Raindrops, love and sunshine . . . . .

Posted: June 14, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #62 (14.06.12)

Well, dear listener, I hope that things are well in your corner of the world and that the ‘groovy times’ are upon you. Here in the Grand Duchy, we have advised the authorities of the misappropriation of a season, because the Cruise Control diary is signalling that the summer is truly upon us, albeit heavily disguised. Indeed, we have only just resisted the powerful urge to indulge in that summer pastime of frolicking in the puddles, but, in deference to those about, we have redirected our zeal and enthusiasm to the joyous task of compiling this week’s playlist for Cruising with The Commissioner, including some of the very best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues.

As the social diary starts to fill up with even more competing demands on the available time, you’ll appreciate only too well just how busy life can become. The elaborate process of weaving the social, the business and the family commitments has sometimes tested us, but we have found a way through. The success of this may well be due to the practice we get in cruising across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres, as we set out each week on our musical adventures.

So, we were pleased, nay flattered, that we were able to find a small window of opportunity to meet up again with Mr T, who appears to be committed to an almost endless round of high powered dining, diverse cultural events and exotic trips to far flung places of the world. Regular members of the Cruising Crew will appreciate that  all of this could so easily distract attention his real mission in life . . . . to bring soul music to the peoples of the world . . . . and he did it again with his latest ‘Three From Me’ selection.

Tempted as we were by the requests to play ‘Three Little Fishes’ by Frankie Howard, we have roamed and rummaged in the Cruising Library, with much satisfaction, to bring you an even more tempting selection for this week’s playlist. But judge for yourself:

Cruising for the coast . . . .
Roll Baby Roll – Floyd Dixon & His Band
You Tickle Me Baby – The Royal Jokers
Ipsey Opsie Ooh – Shirley Gunter & The Flairs
Sweet Sweet Lovin – The Platters
Young Blood – The Coasters
Wild Child – Donnie Elbert
Irresistible You – The Shirelles
Oh Baby Don’t You Weep – Luther Ingram
Craise Finton Kirk – Johnny Young
Tomorrow Morning Brings – Pacific Drift
Down Home – The Upsetters

Three From Me . . . . . with Mr. T
Do You Love Me – The Rayons
Do You Love Me – Randy Brown
Do You Love Me – The Contours

Cruising in comfort . . . .
Crawling From The Wreckage – Dave Edmunds
Teenage Heaven – Eddie Cochran
Sick & Tired – Boz Scaggs
Baby, Let’s Play House – The Thunderbirds
Pink Cadillac – Paul Bascomb
All For You – Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers
The Way You Do The Things You Do – The Temptations
Raindrops, Love & Sunshine – Robert John
Queen of The Go-Go – Rex Garvin
Go Go Power – Sugar Pie Di Santo

Memory Lane with The Commissioner – Alan Freed’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party
Roll With Me Henry – Etta James
She Loves To Dance – The Flairs
Tweedle Dee – LaVern Baker

Cruising back home . . . .
She’s Got (Plenty of Love) – The Liverpool Five
Incense & Peppermints – Blue Image
Sorrow – The Merseybeats
Baby I Need Your Loving – Delroy Wilson
It’s Growing – Otis Redding
Fortune Teller (Tell Me) – Lamont Dozier
That’s Why (I Love You) – Al Kent
You’re About To Lose Your Clown – Ray Charles
I’m Gonna Love You – Wilson Pickett
The Vibes – Come Back Baby
Tear Stained Letter – Jerry Williams
Get Rich Quick – Little Richard

Well, we are very resourceful here on Cruising with The Commissioner and we were quick to get out the lava lamps and the jossticks to help conjure the right atmosphere for a few pop psyche gems in our playlist. It all seemed to fit well with incense and peppermints, but we didn’t linger long and we were soon cruising into different territories to ‘follow that tune’ . . . . ‘Sorrow’. The Vikster played us a version by The Prissteen in her recent ‘Three From Me’ selection, then last week we played by the McCoys and this week we found the chart single from The Merseybeats.

We embarked on a risky romp down Memory Lane, going way back to the 50s, when rock was young and (allegedly) first named rock ’n’ roll by Alan Freed. We found some recordings of Alan Freed’s live Rock and Roll Dance Party shows with Rock ‘n’ Roll artists of the day. Fortunately, the recordings of these shows have survived and we sampled a few of these as a reminder of Alan Freed as the great promoter of R&B and Rock ‘n’ Roll music that he was.

All was going well, with the Cruisettes joining in on occasions to demonstrate their rhythmic moves, but a casual glance at our cruising hour glass revealed that we were running out of time before we had run out of road on our cruise. So, we cued up a some rocking R&B sounds from The Vibes, Jerry Williams and Little Richard to bring us home safely. So, with a heavy heart and a pristine white linen hankie to hand, we fought back the tears and were cheered by the thought of coming back again next week to enjoy our Mid Summer Special.

If you can’t wait till then for some more good music, remember you can get a fix from the Tuseday 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 we meet again to go Cruising with the Commissioner . . . . remember to . . . . have fun!

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