Hit the road Jack . . . .

Posted: August 15, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, this week seems to have been pretty significant in past years in terms of musical events. We got the Cruising time machine to take us back to this week in 1967, when the Marine Broadcasting Act came into force and all the UK pirate radio stations closed down, except Radio Caroline. It was a power-blow to those who had enjoyed the wall-to-wall pop music and the specialist DJ shows that came with it, like John Peel, Mike Raven, Emperor Rosko and others. So, we decided to mark the occasion with a few of the tracks that you could have heard on the pirate stations in that last week of broadcasting freedom . . . . and at the start of BBC Radio 1.
Cruising #185
We twiddled the controls of the Cruising time machine to take us across time zones to this day in 1965, which was when The Beatles played in front of 55,600 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City. Sharing the bill with them on that occasion were, Brenda Holloway, The King Curtis Band, The Young Rascals and Sounds Incorporated. By some cunning planning we just happened to have something by each of them lined up for our playlist.

The Cruising time machine also took us back to 1941 for some scratchy blues from Big Joe Williams and “one of the most played, arranged, and rearranged pieces in blues history”, ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’, which included Sonny Boy Williamson on harmonica.

But before we got to any of that, we were inviting one and all to jump aboard the Cruise Mobile and join us as we went Cruising with The Commissioner. We set off on our musical adventure in fine style with New Orleans band, The Upsetters, and their  ‘Pigtails & Blue Jeans’, followed fast with another piece of New Orleans, ‘Roberta’, which came with some belated birthday wishes for Frankie Ford.

Cruising down the road apiece . . . .     Tee Shirt - Hit that jive
Pigtails & Blue Jeans – The Upsetters
Roberta – Frankie Ford
Strange Kind Of Feeling – Sonny Boy Williamson
Hit The Road Jack – The Swing Cats
I Brought It On Myself – Little Richard
Birth Of The Blues – King Curtis
When I’m Gone – Brenda Holloway
Too Many Fish In The Sea – The Young Rascals
I’m Coming Through – Sounds Incorporated
Got To Give It Up – Marvin Gaye
Fight – Joanna Conner
Please Don’t Go – Big Joe Williams
Nothing Takes The Place Of You – The Dualers
Three From Me . . . . . with Arfa Pinetop
Don’t Hang Up – The Dacrons
Down At Poppa Joes – The Tennessee Six Plus Four More
Tell Him – Peggy Gaines

Cruising where we please . . . .
I Can Hear The Grass Grow – Status Quo
Hole In My Shoe – Traffic
My Back Pages – The Byrds
007 – Desmond Dekker & the Aces
Pictures Of Lily – The Who
Flowers In The Rain – The Move
Baby Let’s Play House – The Thunderbirds
Trying To Get To You – The Eagles
One Night – Smiley Lewis
Diddley Daddy – Bo Diddley
I Wish You Would – Billy Boy Arnold
Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Telephone Call From Istambul – Tom Waites

Cruising for home . . . . .
Hipslicker – The Hoax
Fire – Arthur Brown
The Shadow Knows – The Coasters
The Way You Do The Things You Do – Rita Coolidge
My Baby Must Be A Magician – The Sapphires
Come Here Girl – Brenton Wood
Hands Off – Betty Everett
My Love – Hayward Lee
Sugar Sugar – The Cadillacs

Along for the ride this week came the esteemed Arfa Pinetop, who brought us some selected samples of the Girls of Hit Records, with some familiar songs from artists we not have heard before. Our good pal Johnny Alpha returned to his Killer Diller Korner with a mighty fine choice from the catalogue of Tom Waites.

Our girls and guitars feature turned the spotlight on New York born, singer/guitarist, Joanna Conner. After moving to Chicago when she was 22, she began sitting in with Chicago regulars like James Cotton, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy. She soaked up the influences, as you can hear in the title track from her 1992 album called ‘Fight’, which happens to be a Luther Allison song.

All too soon, we found ourselves on the home stretch of our cruise and closing our playlist with a song title ‘Sugar Sugar’, not from The Archies, but a much earlier song from The Cadillacs. As the music ended, The Cruisettes and Mr Merlot were off into the distance to organise the after show party, leaving us to give a cheery wave and thank you to all the Cruising Crew, along with the promise to call back next week, same time, same place, when once again we can go Cruising with The Commissioner. So, until then, remember . . . have fun!

  1. Damon says:

    good show

  2. Lil-Sis says:

    What a brilliant show TC. Good tunes bringing back good memories and new tunes for me to check out. Have a good week.

  3. The Vikster says:

    Aw, always over too soon

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Oh dear I knew this day would come a gripeless show Emp. Superb stuff, especially the Big Joe Williams great harp playing.

    • The Commissioner says:

      Most esteemed Arfa

      No, no, no! . . . . . we’d love to ‘bask in the glory’ . . . . . but you’re clearly unwell . . . . . we’ll send Matron with the screens to administer some urgent medical attention!

      In the meantime, keep away from the Hit Records collections and relax!



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