Trying to get to you . . . .

Posted: August 22, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, the summer is lingering awhile here in the Grand Duchy and we’re making it very welcome . . . . and its providing nearly as warm a welcome as you get when you go Cruising with The Commissioner. Around Cruise Control, it has been a good week for music and social events, with a fair bit of travelling and several birthdays to celebrate (although, sadly, we couldn’t get along to them all). So, as Thursday rolled around, we were hoping that we would also find you thriving and eager for some more of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues. As always, we called by for the Cruising Crew with a cheery invitation to jump aboard the Cruise Mobile and join us on our musical adventure as went Cruising with The Commissioner.
Cruising #186
Our gig list this week included Booker T, who was in town promoting his new album ‘Sound The Alarm’. We caught up with him at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in that part of London that never sleeps . . . . and the crowd quickly warmed to his performance and his setlist. Indeed, the failure of the club’s air conditioning system ensured that the whole show proved to be breathtaking. He played some past favourites and several numbers from his new album, which features a number of collaborations with other artists. We chose one of the instrumental tracks on the album, called ‘Fun’, not least because we like a little fun here.

Well, regular members of the Cruising Crew will know that from time to time, when the mood takes us, we present a profile of one of those record labels that has brought us some of the music we like here. This week we decided to do it again . . . . featuring a few rock, soul and R&B releases by the UK Pye Records subsidiary, Piccadilly. The label first appeared in 1959 and became Pye records main outlet for Brit beat groups that provided a new voice for American soul and R&B music. But, to start our cruising off in fine style, we had a famous son of New Orleans (who happened to be a cousin of Dr John), Jerry Byrne, with his 1959 Specialty 45 ‘Carry On’ and more to follow, as you can see:

Cruising farther on up the road . . . . Cruising #187
Carry On – Jerry Byrne
Rubber Biscuit – The Chips
No Help Wanted – The Crows
Walking Alone – Willie Mitchell & The Four Kings
Can’t Stand It Anymore – Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
Rocket To The Moon – Chris Kenner
What Am I Gonna Do Without You – Chuck Jackson
Fun – Booker T
Get My Hat (Nothing Can Stop Me Now) – Major Lance
Oil & Water – Erja Lyttinen
Trying To Get To You – Gillan
Three From Me  . . . . . . with Joe Duckworth
L.A. Woman – The Doors
Jealousy – The Stereophonics
Goin’ Up The Country – Canned Heat
Cruising with Piccadilly Records . . . . .              Piccadilly (Cruising)
Boys – Jeannie & The Big Guys
Parchman Farm – Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers
Daydreaming Of You – The Hellions
I’m A Lover Not A Fighter – Brand
Teenage Letter – The Sorrows
Backstreet – Felder’s Orioles
I Wanna Be Your Everything – Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
Que Sera Sera – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Ain’t That Peculiar – The Loving Kind
Wait Just A Minute – Traffic Jam
Invitation – A Band Of Angels
When Love Slips Away – Margo & The Marvettes
Stubborn Kind Of Fellow – The Bystanders

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
I Got The Blues – Della Reese
Cruising for home . . . .
Smiling Phases – Blood Sweat & Tears
Love Her With A Feelin’ – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Fever – Alvin Robinson
Topsy 65 – The Mustangs
Everyday I Have To Cry Some – Steve Alaimo
Hop, Skip & Jump – Anita Tucker
Sweet Sue – Big Joe Turner

Well this past week back in 1969 has become famous now for the Woodstock festival, which had an impressive line up of thirty-two acts, including Blood Sweat & Tears and Paul Butterfield’s Blues Band. So, we took the opportunity to play something by both bands . . . . and we felt so much better for it too!

Our ‘Girls & Guitars’ feature this week focused on Finnish singer and guitarist Erja Lyytinen, who started playing guitar at the age of 15, and who cites Bonnie Raitt amongst her early influences. She was signed to Ruf Records in 2005 and toured Europe and American in subsequent years. We chose her track, ‘Oil & Water’, from her 2012 album ‘Songs For The Road’.

We had to move quickly to track down Joe Duckworth, our Three From Me guest this week, but we cornered him in his palatial property in the stockbroker belt and he took the opportunity to recount the playlists from some early car trips and chose three as a taster.

All too soon, we had to start heading for home and as some familiar places and faces soon started coming into view, we pulled out a 1960 Atlantic 45 from Big Joe Turner, ‘Sweet Sue’, to bring us back safe and sound. As the Cruise Mobile rolled gently to a stop, we braced ourselves to say our sad farewells for another week, but with the hope that you enjoyed our cruising playlist enough to be enticed back again next week. If you do, it should come as no surprise to hear, that we can promise you even more rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

The Cruisettes and Mr Merlot were quick to disappear to organise the after show party, but not before we all gave a cheery wave and an invitation to come back again next week, when we’ll call by, same time, same place . . . . to take you Cruising with The Commissioner. So, until then . . . have fun!

  1. Lil-Sis says:

    Thanks for another good night of tunes and chat. Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend. Take care 🙂 x

  2. Always a joy to have your good company on our cruise and glad we added to your list of Status Quo tunes. We will have to entice you back soon for another Three From Me.

    In the meantime, have fun!


  3. The Vikster says:

    A great ‘Girls & Guitars’ track this week. Really liked the Gillan track and that version of ‘Fever’. It all cheered me up, especially ‘Rubber Biscuit’ . . . . and I needed that!

  4. Glad you found some tasty treats in the playlist and that it raised your spirits . . . . that’s what it’s all about. Have a good week.

  5. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Enjoyed the Piccadilly label nearly as much as their fags. I believe there was a band called Peters Faces who also recorded on that label, but I could be mistaken I usually am !

    Would you believe my mate snapped up all the records yesterday. I can only remember a couple Cy Tucker (not cockney slang) on Fontana 1962/3 and a girl on London Toni somebody or other also early 60s

    All the best Emp

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      We may return to the Piccadilly label in a later show, because there’s more there, including Peters’ Faces.

      You were spot on with your comment that they did record for Piccadilly label and were previously known as Peter Nelson & The Travellers. They had three singles on the Piccadilly label during 1964 and 1965:

      “Why Did You Bring Him to the Dance” b/w “She’s in Love”
      “Wait” b/w “Just Like Romeo and Juliet”
      “De-Boom-Lay-Boom” b/w “Suzie Q”


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