I saw her standing there . . .

Posted: May 4, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, this week our rummaging in the Cruising Library brought with it some relief from the national and international politicking. Even the antics of Mr Merlot seemed strangely more ‘normal’ by comparison, so we were glad of his timely distractions during our preparations for this week’s Cruising With The Commissioner.

There was more than a touch of deja vu in some of our choices this week, due to a little cruising-3001review of past playlists in search of a vaguely remembered number. We didn’t find what we went looking for, but we did find plenty of others that brought back good memories and a few crept into our choices here.

A few long-time members of the Cruising Crew filled some welcome moments this week and they suggested some additional gems to slip into our choices. Since it was Jazz Fest down in New Orleans this week, the Crescent City was also in our thoughts. There were a few nods in that direction with Jimmy McCracklin and a demonstration of how James Booker and Diz & The Doormen, among others, have ensured some thoroughly enjoyable trans-Atlantic music exchanges between the UK and New Orleans. Indeed, it was Mr McCracklin’s 1957 Irma 45, ‘Savoy Jump’ that started us off on this week’s cruise . . . and we never looked back . . .

Hold Me BabyI'm A Woman - Ellen McIlwaine
Savoy Jump – Jimmy McCracklin
Hold Me Baby – The Chordcats
Move With Me Baby – Big Amos Patton
Mary Lou – Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks
Go Away – The Hesitations
That’s Where The Tears Start – Darlene Love

Girls & Guitars
I’m A Woman – Ellen McIllwaine

Gimme A Little Sign
Street Walking Woman – T Bone WalkerDiz & the Doormen
Gimme A Little Sign – Maxine Harvey
Everyone But The Right One – Helen Shapiro
Ernestine – Patience Valentine
So Deep In Love – Eddie Giles
Dang Me – Sam Hutchins
On Bended Knee – Diz & The Doormen
I Saw Her Standing There – James Booker
Baby Boy’s In Love – Jimmy Holiday
Take My Love – Little Willie John
Tune Up – Junior Walker & The Allstars
Now, not for the first time, we did some virtual James-Booker-at-Montreux-1978-Album-Cover-300x300travelling down to Nashville, for our ‘Girls & Guitars’ feature. That’s where Ellen McIlwaine was born, although she was raised in Japan, where she heard people like Ray Charles, Fats Domino and Professor Longhair. On moving to back to America, she bought a guitar and began a music career that has included recording a number of albums to date. We took a track from her 1998 album ‘Women In (E)Motion’, which shows off her fine slide guitar work and her adaptation of a Muddy Waters number, which she calls ‘I’m A Woman’.

Eventually, Junior Walker & The Allstars brought us all the way home, when we had to park up the Cruise Mobile for another week. But, all being well, we’ll be back again next week to call by for you once more to go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . until then . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 3 May 2017

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