Cruising with a boogie woogie Santa Claus

Posted: December 23, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:


Well, we arrived for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner bedecked in our festive finery, along with a playlist liberally laced with some rather special festive rock, soul and real rhythm and blues. The Cruise Mobile was rolled out early and The Cruisettes ensured it was suitable festive for our cruise. Mr Merlot was full or ‘Ho Ho Ho’ and there was plenty of pink fizz for all. Of course, there was a seat saved especially for you and our mission, as ever, was to take you on a whirlwind journey across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres . . . . all in the interests of pursuing the music we like.
After just too much ‘encouragement from the Cruising Crew, we decided to include a few seasonal toons for our Christmas show, but avoiding the obvious and anything that might just remotely get played in the department stores or supermarkets at this time of year. But, our selection had a sad moment when we paid our respects to the great Joe Cocker, who we lost this week.

This week we tipped our hat to those discerning folk who watched the final series of ‘The Newsroom’ and for them, we included a Tom T Hall song, from the final episode, that will linger awhile as a result. . . . this was Buddy Miller with ‘That’s How I Got To Memphis’. But, we kicked off our festive frolic with The Fab Four and their version of a seasonal song that sounded somehow very familiar. We hadn’t planned it this way, but The Cruisettes insisted that we have a few favourites to get us in the party spirit . . . . so we followed on with another foursome . . . . who are still going strong . . . .Status Quo.

Cruising in cheery company . . . .Romney Getty
Good King Wencelas – The Fab Four
It’s Christmas Time – Status Quo
Boogie Woogie Santa Claus – Mabel Scott with the Maxwell Davis Orchestra
Frosty – Albert Collins
Me & My Guitar – Freddie King
She’s Gone – Romney Getty
Hard Times – Jackie Ross
Hey Little Woman – Sonny Til & The Orioles
I Got The Blues – Della Reese
I Put A Spell On You – Joe Cockersoulville
Soulville – Dinah Washington
Girls Town Ska – Babba Brookes & His Band

Killer Diller Korner . . . . With Johnny Alpha
The Whoo Pee – Joe Simon

Cruising with the elves . . . .
Christmas Nights In Blue – The Trans Siberian Orchestra
High Flying Bird – The Plague
That’s How I Got To Memphis – Buddy MillerThe Whoo Pee
Comin’ Home – Mel Torme
Hippy Hippy Shake – The Beatles
Lonesome Christmas Blues – Blind Blake
Run Rudolph Run – Keith Richards
Zat You Santa – Buster Poindexter & His Banshees of Blues
Santa Claus – Little Charlie & The Nightcaps
Santa Was A Skinhead – The Midtown Boys
Santa! Santa! Santa! The Rockabilly Boogie Band
Santa Gonna Rock – The Refreshments

Well, our cruises have caused us a good deal of time travel, especially for our dips into the scratchy blues bag, and this week was no exception. We went back to 1929 to hear something seasonal from Blind Blake and his ‘Lonesome Christmas’. We stayed in a bluesy mood too for our Girls & Guitars feature. This week we were in the company of Canadian, Romney Getty, who’s done her share of gigging out on the road and along the way she’s recorded a couple of albums. We chose a track that we particularly liked from her 2005 album ‘Fill In The Grey’ . . . . titled ‘She’s Gone’.

The Cruisettes were very evident this week and rocking out along with Mr Merlot and yours truly. The pink fizz served us well and Mrs TC had provided a few tasty nibbles too. But, all too soon, we had to turn for home on our cruise and we got there safe and sound (just) in the company of The Refreshments . . . then it was all over! But we didn’t go without sending one and all our very best wishes for the festive period and hoping you all have a good time! So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. . . . . have fun!


  1. The Spongeman says:

    Top show TC 😉

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