I’m a road runner . . . .

Posted: April 23, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, this show proved to be a real ‘work in progress’ project, because we started off without a clear end in sight. Now, that may appear to be the very essence of Cruising with The Commissioner, but we usually have a vague route map before we start. So, we were picking out tracks to play as we went along, which certainly added a little unpredictability to the proceedings! Cruisin' 70

Now, all being well, this week’s offering has arrived to caress your aural orifices, through the wonders of technology and the goodwill of our great pal The Spongeman. . . . because we were in Ireland this week and left behind a recorded show in the care of The Spongeman, who rolled out the Cruise Mobile on our behalf.

We kicked of our cruise this week with an instrumental called ‘Husky’. This was a 1964 Pye 45 by The Shubdubs, although the record label credits this offering to drummer Jimmy Nicol . . . . and because we had nothing better to do with our time, we followed that with a fine piece of Doo-Wop from The Chords . . . . ‘Could It Be’. In the event, we had to leave out a few tracks, because time ran out on us, but here’s what did get into the playlist:

Cruising way out there . . . . . Jimmy Nicol
Husky – Jimmy Nicol
Could It Be – the Chords
Don’t Be Ashamed – Jackie Lee
Never Like This Before – William Bell
Look What You’ve Done To My Heart – Shirley & The Shirelles
The Last Time – Candy & The Kisses
Honky Tonk Woman – Albert King
Jumping Jack Flash – Johnny Winter
Road Runner – Bo Diddley
That’s All Right – Jimmy Rogers
Tonk Game – Hank Marr
Dance Round The Maypole – Acid GalleryThat's_All_Right_single_cover
It’s All Leading Up To A Saturday Night – Marmalade

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Fire & Brimstone – Link Wray

Cruising with the warm breezes . . . . .
Cobra – Savoy Brown
Who Do You Love – Carlos Santana
Tired Of Waiting For You – The Apostles
Tip On In – Slim Harpo
Po Black Maddie – North Mississippi Allstars
Autumn Song – Steamhammerdiabolus
Night Clouded Moon – Diabolus
Living In The Past – Jethro Tull
Right Eye’s Jumping – Ray Collins Hot Club
Voodoo Love – The Souvenirs

We were very grateful to the mighty Johnny Alpha for returning this week with another gem from his impressive collection. It’s always a treat to hear what he’s chosen and long may it continue!

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on one of the first female rock ‘n’ roll guitarists. Her name may not be familiar to many, but Peggy Jones grew up in New York and after she’d been playing guitar for only 2 years, she had a chance encounter with Bo Diddley just before a show at the legendary Apollo Theatre. He liked her playing and enlisted her into his band, introducing her to audiences as ‘Lady Bo’. We pulled out one of the early Bo Diddley numbers that has her guitar-work and backing vocals . . . . this was the classic Road Runner.

Now, for our scratchy blues track, we went back to 1949, to feature bluesman Jimmy Rogers. He was born in Ruleville, Mississippi and grew up in Atlanta and Memphis, where he learned the harmonica and as a teenager took up the guitar. He played with some of the great names of the blues, including Robert Lockwood Jr and Muddy Waters. His time in Muddy Water’s band, led to his own recordings and we chose his 1949 number, ‘That’s All Right’.

Well, the road may go on forever, but our 90 minutes of cruising fast ran out and to take us home, we were in the good company of The Souvenirs with their 1957 recording for Ebb Records and ‘Voodoo Love’. When we arrive back home, we parked up the Cruise Mobile in the hope that there were plenty of tracks to your liking. If so, then perhaps we can entice you back again next week, when we’ll call by, same time, same place, with a seat saved especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. In the meantime, remember . . . . have fun!


  1. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Wottashow Emp some fine sounds. Jimmy Nicol did he not replace Ringo when he was in hospital or auditioning for Cyrano de Bergerac?

    Just a couple Pinetopian remarks are Candy Kisses related to Frijid Pink and Diabolus diabolical!! Apart from that great !!

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Yup Jimmy Nicol is that fella . . . a Starr for a while. Glad you enjoyed Frijid Pink and Candy & The Kisses . . . perhaps I can find some more.

      Plenty of Val Doonican and The Dubliners in prospect

      Have fun!