Don’t drop . . .

Posted: November 15, 2017 in Hear This . . . . !

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

Well, the trusty Cruise Mobile has travelled plenty of miles this past week and caught some friendly faces along the way, which was fun! It was a welcome diversion from the technology failures that consumed many fretful hours to recover and restore ourselves to our usual bonhomie. But, we did get there eventually and a sense of equilibrium was returned in time to enjoy our Cruising pleasures.Cruising #3006b

Our musical postman has continued his dedicated work to keep us supplied with timely deliveries of new items for the Cruising library and this week was no exception. So, there are treats in store for sure!

A big thanks to those who gave us some feedback on recent shows and especially our good pal Amigo, who gave us some excellent pointers that solved a few ‘loose ends’ from previous cruises. We were cheered to hear from our Ambassador to The Islands, who brought us welcome news of another listener, Buddy, out there somewhere in Pahoa, Hawaii and he got an invite to a rock and roll luau. But, before that we kicked off this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner with Prentice Moreland and his 1962 Crescendo 45 ‘Holy Mackrel’ . . . .

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Holy Mackrel – Prentice Moreland
Do You Wanna Rock – The Cadets
Gonna Wait For My Chance – Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm
Barbeque – Jump 4 Joy
The Big Wheel – Clifton Chenier
Zoop – The Charts
My Heart Will Go On – Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Girls & Guitars
My Heart’s Got A Mind Of Its Own – Joanne Shaw Taylor

Don’t Drop
Rock & Rock Luau – Bennie Bennjoanne_shaw_taylor_hb_051016
Rock Rockola – Merrill E. Moore
Move It On Over – Bill Haley & The Comets
I’m The Fat Man – Big John Greer
Rhumbalero – Diz & The Doormen
Red Hot Mama – S. Johnson
How About It Baby – Emmet Davis
Baby Baby Oh My Darling – The Clovers
Don’t Drop – Ray Collins Hot Club

Now, I’m not sure that Wednesbury has been indelibly marked on the map of musical talents, but the focus of our Girls & Guitars feature this week may help (a little). Because this is home for guitarist and singer bigjohngreerJoanne Shaw Taylor, who’s a quite remarkable talent on record and on stage. She’s recorded 6 albums to date and we decided to show her talents with the track ‘My Heart’s Got A Mind Of Its Own’ from her album release ‘Wild’.

There were plenty of notable names on our playlist this week, including the celebrated piano maestro of the 50s, Merrill E Moore with his 1955 Capitol 45 ‘Rock Rockola’ whose style of rock & roll and western swing certainly influenced Jerry Lee Lewis and probably Bill Haley, who popped up along with his Comets with their interpretation of Hank Williams 1947 song ‘Move It On Over’. Saxman, Big John Greer got a play with his 1952 RCA release ‘I’m The Fat Man’ (a title which may be more readily associated with another 50s singer from New Orleans). Another special treat came from New Orleans artist, S. Johnson, who we know little about, except his 45 ‘Red Hot Mama’ was recorded for Regal Records sometime between 1955 and 1957 and still sounds great. So, if you know anything more than that, please share.

Just as we thought The Cruisettes were sick or on holiday, they appeared to demonstrate how to swing and sway The Commissioner’s way (although they do it with more wild abandon than our insurers like). While they were otherwise occupied, we turned the Cruise Mobile for home and, with a measure of surprise for some, we arrived home safe and sound. Then it was time to park up the Cruise Mobile, give it a quick polish, ready for our next musical adventure. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 15 November 2017

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