Cruising with the top down . . . .

Posted: August 31, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, around the Grand Duchy, the summer sunshine has brought a timely distraction from some of the news this week. There’s been a notable enthusiasm to indulge in a few alfresco lunches while ‘the going is good’, along with a few refreshingly chilled ‘cordials’Cruising #114. Naturally, this has not distracted us from our customary rummaging in the Cruising Library for forgotten gems, or our listening in to some of our favourite radio shows.

Our rummaging this week turned up a little 45 that arrived here a few years back, after hearing it at one of DJ Wheelie Bag’s fun filled gigs. So, a big thanks him for poiting us to this 1953 Flair 45 by Little Johnny Jones and the Chicago Hound Dogs. Of course, the aficionados know they were really Elmore James’ band being fronted by piano man Johnny Jones to deliver ‘Dirty By The Dozen’. But before that we headed off on our cruise with the very appropriately titled, Juke Box Drive by Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s . . . and we’re following fast with Lafayette’s own, Johnny Chauvin & The Mojo Banda and little something for those down in Baton Rouge, who’ve been having a tough time just lately and deserving of a little help from their friends.

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Juke Box Drive – Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s
With A Little Help From My Friends – Johnny Chauvin & The Mojo Band
Aw Who – Bat Carrol
Highway 60 – Mike Sanchez
What’s On Your Mind – The Four Bars
Dirty By The Dozen – Little Johnny Jones and the Chicago Hound Dogs

Girls & Guitars
How Come – Suzie Vinnick

It’s Alright
Bump Miss Suzie – Buddy Blue & His BandSuzie Vinnick
Honolulu Vice – Los Straitjackets
Sell The Pussy – The Mighty Sparrow
Boys – The Shirelles
Cry To Me – Professor Longhair
The Man That Said No – Bettye Swan
Somebody Help Me – Jackie Edwards
It’s Alright – Adam Faith
Let’s Be Friends – Ray Scott
You Never Had It So Good – The Checkers

Our Girls & Guitars feature focused on Canadian Suzie Vinnick, who originally hailed from Saskatoon, but settled in Toronto and has since Professor Longhairproduced over a dozen albums, including her 2006 release titled ‘Angel In The Sideline’, which is where we found our choice ‘How Come’ . . . and it seemed to fit rather well into our emerging ‘Suzie’ theme.

As usual, the Cruisettes made an unnerving appearance and while no one was looking, Mr Merlot and yours truly tried some vaguely co-ordinated footwork too. But, it wasn’t to last, and all too soon we were having to turn the Cruise Mobile for home. So, we headed back in the good company of The Checkers and their excellent piece of 1953 doo wop,’You Never Had It So Good’ . . . and maybe we haven’t!

We arrived back home in one piece, polished up the trusty Cruise Mobile ready for our next cruising adventure and gave a cheery wave to one and all . . . ever hopeful we can tempt you back again, same time, same place, next week, when we’ll be rolling by in the Cruise Mobile with a seat saved especially for you. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising radio
on 31 August 2016

  1. Jamie Dellapa says:

    The Commissioner shifts into juke box drive.

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