Whaddya want . . . . .

Posted: November 4, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, the skies around the Grand Duchy have been lit up with fireworks every evening for the past week and some have been truly spectacular, but we wait for the finale on the 5th for the best.

For yours truly, one of the joys of this past week was getting along tCruising 62co the Royal Albert Hall for the annual Bluesfest programme. It had plenty of great bands, with many playing at the same time on different stages around the venue. We included a taster of some of the bands on Friday’s programme, including The Excitements, Mike Sanchez, The Cadillac Kings and Mud Morganfield . . . . but there were many more.

Another joy of the week was a call from our good pal Richard Mann, who stopped by at Cruise Control, suitably prepared with a few tracks for another Three From Me . . . . and he brought us a bit of a 60s dance workout. But to kick off our musical adventure, we had an instrumental from Mook Loxley, called Gumbo Ya Ya . . . . which might bring back some memories of New Orleans for those who’ve watched the Treme TV series. We didn’t linger long because we were about to swing out with The Debs and their 1955 take on Leiber & Stoller’s ‘Whaddya Want’ . . . . and it all rolled on from there . . .

Cruising for the distant lights . . . .Big Town Playboys
Gumbo Ya Ya – Mook Loxley
Whaddya Want – The Debs
Wanna Dance – Angie & The Citations
Keep It To Yourself – The Excitements
Girls All Over The World – Mike Sanchez and The Big Town Playboys
Betty Lou – The Cadillac Kings
Addiction – Tracy Conover
He Will Break Your Heart – The Merseybeats
Modessa – Bluesbird

Three From Me . . . . with Richard MannGrace Brim
The Twist – Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker
Twistin’ The Night Away – Sam Cooke

Cruising way out there . . . .
Detache – Charlie Wood
You Must Believe Me – Delroy Wilson
Everything Good Is Bad – JJ Grey & Mofro
Somebody’s Always Trying – Ted Taylor
Stupidity – Solomon Burke
Goin’ Down the Line – Grace BrimBaltimore Jones
I Want To Be Loved – Mud Morganfield

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha

Balindo El A Campina – Las Orientales

Cruising for the familiar places . . . .
Fever – Timi Yuro
Baltimore Jones – Chuck Miller with Hugo Peretti & His Orchestra
Oogum Boogum Song – Brenton Wood
Come On – Willie Egan
Rocking All Over The World – John Fogerty
Lipstick, Powder & Paint – Delbert McClinton

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on Texas blues-Rock guitarist and singer, Tracy Conover, who moved to Austin in 1991 where she played with great players, like Albert Collins, BB King, Buddy Guy, and the Marshall Tucker Band. To show off her talents, we chose a track from her 2004 album “Live! At the Cactus Moon” called ‘Addiction’.

Meanwhile, our weekly venture into the world of scratchy blues, featured one of the few female musicians who was active on the post-war Chicago blues scene . . . . Grace Brim. She was married to bluesman John Brim and they often appeared and recorded together. But she also recorded in her own right, and we found one of her releases on the Random Record label, recorded in 1951 in St Louis and credited on the label to Mrs John Brim . . . . ‘Goin’ Down The Line’.

When the time came, we turned the Cruise Mobile for home with John Fogerty’s original of ‘Rocking all over the world’ and arrived home in the company of birthday boy, Delbert McClinton, and his take on Joe Turner’s ‘Lipstick Powder & Paint’. Of course, we only have to while away another 7 days until we can do it all again . . . . And we’ll do it better with your good company. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . remember . . . have fun!

  1. The Spongeman says:

    Top show TC 🙂 Your jingles always make me laugh TC great 😀

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