Take it while you can . . . .

Posted: November 15, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with the Commissioner #83 (15.11.12)

Well, the Grand Duchy has been experiencing some late fireworks and a little more wood-smoke in the air, but as the chill of the Autumn evenings became more evident, we were ready to wish the warmest of welcomes to one and all to our Thursday night cruise. Ready or not, we were on call to extend an open invitation to join us on our musical adventure, that we call Cruising with The Commissioner.

Now, it’s been a busy week, one way and another, including a celebrated personal event, but it’s also been a great week for catching up with members of the Cruising Crew, including The Vikster, Joe Duckworth, Mi Amigo, Arfa Pinetop, The Spinmeister and Johnny99. It proved to be all good stuff, with some lively conversations and some contributions to the Cruising Library from our friends at Casbah Records in Greenwich Village that you’ll catch in the weeks to come.

The days seemed to slip by pretty quickly, but we were well prepared for Thursday night and all ready to take you across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres. All this in the interests of finding some of the best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues . . . . and we did . . . . starting out with Chicago band, The Marvelows and their ABC 45 ‘I Do’, which we followed smartly with a 1953 single on King records from Wynonie Harris, called ‘Quiet Whiskey’.

The many fans of Bobby Crush may be disappointed that we didn’t manage to find space for one of his classic performances, but  here’s what we did squeeze into the playlist:

Cruising down the open road . . . .                               
I DoThe Marvelows
Quiet Whiskey – Wynonie Harris
Breaking Up The House – Jump4Joy
Mojo Hannah – Betty Harris
The Girl That Radiates Charm – Arthur Alexander
You Went Back On What You Said – Willie Mallory
Hey There Lonely Girl – Eddie Holman
Fool – Paul Ansell’s Number Nine
Don’t Need No Woman – Larry McCray
So Glad You’re Mine – Elvis Presley
Matchbox – Blind Lemon Jefferson

Three From Me . . . . . with Lil-Sis
54321 – Manfred Mann
123 – Len Barry
In The Year 2525 – Zager & Evans

Cruising with friends . . . . .
The Road – Please
Conquistador Esses – Hi-Revving Tongues
So Hard To Say Goodbye – Still Rock
Split Decision – Bonnie Raitt
Take It While You Can – Alecstar
Christian’s Automobile – The Dixie Hummingbirds
I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me) – Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
Farther On Up The Road – Lonnie Mack
Fever – Ronnie Dyson

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
The Jackal – Ronnie Jordan with Dana Bryant.

Cruising for home . . . .
Rudy, A Message To You – Dandy Livingstone
Can I Get A Witness – Calvin Scott
Too Many Heartaches – Al Adams
With My Love and What You Got – Jean Wells
I’ll Take You There – The Sapphires
Shouting Out Love – The Emotions
Louella – Marcia Ball
Do Lord – Jackie Wilson & Linda Hopkins

Well, it was all happening here during the show this week, with visits from the Cruisettes, Mr Merlot and Lil-Sis who came back with another Three From Me. While she was presenting her latest selection, we were relaxing in the Cruise Control executive recliner and enjoying one of Mr Merlot’s finest offerings.

One of they joys of the past week was catching the film ‘The Sapphires’. Now, like our good pal and fellow Wireless FM DJ, The Shake, we much admire the American group The Sapphires, but the film featured the Australian group of the same name and we selected their version of the Staple Singers hit, ‘I’ll Take You There’ . . . . and a fine job they did on it too.

We finished in fine style with Jackie Wilson & Linda Hopkins and their rocking version of ‘Do Lord’, a song we heard on last week’s show from Big Maybelle, and sadly that brought us to the end of the show. Happily, we knew that in another seven days we could do it all again and jumpaboard the Cruise Mobile once more to go Cruising with The Commissioner.

So until the next time we go Cruising with the Commisssioner . . .  remember to . . . . . .  have fun!

  1. The Vikster says:

    Hey Lil Sis, loved your Three From Me, especially 2525. What lovely memories.

  2. Pete Hall says:

    Nice to hear an extract from The Phil Silvers Show, my favourite and surely the greatest of 1950s American comedy TV programmes. And how about the exciting track from a young Elvis – brilliant!. For a moment I was a kid back in the 50s.

    Thanks for playing The Dixie Hummingbirds.

    Bye for now,

    Pete Hall

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Good stuff Emp especially LOOOOOOOOOOOOELLA

    Great lady guitar players Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I saw her at Hammersmith mid 60s.


  4. Arfa Pinetop says:


    Lady guitarists how about Susan Tedeschi?


  5. johnny99 says:

    Hey TC, just listening to the show and really like that song Fool – Paul Ansell’s Number Nine.

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