Summertime symphony . . . . .

Posted: June 25, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, in case you didn’t notice mid-summer’s day, it slipped by with little fanfare this year. So, you could be forgiven for believing the brief bursts of sunshine and the warm rain were the best June has to offer. Around the Grand Duchy, we won’t believe summer has arrived until we get some warnings of imminent hosepipe bans. Nevertheless, we rolled out the Cruise Mobile and set off in good spirits to call by for the Cruising Crew . . . . and they turned out in goodly numbers . . . . which was all we needed to go Cruising with the Commissioner!

We had some birthdays to celebrate, a couple of departures to mark and an unexpected moment to push back the furniture, roll back the carpet and cover up the budgie, because we decided to feature some Northern Soul treats inspired by the dusty discoveries of our good pal The Auburn Phantom.

The preparations for this week’s show have included much amusement here about the consequence of my throat infection, which has given me the rasping voice of an aspiring Barry White impersonator. But, despite that, we were ready for a good time and, even the variable summer weather didn’t deter, Mr Merlot from coming dressed most appropriately in a colourful Hawaiian shirt, knee length shorts and rope sandals. The Cruisettes arrived looking resplendent in their polka dot tops and hot pants. The pink champagne was on ice and Mrs TC had provided a few tasty nibbles in the hospitality lounge. So, without delay, we headed off down the road on this week’s Cruise with Little Rachel and a track from her 2009 album ‘Turns Red Hot’, called ‘Go Bully Some Other Gal’ . . . . and there was more . . . .

Cruising for the city limits . . . . .
Go Bully Some Other Gal – Little Rachel
Shake! Shake! – Jump4Joy
Race With The Devil – Gene Vincent
Your Lover Man – The Fleetones
All Shook Up – Otis Blackwell
Little Darling – The Flirtations
Keep On Loving Me – Ernest Mosley
Girls Are Out To Get You – The Fascinations
Hear Me Calling – James Hunter & Doris Troy
Her Loving Way – Gaylan Ladd
Samantha FishSusie Q – Dale Hawkins
Leavin’ Kind – Samantha Fish
In The Midnight Hour – Herbie Fabulus

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Ha Le Se Le Li Khanna – The New Life

Cruising to the summer sun . . . .
Handbags & Gladrags – Mike D’Abo
Sunshine Day – Jethro Tull
Summer In the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful
Long Hot Summer – The Tom Robinson Band
Mike D'aboSunshine Day – Osibisa
Goin’ Home – Greg Rolie
Let’s Have Some Fun – Mighty Sam McClain
Last Man Standing – The Holmes Brothers
Dancing In The Street – LaBert Ellis
Summertime Blues – Dion
Summertime – The Shake Spears
Summertime Symphony – Jamie Coe

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on guitarist and singer Samantha Fish. She’s a native of Kansas City, Missouri she’s gigging around the UK currently. If you’ve not seen her on stage, then you can get a feel for her music from the track we chose, ‘Leavin’ Kind’, off her 2011 album ‘Runaway’. Johnny Alpha brought us another juicy gem from his impressive collection, which he suggested would be well received by the ‘swirling’ devotees of Euro pop. Indeed, we were all having a great time until Mr Merlot reminded us that we should be heading for home . . . . which we did in the company of Jamie Coe and a song that sounded just a little like Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’, but this was Jamie Coe and his 1959 Addison 45 ‘Summertime Symphony’.

Well, I’m rather surprised that my voice held out to the end of the show, but it did just and if you like our playlist this week, perhaps there’s a chance we can entice you back again next week, when we’ll 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 Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner, as always

  2. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Well Emp

    Didn’t think your voice sounded that bad . . . . not as bad as that Gaylan bloke what twit suggested him!!!!

    Never was much of a fan of Northern soul, much preferred a bit of Southern rock and while on the subject of fish enjoyed Samantha and James Hunter who I believe used to perform as Howlin Wilf, if it’s the same bloke.

    As for “Hale se le ki khanna” I’ve never eaten there, but then again I’m not a lover of lentils.

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      The voice gave out all together later in the evening.

      Sorry, but in respect of ‘that Galan bloke’, we never reveal our sources, except under extreme pressure of bank notes (we can provide a PayPal account if required)!

      Lands End . . . . I assume that’s the most Southern rock we have hereabouts 🙂

      Yup Howlin’ Wilf and James Hunter are one and the same. Might find something by Howlin’ Wilf for the next show. Until then, watch the lentils and have fun!

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