Who’s foolin’ who . . . ?

Posted: May 12, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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

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Well, we arrived for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner in excellent spirits and with fond memories of our recent giglist encounters. This included another visit to London’s famous 100 club, which was just jammed for a gig by Mike Sanchez and his band. Now, there few others in the UK or beyond, who can rock out and recreate the excitement and authentic sound of those early R&B classics, but Mike does it with style and endless enthusiasm. The crowd loved it and amongst the crowd were our good pals Diane and Pete, who inadvertently, inspired a little number by Kevin Spacey, with his flawless take on Bobby Darin’s hit ‘Splish Splash’.

Another of those on our giglist recently was Jools Holland and his R&B Orchestra and a great evening it was too, with a stomping finish that featured Ruby Turner with a rocking version of that old gospel number, Peace In The Valley and, although we played the album version, the live performance we saw was even better!

Suitably inspired, we came along at the appointed hour with plenty of ideas for this week’s playlist, destined to make it another excellent musical adventure. As if to prove the point, we rolled by in the Cruise Mobile, with a seat saved just for you . . . and then kicked off down the road with Bill Johnson & The Four Steps Of Rhythm and their 1959 Talos 45 ‘You Better Dig It’ . . . and then so much more. . . .Mike Sanchez - Almost Grown

You Better Dig It . . .
You Better Dig It – Bill Johnson
Shirley – Mike Sanchez & His Band
Splish Splash – Kevin Spacey
Some Kind Of Hero – Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey
Blueberry Hill – Little Richard
Born To Be A Loser – Jimmy Donley
Where You At – Lloyd Price

Girls & Guitars . . .
Anything – Donna HopkinsWilko Johnson & Roger Daltry

Coming Back To You . . .
Middle Of Love – Beverley Knight
I’m Blue (The Gong Gong Song) – The Ikettes
Love Makes The World Go Round – Barbara Lewis
Coming Back To You – The Royal Jokers
Dixieland Rock – Max Merritt & The Meteors
Who’s Foolin’ Who – The Chromatics
Peace In The Valley – Jools Holland & Ruby Turner
When Are You Coming Home – Chubby Newsome
Lovey Dovey/ You’re So Fine – Bunny Sigler
Ella Mae – 44 Shakedown44 Shakedown

Now, if you were one of the members of the Cruising Crew who pointed out that we missed our Girls & Guitars feature in the previous show, then consider yourself the recipient of a humble apology now. As a small remedy, this week’s Girls & Guitars feature focused on Donna Hopkins, who was born and raised in Alabama and followed in the footsteps of a family of musicians, to become a seasoned performer in her own right. We provided evidence, in the form of her track, ‘Anything’, from her 2003 album ‘Free To Go’.

Like all good things, this week’s cruising adventure had to come to an end . . . but we rolled back to Cruise Control in time to thank everyone for their good company along the way, and with the hope that we might entice a few back again next. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising radio
on 12 May 2016

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