Never an everyday thing . . .

Posted: December 5, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

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Well, it’s getting to look a lot like Christmas around these parts and there seems every chance that some of the banality could well encourage a growth in the aficionados of humbug. It also seems increasingly difficult to Cruising #215venture out anywhere without becoming prey to the same, tired old festive songs. Not that I wish to deny Noddy Holder or Roy Wood their annual royalties bonus, but I would prefer a more ‘select’ and, perhaps, unexpected playlist for the remaining weeks of December.

To this end, we have avoided any such ‘predictable’ festive items in this week’s Cruising playlist, unless you count Pookie Hudson’s ‘Angels Watching Over Me’ . But, we did allow ourselves a small celebration for Little Richard’s birthday this week and we also found a few ‘alternative’ versions of well known songs, just to lend interest and savour the different styles.

So, at the appointed time, we rolled out the Cruise Mobile and we ready and waiting with a seat saved especially for you . . . just so we could all go Cruising with The Commissioner. We set off on our musical adventure with a rocking New Orleans classic from birthday boy Little Richard and followed up fast with Betty Harris and her great version of ‘Mojo Hannah’ . . . .

Cruising for the horizon . . . . . little_richard - the best
Ready Teddy – Little Richard
Betty Harris – Mojo Hannah
Shimmy Shimmy – Bobby Freeman
Strong Love – The Spencer Davis Group
Watch Your Step – Eddie Angel & The Hi-Rizers
I’ve Been Hurt By Love – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Self Discipline – Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band
Angels Watching Over Me – Pookie Hudson & The Spaniels
She Just Wants To Dance – Gaye AdegbalolaGaye Adegbalola
Try My Love Again – Shary-An
Fragile Child – The Golliwogs
Never An Everyday Thing – The Radiators From Space
Drive My Car – Professor R.J. Ross
Gimme Little Sign – Memphis Black

Cruising where we please . . . .
Move On Up – Hammond Express
Prisoner of Love – James Brown
I’m A Man – Chicagoronnie-brent-my-sweet-verlene-united-artists
Stormy Times – Pacific Gas & Electric
Texas – The Electric Flag
Shirley – Mike Sanchez & His Band
Dum Dum – Brenda Lee
Witchcraft – The Floorettes
I Got A Man – Annie Williams
Grandma’s House – Chris Kenner
My Sweet Verlene – Ronnie Brent
Rocket To the Moon – Travelling Brothers

This week’s Girls & Guitars feature focused on singer and guitarist, Gaye Todd, who, after graduating from Boston University, began a teaching career, while she was also moonlighting as a musician. She became a full-time performer and founding member of Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women and became known as Gaye Adegbalola. We chose a fine piece of blues from her, called ‘She Just Wants To Dance’ . . . . and we did!

We gave a respectful nod in the direction of Jamie Dell’Apa this week for pointing us to Ronnie Brent and his 1958 United Artists 45 ‘My Sweet Verlene’ and this was followed by some rather exaggerated nodding at the clock by Mr Merlot, because our time was running out. So, went out in real rocking style, in the company of The Travelling Brothers and their ‘Rocket To The Moon’. Then it was all over and, no sooner had the Cruise Mobile rolled to a stop, than we were waving our sad farewells to all the friendly faces . . . At least until same time, same place next week, when once again we can go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until we meet again . . . . have fun!

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