Right around the corner . . . .

Posted: March 4, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, the Grand Duchy has been visited by the sun on a goodly number of occasions this week and the grounds around Cruise Control have started turn from the greys and browns of winter into the greens and vibrant colours of summer. So, we were in good spirits when we were pulling together the playlist for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner and this week’s show happened to fall on a rather special day in The Commissioner’s calendar. This provided a good excuse for some celebrations and, as a result, there were plenty of pink fizz and savouries for our cruise and the after show party. The Cruisettes came in their best frocks and Mr Merlot was in attendance, trying to look elegant and compete with yours truly, dressed in the customary penguin suit.Cruising to the Mardi Gras

Meanwhile, there were a few other celebrations this week with some notable birthdays, including Fats Domino. Roger Daltry and Harry Belafonte, amongst others. Never missing an opportunity, we found same tracks by the birthday boys to accompany our best wishes.

Now, our gig list this week included one of our favourite bands, King King, at one of our regular London venues. The music from the gig proved to be a real crowd pleaser and (as you’d expect) and we couldn’t resist the opportunity to include something to remember the evening. So, we chose a track from their Standing in the shadows album called ‘Let Love In’. We also ran into our good pal Johnny99, who was enjoying a night out with friendly faces and offered a ‘taster’ of a future ‘Three From Me’ which we were pleased to find in the Cruising Library.

Now, it maybe just imagination, but there seem to be an increasing number of TV adverts lately featuring 50s R&B numbers in their soundtracks. Whilst it’s always intriguing to speculate on who chooses these numbers and why, perhaps we should just be satisfied that our favourite music is being kept alive and brought to a new audience. Keeping the ’cause’ in mind, we kicked off this week’s cruising adventure with a rather cajun flavoured number called Rad Gumbo, from the much respected Little Feat and the rest is here for your listening pleasure:

Cruising for the horizon . . . .King King 2
Rad Gumbo – Little Feat
I’m Ready – Fats Domino
Parchman Farm – Duffy Power
Right Around The Corner – The 5 Royales
Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees) – Eddie Fontaine
Let Love In – King King
Similau – Ray McKinley & His Orchestra
Chilli With Honey – Danny Bell & The Bell Hops
You Can’t Be Told – Valerie June
It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
I’ll Take You There – The Pioneers
Jump In The Line – Harry BelafonteValerie June
Down At The Mardi Gras – Rockin’ Dopsie

Killer Diller Korner  . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Girl Do You Love Me – Donald Height

Cruising in good company . . . . .
No More Mr Nice Guy – Roger Daltry & Slash
That Stuff – Supurbia
Lovely Dee – The Untouchables
Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
I Can’t Turn You Loose – Otis Redding
I Spy For The FBI – Jamo Thomas
Mr Tambourine Man – Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon
Jealous Guy – Frankie Miller
The Grooviest Girl In The World – The Fun & Games
Hum Ding A Ling – The Johnny Otis Show
Mr Hard Luck – The Orbits

Last week we paid tribute to Duffy Power, which resulted in a deal of interest from several of the Cruising Crew . So, we took the opportunity to post his version of ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’ on our facebook page and picked out his version of ‘Parchman Farm’ for this week’s playlist.

Our ‘Girls & Guitars’ feature, focused on Valerie June, a multi-instrumentalist, who was born in Jackson, Tennessee and relocated to Memphis when she was 19, where she began performing and recording. In 2013 she released an album titled ‘Pushin’ Against A Stone’ which included our choice of track, ‘You Can’t Be Told’. We followed that with this week’s Scratchy Blues selection, which was inspired by our good pal Arfa Pinetop and featured Sister Rosetta Tharpe with a song was first recorded by Blind Willie Johnson in 1927 and since then it’s been covered by an impressive list of artists. The song was ‘It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine’ and Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s version appeared on her 1949 Decca recording.

Before we knew it, our revels were nearly over and our cruising came to a close with a 1957 Chess recording by The Orbits, recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s famed J&M Studios in New Orleans,‘Mr Hard Luck’, which was still ringing in our ears when we parked up the Cruise Mobile and prepared for the after show party. As we went our separate ways, we we’re looking forward to some more of your good company next week, when we plan to call by for you in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place, with a seat especially for you, just so we can go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then, remember . . . . have fun!

  1. The Spongeman says:

    I watched “Trading Places” the other night and Bo Diddley was the porn broker. I hadn’t seen that movie in 20 + years. He is only in the movie for 5mins.

  2. The Shake says:

    Top show Commissioner as always

  3. johnny99 says:

    Great show, and thanks for the references – but stop playing Pete’s songs! Every time – for goodness sake – I don’t tell him anymore. That song Lovely Dee is tremendous by the way. I remembered it from the first time I heard it on the show. And wish her all the best!

    Don’t know what you’re doing Thursday eve but I’m going to the Jazz Café with a few others to see Danny and the Champions of the World. Their base player Chris also plays stand-up base for my brother in law Eamonn’s bluegrass band Foghorn Leghorn who are apparently going to do a support slot – and they’re brilliant.

    • Ahhh . . . . well the problem is that I don’t know who has written each of the songs.. . . . although anything about Bob Dylan drinking your pint must be a clue!!!

      I’m afraid I’m going miss Thursday’s Jazz Café gig. I have a long planned reunion with some work colleagues on Thursday, otherwise I’d be up for the Jazz Café. But, next time you’re heading of for a Foghorn Leghorn gig, do let me know.

      Have fun!

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Cor blimey Emp thought you were gonna play all that Twitfield track. The worst thing to come from Geordieland he was, apart from Newcastle Brown ale!

    The least said about “exotico” the better . . . . that’s best kept for the “lap dancing” clubs of Forest Gate . . . . and Harry Belafonte!! whatever next, Edmundo Ross?

    Sister Tharpe . . . superb, but must admit I prefer the original. Loved Valerie June a new name to me.

    Bo Diddley fab and ” I Spy For The FBI” reminded me of my security training in The Porter’s Lodge!

    Just acquired a 26 track Duane Eddy CD with a nice track, “Desert Rat”, never heard it afore. Need the Emp’s knowledge . . . . was it a flip side?

    Cheers Emp

    • The Commissioner says:

      Most esteemed Arfa

      You’re a hard man to please . . . . you come along casually name dropping the likes of David Whitfield and Edmundo Ross . . . . then we spent hour upon hour, burning the midday oil and digging in the archives to find these gems and what thanks do we get !!!!!? I’m sure Harry Belafonte was glad he didn’t share any birthday cake with you. 🙂

      During the show, our good pal, The Spongeman, reminded us that Bo Diddley had a role in the film ‘Trading Places’. Now I’ve seen the film a couple of time, but missed his cameo part. So, next time it’s on TV, I’ll be sure to watch for him.

      Duane Eddy’s ‘Desert Rat’ was the flip-side of his 45 ‘Boss Guitar’ and features Jim Horn on sax and Larry Knetchel on keyboards and harmonica. Having listened to it, it sounds like another ‘exotica’ track to me !!!

      Have fun


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