Archive for September, 2016

I’m On My Way . . .

Posted: September 28, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, here’s hoping that all has been well with you in your corner of the universe this past week. It has been a busy week here, with much traveling in excellent company, with plenty of sunshine and some great moments along the way. Not surprisingly, our travels Cruising #67uncovered some musical moments too, not all of which have found their way into this week’s playlist, but there’s plenty to maximise your enjoyment quotient.

Now, there was some sad news this week, because we got the sad news of Joe Clay’s passing . . . . so we did a little tribute to him with a few songs from his catalogue, including his first release, ‘Duck Tail’ and a few others. But, before that, we started off our musical adventure this week in the company of Big Walter Price & His Thunderbirds with their 1956 recording on Peacock Records of ‘Pack Fair & Square’.

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Pack Fair & Square – Big Walter Price & His Thunderbirds
Please Don’t Leave Me – Big Boy Bloater
That’s What I’m Gonna Do – Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns
Love Train – Jackie Wilson
Will Call – Joe Jones
I’m In Love – Beverley Skeete
Hallelujah I Love Her So – Jerry Lee Lewis

Girls & Guitars
When Love Comes To Town – Melanie Mason

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Duck Tail – Joe Clay
Sixteen Chicks – Joe Clay
Get On The Right Track – Joe Clay
Shake It Loretta – Joe Clay
Don’t Start Crying Now – Slim Harpo
Lovely Ladies – Jimmy Hughes
Your Wish Is My Command – The Inspirations
I’m On My Way – Barbara Dane
I Got Tore Up – Don Julian & The Meadowlarks
Boot ‘Em Up – The Du Droppers
Well, our quota of cruising time ran out all too soon and we just about joe-clay-duck-tailmanaged to arrive home in much the same condition that we left. As ever, we hope that along the way there were some juicy gems in our playlist to taunt and tantalise your musical taste buds. If there were, then we very much hope that they are sufficient to entice you to return again next week, when once again we’ll give you a cheery wave and make you most welcome, as we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . so until then, remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 28 September 2016

Driving sideways . . .

Posted: September 27, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !


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

Well a big bluesy welcome to another edition of The Blues Come Calling. . . and if you like the blues, then you’re in luck because, as ever, we’ve got a whole hour of them here, with something old, something new, and definitely something blue.

We anticipated the forthcoming tour by Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia and Will Wilde with a track from each of them, which will be some comfort if you don’t get to catch them on tour. For those, like me, who like a little blues slide guitar, we featured Joanna Connor with a fine example in ‘It’s A Woman’s Way’.

The ‘old’ came from Jimmy Rogers, Little Milton and Freddie King, while the new came from Colin James, Deb Ryder, Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch, Tracy K and Joe Bonamassa. But, it all kicked off with the opening track from the forthcoming album by Colin James’s called ‘Blues Highways’ and that’s the opening track ‘Boogie Funk’.

Boogie Funk – Colin James (Blues Highways – 2016)
Driving Sideways – Freddie King (Texas Sensation – 1995)
Right Side Of The Grass – Deb Ryder (Grit, Grease & Tears – 2016)
It’s A Woman’s Way – Joanna Connor (Six String Stories – 2016)
Ain’t No Way – Kirk Fletcher (My Turn – 2010)
Maybe – Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch (Champagne Velvet – 2016)
Dr Jazz – Adam Franklin (Outside Man Blues – 2015)
Lonely Heart – Mike Zito (Keep Coming Back – 2015)

Pinetop’s Pick
Stormy Monday – Little Miltonadam-franklin

What Tomorrow Brings
Drowning At The Bottom – Albert Castiglia (Big Dog – 2016)
You’re My Only Girl – Will Wilde (Raw Blues – 2013)
Just A Little Lie – King King (Live – 2016)
What Have I Done – Jimmy Rogers (His Best – 2003)
What Tomorrow Brings – Tracy K (What’s The Rush – 2016)
See See Baby – Joe Bonamassa (Live at The Greek Theatre – 2016)

Perhaps, I should not readily admit it, but I really enjoyed putting together this week’s playlist. It had an enticing mix of familiar, favourite and new releases that signaled that the blues moves on, but is always ready to give a respectful nod to its past.Tracy K - What’s The Rush

We’ve been enjoying Tracy K’s new album, ‘What’s The Rush’ , and were sure to squeeze in her track ‘What Tomorrow Brings’. But, then we came, sadly, to our last choice on this week’s show . . . and we playing out with another Freddie King number, this time a tribute by Joe Bonamassa on his new album ‘Live at The Greek Theatre’. Then it was all over. So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising radio
on 25 September 2015


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

Well, we rolled by in the Cruise Mobile at the appointed hour and feeling pretty cheery, because the san returned to the Grand Duchy and we had some real treats to bring you in our Cruising playlist. So, with more than our usual measure of enthusiasm, we saved a seat especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner.

In our customary fashion, we ventured across musical frontier, in and out of time zones Cruisin' 71and jumping genres, all in pursuit of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues. Indeed, our cruising route map took on that familiar journey down to New Orleans, where we found local guitarist, singer and band leader, Dave Ferrato, and I’m ever grateful to our good pal Jamie Dell’Apa for pointing me to Dave and his music. We lingered a little longer in the Crescent City to catch up with Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns for the originals Frankie Ford’s hits ‘Sea Cruise’ and ‘Roberta’.

Our traveling across frontiers took a turn for the 21st parallel when we pressed the button on the control panel marked ‘island hopping’. . . . . and it was that location that featured in a 1957 UK rock & roll song by Joan Savage ‘Lulu Rock-A-Hula’. But, we kicked off down the road in the company of the legend that is Johnny Otis and his take ‘Let’s Rock’ . . . .

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Let’s Rock – Johnny Otis
Mr Boogie’s Back In Town – Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s
Same Old Story – Dave Ferrato
Same Old Story – Chuck Jackson
Loberta – Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns
Sea Cruise – Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns
Lulu Rock-A-Hula – Joan Savage
Seventeen – Don Lang & His Frantic Five
Don’t Give Me No Lip Child – Dave Berry

Girls & Guitars
How Long – Tasha Taylortasha-taylor

High Life
High Life – Ray Collins’ Hot Club
Wow Wow – The Searchers
Same Old Song – Delroy Wilson
Somewhere Down The Line – Little Johnny Taylor
Sinner Not A Saint – Trini Lopez
Baby That’s Why I’m Your Fool – Rudy Ray Moore Yellow, Mellow Hardtop – Ray Johnson & The Bystanders
Koko Joe – Don & Dewey
She Can Rock – Mike Sanchez & His Bandhigh-life-lp

Well, our gig list this past week included a live show by Tasha Taylor, the daughter of soul man Johnnie Taylor. Not only is she an impressive singer, but she’s also a mean guitarist. So, an excellent candidate for our Girls & Guitars feature. Apart from being a singer, guitarist and songwriter, she has the additional accolades of being featured as an actress in several episodes of the TV series ‘House’, as well as being a featured vocalist on Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi’s live shows as The Blues Brothers.

Mr Merlot was a bit distracted towards the end of cruising time and we were a bit late in noticing the end of the show creeping up on us. But, we definitely ended our cruise in high spirits and with some firey R&B from the great Mike Sanchez & his band with a cover of the Ike Turner rocker ‘She Can Rock’. Then it was all over, so we said our farewells, with the promise that we’ll be back, same time same place next week with a seat saved especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 21 September 2016


One step at a time . . .

Posted: September 20, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s edition of Rocking Tonight:

Well, a big cheery welcome to this week’s Rocking Tonight and if you like some good rocking-tonight-3rocking sounds, then there’s a whole hour of them here! The sunshine has become a little more elusive this week, so there have fewer temptations to distract us. As a result, we’ve been digging deep in the archives and come up with some old favourites, some very recent releases and a few surprises.

British rockers were well represented with Don Lang & His Frantic Five, Tommy Sampson & His Strongmen, Alma Cogan, Cliff Richard, Billy Fury and Lew Lewis, Mike Sarne, Jimmy Page and Shakin’ Stevens. Shaky may be heading off on tour soon and with a new album out now, but on this occasion  we went back to an earlier release for our choice this week. We put on our dancing shoes ready for things to kick off with a rocking band called Hot Little Mama with their take on ‘Wild Joker’ . . . .
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Wild Joker – Hot Little Mama
Josephine – Shakin’ Stevens
Rock Pretty Baby – Don Lang & His Frantic Five
Rockin’ – Tommy Sampson & His Strongmen
One Step At A Time – Brenda Lee
Stairway Of Love – Alma Cogan
This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’ – Ruth Brown
Yea Yea – The Kendall Sisters
That’s All Right – Hillard Street
Lollipop – Ronald & Ruby
Remember then . . .
To Be Loved – The Pentagons
In My Heart – The Timetones
Fabulous – Cliff Richard & The Shadows
Candy Kisses – Billy Fury
My Baby’s Crazy About Elvis – Mike Sarne
Blues Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
Lewis Boogie – Jerry Lee Lewis
Use Somebody – Dick Brave & The Backbeats
Little Things – The Kingbeesuse-somebody-dick-brave-the-backbeats
Who Am I – Lew Lewis & The Twilight Trio
Livin’ Lovin’ Wreck – Jimmy Page

If you happen to like a little doo wop, we had an ample sample (as Mad Daddy would say) with The Pentagons and The Timetones . . . followed by some familiar names. All too soon the sands of time were running out but we just had time to squeeze in a little gem from Jimmy Page before we packed up. Then, we were saying our thank yous for your good company during the show and hoping that we may entice you back again, same time, same place, next week to go Rocking Tonight. So, until then . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 20 September 2016



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

Well, there may have been a sharp change in the weather here just lately, but there was no change in the timing or quality of this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling. The records and CDs were all piled up ready for the appointed time and there was, as you would expect, a whole hour of them. There were plenty of new releases, a bit of scratchy blues, some old favourites and a surprise or two.
Now one of the joys of the week, was seeing the release of the new album by Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch, who we’ve heard here before on the show. But, their new album, ‘Champagne Velvet’, has some real contrasts in its tracks, so there was plenty of good stuff to choose from. Vaneese Thomas, was following in the footsteps of Rufus and Irma, with her solo releases in the late 1980s, but she back again with her latest album ‘The Long Journey Home’. Will Wilde and King King were here too, with tasters of forthcoming releases. But, perhaps the surprise of this week’s playlist was a fine piece of blues from the new album by Shakin’ Stevens. ‘Echoes Of Our Times’. But, before that, the show kicked off with the opening track from Deb Ryder’s newly released album ‘Gritking_king_live, Grease & Tears’ . . . and the swinging ‘Ain’t Gonna Be Easy’.

Ain’t Gonna Be Easy – Deb Ryder (Grit, Grease & Tears – 2016)
Eyesight To The Blind – Pinetop Perkins & Willie Smith (Joined At The Hip – 2010)
Land Of Plenty – Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch (Champagne Velvet – 2016)
– Julia Lee with Jay McShann’s Kansas City Stompers (The Essential Collection – 2012)
Revelation – Vaneese Thomas (The Long Journey Home – 2016)
Waking Up – King King (King King Live – 2016)shakinstevens_echoesofourtime-300x300
Parisienne Walkways – Will Wilde (Single – 2016)

Pinetop’s Pick
Don’t Mess With My Baby – Willie Kent (Everybody Needs Somebody – 2015)

Boogie Boy
Suffer Little Children – Shakin’ Stevens (Echoes Of Our Times – 2016)
Chain of Fools – Tasha Taylor, Layla Zoe and Ina Forsman.(Ruf single – 2016)
Mynah Bird – The Bad Pennies (Turned Up Again – 2016)
Key To The Highway – B.B.King & Eric Clapton (Ridin’ With The King – 2000)6PAN1T-Final-Outlined
Boogie Boy – U.P. Wilson (The Texas Guitar Tornado Returns! – 2003)

Not for the first, our playlist included something by Kent band The Bad Pennies. Their current album, ‘Turned Up Again’, has more than a little good stuff on it and this time around we brought you ‘Mynah Bird’. Meanwhile, those in the know who’ve been waiting on this year’s Blues Caravan, should be smiling about now, because it’s out on tour right now, featuring Tasha Taylor, Layla Zoe and Ina Forsman. And they were all collaborating on Don Covay’s song ‘Chain of Fools’.

But, the sands of time soon started running out fast and it was time to say our farewells. So, we bowed out with U.P. Wilson and ‘Boogie Boy’, ever hopeful that you’ll be back again the next time The Blues Come Calling. Until then . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising radio
on 18 September 2016

Ooo wee . . . . 

Posted: September 14, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, the social diary has been fairly full this past week, with some friendly faces getting touch and some celebrations along the way. So, there was plenty of good cheer to spur us on in pulling together the playlist this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.Cruising #95

There were a few ‘thank you’s’ too, because we’ve caught up with some excellent choices, while listening to some of our favourite radio shows. Larry Grogan, Jamie Dell’Apa and Matt The Cat all sent us off rummaging in the Cruising Library for particular artists and songs, although not all of them got into this week’s playlist . . . . so, they’re waiting in the pending tray now.

We anticipated Bill Medley’s imminent birthday and celebrated by playing his first single as one of The Righteous Brothers and their first chart hit . . . ‘Little Latin Lupe Lu’. But, before any of that, we kicked off our road trip with Alvin Red Tyler & The Gyros with ‘Snake Eyes’ and we’re following fast with something from Billy Gayles along with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm and ‘Just One More Time’ . . . . and why not! 

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Snake Eyes – Alvin Red Tyler & The Gyros
Just One More Time – Billy Gayles with Ike Turner’s Kings Of Rhythm
My Baby – Chuck Willis
Cherokee Dance – Bob ‘Froggy’ Landers & The Cough Drops with Willie Joe & His Unitar
Hey Girl – Little Milton
Nite Owl – Tony Allen & The Champs
Ooo Wee – The Searchers

Girls & Guitars
Diddley Daddy – The Liverbirds
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Hey Pretty Baby – Bo Diddley
Honolulu Baby – Chas Hodges & J.I. Allison
Rave On – Sonny West
Tutta Mia La Citte – Giuliana Palma & The Bluebeaters
Little Latin Lupe Lu – The Righteous Brothers
California Sun – Joe Jones
She’ll Be Gone – Betty O’Brien with Bert Keyes & His Orchestra
I’ve Been Hurt By Love – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Dizzy Miss Lizzy – Larry Williams
Come On Let’s Go – Ritchie Valens
Bama Lama Loo – Little Richardchas-hodges

We mentioned groups from Liverpool during the show and there happened to one in this week’s focus for our Girls & Guitars feature. This was the all girl band from Liverpool, The Liverbirds, who were one of the few female Merseybeat bands of the 60s. They featured two singer/guitarists in their line up, Valerie Gell and Pamela Birch, along with bassist Mary McGlory and drummer Sylvia Saunders. During their time together, they released two albums and several singles and one of those singles got into the German charts. It was a cover of Bo Diddley’s ‘Diddley Daddy’ and it was our choice by them.

A little theme emerged from playing a track by Bob ‘Froggy’ Landers, which also featured Willie Joe & His Unitar, who was also heard on Rene Hall’s hit ‘Twitchy’. That led to a few ‘toons’ that featured legendary guitarist and producer Rene Hall, including Larry Williams’ ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy’, Ritchie Valens ‘Come On Let’s Go’ and Little Richard’s ‘Bama Lama Loo’. Then time ran out and we had to park up the Cruise Mobile for another week.

So, we said our fond farewells, knowing that we’ll be back to call by for you in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place, next week, with a seat saved especially for you, so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then, remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 14 September 2016

That’s it!

Posted: September 13, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s Rocking Tonight:

Well, there was a big cheery welcome to this week’s Rocking Tonight rocking-tonight-3and a playlist full of great rocking sounds from start to finish. Despite the enticements of the excellent weather just lately, I went digging for some more rocking gems . . . and didn’t come up empty handed!

I confess to getting lured into a little selection reflecting some (but nowhere near the full catalogue) of tracks featuring guitarist, band leader and arranger Rene Hall. It started with a classic from Chan Romero and followed with Woody Thorne and Babette Bain. It could also have featured others on Rene Hall’s wall of fame including Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, The Impressions, Bill Withers and many more, but the selection closed with Rene himself and his 1950 RCA release . . . ‘Two Guitar Boogie’.

But, before any of those, things got kicked into high gear with Bill Haley & His Comets and a live version of Guitar Boogie Shuffle . . . after which there was no let up . . .

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Guitar Boogie Shuffle – Bill Haley & His Comets
Sadie Lou – Woody Thorne
Hippy Hippy Shake – Chan Romero
That’s It – Babette Bain & The Rene Hall Orchestra
Two Guitar Boogie – Rene Hall
Plain Jane – Bobby Darin
Come On. Let’s Go – Guy Mitchell
You Started Something – Don Lang & His Frantic Five
Now’s The Time To Fall In Love – Cliff Richard & The Shadows

Remember then
Where were you – The Wheelsmario-bradley
So Blue – The Jades

Rock this joint
She Got Me Hypnotised – Mario Bradley
River Rock – Bob Landers & The Cough Drops
Kool Luv – Larry Hall
I Dig That Girl The Most – Ronnie Pearson
Sixteen Chicks – Joe Clay
Feels Like I’m In Love – Lew Lewis & The Twilight Trio
Stawberry Kisses – Gini Hayes
Tongue Tied – Betty McQuadelew-lewis
I’m With you – Jimmy Carvallo
Rock This Joint – Maria Vincent & The Millionaires
Farewell – The Five Willows
Bim Bam – Big Dani Perez R&B Band

The time just flew by and all too soon it was looking like time to be winding up, but there was a surprise in store, because with only one minute and 37 seconds of The Five Willows and their little 45 ‘Farewell’, there was just enough time for one more choice and it was a big favourite from The BIg Dani Perez R&B Band with that Louis Prima classic ‘Bim Bam’. So, until the next time we go Rocking Tonight . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising radio
on 13 September 2016


Back in line . . .

Posted: September 11, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, like birthdays, there were many happy returns on our playlist this week, with some very welcome revisiting of recent new releases, including JJ Thames with another track from her very fine new album ‘Raw Sugar’, Annika Chambers with something else from her new album ‘Wild & Free’ and The Bruce Katz Band, who got some favourable feedback on their last appearance here, so I thought you might appreciate a little more from the band with their New Orleans flavoured ‘Night Of Joy’. Now, that wasn’t all either, because Aynsley Lister popped up again, along with Joe Bonamassa, both with new albums that are getting a lot of traction before they’re released.

We also enjoyed something from Chicago’s Liz Mandeville & The Blue Points, who treatedsaturday-night-fish-fry-dirty-road-blues us to  a track with a real bluesy feel, from their latest album ‘The Stars Motel’. But, we kicked off this week’s edition of The Blues Come Calling with a band called Saturday Night Fish Fry and ‘Poor Old Me’ from their latest album called ‘Dirty Road Blues’ . . . .

I’m Ready
Poor Old Me – Saturday Night Fish Fry (Dirty Road Blues – 2016)
Better Things To Do – Annika Chambers (Wild & Free – 2016)
Won’t Be Taken Down – Aynsley Lister (Eyes Wide Open – 2016)
Rock With Me Baby – Juke Boy Bonner (Irma 45 – 1957)
Never Make Your Move Too Soon – Joe Bonamassa (Live at The Greek Theatre – 2016)
I’m Ready – Jerimiah Marques &The Blue Aces (This Is Hip – 2007)the-bruce-katz-band-mississippi-moan
Pinetop’s Pick
Lone Wolf Blues – Oscar Woods (Lost & Lonely Blues – 2007)
Night Of Joy
Shiver & Shake – Daddy Long Legs (King For A Day – 2008)
Night Of Joy – The Bruce Katz Band (Mississippi Moan – 1997)
I Don’t Feel Nothing – JJ Thames (Raw Sugar – 2016)
Try Me – Liz Mandeville (The Stars Motel – 2016)
Black Toppin’ – Cash Box Kings (Black Toppin’ – 2013)
Get Back In Line – Roy Rogers (Slide Zone – 1994)lizmandeville16

There was some scratchy blues from Oscar Woods and Juke Boy Bonner, along with an energetic performance by Daddy Long Legs and The Cash Box Kings with ‘Black Toppin’, reminding us of the Bo Diddley style story telling. But, all too soon, we ran out of time, so especially for those who like some excellent blues slide guitar, we closed this week’s show this week with the great slideman Roy Rogers with a longtime favourite of his. . . ‘Get Back In Line’.

So, until the next time The Blues Come Calling . . . thanks for listening and don’t forget . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 11 September 2016


It’s been nice . . .

Posted: September 8, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, there’s been plenty to keep our attentions this week and we heard from some friendly faces and long-time pals. So, our social agenda has been most enjoyable and we’ve planned a few future escapades. But, we didn’t neglect our preparations to go Cruising #116Cruising with The Commissioner. Indeed, we were aided and abetted by our cheery postman, who has continued his worthy work, ensuring that a few more tasty treats arrived here at Cruise Control to tantalise our taste buds. Amongst these, were some hard to find and long forgotten items, which will be popping into our playlists in the weeks to come.

Meanwhile, our rummaging in the Cruising Library turned up a song that’s a particular favourite of Mrs TC’s. ‘The Thrill Is Gone’. There are many versions, by many artists, including BB King’s. But, we found the original recording of the song by Texas bluesman Roy Hawkins, which he recorded for Modern records in 1951 . . . . and it got to number 6 on the American R&B charts back then.

When we finally pulled together our playlist, we had some ‘seasoned’ New Orleans R&B from Cosimo Matassa’s studios on North Rampart Street, along with a rarely played little something from Otis Redding. But, we kicked off our cruise this week in the company of Marcia Ball and her recording, ‘There’s A Party Goin’ On’ . . . . and we needed very little persuasion to keep it going . . . .

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There’s A Party Goin’ On – Marcia Ball
Tell Me Pretty Baby – Lloyd Price
Let’s Start A Romance – Little Joe Hinton
Itchy Koo – Hank Blackman & The Killers
Can I Get A Witness – Jo Ann Kelly
Apron Strings – Curtis Hoback
It’s Been Nice – The Everly Brothers
Louie Louie – Otis Redding
I Need Your Lovin’ – Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
Stop Knockin’ – Juanita Nixon

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Goin’ To New Orleans – Jane Bond

Cruising with the crew . . .
Abracadabra – Baked A La Ska
The Thrill Is Gone – Roy Hawkins
No Money Down – Wolfie Witcher & His Brew
It Don’t Take But a Few Minutes – The Refreshments
Put On My Shoes – Mary Ann Fisher
Cherrigale – Ed Townsend
6345789 – The Elgins
Tutti Frutti – Little Richardlittle_richard - the best

This week’s Girls & Guitars slot featured someone suggested by our good pal, The Spongeman. He pointed us in the direction of Jane Bond, a singer and guitarist now living in Austin Texas. Her recordings range from old-time country and blues, through to jazz and rock & roll. She captured a 20-month residency at Austin’s famous Continental Club and we chose a track recorded live at the club in 2006, ‘Goin’ To New Orleans’ . . . . something well worth doing.

If you’re a longtime devotee of pub rock in and around London, there’s a good chance that you’ll remember Wolfie Witcher and His Brew. They we’re enthusiastic purveyors of R&B, blues and boogie, along with a little humour, and we found a 45 by them which featured their take on the old Chuck Berry number, ‘No Money Down’. Another ‘seasoned’ rocker, Little Richard, brought us to the end of our cruise with a classic piece of New Orleans R&B, ‘Tutti Frutti’ . . . recorded nearly 61 years ago this week. Then, the Cruise Mobile rolled gently to a stop and we had to say our fond farewells . . . knowing that we’ll be back to call by for you in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place, with a seat saved especially for you, so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then, remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
On 7 September 2016

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Dance every dance . . .

Posted: September 7, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s Rocking Tonight:

Well, we were looking forward to another Rocking Tonight and, in anticipation, we went digging deep into the archives for some favourites and some forgotten gems. This is always a fascinating endeavour, but it can be very ‘distracting’ when there are time limits jivers-3and other things on the ‘to do’ list! But, we found plenty of great sounds for this week’s playlist . . . . so be warned!

This week, there was a good mix of choices from ‘here and there’ with some early UK rocking releases to make the balance right. Our good pals, Redhouse, were back with their take on ‘Brand New Cadillac’ and we indulged ourselves with a couple of favourites for our ‘doo wop spot’ with Doug Sahm’s great cover the hit ‘Golly Gee’ by Sonny & The Sunglows, and ‘Just One Look’ from German band Cherry Casino & The Gamblers.

But, everything got off to a rocking start with a rocking little instrumental from saxman Red Prysock and one of his best, ‘Fruit Boots’. Just in case that didn’t get the rhythms into your heart and soul, there was another ‘seasoned’ rocker in the person of Jerry Lee Lewis to  convince you of our rocking intentions with . . . ‘Herman The Hermit’

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Fruit Boots – Red Prysock
Herman The Hermit – Jerry Lee Lewis
Saturday Night – Willie & The Poor Boys
You’re Late Miss Kate – Jimmy Dee
Saturday Night Fish Fry – Chuck Miller
Ninety Nine Ways – Tab Hunter
Come On Home, All Is Forgiven – Janice Harper
Brand New Cadillac – Redhouse
If – Jeri Lynn
Dance Every Dance – The Rouzan Sisters
Ring-A-My Phone – The Lana Sisters
Linda Lu – Al Saxondoug-sahm-juke-box-music
Monkey’s Uncle – Ray Sharpe
I Go Ape – Neil Sedaka

Remember then . . .
Golly Gee – Doug Sahm
Just One Look – Cherry Casino & The Gamblers

Rock All Night. . .
Ring & Ring – The Jets
Rock Right – Georgia Gibbs
Boogie Hamar – The Cadillac Kings
All Night Diner – Santo & Johnnythe-refreshments-it-dont-take
It Don’t Take But A Few Minutes – The Refreshments

There was a timely reminder to those who happen to have an original copy of Santo & Johnny’s classic ‘Sleepwalk’, to flip it over to find a rocking instrumental called ‘All Night Diner’. This reminded me of listening to the musicians playing traditional Hawaiian music around Waikiki beach and making me wonder if they burst into something like this when the tourists aren’t there. Perhaps, our Lava Lady of the islands, Susan Bowman, can tell us if they do! Then, we signed off with a little known Chuck Berry song from Swedish band The Refreshments and, as we prepared to go our separate ways, I thanked everyone for joining me here. Of course, we’ll be back, same time, same place, next week with another pile of tasty tunes to get us Rocking Tonight. Until then . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 6 September 2016