No buts & no maybes . . .

Posted: January 18, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

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The Cruise Mobile was right on time to take us off at high speed on our cruise this week and we did it in the company of Boots Brown with his Groove 45 ‘Dynamite’. Then, somewhat breathlessly we paused just long enough to give a big cheery to the Cruising Crew and a welcome to this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.
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Our playlist came together on a piecemeal basis, but it sounded pretty good and included several choices that came recommended by some very friendly faces, including our good pal Susan Bowman who pointed us to New Orleans resident and keyboard ace, Joe Krown. Joe has had the honour to occupy the Traditional Piano Night slot at New Orleans’ Maple Leaf Bar . . . a seat that was once occupied by Professor Longhair and James Booker. . . . and that inspired some more choices!

We dug out something from a band called Tico & The Triumphs who were around in the early ’60s. ‘Tico’ was actually a young Paul Simon and with some prompting from our good pal Larry Grogan, we pulled together a selection of Paul Simon songs.

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Dynamite – Boots Brown
Everybody Rock & Roll – The Sparks Of Rhythm
Alright Miss Moore – Jimmy Witherspoon
Well Oh Well – Otis Williams
Georgia Slop – Joe Krown Organ Combo
So Swell When You’re Well – James Martin
No Buts & No Maybes – Good Time Charlie

Girls & Guitars
Going Back To Texas – Becky Barksdale

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Noise – Tico & The Triumphs
Love Me Like A Rock – The Dixie Hummingbirds
Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard – Jesse Malin
Don’t Be Angry – The Cadets
Sophisticated Boom Boom – The Goodies
Rockin’ Pneumonia – Larry Williams & Art Neville
Everybody Do The Chicken – The Five Jets
Ooh Little Girl – The Big Town Playboys
I Got It – Little Richard

This week, our Girls & Guitars feature focused on Texan the-big-town-playboysblues singer and guitarist Becky Barksdale. She started playing guitar at the age of twelve, and by the age of sixteen, she was gigging and building an enviable reputation. To showcase her talents, we chose a self penned song, ‘Going Back To Texas’, from her first album in 1999, ‘Real Live’.

Jamie Dell’Apa, down there in New Orleans, gave us a real treat by playing us the 1965 Blue Cat 45 by all girl group, The Goodies, then we got a nudge from his colleague, Neil Pelligrin, about an unreleased version of Rockin’ Pneumonia recorded by Larry Williams and Art Neville in 1957 for Specialty records.

While everybody’s attention was elsewhere, we had to turn the Cruise Mobile for home and, as the familiar faces and places came into view, we were hoping Little Richard would get us home safe and sound . . . and he did! So, as we parked up the Cruise Mobile, we were hoping everyone would be back same time same place next week, to go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 18 January 2017 

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