That stuff . . . . .

Posted: January 3, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #90 (03.01.13)

Well, we launched into the new year with the very warmest of welcomes to one and all, with the hope of the most groovy of years ahead and a big thank you to all the Cruising Crew for their good company in 2012. We seem to have increased the size of the Cruising Crew by some 25% during the past year and Cruising with The Commissioner got 2,600 visits from folks in 45 countries across the world. So, we set off on this, our first of 2013 with the assurance that we’re in good company and you’re in the right place for some excellent musical treats. We started the year as we mean to continue in hot pursuit of the very best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues, as we set out on our adventure across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres.

Cruising #86
Well, the gig list is picking up after the festive break. Our playlist included Paul Carrick, who is one of those on our upcoming schedule, with his take on the Four Tops hit ‘Baby I Need You Lovin’, taken from his album ‘Groovin’. We crossed plenty of musical frontiers on our cruise and even provided an indulgence for the devotees of scratchy blues records. We went back to August 17, 1929 in Richmond Indiana, where guitar wizard, Blind Blake, recorded a couple of tracks for Paramount Records, including the song is Diddy Wah Diddy, which has been covered more recently by Hot Tuna and Ry Cooder.

Well, dear listener, I met up with our Three From Me guest this week when I was canvassing for the all night party around the North West frontier. I called at one rather grand establishment, set in its own grounds and with a long and winding road that led to some heavy oak doors. This turned out to be Pinetop’s Palace and as the doors swung open, I found Arfa Pinetop waiting for me with a fully loaded autochanger, which proved to be very appropriate for his selection of 45s.

We didn’t delay in setting off on our first Cruising with The Commissioner in new year. We arrived with a sprightly spring in our step and in the very good company of The Mint Juleps with their 1956 Herald release called ‘Vip a Dip’ and then the much revered Diz & The Doormen with ‘I Got It’ . . . . for the rest, take a look at our playlist:

Cruising for the new horizon . . . .   tee shirt arfa
Vip A Dip – The Mint Juleps
I Got It – Diz & The Doormen
Short, Sweet & Snappy – Roy Milton
Tia Juana – H.B. Barnum
Ain’t That Loving You – Eddie Riff
I’m Evil Tonight – Betty Harris
Lovely Woman – Eldridge Jones
Snap Your Fingers – Joe Henderson
You Brought It On Yourself – Clay Hammond
Baby I Need Your Lovin’ – Paul Carrick
I’ve Had It – Fanny
Diddy Wah Diddy – Blind Blake
Three From Me  . . . . with Arfa Pinetop
Mahattan Spiritual – Reg Owen
Personality – Lloyd Price
It’s Been Nice – Marty Wilde & The Wildcats
Cruising down the line . . . .
Do You Believe In Magic – Aly & AJ
That Stuff – Supurbia
Devil In Disguise – J.J. Cale
Paying The Cost To Be The Boss – BB King
Somewhere Down The Line – Little Johnnie Taylor
Albert’s Shuffle – Al Kooper & The Rekooperators
Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
Just Ain’t Enough Love – The Isley Brothers
Lucky To Be Loved By You – Willie Hutch
Horsecollar Blues – Floyd ‘Horsecollar’ Williams

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
Cruisin’ in 1959 with Hunter Hancock at KGFJ, Los Angeles
Hully Gully – The Olympics
Almost Grown – Chuck Berry
Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison

Cruising for home  . . . . .
The Performer – Enri
Wherever I Lay My Hat – Marvin Gaye
Do It With All Your Heart – Dee Dee Warwick
That’s When Tears Start – Darlene Love
Mr Blues – Damita Jo
Let’s Go To The Dance – The Robins

Well, never let it be said that we don’t rise to a challenge! Our good pal The Auburn Phantom challenged us to find some outstanding ‘girls and guitars’ and that’s what we’ve been doing over these past weeks. This week was no exception and we took the opportunity to feature Patti Quatro (sister of Suzie Quatro) and one time member of all girl band ‘Fanny’ with the band’s single ‘I’ve Had It’ featuring Patti Quatro on guitar.

Our detour down Memory Lane took us back to1959 and an opportunity to hear one of Los Angeles leading radio DJs of the day. He was Hunter Hancock and he could be heard on radio station KGFJ, broadcasting across all Southern California. He offered some of the very best in rhythm and blues records of the day and survived ‘the day music died’ and payola probe, which resulted in dozens of other disc jockeys across the country quitting under pressure or being fired . . . . . so, we took a listen to some of his show.

Well, we set a pretty hot pace in the Cruise Mobile this week and the time fairly flew by, but we welcomed the new year with a flourish and we much enjoyed plundering the Cruising Library this week for the gems on our playlist. We very much hope that 2013 will be a great year for the Cruising Crew and, as ever, we will much appreciate your good company. . . . . which makes it all worthwhile.

Although we have parked up the Cruise Mobile for another week, we will use the time to go rummaging in the dark recesses of the Cruising library for next weeks tasty treats. In the meantime, if you get withdrawal symptoms, why not check out the Tuesday night mafia on Wireless FM or check out our website for our other favourite radio shows. . . . and while you’re there, why not scribble something on our wall.

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

  1. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Nice stuff Emp especially Blind Blake , one does wonder how he managed to keep those buses running on time with his impediment.

    A nice version of Diddy Wah Diddy can be found on the Blues Bands first and best album The Official Blues Band Bootleg Album , which has changed hands for as much as a large Jameson in some quarters!

    On the old record front Trixie Smith My Daddy Rocks Me (with one steady roll) well worth an earhole bend circa 1922 or 24 methinks.

    Couldn’t agree more with your comments on BB (best before 1990) King. Ramblin Sid and I saw him at Hammersmith 10/12 years ago he was BB then alight Bloody Boring!

    Ta from Jill for The Fantastics number but no more please as you’ve started her off down groupie lane, talk of Eden Kane and other equally talented pop peers of that era lucky she doesn’t work for the BBC

    all the best for 2013

  2. Spinmeister says:

    Yes, remember the BB King gig well. One of many gigs by people well by their sell-by dates (unlike our good selves, of course) we have walked out on. The prospect of libation was greater than a long lounge-music ramble from the so called “king of the blues”.

    Now his daughter, Shirley, there’s another story. Lets have some of her on the prog, Commish!

    If you are short of an album or two of hers, I’ll let you fondle my personally autographed one, sometime. All very discreetly, of course!


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