Until you came along . . . . .

Posted: February 25, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, cheery greetings from the Grand Duchy where, the strong winds and rain seem to have passed and we’ve been visited by some very welcome sunshine recently. The days have been filled with some excellent gigs, some thoroughly enjoyable and overdue socialising with friendly faces. Our musical postman paid a few visits, laden with juicy gems for our listening pleasure and we even managed to cope with some business assignments that took on a life of their own. Although they cramped the time we usually have to pull together our cruising playlist, it all worked well in the end and we we’re in good spirits when we rolled out the Cruise Mobile for this week’s adventure.
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There were a few notable birthdays this week that encouraged us to do our own celebrations with a track or two. As a result, Johnny Winter, Paul Jones, Skip Battin and the late Rory Gallagher featured this week and apologies if we left out any others. We said a sad farewell this week to UK rock ‘n’ roller, Duffy Power. He left behind a fine catalogue of music and we chose ‘Little Boy Blue’ as our tribute.

Our rummaging in the Cruising Library also turned up an album by celebrated blues guitarist, Mike Bloomfield. He has featured in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Electric Flag and in Bob Dylan’s band for some of his ground breaking electric recordings. But the album we found was some of Mike Bloomfield’s solo acoustic guitar work and included his fine version of ‘Blake’s Rag’ . . . . so we decided to share it with the Cruising Crew.

So, when Tuesday arrived with all the signs of Spring about it, we set off , as usual, with no particular place to go, but a pile of tasty treats for our musical journey. The whole thing got started in the good company of Little Rachel with a track from her 2005 ‘Cause I Feel Good’ album, called ‘Uh Uh Baby’ and it rolled on from there . . . . .

Cruising for the horizon . . . .Little Rachel
Ooh He’s Fine – Little Rachel
I’m Gonna Make You Cry – The Impacts
I’m Gonna Put A Watch On You – Ruby Dee
Hurry – Doris Troy
Good Lovin’ Man – Delores Hall
I’m Falling In Love With You – Little Joe Cook
This Heart Of Mine – The Artistics
Betty Jean – Skip & Flip
Beautiful Bodies – Siobhan O’Brien
Stealin’ Stealin’ – Memphis Jug Band
Ska Beat – Alton EllisBilly Fury - The Rocker
Blake’s Rag – Michael Bloomfield
Bang Bang – Jimmy Castor
Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Tree) – Billy Fury
Little Boy Blue – Duffy Power

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . With Johnny Alpha
Something for Nothing – Jess & James with the J.J . Band

Cruising with the crew . . . .
We Ain’t Got Nothing Yet – The Blues Magoos
Gangster Of Love – Johnny Winter
Pretty Woman Of Mine – Rory GallagherMark Pontin Group - Days Of Destiny
Own It – The Mark Pontin Group
Until You Came Along – The Visitors
It’s Gonna Be Hard Times – Saundra Mallett & The Vandellas
Spanish Harlem Incident – The Byrds
California Dreamin’ – The Beach Boys
Waterloo Sunset – David Bowie
Cool Jerk – The Capitols
54321 – Manfred Mann
Swing & Rocket – Big Dani Perez & His R&B Band
Ain’t That Just Like A Woman – Lloyd Price

Now, our ‘Girls and Guitars’ feature, this week focused on Irish singer and guitarist Siobhan O’Brien. She also plays harmonica and can claim to have played with Donovan, Bob Dylan, and The Cranberries among others. Her recordings demonstrate her ability to play in many different styles, but we chose a single of hers from 2007 titled ‘Beautiful Bodies’ and it sounded good here.

The Cruising time machine was in evidence again this week and enabled us to travel back to 1928 for our scratchy blues selection. The song in question was ‘Stealin’ Stealin’, which has been recorded by many many people over the years, but we found what is reputed to be the first recording of the song. The first recording is attributed to the Memphis Jug Band and they recorded it at a session on September 15, 1928 in Memphis, featuring Will Shade on harmonica, Vol Stevens on acoustic guitar, Ben Ramey on kazoo and Jab Jones on vocals and jug.

As the familiar faces and places came into view we knew we were heading for home and to finish with a flourish, we chose Lloyd Price’s rocking version of ‘Ain’t That Just Like A Woman’ and we were naturally cautious is offering any further comment on that subject! But, as the Cruise Mobile rolled to a stop, we waved a cherry farewell and were ever hopeful that our playlist was all that was needed to entice you back again next week to go Cruising with The Commissioner. In the meantime, don’t forget . . . . . have fun!

  1. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner as always

  2. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Afternoon Emp

    Memphis Jug lovely stuff , Duffy Power did he not have a hit with ! ” It ain’t necessarily so ?”

    As for Mr Castor “Oil” give him a miss .But the Billy F track was great

    Last night Ramblin’ Sid and myself were at the 100 club. Connie Lush sure lived up to her name great voice but poor material could of done with doing a few more standards ,however did do a fantastic version of “Nobody’s fault but mine ” which leads to my first poser for the Font of all musical knowledge was it someone in the vein of Skip James or Jesse Mae Hempell who did that first ?

    Second question picked up a 10″ by one Ruth Wallis “The Saucy Chantoosy ” on her own Wallis label from Linden New Jersey according to the sleeve notes she’s an exponent of saucy songs and appears in smart supper clubs and hotels all over the country !


    Chantel 100 club in June.

    • The Commissioner says:

      Most esteemed Arfa

      You weren’t alone in enjoying the Memphis Jug Band and it brought back memories of discovering them on an LP that I borrowed from the local library, back in the day. It was like an old friend came to visit, so thanks for the suggestion.

      Sad to hear the news of Duffy Power. He was a Fulham boy, spotted by Larry Parnes who gave him the name Duffy Power. He recorded some early rock/pop 45s for Fontana, but didn’t have any real success. He later recorded stuff for Parlophone and some excellent R&B numbers. . . . . and yes one of those was ” It ain’t necessarily so” and you can catch it here:

      We love that Jimmy Castor number here and it got some good responses in the chatroom, so it just might appear again on a future playlist.
      Connie Lush . . . . well, we’ve seen her quite a few times now and I’m not sure if she is getting any better. I think there are better female singers around in that style, but she must have been impressive at the 100 Club, if you gave her the thumbs up . . . . ! ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’ has been recorded by many artists over the years, but not Skip James or Jesse Mae Hempell, so far as I can see. However, I think I know where you might have heard the song on a scratchy blues record and I might be able to find it for next week’s show.
      Ruth Wallis was indeed a noted exponent of saucy songs. She was born Ruth Shirley Wohl in Brooklyn and started out singing with bands like Benny Goodman’s and gained fame in the 1940s and 1950s for her risqué, satirical songs. She had such difficulty getting distribution for her work that she started her own record label, Wallis Original Recordings. Seems like you’ve found a nice one there!
      Really enjoyed Chantel McGregor last week and noticed that she is down to appear at the 100 Club in June . . . . So might catch here there too.

      Have fun!

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