Roll like a big wheel . . . . .

Posted: May 21, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

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Well, despite some good company and some good gigs, the past week has had more than a little sadness, because we got the news of the passing of B.B. King. He had not been at all well in recent times, so it was less a surprise, than a deep sense of the end of an era. We were glad we caught him last year, appearing in his home town of Indianola and, Cruising #118for our tribute, we went back to one of his much acclaimed albums . . . . Live at Regal, where he opened up with his signature ‘Everyday I Have The Blues’. We followed that with a much later collaboration between B.B. and Joe Cocker for the album ‘Deuces Wild’. So, like for many others, the thrill is gone!

Well, there was much action around Cruise Control this week, because we received a ceremonial visit from our good pal Arfa Pinetop. He came with a handful of blues tracks, which spanned from their scratchy origins to the 60’s charts, along with a few revelations of past personalities.

There were a few birthdays and events to remember this week and our giglist included a power-house performance by Dana Fuchs, which is certain to remain with us a good while. But we got the whole show started with the help of the ‘Georgia Peach’, Little Richard and an old Johnny Cash number, ‘Get Rhythm’ . . . . and it all rolled on from there . . . .

Cruising where we please . . . . gene-pitney-shes-a-heartbreaker-1968-8
Get Rhythm – Little Richard
Ah-Who – Bad Carrol
Roll Like A Big Wheel – Olive Brown
She’s A Heartbreaker – Gene Pitney
Sinner Not A Saint – Trini Lopez
Nature Boy – Bobby Darin
A Rockin’ Good Way – Vernon & Jewel
Move On – Lisa Mann
Fever – Carlos & The Bandidos

Three From Me . . . . . with Arfa Pinetop
To The Pines, To The Pines – Bascom Lamar LunsfordLisaMann-MoveOn-Cover-275x246
In The Pines – Leadbelly
Black Girl – The Four Pennies

Cruising with the top down . . . .
One Way Love Affair – Willie Hill
You Send Me – Otis Redding
That’s When The Tears Start – The Blossoms
Water – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Famous Blue Anorak – Bubblegum Lemonade

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . With Johnny Alphabbking_live_at_the_regal
Tired Of Trying, Bored With Lying & Scared Of Dying – Manfred Mann

Cruising with friends . . . .
In Need You – The Geers
Everyday I Have The Blues – B.B. King
Dangerous Mood – B.B. King & Joe Cocker
Peanuts – Little Joe & The Thrillers
Just A Little Boy Blue – Johnny Preston
I’m In Love Again – Dee Dee Sharp
Somewhere Down the Line – Little Johnnie Taylor
There Ain’t Enough Room To Boogie – Tyrone Hibbs & The Hip-Shakers

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on Lisa Mann, who has produced some impressive albums to date. We took a listen to several before we decided to play the title track from her 2014 album ‘Move On’ . . . . and we may return to her material for future shows.

The Cruisettes were much in evidence during the last two numbers in the show which included a much sought after 1963 Vocalion 45 from Little Johnnie Taylor, followed by the very aptly titled ‘There Ain’t Enough Room Her To Boogie’ and never a truer word was said! So, we went home in style with Tyrone Hibbs & The Hip-Shakers and ever hopeful that there will have been plenty in our playlist to entice you back again next week. As ever, we’ll be here, same time, same place next week to take you on another vaguely supervised adventure, when we go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . . Have fun!

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