Don’t let go . . . . .

Posted: February 28, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #98 (28.02.13)

Well, we are anxious to see the arrival of Spring here in the Grand Duchy, but the odd snow flurry arrives to remind us that chill of Winter is still very much with us. But, nothing will deter us from extending the warmest of welcomes to the Cruising Crew, as we collect them in the highly polished Cruise Mobile for another musical adventure that we call Cruising with the Commissioner.  Just for the occasion, we prepared a playlist of some of the best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues to accompany our athletic leaps across musical boundaries, in and out of time zones and jumping genres.
Cruising #82
We managed three in a row from the girls and appropriately we included our ‘Girls and Guitars’ feature. I’m still impressed that we’ve managed to find so many great girls guitar players and singers and this week the spotlight turned on Shannon Curfman. She hails from Fargo in North Dakota and she burst onto the music scene in 1999, at the age of 14, with the release of her first album, ‘Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions’. We went to her 2010 solo album called ‘What You’re Getting Into’ for her cover of the Fleetwood Mac hit ‘Oh Well’.

We started our cruise there with a self-penned song called ‘No Good Lover’ from Mickey & Silvia that appeared in 1956 on RCA’s Groove records, but see what else we managed to squeeze in:

Cruising for the county line . . . . .                              tee OOS
No Good Lover – Mickey & Silvia
Alarm Clock Boogie – Odelle Turner
Don’t Let Go – Roy Hamilton
Shindig – Mighty Joe Houston & His Orchestra
Thanks For a Little Lovin’ – The Trends
Treat Her Right – Roy Head
Twist & Shout – Beverley Knight
Gimme Shelter – Merry Clayton
Oh Well – Shannon Curfman
Third Man Theme – The Granville Williams Orchestra

Three From Me . . . . . with The Shake
Rainbow – The Motions
Now It’s Your Turn To Cry – The Sparklings
Winter Woman – The Ro-d-ys

Cruising with friends . . . . .
Lazy Day – Spanky & Our Gang
Fire It Up – Joe Cocker
I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers
Teardrops – Womack & Womack
Strong Love – The Spencer Davis Group
Ain’t Got You – Billy Boy Arnold
Built For Comfort – Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows
Oye Como Va – Santana
Chicago Breakdown – Doctor Ross

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
I’m No Angel – The Gregg Allman Band

Cruising for home  . . . .
Why Do Me This Way? – Solomon Burke
Hurry – Doris Troy
I’m Gonna Love You A Long Time – Patti & The Emblems
I Got A Feeling – Barbara Randolph
Backfield In Motion – Mel & Tim
Just Hold My Hand – Big Boy Myles
Louella – Marcia Ball
Lipstick, Powder & Lace – Delbert McClinton

We said a sad farewell to guitarist Dan Toler this week. We recalled his time with the Allman Brothers Band and with the Gregg Allman’s Band and featured the title track from their album, ‘I’m No Angel’.

Well, we ran out of wine, ran out of time, but we surely didn’t run out of good music, because we left an ever growing pile of tasty treats in the pending tray. So, we’re looking forward to calling by for you, same time, same place next week, when we can catch up on some more great rock, soul and real rhythm and blues. As the proceedings came to a close, we wished a great and groovy week ahead, for all and we gathered our bags to head off for a long weekend in Paris. We plan to catch some sights and I’m rather hoping that we might be spared any 6os French pop music while we’re there . . . . so until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . . have fun!

  1. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Greetings, superb show as per norm Emp

    Now a question for you. I picked up 2 very interesting cds The Soul of Hit Records and the Girls of Hit Records. I’m sure you’ve heard of that label but I haven’t, a few informative sleeve notes, started by one Bill Beasley in Nashville most of the artists name were fictitious including Sandy Posey as Betty York, Ray Stevens was a backing singer and Benny Lattimore Brown is Sam Moore. Just finished playing “The Girls ” cd excellent. There is also a rock collection, but it was so scratched I decided not to slip it into the famed multi pocketed white flasher attire!

    If I were to be so fortunate for another 3 from me would love to select 3 tracks from these cds especially the Soul one. So, I’d better get my 3 sorted . . . . can’t have you claiming the glory for this wonderful find!



    • Most esteemed Arfa

      I can’t add a great deal to your existing research. The HIT label was originally a lot like Woolworth’s Embassy label or Top of The Pops where, when a record took off they took a group and covered it as close to the original recording as they possibly could. Can’t add to your ‘unmasking’ of individual artists . . . . yet!

      There is another collection called The Guy Groups of HIT Records. I have tracked down the soul collection for myself, so we’d better get your next Three From Me sorted soon, before I steal all your choice choons.



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