I can’t sit down . . . .

Posted: January 28, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, here’s hoping that this week finds you relaxed, in good humour and ready for another Cruising with The Commissioner adventure. Although the evenings here in the Grand Duchy still arrive early and with a chill, we do our best to ensure there is always a hot playlist for our weekly cruises and some cosy comfort to take us across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres.
Cruising #203
The business commitments in the diary this week have not distracted us from enjoying the social events, including a visit to Rye, where we have enjoyed bad weather on more than one occasion. The place has some redeeming features, not least a quaint hotel with cosy, comfortable rooms and excellent food. But the real treat is that immediately across the road from the hotel is a most remarkable vinyl record shop called Grammar School Records (because it occupies a very old school building). It is packed with goodies and Geoff is on hand to ensure you never leave disappointed or empty handed . . . . and we didn’t! Out of the jammed racks, we lifted some excellent albums, including fine examples of 70s rock from Don Nix, Jefferson Starship and The Doobie Brothers. . . . . all of which we sampled for this week’s show.

We were all geared up to celebrate the birthday this week of a favourite son of New Orleans, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith. He’s still going strong and we picked out one of his Ace recordings with The Clowns, ‘Well I’ll Be John Brown’. There were few ‘suggestions’ from the Cruising Crew, which caused a flurry of activity, as our search in the Cruising Library emphasised the need for a radical revisit of the shelves and their contents, to restore the order and sequence of the gems they hold. Although, the many piles of CDs and records around Cruise Control have provided many random delights, we did manage to restore some semblance of order as Tuesday night rolled around and we kicked off with ‘I Can’t Sit Down’ a 1959 Carlton release from Marie & Rex, who happened to be Marie Knight and Rex Garvin . . . . and what followed was good stuff too . . . . as you can see:

Cruising for the horizon . . . . Tee shirt - Advisory
I Can’t Sit Down – Marie & Rex
Gilee – Sonny Spencer & The Satisfiers
Give It Up – Paul ‘Hucklebuck’ Williams & His Orchestra
Well I’ll Be John Brown – Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns
Sausages, Beans, Onions & Gravy – The Deep Sea Jivers
How Many Nights – Bobby Sheen
Talk To Me – Jean Du Shon
I’m So Glad – Robert Neal
What Can I Do – Billy Prophet
That’s When The Tears Start – The Blossoms
Help Me – Chantel McGregor
Wild Fire – Papa Lightfoot
Wherever I Lay My Hat – Cornel Campbell

Killer Diller Korner  . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Hey Mae – Doug & Rusty Kershaw

Cruising in good company . . . . .
Arnold Layne – Pink Floyd
Saideir – Santana (featuring Samuel Rosa)
Skyrider – Don Nix
Play On Love – Jefferson Starship
Jesus Is Just Alright – The Doobie Brothers
Lowdown In Lodi – Freddie King
Travellin’ Band – Elton John
Bad Moon Rising – The Holmes Brothers
I Put A Spell On You – Manfred Mann
Lock Up Your Secretaries – Frankie Miller
Yum Yum – Joe Tex
Do Lord – Jackie Wilson

Our ‘Girls & Guitars’ spotlight fell on blues guitarist and singer, Chantel McGregor, who’s on our gig list soon and has gained some worthy recognition by winning UK blues guitarist and vocalist awards recently. We chose her take on the old Sonny Boy Williamson number, ‘Help Me’, as a fine example of her talents and followed on with some scratchy blues from blues singer and harmonica player, Papa Lightfoot. We went back to one of his instrumental recordings from 1955 and a single release he cut for Savoy records down in Atlanta, Georgia, called ‘Wild Fire’ . . . . and it shows off his harp playing talents rather well.

When time ran out, we turned for home and arrived back safe and sound, just in time to park up the Cruise Mobile for another week, during which we’ll be occupying our time now tidying up Cruise Control and thinking about some juicy gems for our next playlist. So, if you enjoyed our cruising playlist this week, perhaps we can look forward to some more of your good company next week, when we’ll be happy to call by for you in the Cruise Mobile, with a seat especially for you . . . .  just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then  . . . . . have fun!

  1. The Vikster says:

    Great show TC. Catch you later.

  2. The Shake says:

    Spot on show Commissioner, a rollercoaster of good sounds from buying the ticket till the bumber. Cheers!

  3. The Spongeman says:

    Top show

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Cheers Emp

    I was just getting into Jimmy Durante and “sitting at my piano”. I “nose” a good ‘un when I hear it.

    Here’s a thought how about asking your listeners (quaint old Home service term) for their musical fantasy? Mine is to be stuck in a lift with EJ and JM and a twelve bore shotgun! Nobody can ruin a decent song like Reg . . . . aagh!!!

    Chantel sooooooooooooooopa .

    Request ta Lorraine Ellison


  5. Amigo says:

    That version of ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ by Cornel Campbell was something of a revelation! Now I realise where Paul Young probably got the slowed down treatment from but am a little disappointed that it was not his original idea. And to think I originally ‘splashed’ out on both the 7″ and 12″ versions. Oh well, I can always wait for the next celebrity reality TV programme for more disappointment. In the meantime I’ll content myself with listening to Los Texmaniacs ‘Good While It Lasted’.

    • The Commissioner says:

      Not sure which came first after Marvin’s version.

      I can see why you like the Los Texmaniacs track. Perhaps we should revisit that accordion in the loft and practice our one step!

      • Amigo says:

        As i didn’t know the Cornel Campbell track I got the team of researchers to investigate and he put out a version in 1975 on the Bar Bell label (titled ‘Wherever I Lay My Head’ no doubt for interesting reasons). I think there may be others…

  6. The Commissioner says:

    I’m sure there are!!

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