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Posted: April 12, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

Well, the sun has been a very welcome visitor to the Grand Duchy this week and ensured a few warm evenings on the South terrace with the odd bottle of fizz and some savory nibbles. Delightful as they have been, there was something extra special about our Wednesday evening, when the Cruising Crew turned up to go Cruising with The Commissioner.Cruising #3004

Early on in our Cruising adventure, we traveled to New Orleans with Lee Dorsey and then onto Detroit for something that sounded like a pretty untypical Motown release, ‘Mojo Hannah’, which was the very last recording made for the label by Henry Lumpkin. Then, sneaking into this week’s playlist came a trio of tracks, featuring three covers of Rolling Stones songs, including a typically frantic take on ‘Brown Sugar’ by Little Richard, a very fine version of Honky Tonk Women by The Meters and rocking version of ‘Start Me Up by the lovely Beverley Skeete.

There was a broad smile in the direction of our Ambassador to the islands, as we introduced a little something from Leon Redbone and his characteristic rendering of that well worn blues song ‘Diddy Wah Diddy’. But before all that, we kicked off down the road there with a little 1954 Leiber & Stoller song from The Honeybears, called ‘One Bad Stud’ . . .

Start Me UpBeverley Skeete - Good Times
One Bad Stud ・ The Honeybears
Behind The Eight Ball ・ Lee Dorsey
Mojo Hanna ・ Henry Lumpkin
Brown Sugar ・ Little Richard
Honky Tonk Woman ・ The Meters
Start Me Up – Beverley Skeete
Mother In Law ・ James Booker
Diddy Wah Diddy ・ Leon Redbone

Girls & Guitars
Where Blue Begins ・ Dani Wildeleon redbone - double time

Let’s Have A Party
Why Don’t You Write Me – The Jacks
Crocodile – The Coasters
Try Rock & Roll ・ Bobby Mitchell
Little Girl Of Mine ・ Bobby Marchan
Let’s Have A Party ・ Eunice Davis
Respectable ・ The Isley Brothers
Let Me Know ・ Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker

Mr Merlot started gesturing in his own inimitable was when he feared we might have forgotten our Girls & Guitars feature. But, all was well as we introduced this week’s Dani Wilde - Shinechoice, which was partly influenced by our recent giglist event featuring the great UK harpman Will Wilde. He has an equally talented sister, guitarist and singer Dani Wilde and we pulled out her excellent cover of a modern blues song, originally written and recorded by Dana Gillespie. This was Dani Wilde with her version of ‘Where Blue Begins’.

There were a couple of notable doo wop tracks to enjoy this week, including a 1955 RPM release by The Jacks, who started out as a spiritual group in Los Angeles and also recorded as The Cadets. Both groups were pretty successful, but we featured The Jacks with ‘Why Don’t You Write Me’, followed by The Coasters with their 1958 recording of ‘Crocodile’. It was never released at the time and you might wonder why, because it sounds well worth it.

Bobby Mitchell and Bobby Marchan ensured the Crescent City was well represented and Eunice Davis excited The Cruisettes and Mr Merlot with her 1957 Grand label single ‘Let’s Have A Party’. Indeed, such was their enthusiasm that they barely noticed amid the mayhem that we had turned the Cruise Mobile in a homeward direction, under cover of The Isley Brothers with ‘Respectable’ and those familiar faces and places started appearing, as Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker took us all they way home. Then, there was nothing else to do but park up the Cruise Mobile and look forward to next week when once again we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 12 April 2017

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