Monday, August 24, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.24.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Lena Horne opens this set with a signature performance of the song, “Stormy Weather.” Then Louis Prima takes up his horn and blows thru here, and the “Music Goes Round and Round.” Louis Armstrong takes up his toot and sings, “Dream A Little Dream of Me.” Hear Jo Stafford’s 1951 chart hit, “Shrimp Boats” then The Ray Conniff singers with the song, “Young At Heart.” Enjoy some class folk music with the Kingston Trio, a trip to “Mocking bird Hill” with Patti Page, followed by “The Glow Worm” with the Mills Brothers. We’ll team up Lee Hazelwood with Nancy Sinatra for a little “saccharine cowboy” music. Judy Collins sings the lovely scripture song taken from Ecclesiastes in the Bible. Listen to Glen Campbell with the theme from the film, “True Grit.” We’ll play Jack Jones, Pat Boone and a request for Dick and Dee Dee. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Oklahoman Kay Starr launches this hour with a jazzy version of “Mississippi.” Frank Sinatra takes the mic next for some film music from The Yellow Rolls Royce, “Forget Domani.” Hear the Marvelous Marilyn Maye with the song “Sherry.” We’ll spin a 1963 folk hit by The Rooftop Singers. Listen to instrumentals by Billy May, Reg Owen, and David Benoit. Vic Damone performs a song from the film, “My Fair Lady.” Actress Debbie Reynolds sings a song from the movie “Tammy and the Bachelor.” Perry Como remembers the film, The King and I singing the song “Hello Young Lovers.” Johnny Mathis performs an old Errol Garner hit song covered by just about every easy listening artist of the day, “Misty.” Listen to Gale Storm, Tony Bennett and more. Leave comments see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin opens this vinyl stack with a hit from the play, A Most Happy Fella”. Dino sings “Standing on the Corner” with the Four Lads. Peggy Lee is next with a fun song of concession called, “Alright, Ok, You Win.” Then we’ll warm things up with The Mills Brothers performing a good ol’ Les Brown hit. Listen to Fats Domino with the hit song, “My Blue Heaven.” We’ll spin a 1951 hit for Nat King Cole, “Too Young,” followed by Sarah Vaughan’s, “A Sinner Kissed an Angel.” You’ll hear Bing Crosby with Fred Waring perform a signature song for the oldest male collegiate singing group in the country. (hint: Cole Porter was a member) Hear a “big sky” set with Gogi Grant, Hugo Montenegro, and Loren Green. Hear songs by Eddie Fisher, Al Hirt, Doris Day and a request for The King Sisters. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.17.15

On The Neon Beat This Week, Jukebox 1: Sammy Davis Jr. begins this set with his 1968 hit song from the musical “Golden Rainbow”, “I’ve Gotta Be Me.” Frank Sinatra is next with a Cole Porter standard, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” Hear the song, “Only a Paper Moon” sung by Ella Fitzgerald with the Delta Rhythm Boys. We’ll match up Tony Bennett with Canadian jazz diva, Diana Krall with, “The Best Is Yet to Come.” The Nat King Cole Trio performs a period WW2 hit, “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” Dinah Shore sings a fun song performed by Bob Hope in the film, “The Paleface.” Listen to more film music by The Four Lads, “Three Coins in the Fountain.” Dean Martin sings his signature song also heard in the film, “The Caddy” with Jerry Lewis. We’ll track great songs by the Fontane Sisters, Pat Boone, Joni James and more. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Mel Carter launches this hour with his biggest charting hit, “Hold Me, Thrill Me” followed by folk singer Gale Garnett with “We’ll Sing In The Sunshine.” Dean Martin croons a smooth Alfredo version of “Blue Moon.” Hear Vic Damone with a snappy song from “West Side Story” followed by a 70’s memory from Carly Simon. Enjoy a smooth selection from Porgy and Bess sung by Robert Goulet followed by Barbra Streisand singing a song from her first 1964 album, “My Name Is Barbra.” We’ll play great instrumentals by Leroy Anderson, Ferranti and Teicher, and Henry Mancini. Listen to Ella Fitzgerald with a toe tapper from “Kiss Me Kate” and Nat King Cole with a rendition of a good old Harry James/Judy Garland hit. Lotz’ more. Leave comments and see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Tony Bennett opens this juke with a jazzy version of what has become a Christmas song from “The Sound of Music.” Next, you’ll hear the “English Seafarer” with the song that would give him that nickname. Roger Whittaker sings, “The Last Farewell.” Hear some bouncy Broadway with Dionne Warwick’s, “Promises, Promises.” Hear The Mantovani Orchestra with a smooth rendition of a Victor Young song from the film “Around The World In 80 Days.” This is followed by Andy Williams with a song from an award winning film starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick. Enjoy a toe tappin’ version of “Bill Baily” performed by Bobby Darin and then, a bawdy performance of “The Gentleman Is a Dope” by Jo Stafford. Laugh a little with “44 Sycamore” by the amazing Phil Harris. Listen to Dinah Shore, Les Baxter, Patti Page and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.10.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: We open this set with Vaughn Monroe singing his signature hit, “Racing with the Moon.” Then we’ll track some great Benny Goodman big band: “Goody Goody.” You’ll hear Peggy Lee’s steamy 1958 hit, “Fever” followed up by a record that defined an era: Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” Enjoy some fun Rat Packin’ with Frank Sinatra cuttin’ up with Sammy Davis Jr. followed up with Dean Martin. We’ll team up Rosemary Clooney with Bing Crosby for a good old Bunny Berigan hit: “I Can’t Get Started.” Listen to Johnny Mathis sing one of his many Columbia hits, “A Certain Smile.” Ella Fitzgerald turns up the temperature with a song from “Kiss Me Kate.” We’ll spin hit songs by Andy Williams, Pat Boone, The Carpenters and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Kay Starr launches this set with an early 1950’s toe tapper called, “Side by Side.” Then listen to the Capitol records hit master Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers singing the song, “Personality.” Dean Martin takes the mic next for a smooth alfredo version of “Under the Bridges of Paris.” We’ll play a late 1940’s standard performed by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, “Pistol Packin’ Mama.” Hear great instrumentals by Leroy Anderson, Glenn Miller, and Paul Mauriat. We’ll track songs from the great American songbook sung by Nat King Cole, “Smile” and Sarah Vaughan with “Someone To Watch Over Me.” Enjoy a country set featuring Patsy Cline, Glen Campbell, and Roger Miller. Hear the Four Preps, Connie Francis, Georgie Shaw and more. Leave comments see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Steve Lawrence kicks off this hour with his 1961 hit, “Portrait of My Love.” Then we’ll remember a Clint Eastwood film called “Kelly’s Heroes” as we play “Burning Bridges” by The Mike Curb Congregation. Hear the Carpenters perform a song heard on Sesame Street and translated into several languages, “Sing.” Frank Sinatra croons one of his standard hits, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” You’ll hear a “touch of tabasco” as we hear Rosemary Clooney and Perez Prado do a salsa version of “Magic is the Moonlight.” Enjoy some period big band as we do some “Stomping at the Savoy” with Benny Goodman. Barbra Streisand sings her million seller hit from the film, “Funny Girl.” Actress Judy Garland performs a song dedicated to actor Clark Gable. Hear songs with The Association, Louis Armstrong, Nany Wilson and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.3.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: A little stop at the Big Easy as we open this hour with the trumpet of Al Hirt. We then head back north for that “city of fountains” as we listen to Wilburt Harrison’s, “Kansas City.” Cool down with that lovely Bill Pursell song performed by The Lettermen: “Our Winter Love.” We’ll team up Bette Midler and Barry Manilow for a good old Peggy Lee hit, “I Love Being Here with You.” Then we’ll top it off with Peg herself singing a hit song she recorded with Benny Goodman, “Why Don’t You Do Right?” Enjoy a smooth folk hit with the Brothers Four as they sing a song used in the John Wayne film, “the Alamo.” Hear some great Big Band swing with Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra with the “King Porter Stomp.” We’ll spin hit records by Dean Martin, Actress Debbie Reynolds, and a song where dad be-moans those “Rhythm and Blues” sung by the McGuire Sisters. Recordings by Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Merrilee Rush and much more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme open this set with a great Steve Allen song, “This Could Be The Start Of Something Big.” (indeed) Next, we’ll track one of many 1960’s hits for Engelbert Humperdinck, “Winter World of Love.” Petula Clark steps up to the mic for “It’s a Sign of the Times.” Frank Sinatra sings a come-from-behind hit that got the album renamed for the song, “Cycles.” Hear some lovely instrumental arrangements with Andre Previn’s, “Like Young”, Nelson Riddle’s “Lisbon Antiqua”, and Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops. We’ll spin a 1954 hit track that turned into one of Kay Starr’s biggest charting hits, “The Rock N’ Roll Waltz.” We’ll pair up Lee Hazelwood with Nancy Sinatra for a pop hit version of what was a country hit for Johnny Cash and June Carter. Jo Stafford sings a good old Hank Williams standard, “Jambalaya.” Listen to the Four Lads, Bobby Goldsboro, The Kingston Trio and more. See the lists, leave comments. http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin kicks off this hour, “Just in Time.” Then get out your umbrella for some refreshing “April Showers” sung by Eydie Gorme. Nat King Cole performs a sweeping 1956 song with the Les Baxter Orchestra: “To The Ends of the Earth.” Listen to Bing Crosby sing a film song written by Victor Young, “Around the World.” Hear an A&M record set with Herb Alpert and the TJB followed by the Carpenters. Listen to some swinging Gershwin as Bobby Darin sings, “I Got Rhythm.” We’ll do a little “Learning of the Blues” with Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. Hear Rosemary Clooney sing a 1951 hit song written in part by a band leader who would later be the voice of David Seville and Alvin and the Chipmunks. We’ll spin a track by Perry Como called, “Round and Round.” Listen to a great piano hit from a 1966 film called, “Born Free” performed by Roger Williams. Hear Pat Boone, The Vogues, Dinah Shore and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.27.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: We’ll launch this set amongst the monkeys and the palm trees with Mr. Tony Bennett singing, “In the Middle of an Island.” Then enjoy a bluesy number with Perry Como singing “Dream on Little Dreamer.” Hear some great big band as we go “Leap Froggin” with Les Brown and his band of Renown. We’ll take a cut from Frank Sinatra’s “Swinging Session” LP with the song, “My Blue Heaven.” We’ll remember a 1951 film theme sung by Dean Martin, “Non Dimenticar.” Introducing Jerry Costanzo with his hot single, “Don’t Cha Go Away Mad.” Doris Day performs a lovely period song used in the movie “Picnic.” Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong team up for a great Cole Porter song performed in the film “High Society.” Listen to Bobby Darin with “Clementine” followed by a 1963 standard by Eydie Gorme, “Blame It on the Bossa Nova.” Hear the Four Knights, Peggy Lee, Glen Campbell and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Ames Brothers kick off this juke with a jazz standard based on a “poker game” reference. “I’d like to Get You on a Slow Boat to China.” Then, “Just Too Marvelous for Words” we bring on the lovely Rosemary Clooney. Nat King Cole sings one of his 1951 hit singles, “A Blossom Fell.” We’ll enjoy a cuppa joe with Frank Sinatra as we hear “The Coffee Song.” Then we’ll team up Rosemary and Frank for a little musical romp called, “Cherry Pies Outta Be You.” Things’ll turn steamy as we crank up the temp with Jo Stafford singing, “Teach me Tonight.” Hear great film music performed by Doris Day, Jerry Vale, Andre Previn, and Harry Nilsson. Listen to a 1963 hit single for Robert Goulet, “Summer Sounds.” We’ll spin some great big band with Benny Goodman. Hear Andy Williams, Dionne Warwick, Frankie Laine and more. See the lists leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Canadian Paul Anka sings one of his latter charting hits, “Goodnight My Love.” Barbra Streisand is next with “Second Hand Rose.” Tony Bennett croons a lovely song from the film, “the Sandpiper.” Here the tight harmonies of the McGuire Sisters as they sing “That Muskrat Ramble” tune. Hear Dean Martin performing one of his country-esk songs, “Houston.” (Dino on the coke bottle) Frank Sinatra follows with “I’ve Got the World on a String.” Listen to a sultry Cole Porter number by Ella Fitzgerald, “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love.” The Mills Brothers team up to sing “Across the Alley from the Alamo” followed by Nat King Cole doing a great Duke Ellington standard. Hear the Marvelous Marilyn Maye with a great song from “Kismet.” Perry Como sings a polka standard with the Fontane Sisters, “Hoop Dee Doo.” Hear Bing Crosby and son Gary with a rag version of “Play a Simple Melody.” Brook Benton, Peggy Lee and lots more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.20.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Perry Como opens this hour with his 1950 hit song performed with The Ramblers, “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes.” The Lettermen follow up with their take on the old Four Coins hit from the 1950’s, “Shangri La.” Petula Clark remembers a little Love American Style with her hit single, “American Boys.” Listen to Frank Sinatra as he brews up a little “Witchcraft” with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra. Enjoy great instrumentals with Henry Mancini, Walter Wanderley, Andre Previn and Ferranti and Teicher. We’ll include a few 70’s memories with The Carpenters with “Rainy Days and Mondays” and Carly Simon’s hit single from a James Bond movie. We’ll reunite the 1960’s singing group The Association to sing with Barry Manilow with two songs for the price of one. Enjoy hit songs by Kay Starr, Tom Jones, and The Lovin’ Spoonful. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Rosemary Clooney teams up with Perez Prado and his Orchestra for a salsa version of “Magic Is the Moonlight.” Then we’ll join up Tony Bennett with the Mitch Miller gang for a hit song from “Bye Bye Birdie.” We’ll go “Swinging Down the Lane” with Frank Sinatra then listen to Harry James and his Orchestra with Helen Forest singing “I’m Beginning to See the Light.” Sarah Vaughan sings a lovely version of “Misty” taken from one of several recording sessions with Quincy Jones. Hear Nat King Cole sing a Bert Kaempfert song that found its way into a Hallmark TV commercial. We’ll bring back Rosemary Clooney with Bing Crosby as we “Come to the Mardis Gras.” Hear The Lettermen with the theme from the 1961 film, “A Summer Place” followed up by Vic Damone singing a song from “Pal Joey.” We’ll spin records by The Ames Brothers, Lou Rawls, Trini Lopez, Vikki Carr and more. Leave comments see the playlists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin gets this great set underway with the song, “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You.” Then begin to “Feeling Good” as we listen to the title track from that album by Canadian Michael Buble. The Carpenters sing a great Carole King song followed up by a lovely instrumental from the film, “Hi Lili, Hi Lili, Hi Lo” played by pianist Roger Williams. We’ll listen to one of Doris Day’s charting records called, “Everybody Loves a Lover” followed by a 1964 film track by Henry Mancini from the movie “Charade.” Ella Fitzgerald will sing a toe tapping Irving Berlin number, “Let Yourself Go” followed by Ray Charles singing the song, “Ruby” from his ABC Paramount years. Enjoy an old 1956 Leroy Anderson hit delivered by Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra: “Blue Tango.” Bette Midler sings a song from the Disney film, “Lady and the Tramp.” Hear Tom Jones, Nat King Cole, Terry Gilkyson, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.14.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Dean Martin kicks off another great week of hits with “On An Evening In Roma.” Rosemary Clooney takes the stage next with her 1951 hit written (in part) by the same man who was the voice of David Seville (Alvin and The Chipmunks). Listen to Tom Jones singing a song that’s still a smokin’ hit today, written by Paul Anka. We’ll do a little Rat Packin’ with Frank, Dino and Sammy. Listen to one of several hit songs Nat King Cole recorded with the Four Knights. Eddie Fisher (ala Sonny Boy) will sing one of his 1950’s hit songs, “I Need You Know.” Connie Francis sings one used in the soundtrack of the TV show, “Pan Am.” Enjoy some classic period folk with the Kingston Trio, “The MTA.” We’ll spin hit records by The Ray Charles Singers, The Lettermen, Sam Cooke, the McGuire Sisters and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Perry Como launches this set with one of his period sock hop hits, “Tina Marie.” Then Listen to the Marvelous Marilyn Maye with a vocal take on a great Dave Brubeck hit. Sammy Davis Jr is next with a snappy version of the song, “On a Clear Day.” (Listen for the plug for a period airline) Enjoy some great big band with Jimmy Dorsey, and Harry James. We’ll play a WW2 song by the Andrews Sisters not played by many radio stations given many radio programmers considered it a free plug for Coca Cola. Listen to a big Chicago boy whom, at the time, voiced TV commercials for Budweiser. Listen to Lou Rawls singing the song “Nobody but Me.” Great instrumentals by Horst Jankowski, Al Hirt, and David Rose. You’ll hear The Platters, Debbie Reynolds, Engelbert Humperdinck and more. Leave comments, see the playlists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Ames Brothers start this set with a jazz standard, “Undecided.” Listen to Canadian sensation Michael Buble with “I’ve Got You under My Skin.” We’ll team up Nat King Cole with the Ralph Carmichael Orchestra and Chorus remembering “Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer.” Hear Andy Williams’ 1963 chart hit, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You.” Listen to Barbra Streisand with a song from “West Side Story” from her stunning Broadway album. Hear the super chart hit by Johnny Mathis that was to stay on the charts for over a year. Hear Vikki Carr sing a song from “Oklahoma” and The Four Freshmen with a mid-fifties hit song, “Day by Day.” We’ll spin a latter 1940’s hit song pairing up Doris Day with Buddy Clark, “Love Somebody” but I won’t say who. Bing Crosby croons one of his many hit songs for Decca, “Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day.” Instrumentals by Morris Stoloff, Glenn Miller and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/