Nothing can stop me now . . . .

Posted: March 17, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:


Well, here in the Grand Duchy the sun has had his hat on sufficiently long, just lately, to encourage us to a little alfresco dining on the South terrace, which has been very welcome indeed. Meanwhile, around Cruise Control, it has been a very good week for music and social events, with a fair bit of travelling. So, as Tuesday rolled around, we were a bit Cruising 62cpressed for time as we went through the pending tray and the new arrivals. We also had a most welcome visit from The Vikster, who left us with her latest Three From Me selection, so we were definitely not short of some great music for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.

Our social diary included an opportunity for meeting up with our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks, who was in good spirits and enjoying our chosen venue of a New Orleans style restaurant in London. The music was excellent and swapping stories about our visits to the Big Easy, during which he took the opportunity to drop a subtle reminder of his affection for the music of Bob Seger . . . . and we were listening carefully.

Our gig list this week included The Boom Band (where we bumped into The Vikster) and it proved to be a great show, which should not be surprising, given the much respected ‘names’ in the band, including Paddy Milner who reminded us of that Huey Piano Smith number. Their set-list included many (but not all) of the numbers on their latest album and some great ‘seasoned’ soul and ‘real’ R&B songs. We also caught up with the great Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band . . . . still gigging and still able to whip up much cheering, clapping and dancing from the crowd. Geno was a part of the UK 60s club scene and show no signs of slowing down in 2015. So, no surprise that we kicked off our cruise with one of Geno’s early 45s ‘She Shot A Hole In My Soul’ . . . . and it all rolled on from there . . . .

Cruising for the horizon . . . . Geno
She Shot A Hole In My Soul – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Get On The Right Track – Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
It Should’ve Been Me – Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band
Smokey Joe’s Cafe – The Robins
I’ve Had It – Lee Andrews & The Hearts
Memories – Little Dooley
Nothing Can Stop Me Now – Gene Chandler
I Like What I’m Trying To Do – Waywood Ellis
Ska Tissue – The Skaters

Three From Me . . . . with The Vikster 
Red Eye Of The DevilThe Boom BandGreen Lyte Sunday
The Third Degree
Nobody Knows
Shaun Escoffery

Cruising with the radio on . . . . .
Rooster Blues – Lightnin’ Slim
Sugar Coated Love – Barbara Lynn
Shorty’s Got To Go – The Mega Flame Big Band
Chelsea Morning – Green Lyte Sunday
Damn Your Eyes – Etta James
Hi Heel Sneakers – Tommy Tucker

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alphachamps-twenty-thousand-leagues-london
Twenty Thousand Leagues – The Champs

Cruising for the fun of it . . . . .
Little Sister – Ry Cooder
Move It On Over George Thorogood
Don’t You Just Know It – Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns
C’est La Vie – Bob Seger
You Got The Bucks The Blues Brothers
Corrina Corrina – Jerry Lee Lewis

Well, our Girls & Guitars feature, included a fine piece of blues from Barbara Lynn. Now, she been featured here before, but you can’t have too much of a good thing! She was born in Beaumont, Texas and took up the guitar as a child. After playing some local clubs, she got spotted by a record producer and cut her first record at Cosimo Matassa’s New Orleans studios. The song was “You’ll Lose A Good Thing” and it was No1 in the R&B charts in 1962. But, we chose a more bluesy number and her take on the Lazy Lester number ‘Sugar Coated Love’. Meanwhile, the scratchy blues enthusiasts will enjoy Rooster Blues by Lightnin’ Slim and we’re grateful to Jon Amor for pointing us to that one, but all too soon, we found ourselves heading for home in the company of the Ferriday Fireball, Jerry Lee Lewis and his rocking version of ‘Corrina Corrina’.

Amazingly, we arrived back at Cruise Control safe and sound and just in time to say our farewells. We gave a respectful nod and wink in the direction of The Vikster, Johnny Alpha and the rest of the Tuesday night mafia, but most importantly to you, dear listener, in the hope that if you have nothing better to do with your time, you will look out for the Cruise Mobile, same time same place next week, because we’ll definitely be rolling by with a seat saved especially for you. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!


  1. LeytonRocks says:

    The Commissioner rules

  2. Paddy Milner says:

    Keep spreading the good stuff!

  3. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner.

  4. The Vikster says:

    Enjoyed the show TC and especially the rocking blues from Lightnin’ Slim. We liked that one!

  5. Arfa Pinetop says:

    A big thanks for a great show Emp. and an even bigger thank you to the Stanmore Branch of the War Cry sales team who decided to pay me a visit just as the dire Green Lyte Sunday (I suspect they are in fact the Spinners with vocals by Anita Harris) was being broadcast. I just upped the volume and off they shot ” a hellhound on their tail” indeed!

    Lovely stuff that “Rooster Blues” track as was “Sugar Coated Love”. There is, of course, a fine version by the Fab Thunderbirds . . . knock knock!

    I don’t whether we mentioned the doc. on Dave Clark a few weeks ago. Very interesting. A very shrewd boy. But to my mind the guts of that band was Mike Smith, who, before his demise, made an album with Mike D’arbo which was quite pleasant, if I remember . . . . knock knock knock!

    Just picked up Slim Gailard Babs Gonzales “Shuckin and Jivin”. Not played as yet but will report back.

    And yes I enjoyed all The Vikster’s selections.

    P.S. Forgot to mention my appreciation of that George T track. He’s a great rocker really “Bad To The Bone” (quadruple knock) !!!!!!

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      So glad we could ward off the siren call of other cults around Pinetop’s palace. 😉 Of course we appreciate that, whatever the day, you may be far more familiar with lights of a different hue!

      Sam Gailard did some fun stuff and used a whole hip language. It’s a nice album you’ve found and well worth a spin.

      I took a listen to that 2 x Mikes album. Nice stuff but nothing I thought I wanted to play again. But might look for some other stuff by Mr Smith, because I agree with your assessment of his contribution.

      I will pass on your kind words to The Vikster . . . . and advise her of their rarity value!

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