Time to boogie . . . .

Posted: May 15, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, the election is over and, whether the outcome is your liking, or not, it certainly didn’t stop the preparations for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. Indeed, there was plenty in our social diary to claim our attentions, including a number of gigs, starting with our first encounter with Hat Fitz & Cara. They gave us a spirited show, with some excellent vocals and percussion from Cara Robinson and some equally excellent guitar work and vocals from Hat Fitz. They’ve produced several albums and we had a look through them, settling on their track ‘Shakedown’ for our playlist.cruisin12

There was another name on our giglist and an new album launch by Scottish band King King, led by the kilt wearing Alan Nimmo. They packed out London’s Jazz Cafe and a great show it was too. For our playlist, we chose a track from their new album ‘Reaching For The Light’, called ‘You Stopped The Rain’. And we weren’t done yet, because we found ourselves at Camden’s, Dublin Castle, for a fun evening with our good pal Johnny99 and the other guys in Supurbia. It was well worth the trip and, afterwards, it sent us back through their catalogue of songs to find something for our playlist, which happened to be a track on their 2007 album ‘Hee Hoo Wood’, called ‘28” Screen’. We also caught a local gig by visiting Arkansas artist, Sleepy LaBeef, and a solo session by UK bluesman Dave Kelly . . . . Which was a good excuse to play his version of ‘Rooster Blues’.

The wonderful Thelma Houston popped up with her great version of ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, because it was her birthday during the week, but kicked off down the road with Sleepy LaBeef and his 1963 single for Wayside records, Tore Up . . . .

Cruising in good company . . . .Sleepy Labeef
Tore Up – Sleepy LaBeef
Fools Fall In Love – The Drifters
Time To Boogie – Jamie Oldaker
Rooster Blues – Dave Kelly
Jumping Jack Flash – Thelma Houston
Tie Me Tight – Bob Kayli
Misery – Kenny Lynch
It’s My Party – Helen Shapiro
Memphis Has Got The Blues – Rita Chiarelli
You Stopped The Rain – King King
Your True Love – Carl PerkinsRita Chiarelli (2)
I Wish It Would Rain – The Techniques

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Hoochi Koochi – Dora Hall

Cruising where we please . . . .
Let It Rock – Jeff Lynne
Stairway To Heaven – Robyne Dunn
28” Screen – Supurbia
She Loves You Too – The Patriots
The Games People Play – Bettye LaVettereachingforthelight-300x300
Sweet Situation – LaRoux
Let’s Go Riding – Freddie Spruell
Jingle – Down on the bayous
Shakedown – Hat Fitz & Cara
Whoa Whoa (I Love Him So) – Nikki Blu
Little Things Mean A Lot – Antoinette
I Got Eyes – Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson
You’re Humbuggin’ Me – Lefty Frizzell
I Get The Blues When It Rains – Alonzo Stewart

Now, it was Thom Hickey’s blog, The Immortal Jukebox, that inspired our choice of the Beatles song by Kenny Lynch. http://theimmortaljukebox.com/2015/04/29/on-the-bus-with-the-beatles-helen-shapiro/ The song, ‘Misery’, was actually written for Helen Shapiro, who was the headliner on the Beatles first UK tour, but she never recorded it because her producer didn’t like it. But, she did record the song ‘It’s My Party’ long before Leslie Gore had ever heard the song and we took the opportunity to dedicate it to anyone who left a party this week in tears or otherwise.

This week’s Girls & Guitars feature brought something from Canadian singer and guitarist, Rita Chiarelli. She began performing in Ronnie Hawkins’ band in the early 1980s and went on to develop a successful solo career, which has produced 9 albums to date. We chose ‘Memphis Has Got The Blues’ from her 2001 album ‘Breakfast at Midnight’. Meanwhile, our dip into the scratchy blues bag pulled out something by Delta Bluesman, Freddie Spruell. He was born in 1893 and he is generally regarded as the first Delta bluesman to be recorded with his Okeh release of “Milk Cow Blues” in June, 1926. But we chose his best known number Let’s Go Riding’.

Before we realised, our cruising time was over, but we played out with ‘I Get The Blues When It Rains’ by Alonzo Stewart and got back to Cruise Control, ever hopeful that there was sufficient good stuff in our playlist to tempt you back again, same time same place, next week. But, until then, remember . . . . . . . . Have fun!

P.S. A big thanks to Jamie Dell’Apa at New Orleans WWOZ for inviting The Commissioner to his ‘broadcast table’ for his Saturday night show ‘Blues In the Night’ . . . . great fun!



  1. Damon says:

    Good show

  2. The Shake says:

    Top show Commissioner

  3. The Spongeman says:

    Top show TC 🙂

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Well just finished listening to this show Emp some very nice stuff almost gripe free apart from Robyn Dunn who should be !

    Hat Fits (so wear it) . . . . that was excellent. Sounded like a touch of the old fife ‘n’ drum stuff in there. Prefer Lesley Bores version of ‘It’s My Party’. Have u played Dave Edmunds version of ‘Your True Love’?

    Brenda Lee does a fair version of ‘Games People Play’ on her Memphis Portrait album. Actually the whole album’s not too bad Emp.

    ’Little Things Mean A Lot’ . . . . I remember my sister having that record. I’m sure there was an English version, not Ruby Murray someone like that perhaps Chicken Tikka?

    • We enjoyed Hat Fitz & Cara and, yes, a little fife and drums in there too.

      Will look for that Brenda Lee track and give it a listen. Dave Edmunds can always be relied on to do a good cover, so we’ll look for that too. I think it was Alma Cogan with the UK release of ’Little Things Mean A Lot’.

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