Don’t push, don’t pull, don’t shove . . .

Posted: December 22, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

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

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Well, there’s a strange satisfaction in watching others getting evermore frantic as they try to do their last minute festive shopping. Around the Grand Duchy there’s been plenty of evidence of high energy, low tolerance retail therapy and we thought we wouldn’t add to the tension by including festive songs in our playlist. Let’s face it, discerning listeners must be seeking sanctuary from the onslaught of ‘Ho Ho Ho-ing’ and distant jingling bells.

So, we lined up another playlist for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner, Cruising #73designed to distract you from the ‘ordinary’ and ‘commonplace’ and take you on an adventure through rare and little heard gems from the dark depths of the Cruising Library. One little gem that we found at the back of one the dusty boxes, seemed most apt. It came from The Willows with their 1956 recording for New York’s ‘Club’ label and a rather appropriate title for anyone who’s had to venture into the crowded shops . . . .‘Don’t Push, Don’t Pull Don’t Shove’.

We also found a rarity from 50s rockabilly singer Billy Harlan, who gave up his own bid for stardom and went on to play in Jim Reeves’ band for many years. So, he was mighty surprised to get called out of retirement in 2013 because of his reputation amongst rock-a-billy fans in the UK & Europe. But, we kicked off down the road with Ray Collins Hot Club and a little number called ‘Hob Nob Club’ and then we were soon up to full cruising speed. . . .

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Hob Nob Club – Ray Collins Hot Club
Flipping Their Top – The Egyptians
Don’t Push, Don’t Pull, Don’t Shove – The Willows
The Joint’s Really Jumping – Jimmy Evans
Schoolhouse Rock – Billy Harlan
The Pink Panther – The Tads
What’cha Gonna Do – Tommy Ridgley

Girls & Guitars
Travellin’ South – Deborah Coleman

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Shake It Up – Sandy Scott
Blues For Hawaiians – Chuck Berry
Brown Eyed Handsome Man – Cajun Roosters
Around The Corner (From My House) – Jewel Atkens
No Time – The Titans
Hey Sally Mae – The Fabulous Silver Tones
Let The Good Times Roll – Pee Wee Crayton
I Love To Rock & Roll – Eddie Bo
Oh Babe – Jimmy Preston
She’s The Most – The Five Keys
Say Mama – Gene Vincent
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Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on guitarist and singer, Deborah Coleman. She hails from Virginia and grew up in various places with her musical family, settling in the Chicago area. She started playing the guitar at age 8 and went on to hone her guitar skills gigging in clubs and appearing at prestigious music festivals. She’s release 8 albums to date and we chose ‘Travellin’ South’ from her 2015 compilation ‘The Essential Deborah Coleman’.

We found a familiar song from an album titled ‘Hell Yea’ by The Cajun Roosters . . . . They delivered a Cajun style version of ‘Brown Eyed Handsome Man’ and we also discovered some tasty treats by Los Angeles group The Titans, Kansas group The Fabulous Silver Tones and wonderful The Five Keys. The Crescent City was well represented in our playlist and just as the familiar faces and places were coming into view, we surprised everyone by managing to squeeze in a last choice from Gene Vincent and his classic ‘Say Mama’.

We arrived back safe and sound from our cruise and full of smiles. The Cruise Mobile was parked up and Mr Merlot and The Cruisettes lined up with me to wave everyone a cheery farewell, full of festive good wishes. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 21 December 2016

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