Dance to the beat . . . . .

Posted: April 18, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !, What Happens in Memphis . . . .

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, if the start of our third year of the show is anything to go by, it’s going to get lively and eventful. So, to calm us and reassure us, we were very pleased to have such good company for this week’s adventure in sound. Here’s hoping that this is a good sign for our future weekly journeys of musical discovery, when we go Cruising with The Commissioner. If you have a passion for the best in rock, soul, and real rhythm in blues, consider yourself at home, because that’s certainly what will be on our playlist when we call by in the Cruise Mobile.
Cruising #107
Now the past week has been witness to some significant events and some anxious moments. For those who live around London, particularly, it will be difficult not to be aware that the capital is about to host another London Marathon, which is going ahead under the dark cloud of recent events in Boston. So, it is of special note that one of our regular guests, The Vikster, is still planning to be running in this year’s London Marathon. She’s raising funds for her worthy cause and you can see some more about it on our website. In support, Mr Merlot and I have embarked on an intense programme of virtual training to set the appropriate pace for events. and, to give her further encouragement (in our own distinctive fashion), we dug out a classic track by Jackie Edwards, which he wrote and recorded in 1965 and which was a big hit for the Spencer Davis Group . . . . of course, it was ‘Keep On Running’.

Now, last week we played something by Hugh Laurie and the resultant feedback from the Cruising Crew demonstrated that the is a minority who do not enjoy the results of actors taking to singing and recording, even if it is some of the music we like here on the show. Strangely enough, it was the less supportive comments of one esteemed member of the Cruising Crew that reminded me of a superb self-penned track by actor Bruce Willis, called ‘Here Comes Trouble Again’ and, out of sheer devilment, we included it on this week’s playlist, because it’s well worth a listen, not least for the guitar work which comes courtesy of Johnny Winter.

But, with great enthusiasm we launched ourselves into our multi-terrain musical voyager, wound the windows down and turned the volume up to hear Chuck Willis and his 1959 Atlantic single ‘My Baby’ and we’re following up fast with husband and wife duo, Gene & Eunice, with an Aladdin single from 1955 called ‘Move It Over Baby’

Sadly, no room for anything from The George Mitchell Singers, but there’s always next week . . . . . in the meantime, see what we did squeeze in:

Cruising for the county line  . . . .                                                             tee shirt marathon
My Baby – Chuck Willis
Move It Over Baby – Gene & Eunice
Can’t Find My Sadie – The Checkers
You Don’t Want My Love – Thomas Henry
Hoodlum Joe – Lee Dorsey
Heartbreak Hotel – The Cadets
Seven Day Fool – Jully Black
The Shirelles – March (You’ll Be Sorry)
The Flirtations – Little Darling (I Need You)
Look What You Done For Me – Al Green
After You – Beverley Knight
Black Coffee & Cigarettes – Mo Rodgers
Three From Me . . . . . with Arfa Pinetop
All Or Nothing – Small Faces
Black Coffee – Humble Pie with The Blackberries
Five Long Years – Steve Marriott
Cruising with the breeze . . . .
Somewhere In My Heart – Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeaters
Piece of The Sky – Joanne Shaw-Taylor
Here Comes Trouble Again – Bruce Willis & Johnny Winter
The Blues, The Whole Blues, And Nothing But The Blues – Jimmy Witherspoon
The Man That Said No – Bettye Swann
Don’t Fight It – Major Lance
Dancing To The Beat – Clarence Murray
Nature Boy – The 4 Rivers
Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress – The Hollies

Killer Diller Korner  . . . .  with Johnny Alpha
Troubles – The Rollers

Cruising for home . . . . .
Monday Morning – Tales of Justine
Jezebel – Marty Wilde
Keep On Running – Jackie Edwards
She Put The Hurt On Me – Prince La La
Stupidity – Solomon Burke
I Can’t Turn You Loose – Otis Redding
The Party’s Still Going On – Marcia Ball
She Got Me Hook, Line & Sinker – Smiley Lewis

Well, our musical postman continues to do sterling stuff in toting around the new contributions to the Cruising Library. He’s very cheery about his task and knows that we’re even more cheery to receive his deliveries, which this week included some nice 45s from the Shirelles and the Flirtations. . . . and there’s more to come!

Now last week’s smooth soul selection seemed to go down well out there in Cruising Land and so we decided to try it again . . . .  just to prove that we know a good thing when we hear it. So, we found some very smooth and soulful grooves, which included the very reverend Al Green and Beverley Knight.

Now, last week’s Girls & Guitars feature went back to the 50s for some acoustic blues and this week we came right up to date with a recent album from UK guitarist and singer, Joanne Shaw-Taylor. The album is titled ‘Almost, Always Never’ and the track is ‘Piece of The Sky’, which has been has had many plays since it arrived here.

Well, on our pursuit of good sounds we encountered that intrepid adventurer, Arfa Pinetop, all the way from the North West Frontier. He appeared, cheery and cheeky, fresh from his expedition around his local charity shops and record stores. He came, clutching a trio of tracks featuring the late Steve Marriott for his latest Three From Me session. So, we put the breakables out of reach and sat him in front of the microphone, with an invitation to tell us of his adventures . . . . and he needed little encouragement.

Well, amidst all the enjoyment, a glance at the Cruising Clock reminded us that we had to bring our cruise to a close. So, Smiley Lewis brought us home with a finish to our a flourish and a great piece of New Orleans R&B, ‘She Got Me Hook Line & Sinker’. As we parked up the Cruise Mobile for another week, we rather hoped that the experience left you wanting more, because we’ve got plenty more here, but we’ll have to save it for another day. So, if you enjoyed our playlist this week, we very much hope that we can call by for you next week, when we’ll line some more of the best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues, ready to go Cruising with The Commissioner. So, until then . . . . remember . . . . . have fun!

  1. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Great show Emp and this is true

    On the evening of my last day at school I was taken by my art a teacher a beatnik well long hair and duffle coated (female I hasten to add) to see Jimmy Witherspoon at Ronnie Scotts. Unfortunately that was the only place she took me, but she was impressed not by Arts art but by my interest in music of the JW ilk.

    More memories the Jezebel track had me reaching for my sisters Frankie Laine collection a great inspiration to my introduction to music (my sister not FL)

    The 3 from me superb, excellent, thanks. Loved the Chuckle Brothers finale

    No mention of thespians or blokes who like blokes but Major Lance Um Um Um.

    All the best Emp thanks again


    • The Commissioner says:

      Most esteemed Arfa

      Glad you enjoyed it. Pleased it brought back some good memories, especially the Three From Me (which should have been no surprise to you)!

      Have loved that song by Jimmy Witherspoon, since I first heard it when it was released. Great lyrics by Mike Vernon.



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