It wasn’t me . . . .

Posted: July 17, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, this week included a public holiday in France to celebrate the start of the French Revolution and we are keeping a curious eye the events unfolding in Greece. But, even that didn’t deflect us from rolling out the Cruise Mobile, ready for this week’s musical adventure that we continue to call Cruising with The Commissioner.

As usual, we cast our musical net far and wide to find some of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues and we pulled out a song that has been recorded many times by folks like Del Shannon, James Taylor and an early hit version by Jimmy Jones. The song was ‘Handy Man’, written by Jimmy Jones and before his successful solo recording, it was recorded by vocal group ‘The Sparks Of Rhythm’ of which he was a member.

The devotees of Paul Simon probably know it well, but we were intrigued to dig out one of his early 60s recordings called ‘Noise’. This was when he was fronting a group called Tico & The Triumphs. We also stumbled across a 1969 recording, made at the Record Plant in Greenwich Village by a select group of musicians including Billy Cox, Buddy Miles, Jimi Henrix and Johnny Winter, but we kicked off this week’s cruise with Henry Shead Sr. and ‘Wanna Jean’’ and we rolled on nicely from there . . . . . .

Cruising where we please . . . Beverly Watkins (2)
Wanna Jean – Henry Shead Sr
Ooo Wee – The Searchers
Don’t Try – The Tangiers
Wow Wow Wee – The Angels
Noise -Tico & The Triumphs
Handy Man – Sparks of Rhythm
Just A Little Bit – The Undertakers
One Fine Day – Shel Naylor
No Lies – The Bishops
Dom MarianiTaste & Try Before You Buy – Savoy Brown
The Things That I Used To Do – Jimi Hendrix & Johnny Winter
Miz Dr Feelgood – Beverly Guitar Watkins
My Best Friend’s Girl – Half Pint

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

Cruising for the city lights . . . .
Way Down South – Wishbone Ash
The Byrds Have Flown – Dom Mariani & The Majestic Kelp
She’s Got The Magic – The Parade
The Tattooed Lady & the Alligator Man - Marcia BallHappiness Is – The Association
Head Held High – Marcus Bonfanti
Going To See My Baby – Paddy Milner
I’m Not In Love With You Any More – Stella & The Gazelles
A Touch Of Venus – Sandy Wynns
Someone Out There – Candy & The Kisses
Walk Of Life – The DiMaggio Brothers
Livin’ It Down – Delbert McClinton
The Tattooed Lady & The Alligator Man – Marcia Ball
It Wasn’t Me – The Refreshments

Our ‘Girls & Guitars’ feature this week focused on Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins, who hails from Atlanta in Georgia and was playing in various local bands in high school. Soon after, she was recruited into Piano Red’s Houserockers and toured across America. But, to show off her talents, we pulled out one of her more recent solo albums and the rather fine ‘Miz Dr Feelgood’.

We headed for home this week with a little trio of tracks that really rocked along, including choices from Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball and The Refreshments. While we were enjoying them, we passed plenty of familiar faces and places and eventually arrived home safe and sound from our cruise. So, we got busy tidying up and leaving things all ready for next week’s adventure, when, as ever, we plan to call by in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place, with a seat saved especially for you . . . . just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. But until then . . . . remember . . . have fun!

  1. The Shake says:

    Sounding good Commissioner. Lovely Northern sounds.

  2. Mumbles says:

    Nice show

  3. The Spongeman says:

    Top show TC. Nice on The Bishops. 🙂

  4. The Vikster says:

    Great show this week TC!

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