Here comes the weekend . . . .

Posted: April 26, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #55 (26.04.12)

Well, if you missed last week’s Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . so did I! I was all set in Cruise Control in my tuxedo, bow tie and patent leather shoes ready to bring you the best in rock, soul and rhythm and blues, but Wireless FM was off the air. Despite the frantic efforts of the massed army of Wireless FM technicians, sadly, normal service was not restored in time for our cruise together. So, we were back with renewed verve and vigour this week and up to speed quickly with The Roulettes and a fine piece of R&B called ‘The Way You Carry On’ and, barely pausing for breath, we set a cracking pace in the company of Richard Berry and ‘Mad About You’.

Well, the past days and weeks have been pretty busy here at Cruise Control. As well as a fun encounter with Mr T, we had a visit from The Vikster with tales of her latest visit to the states and our good pal Phil Tyler took time out from his band’s recording sessions. So, we were in good spirits, which was just as well, since we had eventually enbarked on the long overdue repatriation of the piles of records and CDs that have been growing to a perilous height around Cruise Control. It was a tedious task, but it had some redeeming moments, as we re-discovered some old favourites and kept some aside for our playlists.

We had plenty of fun and some wicked humour with Mr T when he was around for his Three From Me session. It’s positively dangerous to be with him on these occasions, especially if you’re trying to maintain a quiet presence while he weaves his magic and plays the great music that he brings with him.

The past week has brought some sad farewells to very notable music personalities and we took the opportunity to pay tribute to Bert Weedon and Dick Clark in this week’s show. We also marked the birthday of Dave Edmunds and we noticed that it was James Last’s birthday last week too . . . . and we found a fine collection of his albums, but a little old lady with a shopping trolley beat us to them in the charity shop. Still, let’s comfort ourselves with this week’s playlist:

Cruising beyond the city limits . . . .
The Way You Carry On – The Roulettes
Mad About You Baby – Richard Berry
Big Mamou Daddy – Carmen Taylor
Smack Dab In The Middle – The Mills Brothers
Heartbreak Hotel – The Cadets
Dance Dance Dance – The Casualeers
This Heart Of Mine – The Artistics
Please Don’t Ever Leave Me, Baby – Patty & The Emblems
How Could I Help But Love You – Aaron Neville
TSOP – The Sound of Philadelphia

Three From Me . . . . . . Mr T
I Wanna Hold Your Hand – Lakeside
Tell It Like It Is – The Marriotts
In The Midnight Hour – Little Mac & the Boss Sounds

Cruising with friends . . . .
I Wanna Know – John E. Paul
Give Me One More Chance – Wilmer & The Dukes
Don’t Feel Sorry For Me – Jimmy Ruffin
Midnight Holiday – Tommy Tate
If I Don’t Love You – Randy Brown
Heart of Gold – Charles Bradley
Long Time Coming – Jake Blackwood & The Barkays
Hard Times – The Majestics
Curtains – Shotgun Express

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
Guitar Boogie Shuffle – Bert Weedon

Cruising for the horizon . . . .
Here Comes The Weekend – Dave Edmunds
American Bandstand – Dick Clark
Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Get A Job – The Silhouettes
The Twist – Chubby Checker
Coming Home Baby – Casey and The Pressure Group
King Of The New York Streets – Dion
It’s Not Unusual – Eddie Floyd
Heat Wave – Lamont Dozier
All Your Love – Brenda Holloway
Pink Cadillac – Paul Bascomb
Papa Lou & Gran – Little Victor

Our good pal Pete Hall found some old recordings of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and we selected a few early artists and songs to mark the passing of Dick Clark. Whilst the show was not shown on UK TV at the time, it’s reputation was certainly known here.

This week, our trip down Memory Lane took a trip back to he early 60s, when Bert Weedon was in the hit parade with his solo guitarist instrumentals and some memories of seeing him play live on BBC radio shows broadcast from one of the BBC’s London studios. He was a genial and personable individual on stage and already pretty influential as an inspiration to many budding UK guitarists. These memories are well remembered this week, as we have waved a last farewell to Bert and we took the opportunity to play his first hit recording’ Guitar Boogie Shuffle’.

All too soon our adventure had to come to an end and we didn’t get time to play anything from Levon Helm (whose long illness finally came to an end this week), but we’ll certainly follow up on next week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. We came home in style with a great rocking record from Little Victor and ‘Papa Lou & Gran’. Looking back, we seemed to have covered plenty of musical ground along the way and here’s hoping that there were plenty of juicy gems in the playlist to entice you back again next week for even more rock, soul and real rhythm & blues.

And, don’t forget, if you need an earlier ‘fix’, why not stop by and 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, till the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner, remember to . . . . . have fun!

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