Cruising into Christmas . . . .

Posted: December 24, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, from amidst the festive decorations in Cruise Control we offered the most cheery of welcomes to one and all, for this, the last Cruising with The Commissioner show of 2013. All the usual suspects arrived, just in time to jump aboard our festively bedecked Cruise Mobile and to join us on our adventure through some of the best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues. So, since it was Christmas eve, we decided to put together anHave fun in 2014 ‘alternative’ seasonal selection, which would be nothing remotely like you hear on most other radio shows at this time, or in the department stores or supermarkets.

For those who are curious about such things, we were dressed up in our festive finery for this week’s show and trying not to disturb the rather towering selection of ‘alternative’ seasonal gems, which we gather for your discerning approval. Mr Merlot arrived bursting with bon homie and The Cruisettes brought a few bottles of chilled bubbly and some very tasty pastries. So, we were all set for a very merry rockin’ good Christmas.

Our good pal Johnny Alpha took some time out of his busy schedule to bring us another gem from his collection, when we stopped by at Killer Diller Korner and we kicked off our festive frolics with Mabel Scott & The Maxwell Davis Orchestra and a much covered favourite ‘Boogie Woogie Santa Claus . . . .  and there was more in store:

Let’s Boogie . . . .
Boogie Woogie Santa Claus – Mabel Scott & The Maxwell Davis Orchestra
Christmas – Smokey Wilson let's be naughty
Santa Claus Baby – The Voices
I’m The Real Santa – The Refreshments
Santa Was A Skinhead – The Midtown Boys
It’s Christmas Time – Status Quo
Dig That Crazy Santa Claus – Brian Setzner
Hey! Santa Claus – The Moonglows
Santa Is Rockin’ – The Boppers
Run Rudolph Run – Sheryl Crow
Bring That Cadillac Back – Harry ‘Fats’ Crafton
Santa Claus Is Ska-ing To Town – The Granville Williams Orchestra
Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Tecumsah – The Spacewalkers

Cruising with Santa . . . . .
Merry Christmas Baby – Otis Redding
She’ll Be My Everything For Christmas – Los Lonely Boys
Please Come Home For Christmas – Johnny Winter
Christmas Celebration – B B King
I Hear Jingle Bells – Freddy King
Christmas Comes But Once A Year – Albert King
Jolly Old St Nicholas – Chicago
Santa Loves To Boogie – Asleep At The Wheel
All I Want For Christmas – Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns
I Want A Present For Christmas – Doc Bagby Orchestra (featuring JB Summers)
Father Christmas – The Kinks
Santa’s Gonna Rock – The Refreshments
A Very Merry Rockin’ Good Christmas – The Rockabilly Boogie Band

We gave a respectful end of year nod to our good pal The Auburn Phantom who originally suggested having a ‘girls and guitars’ feature on the show and this week we chose an appropriately festive item this week from singer and guitarist, Sheryl Crow. This was her take on that perennial Christmas rocker from the pen of Chuck Berry. . . . ‘Run Rudolph Run’.

We even managed something seasonal for our scratchy blues choice this week. It featured Harry ‘Fats’ Crafton, who was one of the lesser known guitarists to come out Philadelphia in the post-war era. He cut records for a string of independent labels with a guitar sound that was that is now regarded as giving an early taster of rock ‘n roll. We pulled out his seasonal 50s blues number ‘Bring That Cadillac Back’.

Well we had a great time in finding the tracks for this week’s playlist and we very much hope that there were more than a few in there to tantalise your musical taste buds. So, Mr Merlot and The Cruisettes are beside me here at Cruise Control to wish you some splendid festivities over the next few days and a very good new year, . . . . and there won’t be a Cruising with The Commissioner show next week, as we’re all off to New Year’s Eve bash in another place. . . .  and perhaps you are too.

So till we go Cruising with The Commissioner in 2014 . . . . remember . . . .  have fun!

  1. . . . . and to you and all at Pinetop’s Palace.

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