Archive for March, 2016

On Broadway . . .

Posted: March 10, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !


Listen here to this week’s edition of Down at Kokomo’s:

Well, the elements have been more than a little unpredictable this week, so the regulars Down at Kokomo’s will have appreciated the familiar surroundings, some of the usual faces and a great selection of music. So, we greeted them warmly, settled them in and rolled out our customary hospitality and it all seemed to go very well.
We opened our playlist with a classic from Billy Preston, which set the mood right for a Billy-Preston-Billys-Bag-2001-FLACmore than a few to fill the floor when The Blossoms delivered one of their biggies, followed by a really spirited R&B version of an early Beatles song by Rudy Rotta. Then, there were plenty more good sounds to take us through to the midnight hour.

Billy’s Bag – Billy Preston
That’s When The Teardrops Start – The Blossoms
Love Me Do – Rudy Rotta
On Broadway – Leroy Emmanuel
Climbing Up A Hill – Steve Muskrat
This Is How A Heart Breaks – Joe McBride
A Satisfied Feeling – Mary LoveLEROY-EMMANUEL-TRIO-2012-Things-a-man-needs1
Well, the midnight hour was clearly in sight when Miss Rosie was gliding past the tables here and throwing a cheery smile as she cleared away the glasses . . . . And as the sounds of Mary Love started drifting away, so did the friendly faces. A few genial exchanges with Antoine at the door and then they were gone. So, we very much hope everyone enjoyed their visit Down at Kokomo’s and we’re taking a break now to refurbish Kokomo’s. So, until the next time we all meet up Down at Kokomo’s . . . . remember . . . .have fun!


The last time . . .

Posted: March 10, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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Listen here to this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner:

Well, remarkable as it may be, it’s been six years since we first rolled out the Cruise Mobile along with a warm welcome to jump aboard and take a musical adventure to ‘who knows where, with you know who’. Ever since, we’ve been rolling by each week with a playlist jammed with some of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues, intending to go across musical frontier, in and out of time zones and jumping genres.

So, we arrived at this week’s, last edition of Cruising with The Commissioner with an untold number miles behind us and a stack of carefully honed playlists. Even now, when we look back, they surprise us with their selections of familiar, forgotten and often rare tracks, as well as the few oddities we found and a long list of great guests.

Everyone got an extra warm welcome when we called by in the Cruise Mobile for this last time and, in the best traditions of our Cruising adventures, we saved a seat especially for you. So, we kicked off down the road with the ultimate Cruising song, Chuck Berry’s classic ‘No Particular Place To Go’ and we followed on with a fine playlist . . . .

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No Particular Place To Go – Chuck Berry
Saturday Night – Roy Brown
I’m In Love Again – Little Richard
A Whole Lotta Woman – Marvin Rainwater
Turn It On – Don Covay
Stop Her On Sight – Edwin Starr
Too Many Tears – Miles Stone
The Last Time – Candy & The Kisses
I Like It Like That – Don Bryant
This Old Heart Of Mine – The Isley BrothersCandy & The Kisses

Commissioned by The Commissioner . . . . The Shake
Couldn’t I Just Tell You – Todd Rundren

I Knew The Bride When She Used To Rock & Roll – Status Quo
Sparrow Dead – Mighty Sparrow

Pinetop’s Pick
Statesboro Blues – Taj Mahal

Cruising on a sunshine day . . . .Taj Mahal - Statesboro
Light Flight – The Pentangle
Shadows & Reflections – The Action
Sunshine Day – Jethro Tull
Mellow Moonlight – Roy Docker
Who Knows – Marion Black

Girls & Guitars
Anything – Donna Hopkins

Doo Wop Stop
Whaddaya Want – The Debs
Much Too Much – The Hollywood FlamesJackie Wilson - Reet Petite
Tippity Top – The Rays

Cruising for home . . .
Heading Home – The Jive Aces
C’est La Vie – Bob Seger
Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson

We’ve had many years of great finds in our Girls & Guitars feature on the show and this week was no exception. This week our spotlight focused on Donna Hopkins, who was born and raised in Alabama in a musical family and has become a seasoned performer, with three albums to her name, to date. This week’s choice was a bluesy little track titled ‘Anything’ from her 2003 album ‘Free To Go’.

If you’re a seasoned member of the Cruising Crew, you’ll know we have a soft spot for the vocal groups of 50s and 60s, as do our friends Shakin’ Sharon, Mi Amigo and others. So, it’s been fun finding the goodies for our weekly Doo Wop Stop . . . . this week was no exception. As we look back, we’ve had a bewilderingly long list of much valued guests on the show over the years and our current regular guests The Shake and Arfa Pinetop have been, particularly, welcome with their choices from their own music collections.

The Cruisettes and Mr Merlot have been constant, if sometimes unruly, companions. and this week they as ready as ever to demonstrate their respective dancing skills and ensure that we not leaving with a whimper. So, a big thanks to them and to you, dear listener, for stopping by on this occasion and staying around as we played out with the first record that we played on the very first Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . a true classic track, Jackie Wilson with Reet Petite.

So, that’s it folks. It’s been six years of great fun and great music, but we finally came to that moment when we parked up the Cruise Mobile for good and the rattling tin cans signalled our closing theme music kicking off for the last time. Then, with some emotion, the Cruisettes and Mr Merlot joined me to give everyone an extra cheery wave and wish them well for the future, as, for the last time, I signed off, as I always have, saying . . . . have fun!


Listen here to this week’s edition of A Rocking Good Way:

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Well, a cheery welcome to this week’s edition of A Rocking Good Way . . . sadly still without the familiar voice of Shakin’ Sharon, but hoping she’ll be rockin’ back soon. In the meantime, it was The Commissioner sitting-in and presenting a playlist that, hopefully, will go a long way to keeping the faith with the regular listeners. Indeed, there have been some kindly comments on the show over the past weeks, so thanks for that!

As ever, we kicked off with a rockin’ Triple Shot and followed on, in due course with the customary Doo Wop Stop, a Quirky Quest, Jukebox Roulette and a few track we called ‘Here come the girls’. But. check for yourself . . . .

Triple ShotGary US Bonds
Seven Day Weekend – Gary US Bonds
Dancing Party – Chubby Checker
D in Love – Curtis Lee

That’s enough for me
It Won’t Be Long – Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
45 Men In A Telephone Booth – The Inteli-Gents
Go Baby Go – The Top Hatters
The Devil Made You – Jack Rabbit Slim
To The Left, To the Right – The Honky Tonk PoundersThe Inteli-gents
Hey Marie – Eddie Fontaine
Hoochie Coochie Coo – Lloyd Price
That’s Enough For Me – Clyde McPhatter
Hey Bartender – Floyd Dixon
Crazy With Love – Guy Mitchell
Steam Heat – The Four Esquires
I Knew From the Start – The Firebirds

Here Come The GirlsThe Firebirds
Seven Little Girls Sitiing In The Backseat – The Lana Sisters
Gonna Get Along Without You – Skeeter Davis
Bobby’s Girl – Susan Maughan

It Don’t Take But A Few Minutes – The Refreshments
Choo Choo Ch’Boogie – Bill Haley & His Comets

Jukebox Roulette
Mean Little Mama – Roy Orbison
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That Girl Is You – Bobby Pedrick Jr
Great Balls Of Fire – Georgia Gibbs

Doo Wop Stop
My Pigeon’s Gone – The Five Keys
Magic – The Tru-Tones
Snap Crackle & Pop – The Nite Caps
Sun Medley – Danny Gatton & Delbert McClintonMarty Wilde
It’s Been Nice – The Everly Brothers
Jezebel – Marty Wilde
Good Timin’ – Jimmy Jones
Fabulous – Cliff Richard
The Train Kept Rollin’ – Tiny Bradshaw
Hey Bartender – Floyd Dixon

Quirky Quest
I’m All Shook Up – David Hill (Aladdin) 1956

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Jealous Fool – Bobby Comstock
I Was The One – Elvis Presley
Cutie Pie – Johnny Tillotson
Pity Pity – Paul Anka
Don’t Let Go – Jeff Lynne
Big Time Operator – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Feel So Fine – Johnny Preston
Ready Teddy – Buddy Holly
She’s Got It – Little Richard


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Listen here to this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling:

Well, we arrived in time (but only just) for this week’s edition of The Blues Come CallingPaul Thorn - What The Hell Is Goin’ On and with a pile of records and CDs and I was counting all the friendly faces being there too. So, with a small flourish, we launched a whole hour of the blues, starting with a big favourite from Buddy Guy and his spirited version of ‘Show Me The Money’ . . . and it all rolled on from there!

There were plenty of new releases and previews of forthcoming releases, as well as a few old favourites. On the subject of ‘old’ favourites, we caught up again this week with the esteemed Arfa Pinetop, who arrived with a debonair saunter and cheeky smile . . . but then, he already knew his choice for this week’s choice on Pinetop’s Pick .
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Everbody Knows
Show Me The Money – Buddy Guy (Skin Deep – 2008)
Make It Up – Lachy Doley (Live at Mitchell Creek – 2016)
What The Hell Is Goin’ On – Paul Thorne (What The Hell Is Goin’ On – 2012)
Save That Roach For Me’ – Adam Franklin (Til I Hear You Talkin’ – 2012)
It’s My Own Fault – Johnny Winter (The Progressive Blues Experiment – 1968)
Everybody Knows – GT Boos Band

Pinetop’s PickErica Guerin - Never Too Late
Walk Right In – Gus Cannon

Bet Your Life
Sticking To My Guns – Erica Guerin (Never Too Late – 1993)
Now That The Magic Has Gone – Eddy Wilson’s Blues Band (Ultimate Collection – 2014)
Key To The Highway – Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (This is the Blues – 1959)
Bet Your Life – Paul Carrack (Soul Shadows – 2016)Paul Benjaman Band - Sneaker
Sneaker – Paul Benjaman Band (Sneaker – 2016)
I Want to Be Loved – Muddy Waters (Hard Again – 1977)
Good Morning Little Girl – The Paul Butterfield Band (What’s Shakin’ – 1966)

Well, time nearly beat us this week! I had a small panic and quickly re-calculated the running times, but it all worked out OK. So, with an added sense of purpose, I got ready to head for the door, but not before clearing up the records and CDs, putting the smiling picture of the station boss back on the wall and waving everyone a cheery farewell . . . then playing out with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s version of ‘Good Morning Little Schoolgirl’. So until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . . have fun!


Yellow moon

Posted: March 5, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner:

Well, the political scene around here may be getting a little fractious, but at Cruise Control we are trying to retain some calm and serenity. Somehow, the prospect of not being eligible to enter the Eurovision song contest after a De Gaul type ‘Non’ from the Brits incruising-241 the forthcoming referendum, seems a fitting finale to the memory of Terry Wogan

Meanwhile, we spotted that it was Roger Daltrey’s birthday this week, so to wish him well, we dug out something from the early days of The Who, when they were known as The High Numbers . . . ‘I’m The Face’. . . . and there was plenty more besides.

We kicked off down the road with The Adventurers and a favourite here ‘Do It’ and we followed fast with a little number from Eddie Cochran, ‘Teenage Heaven’, which was featured in the film ‘Go Johnny Go’ and included Plas Johnson on sax . . . .

Cruising with some faces . . .
Do It – The Adventurers
Teenage Heaven – Eddie Cochran
Why Do Me That Way – Solomon Burke
Let’s Be Friends – Ray Scott & The Scottsmen
I’m The Face – The High Numbers
Hey Girl – The Small Faces
Castin’ My Spell On You – The Beat From Palookaville
Run Baby Run – The Newbeats
El Bandido – Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames

Commissioned by The Commissioner . . . . The Shake
By The Time I Get To Phoenix – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Cruising with friends . . .
My Life – Joe Jama
I’ve Just Gotta Tell Somebody – Gloria Lynne
With My Love And What You Got – Jean Wells
Sucu Sucu – The Skatalites

Cruising down along the cove . . . .
Living In The Past- Jethro Tull
California Dreamin’ – The Beach Boys
I Can’t Let Go – Linda Ronstadt

Girls & Guitars
Yellow Moon – The Debra Farris Band
Fever – Timi Yuro
Baltimore Jones – Chuck Miller with Hugo Peretti & His Orchestra

Doo Wop Stop
Daddy’s Home – Shep & The Limelights
Oop Shoop – Shirley Gunter

Cruising with some solid senders . . . .
I Put A Spell On You – Leon Russell
Tossin’ & Turnin’ – Bobby Lewis
Flip Our Wigs – Milt Trenier & His Solid Senders
Lipstick, Powder & Paint – Delbert McClinton

In our Girls & Guitars feature this week, the spotlight fell on Derba Farris, who leads her own Santa Barbara based band. The band has become well established around California and Debra has been recording albums since 1998. So, we picked a track from her 2006 album ‘Gotcha Covered’, which, as its title suggests, is a collection of covers, including the Neville Brothers’ song ‘Yellow Moon’.

But, as time ticked away, so we met up with Milt Trenier & His Solid Senders who seem to be having a riot of a time in the studio with ‘Flip Our Wigs’ . . . and we know a few who can do that too. Then, we were heading for home and, although we put plenty of others juicy gems to one side for another occasion, we held onto one, because it was guaranteed to send us home in fine style . . . . it was Delbert McClinton with his to take on Joe Turner’s ‘Lipstick Powder & Paint’.

If you didn’t notice all the places we cruised to on our adventure this week, you can’t have missed the great music along the way! So, as the Cruise Mobile rolled gently to a stop, we set about collecting up the records and CDs and putting them in those neat little piles that we always promise to file away . . . and maybe we will in time for next week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. But, until then, remember . . . .have fun

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on 1 March 2016