Don’t Knock . . .

Posted: September 17, 2019 in Hear This . . . . !

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

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Well, the faithful gathered in the usual place just as the Cruise Mobile came rolling by . . . to take them Cruising with The Commissioner and we didn’t linger long before we kicked off down the road with Jackie Kelso’s ‘Rat A Tat’ on the radio and then, with a nod in the direction of Jamie Dell’Apa, we headed off at speed with Brook Benton and his 1958 Vik 45 ‘Crinoline Skirt’ . . . on which subject I say no more!Cruising #3049

We invited a little ‘compare and contrast’ exercise with Big Mama Thornton’s, ‘Don’t Look Back’ and Roy Hamilton’s ‘Don’t Let Go’ . . . then gave thanks to Neil Pellegrin for reminding us of Lavern Baker’s 1963 Atlantic 45, ‘You Said’. We embarked on a little ‘swing’ feature, even with the risk of exciting Mr Merlot dancing tendencies. This was inspired by a recent cover of something recorded by Buck Washington’s 1944 gem, ‘Save That Roach For Me’, and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to include Louis Jordan too. Then there was some collective swinging out to Casey MacGill & The Spirits of Rhythm before we found a very fine piece of R&B by Eddie Cooley & The Dimples, with ‘Hot Biscuits & Sweet Marie’.

Don’t Let GoJackie Kelso
Rat A Tat – Jackie Kelso
Crinoline Skirt – Brook Benton
Don’t Talk Back – Big Mama Thornton & The Hi Tones
Don’t Let Go – Roy Hamilton
You Said – Lavern Baker
Save That Roach For Me – Buck Washington
Five Guys Named Mo – Louis Jordan
Rhythm – Casey MacGill & The Spirits of Rhythm
Hot Biscuits & Sweet Marie – Eddie Cooley & The Dimples

Girls & Guitars
It Ain’t Like This – Kate MeehanKate Meehan

Rockin’ By Myself
If Loving You Is Wrong – Dobie Gray
Whatcha Gonna Do About It – Zoot Money
Big Time Operator – Charlie Rich
When Did You Leave Heaven – Percy Mayfield
This Heart Of Mine – Curly Williams
Tonight – The Love Notes
Honey Bun – The Colts
Don’t Knock – The Pastels
Rockin’ By Myself – Sammy GowansZoot Money

This week our Girls & Guitars spotlight fell on Australian singer, pianist and guitarist, Kate Meehan. She was born in Hobart, Tasmania and learnt to play the guitar during her schooldays. After busking around Adelaide for a few years, she got a real taste for Chicago blues as a member of the Fabulous Blues Cats. We chose something from her ‘As Long As I’ve Sung The Blues’ album released in 2000, which included her rocking little number, ‘It Ain’t Like This’.

We gave a respectful nod to Thom Hickey for the recent feature on Dobie Gray on his Immortal Jukebox blog and we followed suit with the much recorded ‘If Loving You Is Wrong’ that Dobie delivers with a very welcome warm Southern soul glow to it. Continuing that soulful mood, we pulled out Zoot Money’s very tasteful take on Doris Troy’s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It’ and followed up with Charlie Rich doing Zoot’s ‘66 hit ‘Big Time Operator’.

Those paying keen attention may have noticed the Cruise Mobile slow down for our Doo Wop Delights, which included Curly Williams (a.k.a. Jesse Belvin) with ‘This Heart Of Mine’. Then, we heard from New York vocal group, The Love Notes with a 1957 Holiday 45 ‘Tonight’. The Cruisettes descended on us during that one and they were much in evidence during the next one from the Colts, with their a 1956 Vita 45, ‘Honey Bun’.

While The Pastels we’re playing their Argo 45 ‘Don’t Knock’, we had to turn the Cruise Mobile for home and we relied on Sammy Gowans to take us all the way home with his 1958 United Artists 45 ‘Rockin’ By Myself’. Then, there was nothing left to do, but park up the Cruise Mobile, give it a quick polish, so it’s all ready the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then, remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Miskin Radio
on 17 September 2019

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