You’d better move . . . .

Posted: September 26, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, it’s been a good week here in the Grand Duchy. The late summer sunshine has been most welcome and there’s even been a moment or two (snatched amidst a busy schedule and overseeing the estate’s harvest) to sit on the South terrace and catch a few rays. There have been plenty of friendly faces calling by and, while the Cruisettes have been having fun on a European trip, we were paying some fruitful visits to the local music emporia, from which we carried away a goodly selection of new tracks for the Cruising library . . . . . which we will aim to squeeze into the playlists for Cruising with the Commissioner. Cruising #190

Our giglist this week included an excellent Saturday night set by Max Quirk, who played some very fine soul and R&B tracks that certainly got some attention on the night. We so enjoyed his selection that we reprised a few of them for our own cruising playlist. By the time Thursday rolled around, we were able to light the jossticks, turn on the oil wheel and make the mystic signs, to welcome our Three From Me guest, The Spongeman. He arrived to spread peace and love with his latest choices, so we threw the rose petals in his path and summoned up the Cruising orchestra to provide an appropriate fanfare.

We assembled a fine playlist for our journey this week and we started our cruising at a fair speed with the Five Keys and ‘My Pigeon’s Gone’ and we followed up fast with Thurston Harris with his Aladdin 45 from 1959, ‘In The Bottom Of My Heart. So, with apologies to the Victor Silvester fanclub for not being able to give ol’ Vic a spin this week, here’s what else we managed to squeeze into the playlist:

Cruising outta town . . . . .
My Pigeon’s Gone – The Five Keys
In The Bottom Of My Heart – Thurston Harris      tee shirt - purple - if you like it now
Blockbuster – Boots Brown
Do The New Continental Walk – The Dovells
Walk Ginny Walk – Lenny Johnson
Little Egypt – The Coasters
I Ain’t Drunk – Jimmy Liggins
Seven Days Is Too Long – Chuck Jackson
Sign On The Dotted Line – Gene Latter
Let Me In – Grainne Duffy
Uptight – Georgie Fame
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out – Scrapper Blackwell

Three From Me  . . . . with The Spongeman
The Way Love Used To Be – Magnetic Morning
Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
Can’t Come Down – The Warlocks

Cruising with the volume up . . . .
New Orleans – Bern Elliott & The Fenmen
I Walk The Lonely Night – Dave & The Diamonds
Lies – The Knickerbockers
It’s A Damn Shame – Johnny Guitar Watson
Stop! In The Name Of Love – Billy Preston
Teach Me (The Philly Dog) – The Manhattans
Why Don’t You Try Me – Maurice & Mac
Go Now – Bessie Banks
Who’s Loving You – Jessica Mauboy
Pack Fair & Square – Nine Below Zero

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Israeli Twist – The J-Walkers

Cruising for home . . . .
It Ain’t Right – Little Walter
Whatcha Gonna Do About It – Zoot Money
Light My Fire – Erma Franklin
Worth Every Tear I Cry – Dee Dee Warwick
The 81 – Candy & The Kisses
Love Me Like A Rock – The Dixie Hummingbirds
No Worries – Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts
You’d Better Move – Bobby Brookes
Bloodshot Eyes – Wynonie Harris

Our good pal Johnny Alpha brought us another little gem from his impressive collection for our trip to Killer Diller Korner. Along the way, we did some time travel and genre jumping genres, which included some scratchy blues from Scrapper Blackwell and something far more current for our Girls & Guitars focus on Grainne Duffy with a track from her album ‘Test Of Time’.

We’re still adding to our gig list and one of the dates we’ve just put in the diary is for 4th October when we’re planning to be at The Admiral Hardy pub near the Cutty Sark in Greenwich for what looks like being a raucous evening of music from The Rockets and The Longdicks. Ricky from The Longdicks is one of the Cruising Crew and he was amongst those who clearly much enjoyed hearing Big Walter Price & His Thunderbirds original of ‘Pack Fair & Square’ and it was suggested that we might play the version by UK band Nine Below Zero . . . . so we did!

Sadly, all good things have to come to and end and time caught up with us in the end, although not before we squeezed in Wynonie Mr Blues Harris and his 1950 recordingof ‘Bloodshot Eyes’ (especially for Mr Merlot). Then we parked up the Cruise Mobile for another week and started putting away the records and CDs. But, if you’ve enjoyed our selection of rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues, then we very much hope that we’ll have some more of your good company next week, same time, same place, to go Cruising with The Commissioner.

So, until the next time . . . . have fun!



  1. Damon says:

    Great show as always Mr Commissioner! Thank you for your great tunes. Keep ‘em coming.

  2. The Vikster says:

    That was a good one!

  3. Lil-Sis says:

    Yet another good week of good tunes and good company. Have a good week. Take care.

    • Always good to know you’re there and your chatroom chatter conjures a mental picture of foot tapping, chair dancing and general bopping to the tunes, accompanied by liberal libations. Long may it continue!

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Well this is getting boring another gripe free week Emp.

    Great to hear two underrated and underplayed lady singers, Erma Franklin and Dee Dee Warwick.

    Scrapper Blackwell lovely wotever appened to his partner Chris Crosse?

    Nine Below Zero, what a harp player Mark Feltham. That album is well worth another visit “Ridin’ on the L and N” . . . . anyway packed full of top stuff!

    And yes the lino was rolled back when Mr Elliot came on!

    Little Walter well I could just go on and on (and I am). I’ve finished the Little Walter book flogged it and am now starting one on Sam Cooke.

    Brett Marvin and co . . . . didn’t they have a hit as Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs . . . . summit to do with the summer? Also, I believe he teamed up with Jonah Lewey in the 90s, a type of jug band playing hosepipes jugs etc. I booked ’em at WGLC (which is now demolished) without even a blue plaque on the site as a famous music venue !

    All the best

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Well, I must be doing something right . . . . which reminds me of a Dee Dee Gartrell 45 that I might dig out for a future playlist. Glad the Bern Elliott track got you rolling back the lino . . . . no doubt you found some interesting reading under there!

      Terry Dactyl’s ‘Seaside Shuffle’ was included on their similarly titled album with some interesting tracks like ‘Eyesight To The Blind’, ‘Highway 61’ and ‘Shave ‘Em Dry’.

      I think I should follow your fine example and let someone else have my Little Walter biography . . . . I certainly don’t think my life would be cheered by reading it again.

      Chris Cross . . . . didn’t he have a TV quiz show!

      Ah, ‘Ridin’ On The L&N’ . . . . a great version by John Mayall too . . . . but you wouldn’t hear of it !!!!

      Have fun


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