Let me know . . . . 

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

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

Well, here we are with March ebbing away and the searing heat of endless summer days still an enticing prospect. At present the Grand Duchy appears to be getting better weather than the recent experience of those in and around New York, so we should not complain. But, we were saddened by the news this week of the departure of Chuck Berry to the Promised Land. We tried to keep our spirits high with Bob Seger’s rocking tribute to Chuck with ‘You Never Can Tell’ (or as Bob calls it ‘C’est La Vie’). But, we kicked of the show with a most frantic welcome to one and all from Little Richard, providing a timely reminder to go Cruising with the Commissioner.Cruising #3007

Now this week, there have been quite a few communiques with our Ambassador to the Islands, one of which was about a recent playlist choice here by Hal Glatzer. It turns out he is well known to our Ambassador and so, to ingratiate ourselves a little more, we dug out another track by Mr Glatzer called ‘Honolulu I’m Coming Back Again’ . . . . and many happy returns we say.

If we told you that many fruitful hours had been spent rummaging in the Cruising Library for obscurities this week, it would be a stretch of the truth (a practice which seems very popular of late, beyond the Grand Duchy). But, yours truly has been laid low with some virus, so, if the chatter on this week’s show sounds a little strained on occasions, that’s the excuse! However, the pile of records that are still waiting to be put away helped with easy access to the original of ‘Wondrous Place’ by the ‘Good Timin’ man, Jimmy Jones. It’s a song covered by Billy Fury in the UK and so to soothe their feelings of the Billy Fury fans, we found his take on the Ray Charles number ‘Tell Me How Do You Feel’.

C’est La VieLittle Richard - Hey Hey Hey Hey
Hey Hey Hey Hey – Little Richard
C’est La Vie – Bob Seger
Come On Home – Louis ‘Blues Boy’ Jones
Trickle Trickle – The Videos
Downstairs – Plas Johnson
Fever – Patti Drew
What’s Wrong – James ‘Sugar Boy’ Crawford
Wondrous Place – Jimmy Jones
Tell Me How Do You Feel – Billy Fury

Girls & Guitars
A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Francesca De Fazifrancescadefazi

I’m Coming Back Again
Honolulu I’m Coming Back Again – Hal Glatzer
My Boy Lollipop – Barbie Gaye
Hey – Barbara Mercer
Michael (The Lover) – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Pink Champagne – Georgie Fame
You Can’t Sit Down – The Phil Upchurch Combo
Shock To The System – Eli Paperboy Reed
Let Me Know – Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker

This week our Girls & Guitars spotlight fell on Italian, FrancescaShock To The System – Eli Paperboy Reed De Fazi. Who has performed across Europe and America in some notable company along the way. She can boast an appearance in the “International Jimi Hendrix Festival” in Vienna and Budapest, but our choice was a track from her 2002 live album Blues Dues and her rather excellent take on ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’. 

And for those of you who care about such things, I can tell you that this next song was written in the mid-1950s by Robert Spencer of the doo-wop group The Cadillacs, and it was first recorded in New York in 1956 by Barbie Gaye. The song became a bigger success in the mid 60s when it was covered by Millie Small . . . . becoming one of the top selling ska songs of all time. . . . And if you haven’t guessed by now . . . . This is “My Boy Lollipop”

There were plenty of juicy gems in our playlist this week, including a few old favourites, but taking us all the way home on this week’s cruise was Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker with their 1958 Class recording ‘Let Me Know’. . . . by the end of which, we were indeed home safe and sound. We parked up the Cruise Mobile and waved our cheery farewells, sure in the knowledge that in another seven days we will swing by for you in the Cruise Mobile, same time same place next week to take you Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . . remember . . . .have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 22 March 2017

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