Do it if you wanta . . . . .

Posted: March 31, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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The grounds and gardens around the Grand Duchy are getting distinctly more colourful and the sunshine has brought some cheer, which has been most welcome, given the global and local news this week. The changing seasons seem to have underlined the changes in the fortunes of certain folk in the public eye. The approach of the general election seems to be accompanied with little confidence in the capability or credibility of those seeking election and, as one UK TV show host was packing his bags to seek new pastures, another was unpacking his bags across the Atlantic and being received with much acclaim there. So, it’s not all bad.cruising-23

Meanwhile, we’ve been doing a fair bit of traveling this week and not all of it without incident, but we got where we need to be alright, including a visit to Ronnie Scott’s club in Soho for their monthly ‘Blues Explosion’ and a very fine show it proved to be. The Cruisettes came along too and the setlist suggested a few numbers to follow up on our return to Cruise Control. But, we weren’t distracted from digging out some juicy gems for this week’s playlist and when the appointed hour arrived, we had all the little red neons aglow ready to kick off down the road with Jimmy McCracklin and his 1959 Mercury 45 ‘Georgia Slop’ . . . .

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Georgia Slop – Jimmy McCracklin
Let’s Have A Party – Wanda Jackson
Down On the Farm – Big Al Downing
Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby – Dinah Washington
Bad To The Bone – George Thorogood & The Destroyers
I’m In Love With You Baby – Silas Hogan
Love Me Just Right – Lois Greco
Morning Dew – Lulu
The Lady’s Letter – Pop Staples
I’ll Take You There – The DeltonesPops-Staples-Dont-Lose-This
21st Century Boogie – Paddy Milner
Head Held High – Nick Cohen & Marcus Bonfanti
Soul Serenade – Beau Dollar & The Coins

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Mama Get Your Hammer – The Bobby Peterson Quintet

Cruising with the radio cranked up . . . .
Is This What I Get For Loving You – Marianne Faithful
She’s Got Everything – The KinksBobby Peterson
Baby Keep Your Love – Jimmy & The Rackets
It’s In His Kiss – Aretha Franklin
Do It If You Wanta – Sonny Boy Williamson
Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie – Charlie McCoy
I Wish You Would – The Yardbirds
Same Thing – Gino Parks
Hold On – The Radiants
Hear Me Calling – James Hunter & Doris Troy
Baby You’ve Got Me – The Sapphires
Wild One – Wee Willie Harriswee-willie-harris-wild-one-decca
Rock Island Line – Merrill E Moore

Our opening trio of tracks this week from Jimmy McCracklin, Wanda Jackson’s and Big Al Downing all had a common thread . . . . they all featured the piano work of Big Al Downing and that selection was suggested by a piece on one of our favourite blogs ‘The Immortal Jukebox’ . . . .

Now, this week’s Girls & Guitars feature focused on Lois Greco, who hails from Boston Massachusetts and is not only a singer and guitarist, but also a songwriter and actress. She’s been building her reputation, touring with her band and winning plenty of awards for her work. We decided to feature a track from her 2010 album ‘Takin’ Hold Of Your Heart’ called ‘Love Me Just Right’. Meanwhile, our dip into the scratchy blues bag brought us something from Sonny Boy Williamson II, who worked with some very notable blues names over the years and we chose his 1951 debut 45 with Trumpet records, ‘Do It If You Wanta’.

But, all too soon, we ran out of time. So, we parked up the Cruise Mobile, waved a cheery wave to the Cruising Crew and a big thanks to Johnny Alpha for bringing us another tasty treat from his impressive collection. But rest assured, there’s plenty more in our pending tray for next week, when we plan to roll by in the Cruise Mobile same time same place with a seat saved especially for you. So until the next time we go Cruising with the Commissioner . . . . remember . . . . . . have fun!



  1. The Spongeman says:

    Top stuff TC 🙂

  2. The Shake says:

    Top show Commissioner

  3. The Vikster says:

    Thanks for the music

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Superb Emp. Loved the Russ intro and Silas H is a great find. Am interested in the monthly blues gig at Mr Scott’s. I assume it’s on their website?

    Congrats on not letting me gripe mode down. Jimmy and the Rackets how apt was it Freddie Garrity?

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      The music modelling mode on our Cruising programmer is doing the equivalent of shrugging it’s shoulders . . . . you like Russ Conway and Silas Hogan but not Jimmy & The Rackets . . . . not sure if this computes to any known category, which may be not surprise to you! Not sure it’s helped by adding in Beau Dollar & The Coins or Sonny Boy Williamson II 🙂

      Ronnie Scott’s website has all the details of the Blues Explosion event and if we see you there, perhaps we can request some Russ Conway hits for you.

      I think Jimmy & The Rackets are well above the Freddy Garrity comparison, but what do I know 🙂

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