That’s alright . . .

Posted: October 19, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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

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Well, just lately, the world news seems to range from the bizarre to the decidedly unnerving. So, it was a relief to seek sanctuary in Cruise Control and get submerged in a little rummaging in the Cruising Library and some welcome listening to some old favourites and a few new arrivals (courtesy of our car-postercheery postman), including a new album called ‘The Musical Mojo of Dr John’, from which we chose a collaboration with Tab Benoit.

While shuffling through the albums in the Cruising Library, one compilation, in particular, drew attention because it was issued by Top Cat Records and featured The Texas Topcats, a band that features our good pal Wendel Williams. So, no prizes for guessing it made it’s way into our playlist.

Thanks are also due to several folk who have directly or indirectly suggested choices for this week’s playlist and this week it was our good pals Jamie Dell’Apa and Phil Tyler, both prompted something by Danny Gatton. Our choice came with extra bonus points from Mrs TC, because it featured Danny’s rockabilly guitar and Delbert McClinton’s vocals. But, we kicked of down the road on our cruise with a little Fortune 45 from Tony Lee titled ‘Poppin’ Off’ . . .

Cruising With Topcats . . . . dr-john-mac-his-music
Poppin’ Off – Tony Lee (Fortune)
Stack-A-Lee – Dr John & Tab Benoit
Sun Medley – Danny Gatton & Delbert McClinton
That’s Cold – The Texas Topcats

Girls & Guitars
Steamy Windows – Erja Lyttinen

Hear Me Now
Gidget Goes Hawaiian – James Darren
Hanky Panky – The Raindrops
Coconut Woman – Laurel Aitkenhot-rhythm-cool-blues-texas-style
Susie Q – Huey ‘Piano’ Smith
Give It Up, Or Tell Where It’s At – Vince Monroe with Ernie Holland & His Orchestra
Hear My Plea – Arthur Gunter
Hear Me Now – Billy Lamont
It Should Have Been Me – Little George Benson
Ain’t No Big Deal On You – The Big Town Playboys
Gangster Of Love – Chris Farlowe
Got A Little Woman – Eddie Cooley & The Dimples

Well, we got a little carried away with our playlist and remembered, just in time, to pitcheddiecooley-fever-cd in some choice R&B numbers from UK artists, including The Big Town Playboys and London’s own Chris Farlowe.

There was an international flavour to our Girls & Guitars feature this week, because it focused on Finnish lady of the blues, Erja Lyytenen. She delivers some impressive slide guitar work and vocals that range from near pop numbers through to gutsy old style Chicago blues. We chose a track from her live album ‘Songs From The Road’ and Tony Joe White’s song ‘Steamy Windows’.
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Well, after an eventful cruise, Eddie Cooley & The Dimples brought us home safe and sound from our erja_lyytinen_live_in_london_cover_hirescruise and just in time to park up the Cruise Mobile for another week. Apart from pacifying our insurers about the dangerous dancing of Mr Merlot and The Cruisettes, we re-arranged the pending tray (which is getting a little more manageable).

So, it’s looking good for our next cruising escapade, when we hope to be ready for some more of your good company, when we swing by in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place, next week, 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 19 October, 2016

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