Back in business . . .

Posted: July 26, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

If you heard the low rumble of the Cruise Mobile in the distance, then you might have guessed it was heading in your direction and bringing with it another chance to go Cruising with The Commissioner. This week we set off on our musical adventure with some familiar faces in the form of The New Champs with ‘Sax Boogie’ and followed with a real rocking piece of R&B from Ivory Jackson, ‘I’m A Country Boy’. Soon after, Irma Thomas turned up with a very appropriately titled 1964 Richard Berry song, ‘Moments To Remember’ . . . and you may think there are more moments in current events that are better forgotten. Cruising #3003

Perhaps, we should get our acknowledgments up front now, because there have been some helpful pointers along the way, including Matt The Cat with his Juke In The Back show featuring the original 50s New York vocal group The Diamonds, who only ever released 3 singles on the Atlantic label during 1952 and ’53 and then faded from the music scene by 1955. We played their 1952 single ‘Call Baby Call’. We also gave a respectful nod towards Neil Pelligrin for pointing us to a 1962 Minit 45 from a son of the Crescent City, Ernie K Doe.

Our rummaging in the Cruising Library this week turned up a couple covers by significant pianists. The first was an unlikely cover of one of the many 50s hits by Buddy Holly & The Crickets, from rocker Esquerita, famed for his frantic vocals and wild piano playing. The second came from James Booker with his take on Fats Domino’s ‘All By Myself’. If you’ve had a little over exposure to Mr Domino’s version, then like me, you may have found Mr Booker’s version a refreshing alternative.

Moments To RememberNew Champs
Sax Boogie – The New Champs
I’m A Country Boy – Ivory Jackson
Wake Up Baby – King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys
Juke Box Boogie Woogie Chick – Snookum Russell
Get Out Of Here – Ernie K Doe
Moments To Remember – Irma Thomas
Mr Low Love – Terry Thomas

Girls & Guitars
Back In Business – Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins

Hooked Beverly Watkins (2)
Call Baby Call – The Diamonds
Maybe Baby – Esquerita
All By Myself – James Booker
One & One Is Two – The Weeklings
No Money Down – Jules Blattner
One Day Next Year – The Heartbeats
Crazy Crazy Party – The Cues
Hooked – Eilen Jewell
Come On Home – Eddie Lang
Have Mercy Miss Percy – Long Tall MarvinWeeklings

This week, the spotlight of our Girls & Guitars feature focused on Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins, who hails from Atlanta in Georgia and was playing in various local bands in high school. Soon after, she was recruited into Piano Red’s Houserockers and toured across America. But, to show off her talents, we pulled out one of her own 1998 albums and this is rather fine title track of the album ‘Back In Business’.

This week, we found one of those lost songs of the Fab Four, penned by Paul McCartney and given away, ‘One & One Is Two’. It got recorded by American band The Weeklings and may have gone down well with our Ambassador to The Islands, Susan Bowman, who’s a bit of a Fab Four fan. Our ‘Doo Wop Stop’ started with The Heartbeats, followed by The Cues and a number destined to please our good pal Pete Hall who’s a bit of a fan of The Cues.

While we listened to a 1956 RPM 45 from Eddie Lang, we had to turn the Cruise Mobile for home and getting us all the way home was Marvin Philips (one half of the successful 50s singing duo Marvin & Johnny) under the name Long Tall Marvin with his 1956 Modern release, ‘Have Mercy Miss Percy’. Many may have doubted it, but we got back safe and sound, in time to park up the Cruise Mobile in its usual place, all ready for the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. So, until then . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 26 July 2017


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