Time on my side . . .

Posted: February 23, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, it’s been a pretty hectic week here and the trusty Cruise Mobile has served us very well as we picked up on some very sociable visits. There were many laughs and some fine dining along the way, as well as a very fruitful visit to one of our favourite records shops in the sleepy town of Rye. We didn’t come away empty handed . . . but more of that another time.
There were a couple of birthday’s this week that caught our eyes and with little persuasion we found time to celebrate them in sound here. First up was Dodie Stevens, who was celebrating her 71st birthday this past week. . . . and some 58 years ago, at the age of 13, she cut a little number called ‘Pink Shoe Laces’ for Crystalette records, which proved to be her only chart success. Then there was the great singer/songwriter Otis Blackwell, who would also have been celebrating his birthday this past week, if he was still with us. It was a good excuse to feature a few of his songs, including his own version of his own song ‘Daddy Rollin’ Stone’.

We also featured a little gem by Australian singer & TV presenter Johnny Chester, which was unearthed by our good pal Jamie Dell’Apa and we know a good thing when we hear it, so we played it again. But, before that, we set off on our cruise in the company of Mighty Joe Houston & His Orchestra with ‘Chicano Hop’ and with Mickey Baker & Sylvia Vanderpool following up with their 1956 Groove 45 ‘No Good Lover’

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Chicano Hop – Joe Houston
No Good Lover – Mickey & Sylvia
Uh Huh – Big Boy Groves
Can Can Ladies – Johnny Chester & The Thunderbirds
Pink Shoe Laces – Dodie Stevens
Daddy Rollin’ Stone – Otis Blackwell
Don’t Be Cruel – The Upsetters
Fever – Patti Drew
Great Balls Of Fire – Georgia Gibbs

Girls & Guitars
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Goin’ Round In Circles
Lonesome Tears In My Eyes – The Beatles
Hot Biscuits & Sweet Marie – Eddie Cooley & The Dimples
I Don’t Love You No More – Jimmy Norman
Time On My Side – Beverley Knight
River’s Invitation – Zoot Money & His Bog Roll Band
Big Time Operator – Charlie Rich
Messed Up – Harold Burrage
Goin’ Round In Circles – Bobby Mitchell
Our Girls & Guitars feature this week put thezoot-money-transition spotlight on American vocalist and guitarist, Susanna Hoffs, who is probably best known as a member of The Bangles. To show off her talents, we chose her version of a song previously recorded by US group We Five, which became a UK hit for Crispian St Peters ‘You Were On My Mind’.

Somewhere out there in Cruising Land, hopefully Buddy Bowman is now recovering from his little health problem . To wish him well, we played a rare track by The Beatles and their 1963 cover of Johnny & Dorsey Burnette’s song ‘Lonesome Tears In My Eyes’. But, all too soon afterwards we had to turn for home back them and taking us all the way home was New Orleans favourite, Bobby Mitchell with his 1956 Imperial 45 ‘Goin’ Round In Circles’. Sadly, then there was nothing left to do but park up the Cruise Mobile give it a quick polish so it’s all ready for our next escapade together. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 22 February 2017

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