That’s all I need . . . . .

Posted: June 6, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, there appear to be all the signs around the Grand Duchy that perhaps summer has arrived at last and very welcome it is too. This seems to have been accompanied by plenty of accumulated outside activities, all of which have been pursued with renewed vigour and good humour. Our musical postman has been busy too, bringing us some most welcome gems to grace the decks at Cruise Control in preparation for a place in the playlists of Cruising with the Commissioner.
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So, we arrived at Thursday night in mighty good spirits and eager to bid a hearty welcome to one and all amongst the Cruising Crew. We extended an enthusiastic invitation to jump aboard The Cruise Mobile, as we set off on this week’s musical adventure, across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres and all in the interests of bringing you some of the best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

This week we were joined by our good pals Arfa Pinetop and Johnny Alpha, while our Girls and Guitars feature focused on Suzie Quatro, who coincidently celebrated a birthday this week. We could have picked something from her early US recordings in the 60s with The Pleasure Seekers, but we settled on one of her Mickie Most produced UK recordings from the 70s. This was a track that we know better by the Dave Clark Five,’Glad All Over’.

We started our cruise in fine style with Thurston Harris and ‘In The Bottom Of My Heart’ and followed up with Lucky Carmichael and his 1964 Loma release ‘Hey Girl’, but check out the juicy gems in the rest of our playlist:

Cruising for fun . . . .                                                                                                         Tee - TC moved me
In The Bottom Of My Heart – Thurston Harris
Hey Girl – Lucky Carmichael
Possum Belly Overalls – June Bateman with Noble Thin Man Watts and his Band
Shimmy Shimmy – The Orlons
Shufflin’ Home – Sil Austin
Soul Motion – Johnny Williams
I’m The Man – Albert Washington & The Kings
He’ll Have To Go – Frankie Miller
Never Let Me Go – Eddie Holman & The Larks
Go Home Girl – Gary US Bonds
One Night – Etta James
Glad All Over – Suzie Quatro

Three From Me . . . . . with Arfa Pinetop
Mickey’s Monkey – The Fantasies
You Are My Sunshine – Leroy Jones & Lucille Johns
Loddy Lo – Leroy Jones
Cruising in good company . . . . .
Who Thought – The Proper Ornaments
Don’t Be Misled – Five Day Rain
Flowers Of Evil – Mountain
Hole In My Shoe – Rick Vito
Hallelujah I Love Her So – Humble Pie
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry – Bob Dylan
I Will Get Along Without You Now – The Melodians
Living With The Blues – Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Ve Con Él – The Brisks

Cruising for home . . . . . .
Johnny B. Goode – Big Daddy ‘O’
Seven Nights To Rock – Moon Mulligan
That Man – Nappy Brown
Here She Comes – The Tymes
You Succeeded – Sandra Phillips
Baby Drop A Dime – Inez & Charlie Foxx
Stompin’ Our Feet With Joy – Junior Watson
That’s All I Need – Mike Sanchez
Bloodshot Eyes – Wynonie Harris

Our stop at Killer Diller Korner this week gave Johnny Alpha an opportunity to bring us a rare and collectable track from Spanish group The Brisks. Fortunately, Johnny’s linguistic skills coped better than ours in introducing ‘Ve Con Él’.

This week’s playlist included the song ‘He’ll Have To Go’, which was one of the hits for veteran American country singer, gentleman Jim Reeves. . . . . . but our rummaging in the Cruising Library revealed a version of the song by one of Scotland’s great rock voices . . . . Frankie Miller. Our good pal Johnny99 played something by Frankie Miller on a recent Three From Me selection and we’ve been hearing his song ‘Jealousy’ on the latest King King album too.

Well, we had to put all the breakables out of reach for this week’s Three From Me guest, the most esteemed Arfa Pinetop. He arrived with the spoils from one of his sorties around the second hand record shops and some long lost releases by the US Hit Records label. It all went well in the end, although there were plenty of humourous asides that had to edited out on the advice of the defamation lawyers.

The Cruisettes were pretty active in strutting their stuff during the show and all too soon we ran out of time. But, we finished with a flourish in the company of Wynonie Harris and his ‘Bloodshot Eyes’, a condition known only too well to certain of the Cruising Crew. So, we dusted down the Cruise Mobile and set about getting it all ready for the same time, same place next week, when we’ll be calling by to take you Cruising with The Commissioner.

In the meantime, why not visit our website at cruising with the and give us some feedback or a few favourite tunes . . . and maybe catch up with a few of the other radio shows we enjoy, including the Tuesday night mafia here on Wireless FM.

So until next week’s Cruising with the Commissioner . . . . have fun!

  1. Lil-Sis says:

    Thanks for a good evening with some fine tunes. Catch you next week. Have a good one.

  2. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner. Love that tune “Seven Nights To Roll”. Great stuff!

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Seems like we missed a good thing . . . . Chantel McGregor at the 100 club. Pity I never missed Suzie Qs version of ‘Glad all Over’. I was certainly glad when it was all over! Please play the late great Mike Smith of the DC Five sometime.

    Apart from that an excellent show as per norm:

    Stevie Marriot what a voice what a loss was that the Blackberries backing?

    Nappy Brown I suffered at The Mean Fiddler some years ago being supported and backed by a young Ian Segal. The other act was one “Walking Cane Smith” who limped round the audience (all 6 of us) making threatening and sexual gestures with his walking cane! But could he sing? . . . . could he ****!

    Keep the faith, Mr Savile will look after Hope and Charity!


    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Well, we’re certainly narrowing down your musical preferences by the week, but encouraged by the choices for your Three From Me choices (from the archives of Hit Records). Although they were intended as covers. they actually sounded pretty good in their own right and maybe we should dig out the originals to compare.

      Thanks for pointing me to Chantel McGregor . . . . her records sound really good and I suspect she puts on a fine live set too . . . . . I’d like to catch that next time she’s around town.

      Well, here comes the weekend . . . . and some relaxed listening in the sun . . . . I hope!

      Have fun


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