Around the corner from my house . . . . .

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

Listen here to this week’s show:


Well, here in the Grand Duchy we’ve witnessed the first evidence of political pamphlets dropping through our letterbox. So, as we await the arrival of various musical gems via our cheery postman, we have experienced the occasional disappointment, with prospect of more, as the lead up to election day progresses. But, we are re-assured that the good music we enjoy will be more enduring than the solicitations and promises of those seeking our votes.Cruising #56

Now, this week the Grand Duchy experienced an eclipse of the sun and it came on the very day that the wonderful Sister Rosetta Tharpe would have been celebrating her 100th birthday. So, as the eclipse caste an eerie deep gloom all around, we knew exactly who was going to feature in our Girls & Guitars slot this week and what song we were going to choose. The song was the first gospel record to cross over and become a hit on the Billboard R&B charts and was her 1945 Decca release, ‘Strange Things Are Happening’.

But, before that, we kicked off down the road with Clarence Frogman Henry, who was celebrating his birthday this week. So, we gave him a cheery wave and set off in our usual style, cruising across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres, as you can hear . . . .

Cruising for the horizon . . . . . Strange things
Ain’t Got A Home – Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry
Rock in’ With The Clock – Shirley & Lee
Around The Corner From My House – Jewel Akens
The Snake – Al Wilson
Glad All Over – Billy Fury
Candy Man – Roy Orbison
Strange Things Are Happening – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
She Shot a Hole In My Soul – Clifford Curry
Get On The Right Track Baby – Ray CharlesJerry Lee
It Should’ve Been Me – Ray Charles
The Joker – Earl Sixteen & The Mighty Generators

Three From Me . . . . with Arfa Pinetop
Matchbox – Jerry Lee Lewis
Step Child – Jerry Lee Lewis
Wild One – Jerry Lee Lewis

Cruising in good company . . . . .
Similau – Bobby Darin
Jack That Cat Was Clean – Dr Horsebobby-darin-similau-atco
Tobacco Road – Jimmy Norman
Sugar Coated Love – The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Corrina Corrina – Bo Carter
That’s What I Want – The Liverpool Five

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Like Nashville – The Nashville Five

Cruising for home . . . . .
Denise – Randy & The Rainbowsnashville-five-like-nashville-decca
All Around The World – Li’l Millet & The Creoles
6345789 – Wilson Pickett
Give Me One More Chance – Wilmer & The Dukes
If You Think – Barbara George
I Can’t Stop (No No No) – Arthur Conley

Well, this week, with some trepidation, we welcomed back the esteemed Arfa Pinetop, who was taking some time out from his regular audio auditing of the local charity shops, to bring us another Three From Me selection. This time, the choices were clearly inspired by his recent reading of a Jerry Lee Lewis biography and a recollection of visiting the Lewis estate, down in Tennessee.

Now, there’s been a good deal of rummaging in the Cruising Library this week, which has turned up a few very nice items that found their way into our playlist. We found a couple of nice popcorn 45s, including a Bobby Darin 45 that our good pal Johnny Alpha used to play on his Killer Diller Show and a classic from Dr Horse. But, that wasn’t all . . . . because while we were a-rummaging we also turned up a rarity from American R&B pianist and singer, McKinley James Millet, who led a band called Li’l Millet & The Creoles. In 1955 they recorded this self-penned song, called ‘ All Around The World’, but it didn’t get released until 1993, possibly because it got covered back in 1955 by Little Richard.

Meanwhile, our dip into the scratchy blues bag this week followed a tune that we’ve played over the past few weeks. This time, we went back to 1928 for a country blues version of the song, ‘Corrina Corinna’, first recorded that year by Mississippi bluesman, Bo Carter.

Then, all too soon, we arrived back at Cruise Control just in time to say our farewells and give a respectful nod and wink in the direction of Arfa Pinetop and Johnny Alpha. Of course, we’re ever hopeful 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. The Auburn Phanton says:

    There’s something about reggae that goes great with covers. Seems to make all songs seem like they were written like that.

  2. The Shake says:

    A top show Commissioner. Great stuff from Sister Rosetta Tharpe and top three from me. Loved that Barbara George track and Randy and the Rainbows.

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Emp I hate to say it but another gripe free one !!

    The Clarence “Frogman” Henry “Ain’t got no home ” I do believe that the record label was minus the “Frogman” tag. I actually had one and flogged it to Beanos.

    Didn’t Brian Poole cover “Candy Man”? Fab Ts, Bo Carter lovely stuff as was Jimmy Norman. Was Carter Lewis 2 people or 1? I remember Carter Lewis and the Southerners.

    There was a very good soul singer 70s 80s can’t quite remember, Root Jackson by name. He used to play at The Torrington N Finchley and had members of Mike Cotton’s band in his group.

    Emp dya remember the Mike Raven theme tune? Knock knock!

    • Oh most esteemed Arfa

      I’m not sure I can stand this ‘no gripe zone’. It has that feel of finding Russ Conway on The Old Grey Whistle Test!

      You’re right about Clarence. Of course, the ‘Frogman’ title came as a result of that hit. Saw him on stage many years back, at The Shakespeare in Woolwich. Good stuff too.

      Yes, on Brian Poole & Trems.

      Carter Lewis were a duo . . . Plus The Southerners. They were performers and writers who went on to form an even more successful group.

      Mike Raven’s theme was Soul Serenade by Bo Dollar & The Coins aka Lonnie Mack & His Band. There’s no way I’m playing the later and less impressive version by Mike Cotton (in case you think of asking)!

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