Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 2.21.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Engelbert Humperdinck opens this hour with a hit song
heard in a 1968 British short film, “The Cyclist of Belsize Park.” Then get set to sail with Roger Whittaker listen to an overnight sensation in the mid 70’s called, “the Last Farewell.” Enjoy a little Dinah Shore with her snappy rendition of “Dear Hearts and Gentle People.” Peggy Lee sings “It’s All Over Now” followed with Dean Martin “Cryin’ Like a Baby.” Hear Bobby Goldsboro’s “Muddy Mississippi Line,” Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight” and Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman” sung with Al DeLory’s Capitol Records Orchestra. Enjoy some great film selections with The Four Lads, Tony Bennett, and Actress Judy Garland. We’ll track period instrumentals by Nelson Riddle, Billy May’s Orchestra, and a back of the rack request for “Mood Indigo” by the Norman Petty Trio. You’ll hear the signature hit for the iron voiced band leader Vaughn Monroe with “Racing with the Moon.” Records by the McGuire Sisters, and Rosemary Clooney. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Petula Clark launches this set with “It’s a Sign of the Times.” The Association is next with their tender hit, “Never My Love.” Enjoy some NY swing with Jerry Costanzo performing, “Can I Steal a Little Love.” We’ll track a lush rendition of “The
Good Life” sung by bombshell, Julie London. Listen to some great silver screen favorites by Bing Crosby singing “McNamara’s Band,” Vic Damone with “Younger than Springtime” from South Pacific, Henry Mancini’s “the Pink Panther,” and Dean Martin with Jerry Lewis singing “the Money Song.” You’ll hear some great big band with Benny Goodman’s orchestra playing, “Down South Camp Meeting.” Vic Dana sings the vocal version of the “Mondo carne” film theme from 1963, “More.” Hear the Carpenters with the old Sesame Street hit, “Sing,” Danny Williams hit record, “White on White,” and the alfredo crooning of Dean Martin with “Under The Bridges of Paris.” Songs by Jo Stafford, Perry Como and Frankie Laine.
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ON The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Robert Goulet kicks off this hour with those happy, “Summer Sounds.” Then listen to the theme from “Casino Royale” with Herb Alpert. We’ll team up Bing Crosby with Rosemary Clooney for an old Bunny Berigan big band standard. Hear the 1951 hit for Nat King Cole singing the signature song for the era, “Unforgettable.” Hear more film selections sung by Andy Williams with the “Days of Wine and Roses,” Barbra Streisand’s “People” from Funny Girl, and Jerry Vale with “Three Coins in the Fountain.” Listen to a hit for Harry Nilsson that “almost” was a film theme for the movie, “Midnight Cowboy.” Tap your feet to an early 1970’s hit for a male trio from Alberta called The Stampeders. Enjoy some swingin’ Sinatra as we go “Learning the Blues,” Johnny Mathis with Percy Faith’s Orchestra singing, “A Certain Smile,” and then we’ll get “Too Close for Comfort” with the gorgeous Peggy Lee. Snap your fingers with Kay Starr’s 1952 hit, “Side by Side.” We’ll pull in songwriter Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers for “Personality.” Hit songs by The Chordettes, Steve Lawrence and Glenn Miller.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 2.13.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Four Knights open this hour with “I Get So Lonely.” (Bass singer Oscar Broadway leading with “Oh Baby Mine.”) Then we’ll bring on our funny girl, Barbra Streisand with “Second Hand Rose.” Mister “shuck n’ jive,” Frankie Laine, performs the song, “Waiting for the End of the Road” followed up with some great swing by Glen Gray performing, “The King Porter Stomp.” Listen to one of the many Capitol Records hits for Nat King Cole, “A Blossom Fell.” Then sing along with Rosemary Clooney as she sings, “Shine on Harvest Moon.” We’ll team up the Brothers Four for the wistful, “Green Leaves of Summer” followed up with an Ian Tyson song, “Four Strong Winds” sung by Glenn Yarborough. Get a chuckle with Dinah Shore and the quartet singing a fun twisted song called, “Sweet Violets.” Frank Sinatra is next with one of his signature songs, “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Sumpthin’ Smith and the Redheads” singing, “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie.” Hear Andy Williams, Patti Page, Disney’s duck genius, Ludwig Van Drake (Paul Frees) and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: We open this hour with the lovely lilt of Jo Stafford singing a standard from “South Pacific.” Then we’ll track a song heard in the film, “The Sound of Music” sung by Mr. Tony Bennett. Hear more great music from the silver screen by the Mantovani Orchestra, Andy Williams, Debbie Reynolds, Doris Day, Dean Martin and Lena Horne. We’ll bring in Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme for a spirited version of “Besame Mucho” followed up with a sweeping version of “To the Ends of the Earth sung by Nat King Cole. Then we’ll enjoy a cuppa joe with Frank Sinatra and the swinging Nelson Riddle Orchestra for “The Coffee Song.” Vikki Carr performs her strong rendition of the song, “Cant’ Take My Eyes Off of You.” We’ll swing to the great Glenn Miller hit song, “In the Mood” followed up with The Ames Brothers and the big band era standard “On a Slow Boat to China.” Enjoy Les Paul and Mary Ford with “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise. “ Laugh with the great Phil Harris giving some dating advice from “44 Sycamore.” Leave comments see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Get set for a little honey in the horn with Al Hirt as we open with “Cotton Candy.” Then we’ll rise up on that great gettiin’ up morning with Pat Boone and “A Wonderful Time up There.” Tom Jones steams on stage next for “Help Yourself.” Enjoy some signature Frank Sinatra with “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” followed up with some swingin’ big band with Glen Gray’s rendition of “Topsy.” Enjoy some lovely music by Andy Williams remembering “The Summer of our Love.” Hear Dionne Warwick with some bouncy Broadway music with “Promises, Promises” and a little jazzy Bobby Darin with “Bill Bailey.” Omaha’s Roger Williams pounds the keyboard for some great film music from “Born Free.” You’ll hear the Four Preps with that song about the Isle of romance, and Connie Francis with her first big chart hit, “Who’s Sorry Now.” We’ll spin records with Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and a Canadian teen sensation named Nikki Yanofsky doing Ella’s “Airmail Special.” (hold on to your hat)
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 2.6.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Harry Belefonte launches into this great set with “Jump in the Line.” Then enjoy the shttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
ong “Too Marvelous for Words” sung by Rosemary Clooney followed by Frank Sinatra’s “Love and Marriage.” Listen to some great big band with Les Brown and his Band of Renown with “How Bout You?” and Billy May’s great rendition of “Pompton Turnpike.” Be sure to crank up Ella Fitzgerald for a swingin’ number from the play, “Kiss Me Kate.” Hear the tender “Shadow of Your Smile” performed by Mr. Tony Bennett. Hear great groups like The Mills Brothers, and The McGuire Sisters. Dean Martin taps on the ol’ coke bottle with guitar and orchestra for the song, “Houston.” Break out the umbrella for Eydie Gorme’s refreshing version of “April Showers” followed up with a rockin’ Pat Boone singing “At My Front Door.” We’ll team up Lee Hazelwood with Nancy Sinatra for the song “Jackson.” Listen to songs by Frankie Laine, Jo Stafford and film music by Elmer Bernstein. Listen now at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Four Lads open this hour with their 1956 chart hit, “No Not Much.” Then we’ll take a little “vaca” amongst the monkeys and the palm trees with Tony Bennett. Enjoy a great Carole King song sung by Karen and Richard Carpenter, “It’s Going to Take Some Time.” Listen to some great period instrumentals with Andre Previn, Les Baxter, Frank Pourcell, and Duke Ellington with Arthur Fieldler and the Boston Pops. We’ll do some Rat Packin’ with Dean Martin’s version of the song, “Just in Time” and Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr with “Me and My Shadow.” We’ll fulfill a Kansas City request for a 1949 song by Evelyn Knight and the Stardusters. Hear a 1964 Grammy award winning song for Nancy Wilson. Jo Stafford sings a fun song from “My Fair Lady” followed up with some period folk by The Kingston Trio and a toe tapper by Perry Como called “Round and Round.” We’ll spin songs by Kay Starr, Ray Charles and Billie Holiday. Leave comments see the playlists and links at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Paul Anka takes the stage to open this set with “Goodnight My Love.” Then listen to Dionne Warwick with “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.” Button up your spring raincoat for a great 1970’s comeback hit for Neil Sedaka, “Laughter in the Rain.” Enjoy an amorous number from the play, “Kismet” sung by Kansas City’s own Marilyn Maye. We’ll spin some Glen Campbell singing, “Galveston,” The Carpenters with “Goodbye to Love,” and a comeback hit for Frankie Valli singing “My Eyes Adored You.” Frank Sinatra grabs the mic with Nelson Riddle’s orchestra doing a swinging version of “My Blue Heaven.” Enjoy instrumentals performed by Andre Previn, Walter Wanderley and Dave “Baby” Cortez. We’ll turn up the thermostat for Peggy Lee’s “Fever.” We’ll track Eydie Gorme’s 1963 hit, “Blame it on the Bossa Nova.” Great groups like The Vogues with “Till” and the Four Freshmen singing “Day by Day.” Songs with Michael Buble, Sarah Vaughan, and Matt Monro. To listen now, go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 1.30.17

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Ames Brothers launch this week’s set singing a great jazz standard, “Undecided.” Then Barbra Streisand takes the stage with a fine cut from her highly acclaimed “Broadway Album.” Enjoy some period instrumentals with Morris Stoloff’s “Theme from Picnic,” Bert Kaempfert with “Wonderland by Night” and a 1967 instrumental by The Brass Ring used as image music for Benson and Hedges cigarettes. We’ll remember a great British drama starring Sydney Poitier with the theme from “To Sir with Lohttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
ve’ sung by Lulu. Frank Sinatra sings a snappy version of the song “S’posin. We’ll bring together Bing Crosby with Rosemary Clooney as we “Come to the Mardis Gras.” Hear Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye with a theme from the Broadway play, “Sherry.” Andy Williams sings his 1963 hit, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You.’ Then we’ll count the “Flowers on the Wall” with the Statler Brothers. Hear a sexy rendition the song, “Quiet Nights and Quiet Stars” with Sarah Vaughn, “Memories” by Elvis Presley, and a great old standard by The Casinos. Lots more! Listen at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Bobby Goldsboro begins this hour with his surprise hit. A song written by Mac Davis called “Watching Scotty Grow.” Then we’ll reunite the Association to sing two of their chart hits with Barry Manilow. “Cherish” and “Windy.” Listen to The Carpenters with “Rainy Days and Mondays.” We’ll remember the period film “the Graduate” as Simon and Garfunkel sing “Mrs.’ Robinson.” Listen to hit instrumentals by Herb Alpert and the TJB doing their first charting hit “The Lonely Bull,” Henry Mancini with the theme from “Charade” and David Rose with “the Stripper.” Here some 1950’s favorites with Terry Gilkyson and the EZ Riders singing, “Marianne,” Doris Day with “Everybody Loves a Lover,” and The Platters, “Only You.” We’ll enjoy a little Brit invasion music with that big hit by the New Vaudeville Band as we revisit “Winchester Cathedral.” Enjoy some more movie music with the Lettermen and the theme from “A Summer Place” and Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye from “Cat Ballou.” (Bites like the devil!!) Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Jo Stafford and more. Leave comments, see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Sammy Davis Jr takes the stage for one of his many hits off Broadway, “I’ve Gotta Be Me.” Then listen to a toe tapper by Kansas City’s “Rhumba Girl” Nicolette Larson. (by request) Tony Bennett sings with the Count Basie Orchestra a song about that windy city, and Wilburt Harrison sings one about that city of fountains. We’ll track a bluesy number by Perry Como called “Dream on Little Dreamer” followed up with a Cole Porter song from the film “High Society” with Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong. From the Neon Jazz collection, introducing Lisa Gary, with a tender rendition of “I’ll Be Seeing You.” We’ll step on the set of Stagedoor Canteen for Benny Goodman backing Peggy Lee for “Why Don’t You Do Right?” Listen to show instrumentals by Paul Mauriat and Henry Mancini. We’ll spin records like Patti Page’s “Old Cape Cod” and Johnny Mathis’s “What Will My Mary Say?” You’ll hear a back-of-the-rack selection by Earl Grant called “The End” followed by Oklahoman Kay Starr with “The Man Upstairs” and “The Reverend Mister Black” by The Kingston Trio. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 1.25.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Marvelous Marilyn Maye launches this week’s selections with her rousing standard that has kicked of many of my radio shows, “Step to the Rear.” Trini Lopez takes the stage next for a salsa version of “Lemon Tree.” The Lettermen sing their version of “Shangri La” followed by a film song called “Georgie Girl” performed by Australia’s own, “the Seekers.” Enjoy wonderful Broadway selections sung by Mel Torme, Doris Day and Louis Armstrong. Frank Sinatra remembers how “It Happened in Monterrey.” We’ll spin some classic folk by the Kingston Trio as we remember poor Charlie and “the MTA.” Get your kicks
on “Route 66” with the Nat King Cole trio. Robert Goulet performs a great big band standard entitled “I’ll Get By as Long as I Have You.” You’ll hear period instrumentals by Ralph Flanagan’s Orchestra, Ralph Marterie, Walter Wanderley’s Hammond B-3 organ, and Arthur Fieldler conducting the Boston Pops with Chet Atkins. Rosemary Clooney sings a song with Benny Goodman’s Orchestra. Hear songs with Dusty Springfield, and Leroy Van Dyke with “The Auctioneer.”
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Actor, comedian Jerry Lewis kicks off this set with his 1956 hit, “Rock-a-bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” (Jerry sings!) We’ll follow that up with Les Brown and his Band of Renown with the Ames Brothers singing, “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.” Hear some great rock-n-roll/jazz fusion with Blood Sweat and Tears doing, “And When I Die.” We’ll track instrumental selections by Hugo Winterhalter, Billy Vaughn, Leroy Anderson, and Spencer Ross. Hear Barry Manilow performing a song he wrote for Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. Listen to Bing Crosby singing a song with actress Grace Kelly, “True Love.” Hear Nat King Cole sing the song, “Tenderly” followed up with The Association singing a film song from “Goodbye Columbus” followed by another movie song with Doris Day from the film, “the Man Who Knew Too Much.” Sing along with Mitch Miller doing, “Shine on Harvest Moon”, the Crew Cuts with “Sh’ Boom” and Harry James with Helen Forrest singing “I’m Beginning to See the Light.” Hit songs by Jane Morgan, Bette Midler and Eddie Fisher.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Frank Sinatra begins this hour with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra singing, “You Do Something to Me.” Then we’ll spend “An Evening in Roma” with the kid: Dean Martin. Listen to the Chordettes with their 1960 hit, “Never on Sunday.” Listen to a couple of back-of-the-rack hits with Don Cherry singing, “Thinking of You” and Jill Corey’s “Love Me to Pieces.” You’ll hear a 1955 hit by a talent from Wellington, Kansas named Chuck Miller performing “The House of Blue Lights.” Nat King Cole spells out that four letter “L” word, “LOVE,” followed by Engelbert Humperdinck’s version of “Spanish Eyes.” We’ll pair up Glen Campbell with Bobbie Gentry for the song, “Morning Glory.” Hear the Andrews Sisters with a song written by Morey Amsterdam (from the Dick Van Dyke show), “Rum and Coca Cola.” Enjoy some honey in the horn with Al Hirt playing, “Java” and a lush version of “Yellow Bird” by period jazz vibraphone artist, “Arthur Lyman.” You’ll hear a country music set with Jimmy Dean, Eddy Arnold. Then laugh a little with the classic standup by Andy Griffith, “What It Was, Was Football.”
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 1.18.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Going into the new week, still, with some minor internet issues. Which we hope to have resolved by mid week. Bear with us as we migrate Radio George to a new hosting site to smooth out the dropouts. Juke 1 begins with The Lettermen singing a great Paul Anka song, “Put Your Head on my Shoulder.” Then we track a bit o-grease as we spin “Little Darlin” by the Diamonds. Perry Como follows with “Jukebox Baby” and a hit song by The McGuire Sisters. Enjoy a little classic folk with Peter Paul and Mary with their version of “Lemon Tree.” Dean Martin performs one of his hit standards, “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You,” and then we “Let Ourselves Go” as we play a swinging version of an Irving Berlin song sung by Ella Fitzgerald. Enjoy a Broadway favorite by Robert Goulet from “Porgy and Bess.” Frank Sinatra laments a “Same Old Saturday Night.” Barbra Streisand sings a film standard, “Taking a Chance on Love.” We’ll team up Doris Day and Buddy Clark with a 1947 tease called “Love Somebody (but I won’t say who). Enjoy period instrumentals with Herb Alpert and the TJB, and the soulful clarinet of Acker Bilk. Hear hit songs by Sam Cooke, Patti Page, Lou Rawls and more.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Tony Bennett launches this hour singin’ with the Mitch Miller Gang a song from “Bye Bye Birdie.” Sammy Davis performs a fun live Vegas version of the song “On A Clear Day.” (listen for the end and Sammy’s reference to Eastern Airlines.) Enjoy some great big band with Harry James with Helen Forrest singing, “It’s Been a Long Long Time.” We’ll put Frank Sinatra together with Keely Smith for the song, “How Ya Fixed for Love?” and then enjoy actress Judy Garland with the song “I Got Rhythm.” Listen to some great period groups like, The Hilltoppers, The Limeliters, The Vogues, and the Lovin’ Spoonful.” Pat Boone performs one of two top charting 1957 hit songs, “Love Letters in the Sand,” followed with Peggy Lee’s “A Doodling Song.” We’ll track some hit instrumentals by Bert Kaempfert and Horst Jankowski’s “A Walk in the Black Forest.” Watch out for those “American Boys.” That according to Brit talent Petula Clark. Hear songs with Nat King Cole singing with The Four Knights, Robert Goulet and Les Baxter. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat, Jukebox 3: Tom Jones storms on stage with his biggest hit record, “She’s a Lady.” A song written by Paul Anka. Next we go to the London/Parrot label for Engelbert Humperdinck’s comeback hit, “After the Loving.” Listen to Sarah Vaughan with her lush rendition of “Misty” with an orchestra conducted by Quincy Jones. We’ll track a hit song sung by Paul Anka used as imaging music for Eastman Kodak. Listen to movie/film music with Rosemary Clooney singing a song from “The Harvey Girls,” Ferrante and Teicher with “the Theme From Exodus”, and Doris Day’s “Secret Love” from “Romance on the High Seas.” Frank Sinatra will brew up a little “Witchcraft” with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. We’ll bring in The Gaylords for their charming hit, “the Little Shoemaker.” We’ll spin some great Burt Bacharach-Hal David music with Dionne Warwick singing “I Say a Little Prayer” followed up by “The Straight Life” with Bobby Goldsboro. We’ll blow ya a kiss with Jimmie Rodgers 1958 hit song, “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.” We’ll close the hour with the Village Stompers hit record, “Washington Square.” Much more. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, January 9, 2017

Neon Beat Update on Radio George - 1.9.16

On the Neon Beat this week: Well kids we’re into week two of an apparent hack and meltdown of our hosting site and though, it’s better than last week, the streaming of the Neon Beat is still undergoing periodic outages and dropouts. Radio George is acting quickly as possible to move to a new host. Meantime, be assured the trouble is not in your set. Nor is it a danger to your computer as you listen. The problem is totally isolated to the hosting end. This week’s offerings, along with the great selection of the artists you know and love, include some songs sung by the late actress Debbie Reynolds. Again, sorry for the problems. We are working on a solid solution and hope to have this thing back on all fours shortly. Thanks for the input from those of you who have written in. It’s those comments that let us know that this was, indeed, network wide. As we tech-y guys say: DOS is good! (21 groan salute) Have a great week! John