Brand new Cadillac . . . .

Posted: September 2, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, here we are in September already and we’re still hanging onto some sunny days here in the Grand Duchy. Our social diary has included some thoroughly enjoyable encounters with some good pals,  along with a visit to one of our favourite record shops and some visits by our cheery postman which have swelled the contents of the Cruising Library . . . . so it’s been a good week.Cruising #100

In sorting through some of the records and CDs for our playlist this week, we came across some fine examples of UK rock ‘n’ roll, which we decided to share with the Cruising Crew. One of these came from Vince Taylor & The Playboys with their 1959 Parlophone single, ‘Brand New Cadillac’. It was in fact the b side of the record when it was first issued, but has been recognised since as a real classic. The song has been much covered since, including a version by The Downliners Sect. We also found another British rock ‘n’ roll gem by Adam Faith called ‘It’s Alright’, which always brings back images of Robin Williams’ frantic dancing around the studio to it in Good Morning Vietnam.

Our good pal Johnny Alpha brought along some more rock ‘n’ roll for our ears, with a track from Gene Vincent, which was recorded in the UK with Sounds Incorporated providing the backing. But before that, we got our cruise got off to a rocking start with Jimmy McCracklin and ‘The Wobble’, which we followed fast with the fabulous Little Richard and his 1959 Specialty 45 ‘I Got It’ . . . . and it all rolled on from there . . . .

Cruising where we please . . . .Martinels
The Wobble – Jimmy McCracklin
I Got It – Little Richard
Chicken & The Bop – Lloyd Price
What’s On Your Mind – The Four Bars
I Don’t Care – The Martinels
Love Machine – McKinley Jackon & The Politicians
The Man That Said No – Bettye Swan
Ain’t Love Wonderful – The Fantastic Four
Sho Nuff (Got A Good Thing Going) – JJ Jackson
I’m Satisfied With You – The Furys
Walkin’ Blues – Black Cat Bone
Goin’ To Texas – Romney GettyRomney Getty
Just Your Imagination – Cornell Campbell

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
I’m Going Home (To See My Baby) – Gene Vincent

Cruising with the crew . . . .
The Stems – At First Sight
You Really Got Me – Thundermug
On A Carousel – Glass Moon
Cry To Me – Professor Longhair
Rock With me Baby – Juke Boy Bonner
Brand New Cadillac – Vince Taylor & His PlayboysVince taylor
It’s Alright – Adam Faith
Tobacco Road – Jimmy Norman
At The Top Of The Stairs – The Formations
One Way Love Affair – Willie Hill
Tune Up – Junior Walker & The Allstars

This week our Girls & Guitars feature focused on Canadian singer/songwriter and guitarist Romney Getty. To date, she’s released two albums and we took a track from her 2005 album, titled, ‘Fill In Your Grey’. This was ‘Goin’ To Texas’, which has some nice harp playing and some nice guitar work that’s little laid back in the mix.

And we didn’t forget our adventures into the realms of scratchy blues, although this week’s choice wasn’t as ancient as some we’ve played. Our focus was Texan bluesman, Weldon H. Philip Bonner, better known as Juke Boy Bonner. He was a multi instrumentalist and became one of the celebrated one man bands of the blues. He started recording in the late 50s for the Irma record label and it was his first single on the label in 1957 that we chose . . . . ‘Rock With Me Baby’.

Well, all too soon, we ran out of time. We still had a pile of tracks to play, when we got a subtle signal that we need to be heading for home, as Mr Merlot started rolling his eyes and frantically pointing at the clock. So, we decided to finish with a flourish in the company of Junior Walker & The All Stars and their stomping little number ‘Tune Up’. . . . which got us home safe and sound. So, we parked up the Cruise Mobile in the hope that our cruising playlist met with the high expectations of the Cruising Crew and would entice them back again next week . . . . . just so we can go Cruising with The Commissioner again. Until then . . . have fun!

  1. The Shake says:

    Top show Commissioner. Great stuff!

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