Why me?

Posted: September 11, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, this week started with a technology malfunction that resulted in the loss of a bout a year’s music files, never to be recovered. This generated a deal of muttering on the part of your truly! But we tried to restore our normal cheery spirit in time to welcome one and all to this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.

There were plenty of joys in this week’s giglist, including a rocking session by Chas & Dave . . . who were appearing at a venue close to The Grand Duchy this week and doing an hour of rock and skiffle numbers that went down a storm. We dug out Delbert McClinton’s song ‘Why Me’, because it was one of the numbers performed this week by Elio Pace and his band at their gig. Elio’s band, on this occasion, included the great Albert Lee. Another of this week’s highlights was catching James Burton live on stage and reprising his guitar work on several famous numbers, including Dale Hawkins’ ‘Suzie Q’, which he played on when he was only 14 years old . . . . and it still sounding good.

A top treat in this week’s schedule was seeing Jerry Lee Lewis at The London Palladium for his 80th birthday tour . . . . and possibly the last time we’ll see him touring the UK. His voice showed some wear from the passing years on the slow ballads. But, he was greeted by a theatre full of folks who’d travelled from far and wide to be there on the night. More than one in the crowd called out for him to play Lewis Boogie, but it clearly wasn’t on the setlist . . . . so for them, in case they happen to be listening to Cruising with The Commissioner, we played it.

But, before any of those treats, we kicked off our cruise with The Dave Clark 5 and ‘Doctor Rhythm’ . . . .

Cruising across frontiers . . . . Frankie Miller
Doctor Rhythm – Dave Clark Five
Lock Up Your Secretaries – Frankie Miller
It Don’t Take But A Few Minutes – The Refreshments
All By Myself – Fats Domino
Why Me – Delbert McClinton
Addicted To the Phone – Elio Pace
Saturday Night Fish Fry – The Swing Cats
Polaris – The Volcanos
Give & Take – Fran McGillivray
Snap Your Fingers – Joe Hendersonelio pace
Wherever I Lay My Hat – Cornell Campbell

Three From me . . . . with The Auburn Phantom
She’s The One – The Ramones
I’m The One – Atomic Rooster
She’s Got The Wine – Lovely Eggs

Cruising into the night . . . .
Pictures In My Mind – The Churchills
Sweet Jane – Enrico Ruggeri
Got Plenty Of Love – The Peepsjerry-lee-lewis-and-his-pumping-piano-lewis-boogie-sun
Shop Around – Bern Elliott & The Fenmen
Suzie Q – Dale Hawkins
Lewis Boogie – Jerry Lee Lewis
Steam Heat – The Esquires
Fun On A Saturday Night – Willie Headen
Hey Pretty Girl – Arthur Lee Maye
You Got Just What I Need – Jimmy Ricks
That’s All I Need – Lavern Baker
My Man – Dolly Cooper
Tune Up – Junior Walker & The All Stars

Our Girls and Guitars feature this week focused on Fran McGillivray, who hails from London and went to College just down the road from the Grand Duchy. She started playing at folk and blues clubs in the late 70s and went on to form her own band, producing an album in 2013 called Some Luck and we chose one of the tracks from the album, called ‘Give & Take’.

But, all too soon, we were getting that signal from Mr Merlot which meant we were running out of time on our cruise . . . So we organised the overdue return of Junior Walker with his rocking instrumental ‘Tune Up’ to take us home. Then it was all over. We parked up the Cruise Mobile and gave it a quick polish ready for next week. So, with a cheery wave we said our fond farewells in the hope that we’ll all be back again, same time, same place next week to go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . have fun!

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