Cruising with Santa . . . . .

Posted: December 23, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen to this week’s show here:

Cruising with The Commissioner #38 Xmas Special (22.12.11)

Well, you are most welcome this week, whether you stumbled here through some internet accident, or the hand of destiny has brought you here, or perhaps you liked a previous show and wanted more (it has been known)! Whatever, we are very pleased to have your company on this festival or rock, soul and real rhythm and blues . . . that we call Cruising with The Commissioner .  My mission (which I have accepted) is to take you on a journey across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres . . . . all in the interests of pursuing the music I like.

This week we started our musical adventure with Roy Gaines and the controversial revelation that Skippy is a Sissy . . . .  and I’m continuing to say nothing more about that, since I have reason to believe that the show is being monitored by the League Against Cruel Sports . . . . who want to know if we put the ram in the ram-a-lama-ding-dong, or the bah bah in Barbara Ann.

We set about getting up to full speed on our cruise with the late Don Covay and a real stomper call ‘Turn It On’ and a great track, ‘Loving By The Pound’ from the Stax album, ‘Once upon a time in Wigan’ featuring the distinctive voice of Otis Redding.

Well, one of the joys of the past week was a long awaited local gig by Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes and what a treat it was too. Albert is a superb guitarist and was the featured guitarist in the Everly Brothers band for a long time . . . . and the setlist for the gig ranged far and wide. So choosing a track for the show was difficult, but in the end we settled for something that gets him in his best rockabilly ‘Tear It Up’.

This week marked a number of events . . . . 5 years ago this week we lost James Brown, 41 years ago this week George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album entered the charts, and 56 years ago Carl Perkins recorded his seminal hit, “Blue Suede Shoes”. There were also some birthdays this week for Dionne Warwick, Connie Francis and Dave Clark. After just too much ‘encouragement’ from the Cruising Crew we decided to include a seasonal selection this week, on our last show before Christmas. So, in the best traditions of Cruising with The Commissioner, we went looking for some festive rock, soul and real rhythm and blues, quite determined to avoid the obvious and anything that just might remotely get played in the department stores or supermarkets at this time of year.

So, we found some superb ‘alternative’ seasonal songs for your discerning approval and we even found three kings to bring some gifts to the playlist. The Cruisettes brought a couple of bottles chilled bubbly and some very tasty pastries into Cruise Control and we set out to have a very merry rockin’ good Christmas.

Our playlist was jammed packed with juicy gems and much as we love Joe ‘Mr Piano’ Henderson, there was just too much else already on the list, but who knows what awaits us in 2012. So, here’s our playlist for this week:

Cruising with a little help . . . .
Skippy Is A Cissy – Roy Gaines
Turn It On – Don Covay
Loving By The Pound – Otis Redding
I’ll Do A Little Bit More – The Olympics
Do You Love Me – Jackie Lee
Shake A Hand – David Starr
I Smiled Yesterday – Dionne Warwick
Robot Man – Connie Francis
Tear It Up – Albert Lee with Hogan’s Heroes
Doctor Rhythm – Dave Clark Five

Three From Me . . . . with The Vikster
Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry
Backdoor Santa – Clarence Carter
Driving Hone For Christmas – Chris Rea

Cruising with Santa . . . . .
Dig That Crazy Santa Claus – Brian Setzner
Hey! Santa Claus – The Moonglows
Santa Is Rockin’ – The Boppers
It’s Christmas Time – Status Quo
Boogie Woogie Santa Claus – The Tractors
Santa’s Beard – The Beach Boys
I’m The Real Santa – The Refreshments
Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto – James Brown
Santa Claus Is Back In Town – Jonny Lang
Jolly Old St Nicholas – Chicago
Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ – Mack Rice
Please Come Home For Christmas – Little Johnny Taylor
Santa! Santa! Santa! – The Rockabilly Boogie Band
Gee Whiz It’s Christmas – Carla Thomas
Presents For Christmas – Solomon Burke
Purple Snowflakes – Marvin Gaye
Christmas Tears – Freddy King
Christmas In the Air – Carole King
Christmas Comes But Once A Year – Albert King
All I Want For Christmas – Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns
I Want A Present For Christmas – Doc Bagby Orchestra (featuring JB Summers)
Father Christmas – The Kinks
A Very Merry Rockin’ Good Christmas – The Rockabilly Boogie Band

Another treat for Cruising with The Commissioner was the very welcome and festive return of The Vikster to the ‘Three From Me’ slot, She came wearing a Santa’s hat and jewellery that, rather appropriately, jingle jangle jingled to accompany her Christmas music choices. She was on good form too and there were those (less charitable than myself) who suspected she may have been getting in some early training for ‘the season to be jolly’, but it seemed to work well and we much enjoyed her visit.

We traded our ‘Memory Lane’ slot for some more seasonal sounds for our ‘Cruising with Santa’ selection, but it will return . . . . unless the feedback starts threatening violence.

But all too quickly, the festively decorated clock on the wall told us that we had to bring our Christmas cruise to a close . . . . and just when we were getting into our stride too. We had a great time in finding and playing this week’s selection of fine sounds and hope it was good for you. The Cruisettes join with me in sending you our best wishes for the festive season and the warmest of invitations to come back next week for our review of 2011 and some of the rock, soul and real rhythm and blues music that we have much enjoyed during the year on Cruising with The Commissioner.  But if your musical taste buds need to be tantilised before then, why not take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where The Spongeman, The Shake, Max Quirk and Johnny Alpha will make you a musical offer you can’t refuse and play you music you’ll never forget.

So, until we meet again, be of good cheer for when, once again, we can go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . and until then . . . . have fun!

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