A rocking good way . . . .

Posted: April 18, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, here we are half-way through April and into our fourth year of Cruising with The Commissioner. The days are getting longer and the opportunities for cruising in the sunshine are improving considerably, so we have been enjoying the music on the road.Cruising #134

We have had quite a few encounters with friendly faces recently, who have been keen to offer us suggestions for our playlists and when we met up recently with our good pals The Spinmeister and Jazzy G, we were invited by JazzyG to dig out John Lee Hooker’s version the Rudy Toombs song ‘One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer’ . . . so we did!

During a great Saturday night gig with Dave & Nicky, Dave suggested something by Detroit band, Frijid Pink, and we were only too pleased too oblige. The band are probably best known for their version of ‘House Of The Rising Sun’, but we decided to choose their interpretation of ‘Go Now’ and you can catch it in this week’s playlist.

Now, back in the days when yours truly was on the road as a DJ, one of those who was often there and enjoying the music was Lil-Sis. She’s since been a regular amongst the Cruising Crew and a frequent guest on our Three From Me slots. Sadly, her failing health has hit her hard and the Cruise Mobile has been clocking up a few miles, so we can visit her, down South. She greeted us well and made us most welcome, as well as reminding us of some past events and great music, including a song that rather aptly reflects her view of life . . . . Georgie Fame and ‘I Live The Life I Love and Love The Life I Live’.

When Tuesday night rolled around, we were just about ready with the Cruise Mobile and our playlist of tasty treats for your listening pleasure, starting with Pricilla Bowman & The Spaniels with their 1958 Abner release ‘A Rockin’ Good Way’ . . . . and there’s more:

Cruising for the border . . . . Frijid Pink
A Rocking Good Way – The Spaniels
Speedo – The Cadillacs
Hoodoo – Al Reed
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – John Lee Hooker
Love You Too – Nice Sounds
Live The Life I Love – Georgie Fame
Heaven Must Have Sent You – The Elgins
Go Now – Frijid Pink
Big Girls Blues – Joanna Connor
Little Rock Blues – Pearl Dickson
Dying Daffodil Incident – Dave Berry
Ginchy – Bert WeedonBobby Sharp

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Baby Girl Of Mine – Bobby Sharp

Back on the highway . . . .
Stand In the Sunlight – Taman Shud
Crossroads Of The Stepping Stones – Elephants Memory
I Put A Spell On You – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Where Were You? – Danny Adler
Pack Fair & Square – Nine Below Zero
Hit The Road Jack – Rhoda Scott
All Night Worker – Rufus Thomas
Michael (The Lover) – The CODsNine Below Zero
Don’t Want To Sit Down – O.V. Wright
I Need Your Loving – Don Gardiner & Dee Dee Ford
Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man – Mitch Woods & The Lazy Jumpers
Cadillac Boogie – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy
You Made A Boo Boo – Bob & Earl

Now, our Girls & Guitars feature this week turned the spotlight on Chicago-based blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist Joanna Connor. She was born in Brooklyn and was drawn to the Chicago blues scene in the early 1980s, where she eventually got to share the stage with some great names, like James Cotton, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy. To show off her talents, we chose the title track from her 1996 album ‘Big Girl Blues’.

Our cruising time machine took us travelling back to 1927 this week for our scratchy blues choice, Pearl Dickson. There is little known about her, except that she recorded four songs in Memphis, TN, on December 12, 1927, for Columbia Records. Of these, only “Twelve Pound Daddy” and “Little Rock Blues” were ever issued. So, we chose ‘Little Rock Blues’, which has Pearl Dickson accompanied by The Harney brothers, providing some impressive guitar-work.

Well, it’s surprising just how quickly 90 minutes of cruising can pass and although we ran out of time, we most certainly didn’t run out of music. So, there’s plenty more in store for next week, when we’ll call by in the cruise mobile, same time same place, with a seat saved especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then, remember . . . have fun!

  1. Mrs TC says:

    Loved the Credence track and Nine Below Zero too. Listened to it sitting in the sunshine. Joy!

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