Have love will travel. . . .

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

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Cruising with The Commissioner #102 (28.03.13)

Well, here in the Grand Duchy, we have witnessed the first week of Spring this year and this has brought the return of cold winds and snow. So, we were ever more mindful of the need to offer the warmest of welcomes to one and all, along with a cheery invitation to go Cruising with The Commissioner.
Cruising #101
It has been a busy week for contacts with members of the Cruising Crew, including The Majestic, The Vikster, Lil-Sis, Arfa Pinetop, Johnny Alpha and DJ Wheeliebag.  . . . . and just to demonstrate that we do listen to the feedback on the show, we followed up on something suggested by our good pal Arfa Pinetop and found a little more cajun music from one of the kings of rocking cajun music, Johnny Allan. There was an unusual level of activity at Cruise Control, because Lil-Sis came by to rummage through some of the old 45s boxes and picked out a few cherished memories for our playlist. We offered her the opportunity to take over the microphone here to introduce, but she rather hastily excused herself  . . . . which was a shame, but we still played a few of her choices.

We found time for another Girls & Guitars feature, which demonstrated a distinct change from some of the girls that we’ve played recently, because we turned our attentions to one of the outstanding talents on the British blues scene of the 60s and 70s . . . . Jo-Ann Kelly, who had a voice far bigger than her slight frame might suggest. She established a first class reputation for the rich, deep, tonal quality of her voice and her fluid guitar playing, which was showcased on her live track called ‘Make Me A Pallet’.

Unusually, everything was in place and well ordered to get us motoring through our playlist of some of the best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues and we set off with ‘Get Rhythm’, a 1956 rockabilly song, written and recorded by Johnny Cash as the B-side of his first Number One hit, ‘I Walk the Line’ . . . . . and keeping my promise, we played the version by Little Richard, which fairly rocked along.

Cruising for the outskirts of town . . . . .                        Tee - I Follow The Majestic
Get Rhythm – Little Richard
I Can’t Go On – Fats Domino
Gonna Send You Back To Georgia – Timmy Shaw
The Promised Land – Johnny Allan
Have Love Will Travel – Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
Tremble – Malcolm Dodds
Baby Baby Baby – Sam Cooke
Go Go Girl – Lee Dorsey
Make Me A Pallet – Jo Ann Kelly
Fattie Fattie – Clancy Eccles

Three From Me . . . . . with The Majestic
I’m Going To Lock My Heart – Jimmy Armstrong
Sooner Or Later – The Four Rivers
A Vacation From Love – Alfred O

Cruising with the wind in our hair . . . . .
Lies – Johnny Sandon & The Remo Four
Don’t Lie To Me – Jeannie & The Big Guys
Mama Didn’t Lie – Jean & The Statesides
Steppin’ Out – Memphis Slim
Black Magic Woman – Larry McCray
Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
Third Finger Left Hand – Martha & The Vandellas
You Came, You Saw, You Conquered – The Pearls
Hey There Lonely Girl – Eddie Holman
Time Is Tight – Booker T & The MGS
Caroline – Status Quo

Memory Lane . . . . .with The Commissioner
Swing That Hammer – The Mike Cotton Sound

Cruising for home . . . . .
Common People – William Shatner
Cast Your Fate To The Wind – George Benson
No More Tears – Patti Jerome
Hallelujah I Love Her So – James Hunter
Tipperty Top – The Intelli-Gents
The Same Old Thing – NBRQ
Leave My Kitten Alone – G G Shinn
I Do – J Geils Band
Shake Your Hips – Dollar Bill & His One Man Band

Our Three From Me spot this week was in the hands of our very good pal the Majestic. Now, what we have learnt along the way is that his record collection must be stuffed full of rare and expensive pieces of soulful vinyl. Indeed, he has been most generous on his visits to share with us some really tasty treats and this time was no exception. He came visiting again clutching another handful of sought-after soul singles and excellent listening they were too!

Our doubtful detour down memory lane, took us back to the 1950s and a jazz and R&B musician who hailed from Tottenham in North London. His name was Mike Cotton and he formed his first band in the 50s during the Trad Jazz boom. As musical tastes changed in the 60s, Mike Cotton changed his band’s style to mainstream music and a more soul-based sound, but knowing the preferences of at least one esteemed member of the Cruising Crew, we picked something that was a successful single for Mike Cotton on the UK Columbia label, ‘Swing That Hammer’.

Despite much encouragement from the chatroom chatter, time eventually ran out on us. We took a late decision to include Dollar Bill & His One Man Band with his version of the rather infectious ‘Shake Your Hips’ . . . . . andas we ran out of time, ran out of wine, but certainly did not run out of music, we promised to call by next week same time same place, so once again we can go Cruising with the Commissioner.

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

  1. Lil-Sis says:

    Well TC thanks for the invite to cruise control. I have really enjoyed it. Excellent choice for 3 from me by The Majestic. Have a good week.


  2. The Vikster says:


    An outstanding trio of tracks from The Majestic for sure. I could listen to him all evening . . . . very soothing.

    The Vikster

  3. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner and great stuff from The Majestic

    The Shake

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Good stuff Emp, especially Jo-Ann Kelly, the Memphis Minnie of the Wandle Delta! Her brother, however, well that’s another story!!

    If you have a mo or a jo any chance of investigating owt on record, tape, cd of one Wolfie Witcher and his Brew. They were Blues on The Green regulars and I have a story about them for a future Three From Me.

    All the best . . . . now off to the Colchester Bayou.


    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Well, we gathered together our collective mo’s and jo’s and applied them to the task you set . . . . and we rise with acclaim to your challenge! We have found Wolfie Witcher & His Brew doing ‘Messin’ With The Kid’ . . . . . perhaps not on any playlists of ageing BBC DJs currently!

      Looking forward to your Three From Me stories.

      Enjoy your trip beyond the Dagenham Delta.


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