Groovin’ is easy . . . .

Posted: August 6, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Listen here to this week’s show:

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Well, this week has plenty to fill the social diary and encounters with friendly faces new and old. There was a local festival to enjoy, with some great music and no end of other activities to make it a memorable day. We had some good feedback on last week’s Cruising with The Commissioner and heard from a number of the Cruising Crew, who all seemed to be having fun . . . . which is just as it should be.

There was some news that took the shine off the events of the week, including the sad news of the passing of Cilla Black. We paid tribute to her with one of her early recordings, which may well have been one of those numbers she used to sing on stage at The Cavern. We also noted a few birthdays of others who are no longer with us, like John Renbourn and Jerry Garcia. It was also the anniversary of the very first edition of ‘Ready Steady Go!’ . . . . one of the innovative TV music shows, which appeared this week back in 1963. We took the opportunity to feature, probably, the show’s best known theme tune from Manfred Mann.

We kept our promise to play the 5th Dimension’s version of Laura Nyro’s ‘Stoned Soul Picnic’ and dug out The Regents with their 1961 chart hit and the original of ‘Barbara Ann’. There was some fine R&B, a little rockabilly, some soulful numbers in our playlist and we kicked off this week’s cruise with Santo & Johnny with the flipside of their big 1959 hit ‘Sleepwalk’ . . . . ‘All Night Diner’ . . . .

Cruising outta here . . . . . Electric Flag

All Night Diner – Santo & Johnny
Crazy Crazy Party – The Cues
No Money Down – Jules Blattner
A Rocking Good Way – Odessa Harris
Bright & Early – Vikki Nelson
Pneumonia – Joe Tex
Don’t Talk Back _ Big Mama Thornton & The Hi Tones
Ain’t Gonna Hush – Cordelia De Milo
Barbara Ann – The Regents
Stone Soul Picnic – 5th DimensionEilen Jewell
Groovin’ Is Easy – The Electric Flag
Hooked – Eilen Jewell
5-4-3-2-1 – Manfred Mann
A Shot of Rhythm & Blues – Cilla Black
Come Back Home Meh Boys – Lord Kitchener

Cruising with the top down . . . .
A Touch Of Grey – The Grateful Dead
Times Are Changing – Mother Tucker’s Yellow Duck
Sandy – Ronny & The Daytonas
There’s Reasons Why – Scandalmother_tuckers_yellow_duck-home_grown_stuff
Living In The Past – Billie Davis
Cocaine Blues – John Renbourn with Stefan Grossman
Stack-A-Records – Tom Tall
Flip Flop Mama – Eddie Bond & The Stompers
Your Love Has Gone Away – The Drapers
Hold On – The Radiants
Must Be Love – Tommy Williams
I Want To Love You – Willie Wright & The Sparklers
Save It – Mel Robbins

This week our Girls & Guitars feature turned its spotlight on American singer, songwriter and guitarist, Eilen Jewell. She grew up in Idaho and began her musical career, busking on the streets of Sante Fe while attending college. She then moved to Los Angeles and onto Massachusetts, where began performing at local music clubs. She cut her first album in 2005 and we took her track, ‘Hooked’, from her fourth album released last year and called ‘Queen Of The Minor Key’.

Well, the sands of time were running out for us when we were still having a good time. So, with a heavy heart, we came to our last choice for this week’s playlist and it was a fine piece of 50s rock n roll from Mel Robbins with his self penned 1959 single on Argo Records, ‘Save It’. Then, it was all over . . . . the Cruise Mobile rolled to a stop and we said our farewells, ever hopeful that we’ll meet again same time, same place, next week for another trip Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . . have fun!

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