She walks right in . . . .

Posted: December 9, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show :

Well, the pre-Xmas social functions started early this year so we’ve been able to pace ourselves much better and all the more enjoyable as a result. There’s been plenty of good-hearted cheer and a few friendly faces that we haven’t seen in a while. Most folks seem to be faring well and we arrived in good spirits at the appointed time to take the Cruising Crew on this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. Cruising #88b

Mr Merlot has been in charge of the festive decorations around Cruise Control and there seems to be something new each day or so. But, we still found time to polish up the Cruise Mobile and pull together a real mix of music for our playlist this week. There were a few sad moments, as we said our last farewells to songwriter and producer, Bob Montgomery, saxman Bobby Keys and Ian McLagan of the Small Faces.

Our giglist this week was good fun and included Imelda May and Big Boy Bloater. They both put on good shows, but we augmented their choices with a couple of favourites of our own, featuring Imelda May’s version of ‘My Man’ from an album called ‘Almost Grown’ where she appears with Mike Sanchez & His Band and from Big Boy Bloater we chose his ‘That Ain’t My Name’. Someone else gigging around town now is the excellent Charlie Wood and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to play a particular favourite of ours, ‘Doin’ The Blah Blah Blah’, which has some great lyrics that we sent with a big smile to our good pals DJ Leyton Rocks & The Spinmeister. But, we set off on our cruise this week in the company of Buddy Miles, who has kept company with some very notable names through his career. Our choice was a track from his album Chapter 7 called ‘Hear No Evil’ and we followed that with Imelda May, who was on our giglist this week . . . and there’s more . . .

Cruising way out there . . . .Karen Almquist
Hear No Evil – Buddy Miles
My Man – Imelda May
That Ain’t My Name – Big Boy Bloater
Doin’ The Blah Blah Blah – Charlie Wood
Cadillac Message – The Wizards From Kansas
Smokestack Lightning – The Topham-McCarty Band
Elijah Rock – Jean Shy
Honey Child – Johnny Williams
Why Are People Like That – Karen AlmquistBlind Willie Johnson
I’ve Got To Learn – Bee Gees
Man In The Street – Bobby Keys

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . With Johnny Alpha
St James Infirmary – Josh White

Cruising where we please . . . . .
Down The Line – Bob Montgomery & Buddy Holly
Someone Must Have Lied – The Fun & Games Commission
She May Call You Up Tonight – The Strolling Scones
What Is Happy Baby – The CaliforniansChan Romero
For Your Love – The Four Tops
I Can’t Keep From Crying – Blind Willie Johnson
Whatcha Gonna Do Bout It – The Small Faces
Frustrated Woman – Freedom
If I Could Only Be Sure – Sidney Barnes & Speedometer
Don’t Feel Sorry For Me – Jimmy Ruffin
She Walks Right In – Diz & The Doormen
Hippy Hippy Shake – Chan Romero
Good Golly Miss Molly – Little Richard

In our rooting around in the Cruising Library, we stumbled across a rather fine version of ‘Why Are People Like That’ which came from singer and guitarist Karen Almquist. We found it on her 1996 album ‘Tracking of Time’ and it was just what we wanted for our Girls & Guitars feature.

For our scratchy blues choice this week, we pulled out something by from Texas bluesman Blind Willie Johnson.He made 30 commercial recordings during his career, one of which was a song that’s been much covered since, including a version by the Blues Project that we played on last week’s show. So, we went back to December the 5th 1928, somewhere in Dallas for his classic . . . I Can’t Keep From Crying.

It was Little Richard’s birthday this week, so our last tune came from him and something he recorded in October 1956 at Cosimo Matassa’s studio in New Orleans, ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’. Then it was all over . . . . leaving us to wave a cheery farewell to one and all, until next week, when once again we can go Cruising with The Commissioner. So, ‘til then . . . . Have fun!

  1. The Shake says:

    Great show as ever tonight TC

  2. The Vikster says:

    Thanks TC! Show sounded good. Really enjoyed it. Sorry I wasn’t too chatty but it was fun to listen live. I had to fight through the wrapping paper to get to my laptop… it got lost for a while!

  3. The Spongeman says:

    Top show TC 🙂

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Well this is getting serious or maybe it’s just the time of the year anyhow no gripes from me. Really enjoyed that Emp

    But have you heard Omar Dykes & Jimmie Vaughan “On The Jimmy Reed Highway”? I’ve lost the sleeve notes and am wondering if it’s Bonnie Raitt on track 4 “Natural Born Lover”.

    However for real scratchy blues Blind Joe Taggart I won’t tell u again !!!!!!

    • Are you sure your mojo’s working? Does it need new batteries, perhaps. Surely, the grouse season’s not over yet!

      We haven’t forgotten Joe, we’re just trying to filter out the sound of the breakfast chef who was in on his sessions!

      Just found a bundle of 45s that I bought awhile ago and forgot about. So, a few more gems for the next playlist and a few suggested by others.

      100 Club and Mike Sanchez at the weekend, so there’s another for our next adventure!

      In the meantime, have fun!

    • I think it’s Lou Ann Barton ‘On The Jimmy Reed Highway’

  5. Amigo says:

    The Jimmie Reed Highway is definitely a road to drive on more often.

    Here is a link to a sadly reduced Texas Tornados playing with Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton. I once enjoyed seeing the two of them performing at a little club way out West some years back.

    That Blind Willie Johnson song certainly brought a smile to my face!

    Great variety and what an interesting list of names this week. Naturally, I particularly enjoyed Chan Romero, who was apparently Mexican, Spanish, Apache and Cherokee Indian (with a little Irish thrown in for good measure) and turned out to be a big influence on Paul McCartney and the rest of the Beatles. Perhaps it was the part Irish heritage? Check out the Beatles live at the BBC for their great version. Now I think Paul might have listened to that last singer a lot as well!

    • Loved the video and it confirms Lou Ann Barton’s reputation as a ‘seasoned’ blues performer and Jimmy was just as I recall seeing him at the RAH many years back.

      It’s not surprising that the Beatles would have that Chan Romero song in their repertoire from their early (pre-celebrity) days. Will certainly check out their version.

      Ta muchly, as ever!

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