Back on the road again . . . .

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

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with the Commissioner #65 (5.7.12)

Well, there has been plenty to do around the Grand Duchy this week and we’ve done a deal of travelling too. The resultant activity has kept us from dwelling too long on the absence of summer sun, but it has brought opportunities to catch up with some pals along the way and the gig list has also brought some bright moments during the week. So, we were in good spirits as it came time to Thursday evening and the sun had arrived to warm the air nicely for us to go Cruising with The Commissioner.

We were eager to extend the warmest of welcomes to one and all to our Thursday night jamboree, where we were on hand to bring you some of the best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues. Sometimes we are curious about whether those who listen to the show have found it by accident or design, but either way, we are pleased to have everyone on board for our adventure, across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres. There’s no waiting list, no membership form and no entry charge . . . . all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds as we go Cruising with The Commissioner.

Other commitments have meant that the music emporia hereabouts have not seen much of us recently, but there has been plenty of rummaging in the Cruising Library to put together our playlist and our musical postman has also played his part in contributing to the selection. As ever, our aim was to surprise and delight you and the rest of the Cruising Crew. So, we polished up the Cruise Mobile, wound the windows down and turned the volume up, so that we could set off in fine style with Fox Hall and ‘Do The Rock And Roll’ and with shrewd anticipation and deft dexterity we followed up with Cornell Gunter & The Ermines and ‘You Broke My Heart’.

We managed to fit in a few tracks from some of the artists on our gig list this week, together with a little selection of pop psych tunes that we have been enjoying here lately. Despite some recent entreaties to play items from the back catalogue of Charles Aznavour, we put together a playlist that was packed with even more worthy tracks, but you can judge for yourself:

Cruising beyond the blue horizon . . . .
Do The Rock And Roll – Fox Hall
You Broke My Heart – Cornell Gunter & The Ermines
Lovey Dovey – Bunny Sigler
Whatcha Gonna Do – Rudy Ray Moore & His Raytones
One Track Love – Jimmy McCracklin
I’ve Been Taken For A Ride – The Saints
Take Him Back If It Makes You Happy – The Fantastic Four
I Can Feel Your Love – Felice Taylor
Can I Get A Witness – Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers
Off A Brass Monkey – Jimmy Caravan
Have Pity On Me – Billy Young

Three From Me . . . . . with The Majestic
Nothing Sweeter – Alton and The Flames
Please Don’t Make Me Cry – Smokey 007 and His Exciters
Keep You Mine – Willie West

Cruising for fun . . . . .
Waiting For Your Move – The Phil Tyler Band
Talk To me Baby – Elmore James
My Best Friend’s Girl – Half Pint
Spicks & Specks – Status Quo
Pink Lemonade – Peppermint Rainbow
Free – The Peppermint Trolley Company
She’s Got The Magic – The Parade
Head Over Heels In Love With You Baby – The Detroit Spinners
Cuddly Toy – Beverley Knight
The Hustle Is On – Ana Popovic
Back On The Road Again – Lonnie Mack

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commssioner
I’m A Hog For You – Erky Grant & The Earwigs

Cruising for home . . . .
It Should’ve Been Me – Zoot Money & His Big Roll Band
Big Time Operator – Charlie Rich
Hide Nor Hair – Herbert Hunter (as Leroy Jones)
Movin’ & Groovin’ – Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges
I Try So Hard – Bobby Mitchell & The Toppers
I Love You So – George Perkins
Rock It, Davy, Rock It – The Jaguars
Three Alley Cats – Roy Hall
Ooh My Soul – Little Richard

Well, whilst we always look forward to the visits of our guests on our Three From Me feature and whenever we have a visit from that most suave and elegant of guests, The Majestic, we can be sure of something special from his splendid collection of rare and obscure musical gems. So, his return this week was enthusiastically awaited, not only for his good company, but for more of his tasty treats . . . . and judging by the chatroom chatter none of us were disappointed.

We also took the opportunity to clear away a few cobwebs in order to go on our unpredictable detour down Memory Lane. This week we went back to June of 1963 and a local date on a celebrated package tour headlined by Roy Orbison and The Beatles. The list of support groups on that tour included a little known band with the unlikely name of Erky Grant & The Earwigs, who did a very good set of rock and R&B numbers on the night. However, they disappeared soon after the tour and left us with one 45 and some memories. So, it was a surprise to hear of Erky Grant still singing and playing locally, albeit to a different sort of audience.

We had a good time on our cruise this week and we hope that our playlist included plenty of tasty treats to tantalise your musical taste buds too. But, all good things have to come to an end, so we finished with a flourish with rock ‘n’ roll celebrities, Roy Hall and Little Richard. As the tin cans of ‘Grazing in the grass’ signalled our departure, we hoped that we sent you off in high spirits . . . . sufficient, at least, to encourage your return next week. Then we can enjoy some more of your good company, as we bring along another selection of goodies from shelves of the Cruising Library and, with deft accuracy, flick all the switches on and see all those little neon lights bathe Cruise Control in a familiar red glow. What fun in store! But, if you can’t wait that long, remember you can sample the musical delights of 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, remember to . . . . have fun!

  1. Johnny99 says:

    Hi Commissioner,

    Just listening to Thursday’s show and very good as usual and great to hear Los Lobos – have you ever heard them doing a song called ‘Little John of God’ – fantastic (probably a cover – I could find out if I went downstairs but too lazy). See, speak, soon.


  2. The Commissioner says:

    Hey Johnny99

    Good to hear from you and glad you’re still enjoying the show. I will look out that song by Los Lobos and thanks for the tip.

    Got to get you back soon on Cruising with another of your fine Three From Me selections.

    In the meantime, have fun!


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