Jump and shout . . .

Posted: April 5, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, we came cruising by in even higher spirits than usual this week, because with this week’s adventure we entered our 7th year of Cruising with The Commissioner. Mr Merlot & yours truly turned up looking elegant in our tuxedos, The Cruisettes arrived early in their party dresses and Mrs TC promised some celebratory refreshments . . . so it was all looking good! 

With suitable anniversary flair, we kicked off down the road with King Curtis and ‘The Groove’, followed by some keen navigation, as we headed on down to New Orleans with an invite from The Blue Dots for a Saturday Night Fish Fry . . . causing Mr Merlot to loosened his bow tie for that, just so he could join the Cruisettes to swing and sway the Commissioners way. 

Guitar wizard, Albert Lee, was on our giglist this week and, although he’s no stranger to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall and other revered music venues. But, we caught him at a somewhat cosier local venue ‘The Mick Jagger Centre’ and great show he delivered too, with plenty of anecdotes to go with the music and a nice tribute to the late Chuck Berry with ‘Back in The USA’. Indeed, it was one of two of Mr Berry’s songs on our playlist this week and possibly the first appearance by The Beatles. The reason was that this week back in 1964, The Beatles held the top 7 places on the American Billboard charts and one was ‘Roll Over Beethoven’. 

The Groove
The Groove – King Curtis
Saturday Night Fish Fry- The Blue Dots
Sugar Mama – The Orbits
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl – Don & Bob
Dixie Chicken – Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown
Back In The USA – Albert Lee
Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles
Arnie Ginsburg Theme – Freddy Cannon
Jenny Lee – Jan & Arnie 

Girls & Guitars
It’s Your Voodoo Working – Samantha Fish 

Gee Golly
Pony Time – Don Covay
Boogie Woogie On A Saturday Night – Steve Gibson & The Redcaps
People Will Say We’re In Love – The Spaniels
Gee Golly – The Coasters
Angel Baby – Rosie & The Originals
Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man – Jimmy Liggins
Jump & Shout – Erline Harris & The Johnson Brothers
Hey Sally Mae – The Fabulous Silvertones
Amongst the recent releases, we noticed there’s one by Samantha Fish, so we made her the focus of our Girls & Guitars feature this week. Samantha grew up in Kansas City and has been singing and playing on stage since she was 18 . She’s no stranger to our playlists and we chose a track from her latest album ‘Chills & Fever’ and her take on that Charles Sheffield classic ‘It’s Your Voodoo Working’. 

In our travels, we nodded respectfully in the direction of Thom Hickey and his Immortal Jukebox blog, because he told the story of Rosie Hamlin, who as a 15 year old, had a hit with her song ‘Angel Baby’. Sadly Rosie passed last month, but we paid tribute to as Rosie & The Originals was with their haunting and enduring hit. Big thanks also went to our good pal Matt The Cat for his excellent profile of Jimmy Liggins on his Juke In The Back Show this week. So, we couldn’t resist including Jimmy’s take on ‘Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man’.

Then, just when we thought things couldn’t get more frenetic, Mrs TC arrived with bottles of pink fizz and some spicy nibbles, puts them down and promptly joined Mr Merlot & The Cruisettes in some wild gyrations. Meanwhile, almost unnoticed, we turn the Cruise Mobile for home and arrived back under cover of The Fabulous Silver tones with their 1960 West Coast 45 ‘Hey Sally Mae’.

So, our 300th musical adventure was over, but the party spirit was guaranteed to carry on awhile here, but rest assured we’ll be back same time same place next week, when we?l roll by in the Cruise Mobile with a seat saved especially for you. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 4 April 2017


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