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Posted: February 24, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, here in the Grand Duchy the sunshine has been streaming through the windows just lately, whilst the flyers from various political parties have come streaming through the letterbox . . . . of course, only one is guaranteed to bring us cheer and optimism. So, to add to the good cheer and optimism quotient, we rolled out the Cruise Mobile Cruising #66with a seat saved especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner.

We were soon up to full cruising speed when the air guitars came out for The Who and their a mod favourite ‘Young Man Blues’, which started a trio of Mose Allison songs. Those with highly tuned recall and attention to detail, will remember that last week we played John Mayall’s version of ‘Parchman Farm’ and this week played the Mose Allison version, along with Buddy Guy’s take on another Mose Allison song, ‘Your Mind’s On Vacation’, with some great lyrics.

We also featured a track from the 1996 album ‘Miracle of Science’ by Marshall Crenshaw and a quite different take on the Dobie Gray hit ‘The In Crowd’. The album also includes a rather fine cover of the Arthur Alexander song ‘Soldier Of Love’, which was a song often performed by The Beatles, but never included with any of their commercial releases. Fortunately, they recorded it for a 1963 BBC session and we put it in this week’s playlist. But, before all that, we kicked off our cruise with a fine piece of doo wop from The Chords and ‘Hold Me Baby’ . . . . And it all rolled on from there . . . .

Cruising where we please . . . .Ray Scott
Hold Me Baby – The Chords
Oo Poo Pah Doo – Tommy Ridgley
I’ll Be A Good Boy – Rufus Thomas
Love Piled On Top Of Love – Ray Scott & The Scottsmen
Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Chris Clark
With My Love & What You Got – Jean Wells
Voodoo Kiss – Don Sargent & His Buddies
Love Me Like That – Sharon Curfman
Young Man Blues – The Who
Parchman Farm – Mose AllisonSharon Curfman
Your Mind’s On Vacation – Buddy Guy
Sha La La La Lee – Errol English

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . With Johnny Alpha
Stealing My Love From Me – Lulu

Cruising down the highway . . . . .
Le Nouveau Monde – Alice
Lydia Purple – The Collection
Modessa – Bluebird
San Francisco Bay Blues – Jesse FullerHesitations
Talkin’ Woman Blues – the Blues Band
The In Crowd – Marshall Crenshaw
Soldier Of Love – The Beatles
Just One Look – Doris Troy
Light My Fire – Erma Franklin
In The Dreamin’ Room – Don Fardon
If You Want This Love Of Mine – Dennis Dorrity Jr
Go Away – The Hesitations
My Girl Ivy – Jimmy Witherspoon & The Quintones
I Can’t Stand It – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers

Now, this week’s dip into the scratchy blues bag pulled out something by one of the celebrated one man bands of the blues and I’m grateful to Thom Hickey and his blog ‘The Immortal Jukebox’ for a timely reminder of the great Jesse Fuller. (See the link below) Jesse was born in Georgia in 1896 and says he left there as soon as he could to escape the harsh and sometimes brutal experiences of the South. He didnt make a record until 1958 when he was all of 62 years old. His well-honed musicianship and good humoured style are very evident in our choice of his classic ‘San Francisco Bay Blues’. Meanwhile, our Girls & Guitars feature focused on guitarist and singer Shannon Curfman, who started her recording career at the age of 14, when she released her first album, ‘Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions’. Although there have been several albums since then, that was where we found our choice of track, ‘Love Me Like That’.

All too soon, Mr Merlot was raising a glass of fine wine and pointing at the clock, which was a sure sign that the sands of time were running out on our two hundredth cruise. So, we headed for home with something guaranteed to generate some dangerous dancing by The Cruisettes . . . . Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers with their take on the Soul Sisters’ ‘I Can’t Stand It’. We arrived home safe and sound and ready to party, in the knowledge that it was only seven days before we could do it all again. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . have fun!

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Well, the days are getting noticeably longer and there are signs of green shoots around the Grand Duchy that bring a sense of renewal and revival, which is what we need to bring a little more cheer to our days. But, as the temperatures rise and our spirits lift, so we have to contend with the increasing ‘dance of the destitutes’, which is the most apt Cruising #2009description of the build up to the forthcoming general election. Frankly, if trust and confidence are the highest priorities when voting, the current contenders should be very grateful that Screaming Lord Sutch is no longer leading the Monster Raving Loony Party!

Our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks gave us a nudge towards an early track from Bob Seger, (or to be more precise the Bob Seger System) and ‘Lucifer’ . . . one of Bob’s self-penned songs on the 1970 album Mongrel and we were happy to oblige. Meanwhile, last week’s Three From Me guest, the much esteemed Arfa Pinetop, has complained that our playlists don’t give him much to gripe about these days (and he is an enthusiastic griper). He challenged us to play his ultimate gripe inducing track . . . John Mayall’s song about the death of bluesman JB Lenoir . . . . but we just couldn’t do . . . . so we pulled out Mr Mayall ‘s cover of Mose Allison’s ‘Parchman Farm’.

Now, this week we managed to fit in a little selection that we’ve had inmind for some weeks, with a trio of originals of Beatles covers, including The Donays, The Shirelles and Dr. Feelgood and the Interns. But the real treat was a musical trip down to New Orleans, because today is Mardi Gras and we wanted to join in the festivities. To get us on our way, we joined guitar-master, Lonnie Mack and his signature piece ‘Wham’ . . . .with some great stuff to follow . . . .

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Wham – Lonnie Mack
Sha La La La Le – The Rattles
Lucifer – Bob Seger
Are You Lovin’ Me Too – Del Shannon
In The Midnight Hour – The Mirettes
Turn It On – Don Covay
You Don’t Miss Your Water – Little Esther & Big Al Downing
Drive My Car – Monalisa Twins
Devil In His Heart – The Donays
Boys – The Shirelles
Mister Moonlight – Dr Feelgood & The InternsMister Moonlight
Parchman Farm – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
Don’t Bring Me Down – Giuliano Palma & the Bluebeaters

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Mean Man – Betty Harris

Cruising to the Mardi Gras . . . .
Maybe I Know – Lesley Gore
It’s Your Voodoo Working – Charles Sheffield
Great Googa Mooga – Lee Dorsey
Down At The Mardi Gras – Rockin’ Dopsie
Cajun Roux – Big Al & The HeavyweightsSugar Boy 2
Take Me To The Mardi Gras – Johnny Taylor
Midnight In New Orleans – Long John Baldry
Goin’ To New Orleans – Little Sam Davis
Goin’ Back to New Orleans – Dr John
Jock-A-Mo – Sugar Boy Crawford
Oop Shoop – Shirley Gunter & The Queens
Barefootin’ – Robert Parker
Breakaway – Irma Thomas

This week’s Girls & Guitars feature delivered double bubble, because it’s spotlight fell on two girls with guitars, who are twins named Mona and Lisa. They settled in the UK from their native Austria and have made Liverpool their musical home. We chose ‘Drive My Car’ from their 2014 album the “MonaLisa Twins Play Beatles & More”. Meanwhile, our dip into the scratchy blues bag pulled out something by blues harp player, Little Sam Davis. We chose one of the four sides he cut for Henry Stone’s Rockin’ label in 1952, with Earl Hooker on guitar . . . ‘Goin’ To New Orleans’.

It came as a bit of a surprise to see that we’d nearly run out of time on our cruise . . . but we closed our Mardi Gras celebration with a song recorded in New Orleans by Irma Thomas in 1964 and covered by Tracey Ullman in 1983 . . . . ‘Breakaway’. Then, with our customary care and attention, we arrived back safe and sound, ready to call by, same time same place, next week with a seat saved especially for you. So, untill the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . Have fun!

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Well, folks, no one can say it hasn’t been an eventful week here in the Grand Duchy and amid the myriad activities, we heard from our good pals Johnny99, DJ Leyton Rocks, The Vikster and, not forgetting, the most esteemed Arfa Pinetop, who stopped by with gems from his trawls around the charity shops and offered us his latest ‘Three From Me’. Just when we had managed to squeeze in a little time to go rummaging in the Cruising Library for lost (or just mislaid) musicalCruising #2023 treasures. This week our rummaging presented a couple of originals of songs covered by the Spencer Davis Group, including the Jackie Edwards song ‘Somebody Help Me’ which appeared on the UK Sue Record label by The Jaybirds, and the Malibus and their 1965 Sure Shot single ‘Strong Love’.

If you were at Ronnie Scott’s on Sunday then we might have seen you there too for a much awaited London gig by the wonderful Charlie Wood. . . . and good stuff it was too. So, we took the opportunity to reprise our favourite track from his 2014 album ‘Barcelona – Memphis’ along with the Mr Hurricane Band and ‘Tired Sad & Lonely’. But first, we kicked off down the road in the company of Billy Bizarre and his take on ‘House of the Rising Sun’ and followed fast with the first single release by The Rolling Stones . . . . . their cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Come On’.

Cruising for the city limits . . . . . Charlie Wood Barcelona-Memphis
Billy Bizarre – The House Of the Rising Sun
Come On – The Rolling Stones
No More Heroes – Night Trains
Somebody Help Me – The Jaybirds
Strong Love – The Malibus
Tired Sad & Lonely – Charles Wood with Mr Hurricane Band
Clean Up Woman – Al Kooper
Whirlwind – Barrett Strong
Think It Over – The Harvey Averne Dozen
Miles Away – The Butlers

Three From Me . . . . with Arfa PinetopMeena
Long Tall Sally – Barbara Green
Waiting For A Train – Boz Scaggs
Pack Fair & Square – J Geils Band

Cruising down the road apiece . . . .
Each Day – Ann Cole
Bad Man Of Missouri – Jimmy Ricks & The Suburbans
Coming Home Baby – El Chicano
If You Had A Diamond – Meena
Gotta A Man In The ‘Bama Mines – Merline Johnson

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny AlphaSam The Sham
What Now – Marion Black

Cruising for the city lights . . . . .
Take A Heart – The Sorrows
Itchycoo Park – The Small Faces
Wondrous Place – Billy Fury
Li’l Red Riding Hood – Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs
Get On The Right Track – Titus Turner
Teenage Letter – Big Joe Turner
Back In The USA – MC5

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week, turned the spotlight on Austrian guitarist and blues singer, Meena Cryle. She’s released three albums to date and we chose her track ‘If You Had A Diamond’ from her 2012 album ‘Feel Me’. Meanwhile, our weekly dip into the scratchy blues bag found a little gem from Merline Johnson. Now, there’s not a lot known about her, but her recordings show she specialised in juke joint blues and a few risque songs. We chose something she recorded in 1937 for the Conquerer label, called ‘Gotta A Man In The ‘Bama Mines’ . . . . which we enjoyed here.

Now, whether it was meticulous planning or incredible luck, but we arrived back home safe and sound, with plenty more music in the pending tray for next week . . . . and if you have nothing better to do with your time, look out for the Cruise Mobile, same time same place next week, because we’ll definitely be swinging by with a seat saved especially for you. But, we’re hoping you have a great week and until the next time we go Cruising with the Commissioner . . . . have fun!


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Well, it’s proved to be a busy week, one way and another, with some enjoyable encounters with a few friendly faces and some quite excellent gigs that we’ve been looking forward to for a while. One of those was Paul Carrack, who was on his current UK tour and gave a first class show to packed house, which included his song, ‘Just A Little Lie’. So, we put it in our playlist. A few days later, Marcus Bonfanti was also on our giglist, doing a solo set in an intimate setting and he Cruising #2022(2)certainly wasn’t the only person having a good time. We played something by him last week and he may well pop up again in the near future.

But the doyens of musical history will know that this week’s show was broadcast on the anniversary of the day in 1959, dubbed ‘the day music died’. For, it was on 3 February 1959 that a fatal air crash ended the careers of Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and Buddy Holly. They may be long gone now, but they were remembered well on our playlist.

The Cruising time machine helped us travel in and out of time zones and brought us right up to date for a track from a new album titled ‘A Long Way From Heaven’ which features Wily Bo Walker, Karena K & The Danny Flam Big Band and they were all on our choice, called ‘Rendezvous Des Cheminots’. But we kicked off our cruise with Marvin & Johnny and their 1958 Modern 45 ‘Ain’t That Right’ . . . . .

Cruising for the outskirts of town . . . . joanna-connor-fight-1992
Ain’t That Right – Marvin & Johnny
Give It Up – Charles Sheffield
Taking Care Of Business – Sarah James & The Soul Babies
Little Red Riding Hood – The Big Bopper
Come On Let’s Go – Ritchie Valens
Bo Diddley – Buddy Holly
Thirteen Men – Isabel Rose
Don’t Go – Vince Everett
Walkin’ Blues – Joanna Conner
You’ve Got To Lose – The Holmes BrothersPhantom Brothers
Topsy (Part 2) – Cozy Cole
Go Now – Bessie Banks
Put Yourself In My Place – Delroy Wilson

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . With Johnny Alpha
Chicago – The Phantom Brothers

Cruising where we please . . . . .
Living In The Past – Billie Davies
That I Know – The Mirage
Camila Rhodes – Jordan Zevon
It’s Best To Know Who You’re Talking To – Clifford (Grandpappy) GibsonWily Bo Walker
Rendezvous Des Cheminots – Wily Bo Walker, Karena K & The Danny Flam Big Band
Just A Little Lie – Paul Carrack
Wondrous Place – The Honeybees
The Real Thing – Tina Britt
Drive My Car – Memphis All Stars
I Want To Hold Your Hand – Al Green
Back In The USSR – Charlie Wood
Little Boy Blue – Duffy Power
Pack Fair & Square – Big Walter & His Thunderbirds

Now, this week our Girls & Guitars spotlight fell on Chicago based blues singer and guitarist, Joanna Conner, who’s no stranger to our attentions. She’s been active on the music scene since 1980 and recorded her first album in 1989, but we’ve pulled out her 1992 album for Blind Pig Records ‘Fight’, which features some very nice slide guitar work on our choice, the old blues standard ‘Walkin’ Blues’. Meanwhile, our dip into the scratchy blues bag pulled out something by Clifford (Grandpappy) Gibson. He was born in Kentucky in 1909 and cut 10 sides between 1929 and 1931, although four of these were never issued and have never been found. But, we picked a song that was recorded by him in St Louis and it shows his sometimes wry observations on life . . . . ‘It’s Best To Know Who You’re Talking To’.

All too soon, time was running out on our musical adventure and we had to turn, reluctantly, for home . . . . but we did it in style with a much covered song from Big Walter & His Thunderbirds and ‘Pack Fair & Square’. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!