It’s been a long time . . . . . .

Posted: June 27, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, we arrived at Thursday night in very good spirits after a busy week, which included some most excellent music and some encounters with friendly faces that we haven’t seen for a long time. Mid-summer came and went without the essential ingredient of prolonged sunshine and we’re rather hoping that our summer may be lurking around the corner in July. So, cheered by events and people, if not weather, we extended the warmest of welcomes to one and all and tried to demonstrate that we were poised, primed and properly prepared to take the Cruising Crew on another musical adventure, through some of the best in rock, soul and real rhythm & blues.
Cruising #118
We got the Cruise Mobile tuned up nicely and we headed for the horizon with Tiny Bradshaw and his 1950 hit ‘Well Oh Well’, followed by Shirley Gunter & The Flairs with their 1954 Flair recording, ‘Oop Shoop’.

Georgie Fame was celebrating a birthday this week and we included a duet by him and Beverley Skeete, which he performed with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings at ‘Blues on the Farm’ this week. So, we joined the celebrations and found time to raise a glass of some fine wine to wish a happy birthday to our good pal DJ Wheeliebag. When we asked for ideas on a track to celebrate the occasion . . . . Steve Coleman suggested Etta James’ ‘Good Rocking Daddy’ . . . which seems most appropriate for DJ Wheeliebag.

We pulled together some highlights from our long weekend at ‘Blues on The Farm’ and something to mark the return of Frankie Valli to London’s Royal Albert Hall this week for a number of full house shows. When you realise that The Four Seasons had their first hit in 1962, it’s pretty impressive and enduring stuff, which still appeals to all ages, judging by the audience for his shows.All this and a ‘Three From Me’ from Lil-Sis, as well as a guided tour around Killer Diller Korner with Johnny Alpha . . . . good stuff . . . . and so much more, but check it out for yourself:

Cruising down the road apiece . . . .                                                    Tee - More than a radio show
Well Oh Well – Tiny Bradshaw & His Orchestra
Oop Shoop – Shirley Gunter & The Flairs
Lonelyology (For Your Love) – Lee Dorsey
Good Rocking Daddy – Etta James
Turn On Your Lovelight – Bobby Bland
I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me) – Bobby Bland
Keep On Growing – Sheryl Crow
Walking By Myself – Wolfie Witcher
It Won’t Be Long – The James Hunter Six

Three From me  . . . . with Lil-Sis
Valerie – Revolvin’  Door
Gangster – Skaper
News Of The World – The Jam

Cruising to Blues on The Farm . . . . .
It’s Been A Long Time – The Revolutionaires
Melody – Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings
The Mighty Incinerator – Giles Robson & The Dirty Aces
There’s Only You – Zoe Schwarz & Blue Commotion
Leave Me Alone – Mud Morganfield
Ain’t No Life In the City – The Bushman Brothers
Better Woman – Jo Harman
It Should’ve Been Me – Chris Farlowe

Killer Diller Korner  . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Waiting ‘Round To Die – Townes Van Zandt

Cruising for home . . . . . .
Further On Up The Road – Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
Who Will The Next Fool Be – Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
Never Like This Before – William Bell
You’re Ready Now – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Heaven Must Have Sent You – The Elgins
Ain’t No Big Deal – Little Milton
Twist It Up – Herbert Hunter
Lillie Mae – Roomful Of Blues
Respectable – The Isley Brothers

We paid tribute to Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, as he took his final trip further on up the road this week. He leaves behind an extensive catalogue of recordings and we delved into it for a few gems to demonstrate his legacy. We included his first chart 45 from 1957, ‘Further On Up The Road’, his much covered ‘Turn On Your Lovelight’, his 1974 Dunhill 45,’ I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me)’ and his soulful cover of Charlie Rich’s country ballad ‘Who Will The Next Fool Be’.

Our ‘Girls & Guitars’ feature put the spotlight on American Singer/guitarist Sheryl Crow, who has an impressive list of collaborations with the great and the good in music, including Eric Clapton, Kid Rock, Stevie Nicks and The Counting Crows. But, settled for a solo track, ‘Keep on Growing’.

Well, the road may go on forever, but time eventually caught up with us on this week’s cruise, so we headed for home in the company of The Isley Brothers and one of their early hits, ‘Respectable’. Then, as the Cruise Mobile has glided effortlessly to a halt, our thoughts were already turning to the juicy gems we might include in next week’s playlist. We very much hope you enjoyed this week’s selection and, if its ok with you, we’ll call by for you once again next week, same time, same place, so we can the pleasure of your company once again to go Cruising with The Commissioner.

So, until then . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

  1. Mumbles says:

    Trying to get together a record collection 3 from me

  2. Lil-Sis says:

    Enjoyed the show. Good tunes and good company. Catch you next week.

  3. Damon says:

    Good show

  4. Always look forward to more of your good company. Have a great week.

  5. The Spinmeister says:

    Great show!

  6. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Humph sorry to say, nowt to gripe about. Well if I was pushed, Mr Valli should stay in the valleys,
    but a great show Emp.

    Chris Farlow great. Give a listen to “I ain’t gonna sing ( or ) play the blues no more ” by him and Mr Beakers band

  7. Spinmeister says:

    As I said above, another goodie, Commish.

    A couple of thoughts. Went to see Bruce Springsteen in Stratford yesterday. Is there a better act around? 3 hours of non stop blue collar rock enjoyment. I’ll never complain about being tired again, after seeing that energy, commitment, enthusiasm from him and the band. ‘Springsteen and I’, at cinemas near you on 22 July, seems like a must-see show for all your followers (well, both of us!).

    Supporting him were the Alabama Shakes, who were very good indeed.Don’t know whether you have included Brittany Howard in your ‘girls with guitars’ feature, yet – but if not, give her a twirl.

    She’s just a bottle of Southern Comfort short of being a modern day Janis. Seriously good stuff; and for old gits like us, great to see such young talent thriving, in spite of X Factors Talentless Britain shows etc.

    • Spinmeister

      Having followers has often unnerved me, especially when traversing any long shadowy alleys at night, but that’s just one of my dark secrets . . . . and perhaps it isn’t any more!

      Bruce Springsteen and Ken Dodd . . . . an unlikely duo, but both can’t bear to leave the stage, while the audience is still breathing! Love ‘I Ain’t The Same’ by The Alabama Shakes and it may just find its way into a future playlist . . . . as you say . . . probably featuring Brittant Howard in the ‘Girls & Guitars’ spot.

      It is interesting the number of new (young) artists who are passing by the current plastic productions preferred by the music corporations, in favour of some of the music of the 60s and before. I remain ever hopeful . . . . . especially when I buy a lottery ticket!



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