Let’s do it again . . . .

Posted: May 9, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen to this week’s show here:

Well, here’s hoping that you have been thriving in the past week and arrived in good spirits for another venture beyond the bland and predictable. The weather has certainly been unpredictable here in the past week . . . .veering from tropical sunshine to tropical rain storms, biting winds and even hailstones . . . . and all in one day! Nearly, as unpredictable (but nowhere near as enjoyable) as that carefully constructed caldron of chaos that we call Cruising with The Commissioner.
Cruising #109
Our ventures to various music emporia this past week have produced an exceptional  haul of fine additions to the Cruising library and our musical postman has also brought us much joy this week, with some sought after items to add some addition lustre to the Cruising Library. Needless to say, these will be liberally scattered across our playlists over the weeks to come and we’ll rely on your feedback to check whether these were well received. Certainly, last week’s special feature from Stevie Wonder attracted plenty of comments . . . . from near ecstasy to indifference. But, this week we are still remembering a Sunday night special gig by DJ Wheeliebag, with a Cinco De Mayo celebration and a little voodoo too.

Well, Frankie Valli was celebrating his 79th birthday during the week and we saluted him by playing the Four Seasons version of ‘Peanuts’ . . . .and Frankie is still going strong and, indeed, scheduled to appear in concert next month at the Royal Albert Hall, where we’re looking forward to seeing him live.

Well, Wales may keep a welcome in the hillside for him, but one of the joys this week in the Grand Duchy has been another visit from our good pal Johnny99 . . . . because he knows where the welcome is even warmer! He dropped by with another Three From Me and his beaming smile . . . . and at the end of his visit to Cruise Control, we understood why!

Well, we threw open the door of the Cruise Mobile and invited one and all to join us on a musical adventure through some of the best in rock, soul and real r&b . . . .  and we took off with Ruth Brown’s 1958 single on Atlantic called ‘This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’ and we went cruising in style then with the welcome return of Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five and their 1946 hit Choo Choo Ch Boogie. But check out the rest of the playlist here:

Cruising with the radio up . . . .                                                     Tee - Mudder
This Little Girl’s Gone Rocking – Ruth Brown
Choo Choo Ch Boogie – Louis Jordan
Hot Dog, Buddy, Buddy – Bill Haley & His Comets
Ay La Bah – Dolly Cooper
Don’t Start Me Talking – Johnny Darrow
She’s A Heartbreaker – The Chandeliers
Must Be Love – Tommy Williams
Uptight  (Everything is Alright) – Billy Preston
Tears Of A Clown – The Beat
Payments Are Due – Kirsten Kelly & The Modern Day Drifters
In New Orleans – Leadbelly

Three From Me . . . . with Johnny99
25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago
Everlasting Love – The Love Affair
Sweet Soul Music Arthur Conley

Cruising for the coast . . . . .
High Expectations – The Hoax
Hideaway – Jeff Healey
Peanuts – The Four Seasons
Let The Daddy Hold You – Otis Blackwell
Bongo Man – Bongo Byfield
Your Mama Put The Hurt On Me – The Impacs
Georgia On My Mind – The Spencer Davis Group
I Never Found A Girl Like You – Al Green
Walk On In – Merry Clayton
I’ll Do The Same For You – LaVern Baker
Let’s Do It Again – The Staple Singers
One Steady Roll – Bob Brozman

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha

Cruising for home . . . .
Don’t Believe A Word – Thin Lizzy
Long Train Runnin’ – The Humdingers
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever – Marvin Gaye
I’ll Be Doggone – Sam & Dave
Take A Trip – Jimmy Vick & The Victors
Laura Lee – Bobby Charles

Call us indulgent if you will, but we went searching for something for those amongst the Cruising Crew who like a little scratchy blues. Now, if we mention the ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ it’s most likely to inspire immediate thoughts of the chart hit by The Animals, or possibly the recording by Bob Dylan. But the song has a history that can be traced back to an 18th century ballad that English emigrants took to America where it was adapted to its later New Orleans setting. The oldest known existing recording appeared on Vocalion Records in 1934, but it has yet to appear in the Cruising library. But, with encouragement from our good pal Arfa Pinetop, we have found a version by Leadbelly which he recorded in February 1944 and called “In New Orleans”.

Well, we continue to wonder if our good pal, The Auburn Phantom, knew what he was starting when he suggested our Girls & Guitars feature. It has proved to be a surprisingly rich source of good music and this week we turn the spotlight on Texan Kirsten Kelly, an American singer and guitarist who released a track on Arista Records in 2010 called ‘Payments Are Due’, which has a definite country rock feel, but we thought you would like it.

We got the sad news this week about the passing of much-respected American guitarist and singer, Bob Brozman. He gained a worthy reputation for his slide guitar playing and resonator guitar work and we paid tribute to him with his excellent ‘One Steady Roll’ (which for the devotees, he played on 2 tricone guitars).

Well, like the sunny days, we much enjoyed putting together the playlist this week, but all too soon we were running out of time and turning the Cruise Mobile for home. But, we ended in style with one of the celebrated performers from around New Orleans, Bobby Charles, and his Chess 45, ‘Laura Lee’.

As the Cruise Mobile glided effortlessly to a halt, to return us all safe and sound, back where we started, we managed to be of good cheer, because we knew there were only 7 days to while away, before we could do it all again. So, be ready next week when we call by for you (same time, same place) and we’ll treat you to another healthy dose of our favourite elixir of rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

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


  1. The Shake says:

    Thanks Commissioner, it was a mighty fine show all round.

    Looking forward to Saturday, I shall be compiling the box later today.

    Have a great weekend,

    The Shake.

    • The Commissioner says:

      Shake (your eminence)

      Hope you enjoyed Jimmy Vick & The Victors on the playlist last night. Also worth a listen is the Otis Blackwell track from earlier in the show. It was one of my sunny Sunday, Camden Town acquisitions . . . and a fine piece of R&B it is too.

      Have a great gig on Saturday.


  2. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Good stuff as per norm Emp. Particularly liked The Hoax track and of course Leadbelly .As for Frankie Valli why bother to got to The Albert Hall, pop into the Town Hall for a Tea dance plenty of seventy odds trying to perform like they did 50 years ago .

    Have you heard Jeff Healey’s Cover to Cover album? Well worth a listen. I cherish this disc as it was given to me by one Sean Faulkner a man who unlike his family and their friends had a great sense of humour and musical taste.

    All the best


    P.S. So much for cherishing albums can’t find the Jeff Healey one !!

    • The Commissioner says:

      Most esteemed Arfa

      We are diligently working our way through your suggestions, although the non- musical ones haves proved to be a bit uncomfortable!

      Saw Jeff Healey live and he was outstanding. Never seen that lap style of rock guitar playing done so well. . . . and sadly, will not see it again now.

      Have fun!


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