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Posted: April 5, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with the Commissioner #53 (05.04.12)

Well, as we embark on our second year of Cruising with The Commissioner, there’s been a flurry of activity here at Cruise Control . . . . including some great gigs, some juicy finds on our ventures into the record shops and some very welcome contacts from many of our previous guests on the show. We heard from The Majestic, The Vikster, Amigo, DJ Captain Scarlet, Mr T. and Phil Tyler . . . . so look out for their return to the show over the future weeks. Meanwhile, we welcomed back our good pal Johnny99 . . . . bright, brisk and bringing some great instrumentals with him for his ‘Three From Me’ session this week.

Having cleared away (most of) the debris left after last week’s anniversary show, we turned the temperature gauge right up, so that we could wish the very warmest of welcomes to one and all. Always conscious of our mission to bring you the very best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues . . . . we started off the show with Bobby Comstock and ‘Let’s Stomp’, which got us up to speed and then we were off on our cruise across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres with Young Jessie and ‘ Pretty Soon’.

Well, our first anniversary show last week appears to have coincided with the 60th birthday celebrations for Sam Phillips’ Sun Records. Whilst there is some debate about the actual first day of operation, everyone seems to agree that by 27th March 1952 the label was operational and working out of 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. Very soon after, that famous label design appeared for the first time and became one of the enduring record label graphics over so many years. Anyway, it was a good excuse for playing a few gems to celebrate its 60th birthday and its 16 year run, producing some 226 singles from an impressive range of artists. Of course, we couldn’t do more than sample a few of the tracks and artists who recorded for the label, but there was plenty to choose from, including blues, doo-wop, country and country rock, rock-a-billy, R&B and pure rock n roll . . . . so we did!

Rolf Harris was another name celebrating a birthday during the week and it was a real sadness that we didn’t have room to include his inspiring song of heartfelt loss and reflection, ‘Someone Pinched Me Winkles’, but maybe on another occasion! Comfort yourself instead with this week’s playlist:

Cruising up to speed . . . .
Let’s Stomp – Bobby Comstock
Pretty Soon – Young Jessie
What’s The Secret Of Your Success – The Keytones
Check Yourself Baby – Tony Allen
It’s Not Unusual – The Dells
Help Wanted – The Volcanos
Standing In The Darkness – The Ethics
Lose Control – King King
Memphis Man – Don Nix

Three From Me . . . . . with Johnny99
Embryonic Journey – Jefferson Airplane
Horizons – Genesis
Sweet Dreams – Roy Buchanan

Cruising through Memphis . . . . .
Rocket 88 – Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats
Bear Cat – Rufus ‘Hound Dog’ Thomas Jr
Just Walking In The Rain – The Prisonaires
Mystery Train – Little Junior’s Blue Flames
Hey Little Girl – Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson
That’s All Right Mama – Elvis Presley
Ubangi Stomp – Warren Smith
Red Hot – Billy Riley & His Little Green Men
Cadillac Man – The Jesters
T-Model Boogie – Rosco Gordon

Cruising with friends . . . . .
Split Decision – Bonnie Raitt
Blues Power – Eric Clapton
Crystal Closet Queen – Leon Russell
I Don’t Need No Doctor – The New Riders of The Purple Sage
Number One In Your Heart – The Monitors
Since You Said You’d Be Mine – Lou Raglan
Keep On Loving Me – Frances Nero

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
San Francisco nights 2003
Hey Joe – Alvon Johnson

Cruising for home . . . .
Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens – Louis Jordan
Flip Our Wigs – Milt Trenier & His Solid Six
Gotta Lotta That – Gene Summers & His Rebels
Possibility – The Crowns
Bam-A-Lam – Micky Champion & The Roy Milton Orchestra
Bip Bop Bip – Pretty Boy

Well, we crammed a lot into this week’s show, but we had plenty more in store. We did manage to celebrate a couple of birthdays (Eric Clapton and Leon Russell) and found time for another venture down that ever dusty, Memory Lane. This week we went back to 2003 and a visit to San Francisco. Amongst the adventures in that most lively of cities, we caught some of the music offerings . . . . and memorable they were too. Strolling through the main shopping area, we heard some familiar music being played by street musicians . . . . a three piece group, led by a lookalike Jimi Hendrix who were playing a selection of his more famous songs, with some excellent guitar and bass playing, as well as some novelty drumming using up-turned plastic containers and cardboard boxes . . . . and producing some great sounds too. Later, down by San Francisco’s piers, we came across Alvon Johnson and his band in a hot, first floor bar, shaking the walls with a supurb set of rock and blues numbers. So, we included a track from his album, featuring his take on that classic ‘Hey Joe’.

I am always surprised and encouraged by the comments from the Cruising Crew. The chatroom is usually lively and there was plenty of feedback this week to help shape future shows. All good stuff and much appreciated here.

Well, the sand in the egg timer ran out before we had played all that we had for our playlist, but we were already looking forward to next week, when we hope to have your good company again to go Cruising with The Commissioner. If that seems too far off, you can always get a fix from the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where The Spongeman, The Shake, Max Quirk and Johnny Alpha will 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 . . . . remember to . . . . have fun!

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