Hot ziggity . . .

Posted: July 6, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

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Well, with practiced precision we rolled by in the Cruise Mobile at the appointed hour to take you who knows where with you know who . . . which is our way of inviting you to join us for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. As ever, we came with an armful of juicy gems from the Cruising Library, along with a few items suggested by friendly faces. Included in this week’s selection were a couple of unexpected tracks thatCruising #3010b resulted from our recent venture to the coast line of Essex to see a stage show based on the story and music of The Drifters with their frequently changing membership and fortunes. The storyline was well researched, even if the music presentation needed a bit more polishing. But, it was an entertaining show and included a Clyde McPhatter number that was his first solo single after leaving the Drifters in1955, ‘Hot Ziggity’. . . and we couldn’t cruise on without hearing from The Drifters themselves, so we picked something from the newly released album by The Drifters, called ‘Kiss & Make Up’.

At one point on our adventure, we directed the Cruise Mobile to San Diego for something by rockabilly cat, Gene LaMarr & The Blue Flames and their 1958 Spry 45 ‘You Can Count On Me’ which was recorded when Gene was just 16! We stuck in that rockabilly groove for a song we know well by Jerry Reed and delivered with style by The Rob Ryan Roadshow, led by an American rockabilly artist, who, interestingly moved out to Germany to enjoy the thriving market for rockabilly music there. But first, we got rollin’ down the road with Lee Allen (who would have been celebrating his birthday this past week) and a little ‘Rockin’ At Cosimo’s’ (well where’ else) . . . .

Stickin’ WitchaLee Allen
Rockin’ At Cosimo’s – Lee Allen
Dinky Doo – Eddie Bo (Ric) 1961
Stickin’ Witcha Baby – Benny Spellman
You Can Count On Me – Gene LaMarr & The Blue Flames (Spry) 1958
When I Found You – The Rob Ryan Roadshow
Little Egypt – Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
Elevator Operator – The Rays
Hot Ziggity – Clyde McPhatter
Kiss & Make Up – The Drifters

Girls & Guitars
The Stuff You Gotta Watch – Shannon McNallySusan McNally - Black Irish

Small Town Talk
Laura Lee – Bobby Charles
Small Town Talk – Bobby Charles
Zing Zing – The Pitch Pikes
I Can’t Stay Mad At You – Skeeter Davis
Hard Day’s Night – The Blues Beatles
Lovely Lena – Diz & the Doormen
Vip Vop – Marvin & Johnny
Run Run Mabel – Everett CarpenterBlues beatles

This week’s Girls & Guitars feature focused on New Yorker, Shannon McNally who, after graduating, pursued her musical ambitions and honed her skills as a busker on the streets of Paris. She got a contract with Capitol Records in 1997 and she’s since made 8 albums, including her latest, ‘Black Irish’, which includes our choice . . . an old Buddy Johnson number called ‘The Stuff You Gotta Watch’. But, we really couldn’t move on from Shannon McNally without mentioning that she was a longtime friend of singer Bobby Charles and it seemed an excellent link to a couple of choices from Bobby Charles himself . . . his New Orleans style ‘Laura Lee’ and his much later song ‘Small Town Talk’.

There was a big thanks to Thom Hickey and his Immortal Jukebox for suggesting something by Skeeter Davis . . . which we did . . . and we said a hello to Buddy in Hawaii and, possibly need to restore diplomatic relations with Ambassador to Islands for playing a ‘fab four’ number by someone else! Meanwhile, given our good pal Arfa Pinetop was paying a flying visit to Cruise Control this week, we tried to stay on his good side with a Diz & The Doormen track, ‘Lovely Lena’. Then, we knew we were running out of time, so we lined up a Marvin & Johnny number titled Vip Vop . . . then we left it to Chicago’s Everett Carpenter to get us home safely, which he did and we parked up the trusty Cruise Mobile, ready to wave our farewells. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 5 July 2017

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