Do you wanna rock . . .

Posted: November 24, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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

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Well, the past week has had plenty of excitement (not all of it re-assuring), but here at Cruise Control there has been a flurry of activity with some long awaited new arrivals for the Cruising Library, some surprise arrivals and some encounters with technology boffins to try to retrieve the contents of a hard drive that appeared to have gone into ‘hibernationCruising #195 mode’. However, some friendly faces among the Cruising Crew have kept us amused, informed and grateful for their kindnesses.

Our musical postman delivered long awaited item here this week. This is a bit of a rarity . . . . a vinyl album by Diz Watson, one of the UKs great proponents of New Orleans R&B. He’s much respected by Dr John and has been described by saxman Lee Allen as ‘one of the rockingest piano players in the world’ and you can judge for yourself with our choice . . . . Diz & The Doormen with Professor Longhair’s ‘Rhumbalero’.

A big thanks to those who gave us some feedback on recent shows and a warm welcome to another new listener, Buddy. Now, we’ve not met him yet, but we’re assured he’s out there somewhere in Pahoa, Hawaii, so we invited him to a rock and roll luau. But, not before we kicked off this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner with Prentice Moreland and his 1962 Crescendo 45 ‘Holy Mackrel’ . . . .

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Holy Mackrel – Prentice Moreland
Do You Wanna Rock – The Cadets
Gonna Wait For My Chance – Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm
Barbeque – Jump 4 Joy
The Big Wheel – Clifton Chenier
Zoop – The Charts
My Heart Will Go On – Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Girls & Guitars
My Heart’s Got A Mind Of Its Own – Joanne Shaw Taylor

Don’t Drop
Rock & Rock Luau – Bennie Bennjoanne_shaw_taylor_hb_051016
Rock Rockola – Merrill E. Moore
Move It On Over – Bill Haley & The Comets
I’m The Fat Man – Big John Greer
Rhumbalero – Diz & The Doormen
Red Hot Mama – S. Johnson
How About It Baby – Emmet Davis
Baby Baby Oh My Darling – The Clovers
Don’t Drop – Ray Collins Hot Club

Now, I’m not sure that Wednesbury has been indelibly marked on the map of musical talents, but the focus of our Girls & Guitars feature this week may help (a little). Because this is home for guitarist and singer bigjohngreerJoanne Shaw Taylor, who’s a quite remarkable talent on record and on stage. She’s recorded 6 albums to date and we decided to show her talents with the track ‘My Heart’s Got A Mind Of Its Own’ from her latest release ‘Wild’.

There were plenty of notable names on our playlist this week, including the celebrated piano maestro of the 50s, Merrill E Moore with his 1955 Capitol 45 ‘Rock Rockola’ whose style of rock & roll and western swing certainly influenced Jerry Lee Lewis and probably Bill Haley, who popped up along with his Comets with their interpretation of Hank Williams 1947 song ‘Move It On Over’. Saxman, Big John Greer got a play with his 1952 RCA release ‘I’m The Fat Man’ (a title which may be more readily associated with another 50s singer from New Orleans). Another special treat came from New Orleans artist, S. Johnson, who we know little about, except his 45 ‘Red Hot Mama’ was recorded for Regal Records sometime between 1955 and 1957 and still sounds great. So, if you know anything more than that, please share.

Just as we thought The Cruisettes were sick or on holiday, they appeared to demonstrate how to swing and sway The Commissioner’s way (although they do it with more wild abandon than our insurers like). While they were otherwise occupied, we turned the Cruise Mobile for home and, with a measure of surprise for some, we arrived home safe and sound. Then it was time to park up the Cruise Mobile, give it a quick polish, ready for our next musical adventure. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 23 November 2016

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