cruising with The Commissioner selections this week included two tracks from the fabulous Little Richard and nearly included something from Jimmy Durante, but maybe we’ll save it for another occasion . . . . in the meantime here’s this week’s playlist:

Cruising for the city limits
Get Rich Quick – Little Richard
I Need Your Lovin’ – Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
Driving Wheel – Mac Simms
Have Mercy Baby – Buddy Lamp
But You – Little Grier
Where’s My Money – Willie Jones
Supernatural – Lulu
Please Don’t Tell ‘Em – The Blue Dots
Rakin’ And Scrapin’ – Dean Beard

Three From Me . . . . . with Max Quirk 
Reward – The Teardrop Explodes
World Destruction – Afrika Bambaataa & John Lydon
The Truth Is So Boring – Soulwax

Cruising with a Soulful of Beatles
Got To Get You Into My Lie – Blood Sweat & Tears
Good Day Sunshine – Roy Redmond
I Saw Her Standing There – Little Richard
I Want To Hold Your Hand – Al Green
Eight Days A Week – Billy Preston
Day Tripper – Otis Redding
Savoy Truffle – Ella Fitzgerald
Hard Day’s Night – Ramsey Lewis
And I Love Her So – Reggie Milner
Hey Jude – Wilson Pickett
Back In the USSR – Charlie Wood
With A Little Help From My Friends – Ike & Tina Turner
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window – Joe Cocker
Eleanor Rigby – Aretha Franklin
Drive My Car – Gary Toms Empire

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
Pat O’Day on Radio station, KJR Seattle (1966)
Lil’ Red Riding Hood – Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs

Cruising for home 
Backwater Blues – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Do To You – Bryan Adams
Taste & Try Before You Buy – Savoy Brown
Stop Her On Sight – Edwin Starr
Love’s Like A Quicksand – Sandy Wynn
You’re Not My Kind – Paula Durante
Do The Chicken – Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson
Lipstick Powder & Paint – Delbert McClinton

Well, we packed in plenty of good sounds on this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner and fellow Wireless FM DJ, Max Quirk, brought some extra special tracks from Cutsville Castle for his ‘Three From Me’ set, which was a real treat. Even so, we still found time for a little time travelling on our dubious detour down memory lane, which took us back to 1966. This was about the time music radio was beginning to get very programmed, with pre-determined playlists and more limited chat from DJs than in the past. So, it was remarkable that Seattle DJ Pat O’Day retained his own distinct personality. At the time Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs were following up their chart topper, ‘Wooly Bully’ with ‘Lil Red Riding Hood’.

The chatroom chatter was pretty lively and the feedback certainly registered some real appreciation for a number of the tracks in this week’s playlist. But, all too soon, we reached that sad moment where I reached for my pristine white linen hankie to dab away the tears in the corners of my eyes, as we came to the close of the show. I hope, there was something in the playlist to ensure your enjoyment and to entice to return for more musical adventures in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues, when we go Cruising with The Commissioner again.

My thanks go also to Wireless FM who allow me the space and freedom to play what I like on the show and, as always, if you can’t wait till next Thursday for some more choice music, why not catch 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!

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