Life’s been good . . . .

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

Listen here to this week’s show: 

Well, the temperatures around the Grand Duchy have started heading South, and the chill winds have arrived to remind us that we are descending into winter and (in case we’ve missed the relentless Xmas advertising) the festive season is fast approaching. Although we may be fast running out of days in 2013, be assured we are certainly not running out of great music here on Cruising with The Commissioner.
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In anticipation, we have tested the delivery systems and re-assured ourselves that all is well, with our smiling postman doing his best to imitate a jolly plump sleigh-master depositing eagerly awaited gifts with skill and speed. Indeed, the recent weeks have seen some real juicy gems entering Cruise Control and the real challenge has been finding the time to listen to them all, when there is so much else going on. But, we remained determined to bring you a tippity top playlist, full of rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

One of the joys of the past week was catching up with the adventures of our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks. We were chuffed to find some time in his busy movie mogul diary to fix a gastronomic gathering and he even found time for a Three From Me selection. So, to test our carefully planned preparations, we rolled out the Cruise Mobile, turned on the radio, cranked up the volume and headed for our full cruising speed with a superb Ace recording from 1957, featuring The Blue Dots with their ‘Saturday Night Fish Fry’ and there was plenty more in store . . . .

Cruising in good company . . . . .
Saturday Night Fish Fry – The Blue Dots
Blue Jean Shuffle – Plas Johnson
Little Demon – Screaming Jay Hawkins                                       Tee Shirt 5
Catch That Train – Elton Anderson
Baby Take It Slow – Tutti Hill
Your Heart Wasn’t In It – Chuck Collins
My Oh My – Billy Floyd
Baby Make Your Own Sweet Music – Jay & The Techniques
Peaches & Cream – The Ikettes
Kissing In The Dark – Memphis Minnie
Pheonix City – Roland Alphonso

Three From Me  . . . . with DJ Leyton Rocks
I Feel A Whole Lot Better – The Byrds
Tonight – The Rasberries
Life’s Been Good – Joe Walsh

Cruising with friends . . . . .
Boogie Chillun – Nine Below Zero
Big City Blues – The Hoax
Let The Children Play – Santana
Istanbul – Bruno & The Gladiators
Baby, Let Me Follow You Down – Bob Dylan

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Uh Oh – Paul Anka
Cruising for home . . . . .
Incense And Peppermints – Strawberry Alarm Clock
Yes I Do – Tony’s Defenders
Money – The Undertakers
That’s No Big Thing – Chris Farlowe
Honey Child – Johnny Williams
Big Fat Mama – Chuck Higgins & The Mellotones
Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets

We took the opportunity to recall this week in 1961, when a youthful Bob Dylan entered the Columbia Recording Studios in New York City to start two days of recording for his debut album. Knowing there are a few Dylan fans out there in Cruising Land, we included a track from that first album.

Unusually, this week we featured the same artist for both our Girls & Guitars slot and our Scratchy Blues selection. This was Lizzie Douglas . . . . otherwise known as Memphis Minnie, who was a celebrated blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter with a recording career that lasted from the 1920s to the 1950s. We chose one of her later recordings from 1953, which showed off her guitar work and singing to good effect with ‘Kissing In the Dark’.

All too soon though, Mr Merlot was pointing rather theatrically at the clock to emphasise that time was running out for us on our cruise. But, we couldn’t leave without playing the song that was the UK number one back in 1955. This proved to be a truly historic week, because the song changed the course of popular music at a stroke and it was Bill Haley & His Comets and ‘Rock Around The Clock’.

So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!

  1. The Shake says:

    Top show Commissioner

  2. The Vikster says:

    Great show

  3. The Spongeman says:

    Top show

  4. Spinmeister says:

    Good prog, Commish. Most enjoyable.

    Liked the Dylan 1961 reference. The musical postman will deliver you a little package about that time I put together, following a Dyaln tour I recently undertook in Greenwich Village. Hope you like it.

    Interesting intro to Chris Farlowe number. You clearly know Mr Pinetop well, but I didn’t know it was that well. Do the Mrs Commissioner and Pinetop know about this?

    • The Commissioner says:

      Good to hear from you Spinmeister and discretion forbids saying anything further about the Chris Farlowe link !!!! Looking forward to the Greenwich Village tour package . . . . who knows where it might lead us!

  5. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Fancy broadcasting that to the nation I’ll probably be inundated with e mails from extension companies!

    Enjoyed that Farlow track Emp who was on the Joanna possibly Nicky Hopkins?

    Memphis Minnie superb though I note you failed to mention the extra string she had to her guitar ! I believe one of her hubbies was Pink Anderson a Carolina bluesman . . . . go on Emp fish one of his out.

    And big thank you to the Killer Diller chappie for reminding me of my schooldays at good old Gibbons Road Secondary Modern, Willesden. A “Paul Anka” was a term we used regularly for many a teacher !

    All the very best

  6. The Commissioner says:

    Oh most esteemed Arfa,

    All I can say is ‘everything in proportion’ . . . . . don’t forget the planning permission for any extension!

    I think it was Albert Lee on guitar and Dave Greenslade on keyboards for “That Ain’t No Big Thing”.

    Thanks for the tip about Pink Anderson. Will have a rummage and see what’s there.

    Keep up the good work . . . . if there is any!


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