Right around the corner . . . .

Posted: August 28, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, we’ve been enjoying the good weather in the Grand Duchy when it arrives, although it seems to be lingering less lately. Nevertheless, it’s been a good week for catching up with friends and outstanding tasks. So, we were in good spirits when the appointed hour arrived to go Cruising with The Commissioner.

Although our gallant attempts to reduce the height of the ‘pending tray’ have been pursued with occasional dedication, our cheery postman has made his own contributions to the problem with some great compilation albums and the odd 45. So, despite the risk of the pending tray being cited as a ‘dangerous structure’. . . . we continue our well-intended labours!

Now this week included a number of notable birthdays and those with encyclopaedic minds will already know that one of those would have been the birthday of John Lee Hooker. Sadly, he couldn’t be here to join our celebrations, but Mr Merlot and yours truly lifted a glass of fine wine to his memory and maybe the much travelled David Overend did too, because he told us he liked one of Mr Hooker’s collaborations with Carlos Santana and we played another this week. Rockabilly star, Dale Hawkins, shared the same birthday with John Lee Hooker (but with an 18 year gap between them) and we also marked the birthdays this week of Jackie De Shannon, Joni Mitchell and Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup (who inspired the return of our scratchy blues feature. But everything kicked off with Lord Thunder and it rolled on from there . . . .

Cruising out of town . . . .
Thunder – Lord Thunder
Silk, Satin & Lace – Ray Scott
Mirror Mirror On The Wall – Ernest Tucker
Glory of Love – Don Bryant
Fat Gal – Mickey Murray
Fever – Marie Queenie Lyons
Don’t Threaten Me (With A Good Time ) – Bob Malone
Trying to Get To You – Ian Gillan
When You Walk In The Room – Jackie De Shannon
Dum Dum – Brenda Lee
The Healer – John Lee Hooker
Hot Dog – Dale Hawkins
For What It’s Worth – The Voices Of East Harlem
Our Day Will Come – The Heptones

Cruising where we please . . . . .
Emily Small – The Picadilly Line
Chelsea Morning – Joni Mitchell
Look Away – Eternity’s Children
That’s Evil – Ray Brown & The Whispers
Little Boy Blue – Duffy Power
Midnight In New Orleans – Long John Baldry
All Along The Watchtower – Buddy Miles
That’s All Right Mama – Arthur Big Boy Crudup
Chilli With Honey – Danny Bell & The Bell Hops
Let’s Pony Again – The Vibrations
Right Around The Corner – The 5 Royales
Farmer John – The Searchers
Unchain My Heart – Carlos & The Bandidos

This week the focus of our Girls & Guitars feature was on Kentucky’s own, Jackie De Shannon. She’s become a successful singer/songwriter and guitarist, having started singing country songs on a local radio show by the time she was six years old. By 11, she was hosting her own show on the station, and went on to record a few regional singles until a couple of her songs caught the ear of the much esteemed Eddie Cochran. He introduced her to his girlfriend, singer and songwriter Sharon Sheeley and they ended up writing hit songs together. But, it was a self penned song she recorded in 1963 that we chose to play . . . . the much covered original of ‘When You Walk In The Room’.

It was all going well, until Mr Merlot started fussing about our time keeping and we had to play our last track . . . . which happened to come from a 2008 album called Bandido A Go Go by Carlos & The Bandidos. Then it was all over, except to park up the trusty Cruise Mobile, giving it a quick polish, so it is ready for next week’s adventure when we plan to call by again, same time, same place with a seat saved especially for you . So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . . have fun!

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