Down in Mexico . . . .

Posted: August 5, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, greetings to one and all and I hope the new week finds you thriving. August slipped in over the weekend and the giveaway was the notable absence of school run traffic, along with the increased noise around and about, of mothers’ valiant, if belated, shrill attempts to instruct their off-springs . . . . with no discernible effect, except on some nearby dogs, who run for cover. Despite that, here inCruising #185 the Grand Duchy, we’ve been enjoying some fine days and we’ve hit that period when we seem to be between overseas adventures. So, our rummaging in the Cruising Library has been somewhat brief and frenetic . . . . but still discerning!

This week’s selection has a hint of Motown about it, because there were a couple of tunes that came wafting on the breeze and tantalizing our ears during our recent sojourn to Portugal with Linda & Brian. They have a fondness for some Motown and a little Dusty Springfield, so we included a couple of suitable choices.

There is still a flavour of New Orleans in our choices this week and if you ever believed that Bourbon Street was place of interest in New Orleans, then you’ve definitely got more to see! Sample the music and sights of Rampart Street, the original home of J&M Studios and the final resting place of the witch queen of New Orleans, the wonderful places on Frenchman’s Street and Dacatour Street and so much more!

But before we got to the Southlands in our playlist, we kicked off our cruise this week with birthday boy, Frankie Ford, and his million seller, ‘Sea Cruise’ and we followed fast with The Animals and another Frankie Ford hit, ‘Roberta’ . . . .  and there’s more . . . . .

Cruising down the road apiece . . . . . Temps
Sea Cruise – Frankie Ford
Roberta – The Animals
You Can Have Her – Roy Hamilton
I Ain’t Guilty – The Crawford Brothers
Our Love – Sylvia Robbins
Packing Up – Dusty Springfield
Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue) – The Temptations
La La La La La – The Blendells
La La Blues – Pokey La Farge & The South City Three
Bourbon Street – Bex Marshall
We Make A Good Gumbo – Tab Benoit & The Voices Of The WetlandsCoasters
Sh Boom – The Big Six

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Down In Mexico – The Coasters

Cruising with the breeze . . . . .
She’s Got The Magic – The Parade
High Flyin’ Bird – Jefferson Airplane
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Dan Carlin & Friends
My Baby Left Me – Robert Petway
Driving Wheel – Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows
Love Her With A Feeling – Johnny Winter with James Cotton and Muddy WatersBex Marshall
Run Baby Run – The Newbeats
Sign On The Dotted Line – Gene Latter
Seven Days Is Too Long – Chuck Jackson
Sign On The Dotted Line – Gene Latter
Much Too Much – The Hollywood Flames
Flip Flop & Fly – Jerry Lee Lewis

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on a daughter of Devonshire, Bex Marshall. As a child she was encouraged to sing and at 11 years old she was given a 1963 Gibson Hummingbird by an uncle of hers. As a sample of her work, we chose her track ‘Bourbon Street’ from her 2012 album ‘House Of Mercy’.

Our scratchy blues track this week heralded and bit of a blues fest, starting with Mississippi bluesman, Robert Petway. There seems to be little known about him, except that he was a friend and fellow bluesman of Tommy McClennan and recorded some 16 songs, between 1941 and 1942. One of these was his song ‘My Baby Left Me’ and with the unusual combination of skill and luck, we played it for all to hear.

All too soon, the rattling tin cans told us that the sands of time had finally run out for us on our cruise this week. So, we came rolling to a halt and parked up the Cruise Mobile for another week, with the sincere hope that you enjoyed our cruising playlist sufficiently to be enticed back again next week. If so, we’ll call by for you, same time same place, with the promise of even more rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

So till the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . . have fun!

  1. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner, loved it all!

  2. The Spongeman says:

    Top show TC 🙂

  3. The Auburn Phantom says:

    Loved the real blues track. . . . . proper harmonica on the porch stuff

  4. The Vikster says:

    You’ve got me adding all sorts of things to my Amazon wishlist this week . . . . and a bit of subtle chair dancing in the office too!

  5. Arfa Pinetop says:

    No gripes from me this week Emp.

    A playlist with Jerry Lee, Pokey and the JW JC and MW track will more than make up for any that don’t get me arfritic toes a tapping. Bex Marshall . . . Janis Joplin lives wotta voice.

    Ike Turners Here and Now cd worth a listen

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