Fool at the wheel . . . .

Posted: April 1, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show: Well, this week saw us celebrating (in our own way) the 50th anniversary of a music revolution that started with the launch of Radio Caroline. We dug out a copy of The Fortune’s with their song ‘Caroline’ and revelled in a little nostalgia. When we emerged, we realised that this week’s show fell on another special day . . . . April Fools day. So, with breathtaking originality, we set about compiling a playlistCruising #75 full of songs about fools and being foolish . . . . . . and we found more than be bargained for . . . . so there was a heap of them that we had to leave for another occasion.

Now, our rummaging in the Cruising Library this week did not distract us from our social delights, which included a most convivial encounter with our good pals The Spinmeister and Jazzy G. It all took place on a boat and there was a passing reference to ‘the boat that rocked’, but our cruising was not being monitored by the authorities . . . . so far as we know!!! Back on dry land, we found ourselves on Tuesday evening in the Cruise Mobile with a seat saved for any passing member of the Cruising Crew and a playlist that (perhaps unnervingly) started with Little Richard’s ‘Fool At The Wheel’. Take a listen:

Cruising just for fun . . . . .
Fool At The Wheel – Little RichardSamantha Fish
Fools Fall In Love – The Drifters
Seven Day Fool – Etta James
Open The Door, Fool – The Apollas
You Fooled Me – Lou Roberts & The Marks
Once A Fool – Kikki Dee
I’m A Fool I Must Love You – The Falcons
Foolin’ Me – Samantha Fish
Another Fool Like Me – Jesse Thomas
Be Young, Be Foolish, But Be Happy – Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeaters
Tears Of A Fool – Eugene Hideaway Bridges
Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . Johnny Alpha
Twin Exhaust – The SecretsJesse Thomas 2

Cruising in good company . . . . .
Not Foolish, Not Wise – The Keef Hartley Band
Fool For A Pretty Face – Humble Pie
Chain Of Fools – Joe Cocker
Poor Little Fool – Ricky Valance
Fool’s Errand – Billy Fury
She Fooled Me – The Pretty Things & Yardbirds Blues Band
A Good Fool Is Hard To Find – Albert Collins
I Fooled You This Time – Gene Chandler
A Fool For You – Otis Redding
If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody – James Ray
Who’s Foolin’ Who – Arthur Conley
I Ain’t No Fool Either – Big Mama ThorntonThe Secrets
Baby, That’s Why I’m Your Fool – Rudy Ray Moore

Now, we were very pleased to focus our Girls & Guitars spotlight this week on a daughter of Kansas City, who was a member of Ruf Records’ 2011 Blues Caravan and, along with Dani Wilde and Victoria Smith, went touring as ‘Girls with Guitars’. She has recorded two albums to date and our choice this week came from her 2013 ‘Black Wind Howlin’ album. This is Samantha Fish with the appropriately titled ‘Foolin’ Me’

Meanwhile, by some fiendish coincidence, our scratchy blues feature this week also followed our theme with another song about a fool, which came from blues guitarist and singer, Jesse ‘Babyface’ Thomas. He was born in Louisiana in 1911 and started recording in the late 20s. Since when, his career spanned over 60 years and he was still performing in 1994, shortly before his death at the age of 84. We chose a song that he recorded in Los Angeles for Elko Records in 1948, called ‘Another Fool Like Me’

Well, Rudy Ray Moore brought us all the way home this week and we parked up the Cruise Mobile with the promise that we’ll be back . . . . and we promised to be here, if you’ll be there, when we call by for you . . . . same time same place next week . . . . when it will be our third anniversary show. So, we’ll be having a bit of a celebration here, and you’ll be most welcome to join us. So until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . have fun!

 

 

 

Comments
  1. The Shake says:

    Top show Commissioner

  2. The Spongeman says:

    Nice on TC 🙂

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Well Emp, Shirley Abicair wotta start!

    Some nice stuff on the Killer Diller Corner this week!

    What a loss to music Steve Marriot. A great singer! Blues tracks were great, especially that Pretty Things track never heard that afore. Think the Rick Nelson version somewhat superior to Mr Valances he should stick to making ornate bed covers !

    I didn’t realise how much Freddie Garrity ruined that song. I assume that James Ray track was the original. Enjoyed it .

    I believe I was at that Albert King gig pipe in gob and ranting on about backstage jamming with Joplin and Hendrix that’s Albert not me ! was it that one ?

    Now Danny Adler do you remember him played with a band, I think were called the Blues Regulators? He was also a regular in Alexis Ks Rocket 88

  4. The Commissioner says:

    Most esteemed Arfa

    I was actually surprised that I found so many good tracks for our all fools theme, so some sense of achievement there.

    Yes, the James Ray version is the original and I’m inclined to agree that the original has much to commend it.

    I confess that I can’t find anything (yet) in the Cruising Library by Danny Adler. I think he was an American bluesman who came the UK and was in a few bands, including Blues Deluxe, and played with some notable UK musicians, as well as backing some visiting US blues names. I’ll carry on searching!

    A confusion of Alberts . . . . It was Albert Collins ‘the master of the telecaster’ and I saw him as opening act for Eric Clapton at the RAH. A somewhat more lively player than his pipe smoking namesake.

    Ricky Valance . . . a worthy version but I also prefer Ricky Nelson’s.

  5. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Most esteemed Arfa

    I was actually surprised that I found so many good tracks for our all fools theme, so some sense of achievement there.

    Yes, the James Ray version is the original and I’m inclined to agree that the original has much to commend it.

    I confess that I can’t find anything (yet) in the Cruising Library by Danny Adler. I think he was an American bluesman who came the UK and was in a few bands, including Blues Deluxe, and played with some notable UK musicians, as well as backing some visiting US blues names. I’ll carry on searching!

    A confusion of Alberts . . . . It was Albert Collins ‘the master of the telecaster’ and I saw him as opening act for Eric Clapton at the RAH. A somewhat more lively player than his pipe smoking namesake.

    Ricky Valance . . . a worthy version but I also prefer Ricky Nelson’s.

  6. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Aagh thanks Emp, I never could tell me Albert from elbow!

    Yes Mr Adler was American. Saw him many times at the Dublin Castle Camden Town, and with Rocket 88 at The 100 club.

    Talking of clubs did you see Ramblin Sid’s latest missive on “The Uppercut Club”? However, his comments on the late “Dick Emery ” were most cutting and very upsetting to the “We love Dick” Society of Stanmore!

    All the jolly best

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