Everybody rock and go . . . .

Posted: December 8, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #36 (08.12.11)

Well, blustery and chill winds have arrived this week to remind us that we are (belatedly) descending into winter and the festive season is fast approaching. Although we may be running out of days in 2011, but we are certainly not running out of great music here on Cruising with The Commissioner. The recent weeks have seen plenty of juicy gems entering Cruise Control and the real challenge has been finding the time to listen to them all, when there is so much else going on. But, we are neither daunted nor despairing in our quest to bring you a fill week’s fun filled festival of rock, soul and real rhythm and blues. As part of our carefully planned preparations, we wound the windows down, turned the volume up and quickly got up to full cruising speed for our journey across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres.

We started off our playlist with a superb Ace recording from 1957, featuring The Blue Dots with their ‘Saturday Night Fish Fry’ and, in case that didn’t quite get us right up to the speed limit, we got Sammy Myers to follow up with ‘ My Love Is Here To Stay’.

As regular listeners to Cruising with The Commissioner will know, our Memory Lane spot can reveal some ‘strange associations’ and while we were playing some of the early tracks on this week’s show, my mind turned to a track that happened to indulge the preferences of several previous Three From Me guests here. I realised this was a song by one of DJ Leyton Rocks favourite artists, Bob Seger, which was covered by one of John Burgess’s favourite bands, Eddie and The Hotrods, and performed by a favourite band of Mrs TC and Lil-Sis. So, we played ‘Get Out Of Denver’ by Status Quo . . . . and it went down well!

We also played a track that I particularly like called ‘Calender Girl’, which comes from a band that I’ve seen gigging around London called Supurbia. The band features our previous Three From Me guest, John Burgess, and there was plenty of fun when he called by at Cruise Control recently. He pointed us to the various versions of the song ‘Handy Man’ and in last week’s show we played the original recording by the Sparks of Rhythm, as well as the hit version by Jimmy Jones. Jimmy co-wrote the song with Otis Blackwell, so we found one of his later recordings of the song from his album, ‘They Called It Rock ‘n’ Roll’.

Well, it was a busy week for birthdays and farewells in the music world. As avid musicos will know, one of the birthdays this week was that of Little Richard and we couldn’t let the event pass without our own celebrations. So, we selected his cover of Fats Domino’s Blueberry Hill . . . . and it gets the full Little Richard treatment . . . . as you can hear.

One way and another, it was not a good week for the music world. As well as losing Hubert Sumlin, other sad losses to the music world this week included Howard Tate, Dobie Gray and Keef Hartley, each of whom will be much missed. So, I thought we paid tribute to each of them with something from them each at the top of their game.

One of the joys of the week was rediscovering an excellent track from Monty Babson, who was one of the founders of the Morgan recording studios and the Morgan Bluetown label. He produced several singles by The Smoke and covered their most celebrated track ‘My Friend Jack’ as a groovy little organ piece.

I know that we are still getting requests from the Liberace fan club for a track by him on the show and I’ve learnt to ‘never say never’, so I’ll just say ‘not yet’, but here is what we did squeeze into this week’s playlist:

Cruising way out there  . . . . .
Saturday Night Fish Fry – The Blue Dots  
My Love Is Here To Stay – Sammy Myers
Cheatin’ Woman – Frankie Ford
Dearest Darlin’ – Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns
Get Out Of Denver – Status Quo
I Know Your Love Has Gone Away – The Drapers
One Day Love – Tommy Dodson
Yesterday My Love – Odds & Ends
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – The Casinos
I Have No Choice – Johnnie Mae Matthews

Three From Me – Joe Duckworth
Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
Two Of Us – The Beatles
Vegas Two Times – The Stereophonics

Cruising without frontiers
Calendar Girl – Supurbia
Handy Man – Otis Blackwell
Blueberry Hill – Little Richard
Don’t Be Cruel – The Upsetters
Nothing Takes The Place Of You – Johnny Adams
You’re Gonna Make Me Cry – O.V. Wright
High Voltage – Johnny & The Hurricanes
Yas Sah! – Charles Earland Erector Set
My Friend Jack – Monty Babson

Cruising way out there . . . .
Lose Control – King King
Killing Floor – Howlin’ Wolf
Play It Cool – Hubert Sumlin
Look At Granny Run Run – Howard Tate
The In Crowd – Dobie Gray
Not Foolish, Not Wise – Keef Hartley
Knocked Out – Ernie Fields

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner (5:12)
In The Mood – The Hawk

Cruising for home . . . . 
Rubber Biscuit – The Chips
Everybody Rock and Go – The Sparks of Rhythm
The Bear – Johnny Guitar Watson
Baby Its Love – Johnny Angel

For our Three From Me slot this week we were pleased to welcome a new guest, Joe Duckworth, and he quickly settled in to the task of bringing us his selection of favourites from his current playlist. He ranged from soul to pop and onto rock, together with accompanying memorable moments . . . . and it all came together nicely. What we didn’t include was the ‘off mike’ hearty laughter and exchanges . . . . . . inspired at one point by a dancing fox and a badger . . . . (don’t ask!) It was such fun, we are hoping that we can encourage him to come back to Cruising with The Commissioner on another occasion.

Our detour down the dark and dusty Memory Lane took us back to 1958, when Jerry Lee Lewis was surrounded in scandal and almost vanished from the music scene. At this time, he recorded an instrumental boogie arrangement of In The Mood that was issued on the Phillips International label (rather than Sun records) under the pseudonym of “The Hawk”. So, we found a copy, on the light blue, Phillips International, label.

The end of the show crept up on us and before we’d got through all that we had hoped to play, time ran out. But there’s always next week . . . . and we’ll be planning another riotous romp through the record racks here at Cruise Control. So, if you enjoyed this show, here’s hoping you’ll be back to join us next week to go Cruising with The Commissioner again, and if you want more great music, 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 you music you’ll never forget.

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

  1. The Vikster says:

    RUbber biscuit!!!! Can’t go wrong with that.

  2. Absolutely . . . . great stuff . . . . a Blues Brothers favourite . . . . . but do you know all the words?

    Carry on having fun!

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