Next time you see me . . . . .

Posted: March 14, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #100 (14.03.13)

Well, here’s hoping that the past week has been kind to you and that groovy times are upon you. With various people and products claiming to improve our lives in so many ways and for ‘modest’ financial contributions, we decided to whisk you away to enjoy two hours of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues at absolutely no cost.
Cruising #73
Well, it’s been a joy to hear from various of the Cruising Crew this week with feedback on the shows and a few suggestions for our selections. One such came from our good pal Pete Hall with a suggestion for our Girls and Guitars feature. He suggested singer/guitarist Rosie Flores, a familiar face on the Austin, Texas music scene. We eagerly checked through her albums (and there’s plenty of good stuff to choose from), but we chose  ‘Blue Highway’, a track from her 2011 album ‘After the Farm’.

We know only too well that when it comes to the music we like, there are many very knowledgeable folks amongst the Cruising Crew and when it comes soul music, there are always new discoveries and surprises in store for us when our good pal Mr T comes to call with another Three From Me. So, we positioned the executive recliner with precision, scattered the rose petals, as requested, and provided a supply of thrice purified natural spring water, collected by members of an obscure religious sect from the foothills of the andeas and shipped under secure guard. Once the Cruising orchestra struck up and Mr T was taking off!

We kicked off our cruise with one of Crescent City’s best, The Spiders, and their Imperial recording from 1953, ‘Someday Bye & Bye’ and moved smartly to get up to full cruising speed with the Ray Collins Hot Club and their ‘Right Eye’s Jumping’.

We may have not lingered long on the good ship lollipop, but you can check out the rest of our playlist here:

Cruising for the outskirts of town . . . .
Someday Bye & Bye – The Spiders
Right Eye’s Jumping – Ray Collins Hot Club
Cheating Woman – Frankie Ford
(I Know) You Don’t Love Me – Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm
You Went Back On Your Word Little Girl – Clyde McPhatter
Winner Takes It All – Geraldine Hunt
One Wonderful Moment – The Shakers
Prove It To Me – Garnett Mimms & The Enchanters
Let It Bleed – Johnny Winter
Tell The Truth – Bobby Whitlock
Blue Highway – Rosie Flores
Keep On Knocking – Lil Johnson

Three From Me  . . . . . with Mr T
Touching Me – The Ovations
Don’t Touch Me – Bettye Swann
You Put You Touch On Me – The Kelly Brothers

Cruising in good company . . . .
Monkey Man – Toots & The Maytals
Walk Of Life – Charles Mann
Teardrops Will Fall Tonight – John Mellencamp
Uh Huh – Paul Anka
Nature Boy – The Shields
Never Like This Before – William Bell
You Gotta Pay The Price – Gloria Taylor
The Girl’s Alright With Me – The Temptations
Turn It On – Don Covay

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
I Wanna Be Like You – Kenny Ball

Cruising for home . . . .
Sweet Home Chicago – Status Quo
Hide Nor Hair – Herbert Hunter (Leroy Jones)
Next Time You See Me – Little Junior Parker with Bill Harvey’s Band
Pretty Legs – Mike Sanchez & His Band
Ooh Wee Sugar – James ‘Sugarboy’ Crawford
Nothing Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees) – Eddie Fontane
Everytime I Hear That Mellow Saxaphone – The R&B Bombers

Our trip down Memory Lane took us back to the early 60s, which was when the BBC started broadcasting a live Sunday morning music show, called Easy Beat. It was one of the earliest BBC programmes to broadcast pop music and like its contemporary ‘Saturday Club’, it was presented by Brian Matthew and featured many established and up and coming artist and acts, as well as some headliners, like the Beatles. One of the bands who took up residency for a period, was Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen and this memory was jolted from the dusty corners of recall this week by the sad news of the passing of the suave and very talented Kenny Ball himself. He managed to bring some humour, personality and panache with his music. So, we paid a musical tribute to Kenny Ball with his take on the Jungle Book song ‘I Wanna Be Like You’. But the week did have its highlights and one of the moments that made a quantum improvement in our spirits this week was news of the return of the much esteemed Killer Diller Show. It disappeared from the airwaves late last year and this week its host Johnny Alpha confirmed it was back as a website posting. You can find the web link for the new Killer Diller show on the Cruising Website.

All too soon, the familiar scenery told us our cruise was heading for home and the Cruise Mobile finally rolled to a stop for another week.

So, until we meet again to go Cruising with the Commissioner . . . . . have fun!

  1. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Ah Easy Beat . . . . what memories, what dreadful acts . . . . Clinton Ford in The Old Casbah in Kilburn, Karl Denver with his song about Holloway “Womenaway”, Craig Douglas Only a Sick Teen, Mark Wynter singing something about what he had in his blue jeans (he’s now a member of an Agatha Christie theatre group!) aagh

    But your Kenny Ball memory trip reminded me of another very good trad band of the era The Mike Cotton Sound who didn’t frequent the charts as much as KB but did have a minor hit with an instrumental I quite liked at the time “Swing that Hammer” any chance of fishing it out Emp?

    The cajunish version of Walk of Life also prompted the minute grey cells to remember an excellent version of The Promised Land by Johnny Allan well worth a spin.

    Finally, how dare you ruin my next ‘Three From Me’ . . . . that Herbert Hunter track was my first selection!

    We’re off to the Bowness Blues Fest Friday run by the Rotary club of Bowness in The Lake District, so anything could happen! They’re wild on the south side of Lake Windermere . . . . whist drives, knitting circles, knitting squares even!
    No big names but hopefully we’ll get really hep man . . . . am taking a duffle coat, open toed sandals and a recent copy of the Times Lit. Supp. so I should fit in.

    Keep on rocking Emp

    R 4 Pinetop

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Ah! The burdens of long recall . . . . you have my sympathies indeed.

      Mike Cotton Sound . . . . and Johnny Allan . . . . good calls.

      Enjoy, the Bowness Blues Festival and we’ll be expecting a complete de-brief on your return.

      Have fun!


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