Cruising on the Southside of the street . . . .

Posted: June 3, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, we’re back fresh from our road trip around America’s Southern States and with plenty of stories and music to share, but that will have to wait until the jet lag passes. In the meantime, we were mindful that today would have been the birthday of long-time Cruising Crew member Lil-Sis. So, this week we decided to play a few of her favourites in our playlist.

There was a respectful nod to the 60s Mod scene in music choices with Jimmy McGriff’s much played 1963 stormer ‘All About My Girl’ . . . . . Desmond Dekker’s successful single ‘007’. . . . . and with ‘Let The Sunshine In by Georgie Fame. The bluesiest of the Cruising Crew were well served by our scratchy blues track and tracks by Lonnie Brooks, Long John Hunter and Phillip Walker, together with Mick Clarke and a track from his ‘Crazy Blues’ album.

We started our musical adventure with a great piece of R&B from Lavern Baker and ‘Voodoo Voodoo’ and we didn’t look back . . . . as you can hear . . . . .

Cruising like we used to do . . . .
Voodoo Voodoo – Lavern Baker
Just Hold My Hand – Big Boy Myles & The Sha-weez
Beautiful Delilah – Chuck Berry
All About My Girl – Jimmy McGriff
007 – Desmond Dekker
Time Is Tight – Booker T & the MGS
Band Of Gold – Freda Payne
Our Day Will Come – Amy Winehouse
Highway 61 – Rita Chiarelli
Cocaine Habit Blues – The Memphis Jug Band
Down Down -Status Quo
Brown Sugar – Rolling Stones
Black Night – Deep Purple

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Seventh Son – Johnny Rivers

Cruising where we like . . .
Southside Of The Street – The Zombies
She – Jeff Lynn
Street Walking Woman – Lonnie Brooks, Long John Hunter & Phillip Walker
Steady Road – Mick Clarke
Let The Sunshine In – Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
If I Lose You – Billy Fury
Don’t Be Cruel – Bill Black’s Combo
This Old Heart Of Mine – The Isley Brothers
You’ve Got Me Dangling On a String – Chairmen Of The Board
Land Of A Thousand Dances – Wilson Pickett

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week, took us to Canada, to spotlight singer and guitarist Rita Chiarelli. She was born and raised in Ontario and began performing in 1980 as a member of Ronnie Hawkins band. She went on to develop a solo career and has recorded 9 albums to date, including a 1992 album titled ‘Road Rockers’ from which we chose her take on Bob Dylan’s ‘Highway 61’.

Now, our venture into the dusty world of scratchy blues continued this week with a song that appears to have started out being called ‘Take A Drink On Me’ and first recorded in 1927 by Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers. Since then, it has been variously titled ‘Take A Whiff On Me’ , Cocaine Habit’, ‘Cocaine Habit Blues’ and perhaps (less controversially) ‘Have A Drink On Me’. Variants of the song have been recorded by an impressive list of artists, with our choice coming from The Memphis Jug Band and their 1930 version of the song, which they call Cocaine Habit Blues.

By the end of our 90 minutes, the Cruisettes, Mr Merlot and yours truly we all doing some vaguely co-ordniated dance moves and not without some personal embarassment. So, as Wilson Pickett brought us home with ‘Land of 1000 Dances’, we seized the moment to thank all who were along for the ride for their good company and particularly to Johnny Alpha and The Spongeman (who was indeed masterful in making sure that you could be still Cruising at home these past weeks, while we were cruising in America). So, with a cheery farewell, we parked up the Cruise Mobile for another week and started looking forward to the next time we all go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . . have fun!

  1. The Spongeman says:

    Top stuff TC a great show 🙂

  2. The Commissioner says:

    Ta muchly Sponge

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Excellent playlist Emp I even like Johnny Alphas track !!!

    “Have a drink on me ” had it on Pye Nixa by Lonnie D

  4. The Commissioner says:

    Most esteemed Arfa

    Thanks. Brought back a few albums from our road trip, so there’ll be a some treats in store over the next few weeks.

    I always look forward to Johnny Alpha’s selections. I’ve picked up some great tracks from him over the years and I’m hoping he’ll have enjoyed this week’s Zombies track too.

    Are you planning to be at the 100 Club this Friday?


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