The last time . . .

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

Cruising - Last cruise

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 . . . .

Cruising for the last time . . . chuck-berry-no-particular-place-to-go-sonet-2
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!


  1. Amigo says:

    Hearing the Taj Mahal version of ‘Statesboro Blues’ brought back memories of 1969 and playing a shiny new vinyl record called ‘The Rock Machine Turns You On’. Along with the Taj Mahal track what treasures there were on that pioneering compilation album. In those days the record collection was tiny but that record is still in it, along with so many more that have been added since.

    Well thanks for all the great music this last trip and all the trips before. I’ve enjoyed plenty of tracks that were familiar and learnt and discovered so much that was new but, most importantly, had fun!

  2. Well, thanks indeed and very pleased to have you good company.

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