Ooh Wow. . . . .

Posted: May 18, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, the environs of the Grand Duchy are looking pretty colourful lately, due in no small measure to the fine weather after a cool and damp start to the Spring period. But, we had a little less time to enjoy it this week, because we took a little trip to Berlin . . . so, our rummaging time in the Cruising Library was fairly limited, but fruitful, as you can judge for yourselves with this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.

A few acknowledgments are due this week, Cruising #2021including a classic piece of doo wop from Johnny Adams and big thanks to Jamie Dell’Apa for pointing us to a 1965 single featuring The Crescents with The McMillan Sisters. We also found a song we know well by Joe Jones . . . but this was an excellent cover by the much missed Frankie Ford.

The keen-eared will have spotted more sounds of New Orleans, including Fats Domino and a song that I’m grateful to Matt The Cat for suggesting Lloyd Price with his 1953 Specialty 45 ‘Where You At’. But, before all that, we set off on this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner with Jerry Lee Lewis, rocking out with a favourite here, ‘I’m On Fire’.

Where You At Jerry_Lee_Lewis_-_I'm_On_Fire
I’m On Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Ooh Wow – Roy Montrell
I Won’t Cry – Johnny Adams
Here You Come Again – The Crescents with The McMillan Sisters
You Talk Too Much – Frankie Ford
Gumbo – Eddie Cochran
Down In Mexico – The Pelicans
Yes, It’s You – Little Margie
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans – Fats Domino
Where You At – Lloyd Price

Girls & GuitarsDonna Hopkins
Anything – Donna Hopkins

Jump Back
Love Makes The World Go Round – Barbara Lewis
Coming Back To You – The Royal Jokers
Dixieland Rock – Max Merritt & The Meteors
Who’s Foolin’ Who – The Chromatics
She Can Rock – Little Ike
Jump Back – Lost Dog Found
When Are You Coming Home – Chubby Newsome
Lovey Dovey/ You’re So Fine – Bunny Sigler44 shakedown
Ella Mae – 44 Shakedown

This week, our Girls & Guitars feature focused on Donna Hopkins, who was born and raised in Alabama and followed in the footsteps of a family of musicians, to become a seasoned performer, sharing the stage with the likes of Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa, Stevie Wonder, and Robert Cray (to name just a few). To show off her talents, we chose ‘Anything’ from her 2003 album ‘Free To Go’.

We turned up some ‘popcorn’ by The Royal Jokers . . . who were previously known as The Serenaders, The Muskateers, then the Royals but our choice was from them as The Royal Jokers with ‘Coming Back To You’. To confirm our international credentials, we pulled out a tasty treat from one of the early rock and rock bands of New Zealand . . . Max Merritt & The Meteors.

There was some fine doo wop from Bob Williams & The Chromatics with their 1955 release ‘Who’s Foolin’ Who’, then a little something from Little Ike, who was Isaac Hamilton and he cut a frenzied 45 for Nashville’s Champion Records 1959, very much in the style of Little Richard. Then, Mr Merlot started doing that winding up signal, but we managed to fit in a few more before 44 Shakedown took us home with the Louis Jordan classic ‘Ella Mae’.

All good things have to come to an end and this week’s Cruising adventure was no exception. So, with thanks for your good company along the way, we said our farewells, ever hopeful that we’ll all be back again the next time the Cruise Mobile rolls by 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 17 May 2017


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