Our favourite things . . . . .

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

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, July crept up on us while we were distracted. It’s been a busy week and the social diary confirms that there’s more to come. So, our ‘listening time’ has been reduced to ‘snatched’ moments between other events. Not our normal style, but we adapt fairly well when ‘needs must’. As a result, our pending tray has rarely been as full and, for certain, we have been a little slower in workinCruising #110g our way through some of its juicy gems. But, in the end, we surprised ourselves (and maybe you too) with what we picked out on our visits.

It is hardly surprising to find our playlists with occasional reminders of the song writing of Gerry Goffin . . . . this week it was the Goffin & King number ‘Some Of Your Lovin’. It is best known for the hit version by Dusty Springfield, but the song was first released as the B side of a 1965 Fontana 45 by the Honey Bees. So, we went searching through the Cruising Library and found that version by The Honey Bees, with lead vocals from Barbara Alston of the Crystals and backing vocals from the Cookies. This was just one of the tracks that reminded us of Dusty Springfield.

We heard the sad news at the weekend of the passing of Bobby Womack. We wanted to pay our respects and were tempted to play the appropriately titled ‘It’s All Over Now’, from his time with The Valentinos.  But, in the end, we settled on his superb version of ‘How Long’.

Now, the Cruising Crew have not been shy in ‘guiding’ our attentions with some suggested tracks for our playlist and there may be one or two in there that you recognise too . . . . take a listen:

Cruising with the breeze . . . . . grainneduffy3
Do Lord – Big Maybelle
If You Love Me – Willie Mays
Bring It On Up – Albert Washington
Dynamite Exploded – Honey & The Bees
Teach Me How To Shimmy – The Coasters
Oh Mom (Teach Me How To Uncle Willie) – The Daylighters
Three Corn Patches – T Bone Walker
The Girl Of My Best Friend – Charlie Blackwell
A Stone Good Lover – Vee Allen
Sitting In The Park – Billy Stewart
What Am I Supposed To Do – Grainne Duffy
My Man Rocks Me (With A Steady Roll) – Trixie Smith
Reelin’ & Rockin’ – Chuck Berry
Sufferer – The KingstoniansBohemian Vendetta

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Enough – Bohemian Vendetta

Cruising with warm breezes . . . . .
How Long – Bobby Womack
Mr Rainbow – Homer’s Knods
Love – The Bo Street Runners
Pictures In My Mind – The Churchills
Some Of Your Lovin’ – The Honey Bees
That’s How Heartaches Are Made – Baby Washington
Little By Little – Dusty Springfield
Take A Little Time – Walter Trout
Our Favourite Things – Los Pacaminos
Get Out – The TroopersWalter Trout
Can’t Fight The Power – Willie Hutch
Hot Little Mama – Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson

We were very pleased to hear that Walter Trout is recovering well from
his liver transplant and took the opportunity to play a track from his
latest album. We wish him well and hope to see him back on our gig list
again when he’s fully fit.

This week’s ‘Girls & Guitars’ feature turned the spotlight on Irish singer, songwriter and guitarist, Grainne Duffy. She appeared on the music scene in 2007 and since then has been building a reputation for herself with her live performances and recordings. We chose her 2014 single called ‘What Am I Supposed To Do’. . . . and very good it is too!

Now, our scratchy blues track this week came from Trixie Smith. She was an African-American blues singer who was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and moved to New York around 1915. She made nearly 50 recordings in the early 1920s and we picked one of her first recordings for the Black Swan label in 1922, titled ‘My Man Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll)’, which is claimed to be the first secular recording to reference the phrase “rock and roll”.

Well, all too soon we found our 90 minutes of cruising running out and so, with barely suppressed tears in our eyes, we had to turn the Cruise Mobile for home. We consoled ourselves that, if we had ran out of time, we most certainly had not run out of music. So, we will go a-rummaging to find some more juicy gems for next weeks musical adventure through some of the best in rock soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues. Who knows, there might even be a few suggestions from the Cruising Crew creaping into the playlist too! So, until the next time we all go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . . have fun!

Comments
  1. The Spongeman says:

    Top show TC. Thanks for that JGW tune! 🙂

  2. The Commissioner says:

    Ta muchly Sponge

  3. DJ Leyton Rocks says:

    Great blues and soul from The Commissioner …

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Emp, enjoyed about 70% of the show! Wotta shame that dynamite never exploded in the recording studios of Honey and the Bees, Bohemiam wotsits, The Rainbow Nerds, whatever they were and The Bo Street Runners, who were a fine R n B band and I think won best London band on a show, which was a forerunner to RSG. They obviously lost their way recording that tripe!!

    Trixie was great, as was Uncle Willie. Were they both sitting in the park? ( preferred the GF version) and liked most of the rest Emp.

    Now here’s one for your guitar girls slot Etta Baker “One Dime Blues”. Another lovely old gal guitar picker Elizabeth Cotton “Vastapol”. Lovely stuff.

  5. The Commissioner says:

    Most esteemed Arfa

    A 70% positive rating . . . . I can think of some politicians that would be very jealous of that right now! With that rating, perhaps I should quit now, or assume that you’re back on your medication. 🙂 As for ‘tripe’, ‘nerds’ and ‘wotsits’ . . . . . we must agree to differ, since nothing gets on the playlist unless I like it. (A maxim for which I’m grateful to my good pal Johnny Alpha).

    Etta Baker is a good suggestion, but I think her ‘Carolina Breakdown’ has the edge over ‘One Dime Blues’. We’ll put that in the pending tray . . . . which is looking dangerously full now.
    I know Elizabeth Cotton is remembered for ‘Freight Train’ and it’s a lovely piece by her, but ‘Vestapol’ is rather good too. Ta.

    Off to ‘Blues On The Meadow’ this weekend, so we’re waiting to see what’s in store!

    TC

  6. Vikki R says:

    Another delayed hearing of the show TC but it only adds to the anticipation! So many great tracks I don’t know where to begin or end so maybe I’ll just say “I loved it all… more please!!”.
    Looking forward to Blues on the Meadow this weekend as well as next week’s show, where I may be taking bets on which artists or tracks inspire the playlist.

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