Jenny takes a ride . . . . .

Posted: October 21, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, the sun still visits the Grand Duchy, although his visits are definitely getting shorter and less frequent. But, our social calender is starting to fill up, as it usually does around this time of year. The shops and TV adverts are full of Halloween and Guy Fawkes items and the signs of the festive season are already evident . . . . indeed, the Cruisettes (ever hopeful) have been leaving copies of their ‘wish lists’ in conspicuous places.Cruising #217

Now, for our playlist this week, we decided to pull together a few tasty treats from the soundtrack of the new film called ‘Northern Soul’ which just happened to arrived in Cruise Control recently. So, with the assistance of Mr Merlot, we re-arranged the furniture and cleared some floor space for the Cruisettes to strut their stuff . . . . which they did. . . . and before we tried to put things back in their rightful places, we played a Northern Soul favourite that’s not in the soundtrack to the film. This was a bit of a ‘find’ and featured Timi Yuro and a Spanish version of ‘It’ll Never Be Over For Me’ . . . . . which remained unreleased for many years.

There were other juicy gems tucked away in this week’s playlist too. We re-discovered a rather special version of Little Feet’s ‘Sailin’ Shoes’, which features Stevie Ray Vaughan and Hiram Bullock on guitars, with David Sanborn, Van Dyke Parks and the other guests. This memorable moment came courtesy of ‘Night Music Special’, a late night American TV programme broadcast from Los Angeles on October 12th 1989, and although the sound quality may not be top notch, it was definitely worth another listen. As was Carmen Taylor and her King 45 ‘So What’, which was recorded in New York in September 1957 with some rather fine session players, including Hal Singer on tenor saxophone and Billy Butler on guitar. This is a ‘hard to find’ 45 with a hefty price tag these days too! But, we kicked off our cruise this week with organist Mook Loxley and his take on ‘Jenny Takes A Ride’ . . . And it all rolled on from there . . . . .Sally Markay

Cruising where we please . . . .
Jenny Takes A Ride – Mook Loxley
Take My Love – Little Willie John
Rad Gumbo – Little Feet
Sailin’ Shoes – Stevie Ray Vaughan
No Money Down – Jules Blattner
I Got My Mojo Working – Wolfie Witcher & His Brew
Feed My Soul – The Holmes Brothers
Sally Go Round The Roses – Grace Markay
It’s All Over Now – Wanda JacksonNorthern Soul
If I Was The Only One – The Imp-Acts
Soul Serenade – The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Coffee Cold – Galt MacDermot

Cruising with no direction home . . . .
Love Business – Sam & Dave
You Got Me Hummin’ – Billy Joel & The Hassles
Howlin’ Wolf Blues – Willie Lane
Blowing My Mind To Pieces – Bob RelfWillie Lane
Seven Day Lover – James Fountain
I Really Love You – The Tomangoes
What Good Am I Without You? – Darrow Fletcher
Baby Don’t You Weep – Edward Hamilton & The Arabians
It’ll Never Be Over For Me – Timi Yuro
You Lie Too Much – Johnny Winter
Double Crossin’ Liquor – Sticks McGhee
So What – Carmen Taylor
Let It Rock – Chuck Berry

Well, our ‘Girls & Guitars’ feature this week, focused on singer and guitarist, Wanda Jackson. She was born in Oklahoma and learnt to play guitar at an early age. In 1956, she won a talent contest which led to her getting her own radio program and recording a few songs for Capitol Records . . . . With one single reaching No. 8 on the charts. We chose a track from her recent 2012 album ‘Unfinished Business’ and her take on The Valentinos’ original ‘It’s All Over Now’.

Now, our venture into scratchy blues this week took us back to meet Texas bluesman, ‘Little Brother’ Willie Lane. He spent most of his life as a resident of Forth Worth made his first recordings for the Library of Congress in 1934. We chose one of the six sides he recorded for the Dallas-based Talent Record label, titled ‘Howlin’ Wolf Blues’ a song which the record label credits to Willie Lane as the composer, although it’s believed it was actually J.T. “Funny Papa” Smith . . . . but perhaps we shall never know!

As time ran out for our cruise, we headed for home in the company of Chuck Berry and his much covered, ‘Let It Rock’ . . . . and as we finally rolled to a stop, we weren’t downhearted, because we knew we only had another 7 days until we could do it all again. So, if you’re in the same time, at the same place next week, we’ll swing by in the Cruise Mobile with a seat saved especially for you . . . . Just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. But until then, remember . . . . have fun!




  1. The Shake says:

    Top show Commissioner, gave solace as the wind and lightening harassed the Shake Shack. Cheers

  2. The Spongeman says:

    Top show TC thanks 🙂

  3. The Vikster says:

    Great bit of Northern Soul in the latter half of the show this week.

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Well the first arf of the show excellent apart from Impounds let’s hope nobody makes you aware of any more of their stuff!!

    Thank gawd I took Mr Alphas advice and got a large brandy to hand afore listening to that track!!

    As for Billy Joe what a pity he never went off of that Tallahatchee (excuse spelling) bridge.

    Northern soul give me a nice bit of Southern rock (with plenty of vinegar) anytime and take the last two words off of Mr Fletchers track would just about sum him up. Dad Cyril must be turning in his grave. Edward Hamilton and the Arabians no ta I’ll stick  with  Wilson Keppel and Betty !

    Willie Lane most enjoyable. Timi Yuro I seem to recollect a much better number of hers “In the Valley”.

    The rest of the prog superb, and yes that  Sticks track was much appreciated found another great track of his “Six to Eight ”

    Cheerio Emp

    • Most esteemed Arfa
      I see that you’re off the medication and back on the gripe water again (with vinegar on Southern rocks)  . . . . but for some reason, we 
      like you that way! Not sure if you’re supposed to mix it with brandy, 
      or perhaps not enough, but we enjoyed Galt MacDermot with just a glass 
      of Merlot.
      On balance, I think Northern Soul dancing has a definite edge over any 
      sand dancing by Wilson, Keppel & Betty . . . . but ‘each to their own’, 
      I say and be assured, you won’t get me dancing in a toga!!!!
      Glad you found plenty of good stuff in there this week and thanks for 
      pointing us to that Sticks McGhee track. Of course UKIP can never admit 
      to liking Timi Yuro . . . .  but we can and we do . . . .  a fantastic 
      voice! Yes, she does a stunning version of ‘Down In The Valley’ and we 
      might just include it in a future show.
      Hope you managed to catch the Status Quo unplugged session on BBC with
      Geraint Watkins (Balham Alligators) on accordion. Great stuff.
      Have a great week 🙂

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