Pack fair and square . . . . .

Posted: February 3, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:


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!

  1. The Shake says:

    Good show Commissioner and the pop psych tracks were excellent.

  2. The Vikster says:

    I especially enjoyed the tracks Wondrous Place, Back In The USSR and Drive My Car this week

    • Thanks for the feedback and good to know what went down particularly well with you. Might just slip in another Charlie Wood track next week after we catch him at Ronnie Scott’s at the weekend. Have fun!

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Another gripe free show Emp !!!

    Loved that girl and her guitar surely that Billie Davis wasn’t the 60’s Queen of the Mods of “Tell Him” fame?

    “Little Red Riding Hood ” nice and different version by Sam the Sham (knock knock).

    Ta for Pack, Fair and Square. Must admit though, I don’t think the J Geils version can be beaten.

    Picked up a cd today entitled “The Obscure and Neglected Chicagoans” it’s sealed and I’m a bit loath to open it. Not blues, but big bands I reckon with lovely names :

    Dud Mccums Wolverines 1925, The Original Wolverines 1927, Ray Miller and his Hotel Gibson Orch. 1928/9 Thelma Terry and her Boyfriends 1928.

    Reckon its an Independent label. Has the name and address of a guy from Florida on back.

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Well, things can’t go on like this . . . . !

      I thought you’d like Joanna Connor and ‘yes’ it was that Billie Davis. Btw . . . I hear you knocking.

      That CD “The Obscure and Neglected Chicagoans” looks a real find. There’s a used copy on Amazon for £39 and it’s described as a collection of wonderful hot bands from the roarin’ 20’s. The jazz content is wonderful, and these bands are all really great and “HOT.” Some of the music is hot 20’s dance music, some Dixieland, but all of it falls in the genre of Chicago jazz in the 20’s. Even collectors of classic jazz, won’t have the rare music on this CD, extremely rare recordings, and as enjoyable as they are rare. Essential for all fans of classic jazz and Dixieland.

      Have fun!


  4. johnny99 says:

    Hey, Commissioner, hope you’re well, just listening to the show. I’ve never heard Little Red Riding Hood by the Big Bopper before. A suggestion is the same song title (but different song) by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs – one of our very few Supurbia covers. Flip side of Wooly Bully – now there’s a double A side if there ever was.

    • Yes, one of the lesser known songs by The Big Bopper, but well worth a listen. You may not be alone in citing the Sam The Sham number and your wish is my command . . . ! :-). Of course, you could always come back with a few more and present them yourself !!!

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