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/

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.6.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Will everyone here kindly “Step to the Rear” as the Marvelous Marilyn Maye kicks off this great set of golden hits. Dean Martin is next to “Lay Some Happiness” on ya. Enjoy one of several period novelty songs performed by The Gaylords: “The “Little Shoemaker.” Rosemary Clooney recalls a hit song from the film “the Harvey Girls.” Doris Day sings a song from the Broadway play “Pal Joey.” We’ll spin some great instrumentals by Henry Mancini, Hugo Winterhalter with pianist Eddie Heywood, and Tommy Dorsey. Don McClean sings one of his beautiful hit songs, “Castles in the Air.” We’ll team up Frank Sinatra with Keely Smith for, “How Ya Fixed For Love.” Nat King Cole takes a stab at a rock n’ roll hit with his 1957 song, “Send For Me.” Pat Boone performs one of two charting hits for that year, “Love Letters in the Sand.” Hear songs by Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Rydell, and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Seekers kick off this segment with a film hit called, “Georgie Girl.” The Crew Cuts follow up with their 1950’s charting hit originally called, “Life Could Be a Dream.” More popularly known as “Sh-Boom.” Here a Lettermen hit giving you two songs for the price of one, “Memories” and “Traces.” Frank Sinatra performs a song with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra, “It Happened in Monterrey.” We’ll play a song one reviewer called “the perfect theatre song,” “April in Paris” sung by Rosemary Clooney. Listen to Vic Damone as he sings a Broadway hit from, “West Side Story.” Hear the ol’ maestro, Lawrence Welk as he conducts his orchestra’s 1961 hit, “Calcutta.” Hear the lovely voice of Sarah Vaughan as she performs the song, “Eternally.” We’ll spin songs by Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, The Vogues and more. See the lists leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Louis Armstrong toots out and sings the great Broadway song, “Hello Dolly.” Harry Belefonte is next with his rowdy 1950’s hit song, “Jump in the Line.” Listen to Judy Garland with a great Gershwin song heard in the 1943 movie, “Girl Crazy.” Hear Della Reese sing her 1959 chart hit, “Don’t You Know.” Frank Sinatra takes it “Nice N’ Easy” with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra. Enjoy a lovely song performed by the man who also sang the theme from the television series, “the Love Boat.” Mr. Jack Jones sings, “Lollipops and Roses.” Hear Doris Day’s signature song from the film, The Man Who Knew Too Much.” We’ll reunite the Limelighters for their fun 1961 chart hit, “Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week.” We’ll team up the great jazz pianist George Shearing with Nat King Cole for the song, “Let There Be Love.” We’ll spin records by Bobby Goldsboro, Les Baxter, Peggy Lee and much more. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.29.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: We’ll take to the floor and do the twist as we open this set with Sam Cooke. Then listen to the King of Mambo, Perez Prado and his Orchestra, with his 1958 hit, “Patricia.” Nat King Cole croons an early 1950’s charting hit, “Nature Boy.” Listen to a great Cole Porter song sung by Frank Sinatra with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra. Patti Page sings the female version to a grehttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
at John Hartford/Glen Campbell hit. Enjoy a breath of fresh ocean breeze with Roger Whittaker’s “The Last Farewell.” Hear Chad and Jeremy’s wistful hit “A Summer Song” followed up with a snappy fun number by Peggy Lee, “Manana is Good Enough for Me.” You’ll hear great instrumentals by Harry James, Andre Previn, and The Village Stompers. We’ll track an old album cut from the back of the rack by The Four Freshmen, “I’ll Remember April.” Listen to Jim Lowe (Green Door), Burl Ives, and Kitty Kallen. Listen at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Rosemary Clooney launches this hour with one of her crazy recordings snatched up for the television series, “Madmen.” Then listen to an old Dean Martin favorite, ‘You’re Nobody til Somebody Loves You.” Then, take off your “shoezees” and ‘Make Yourself Comfortable” with “Sassy.” Enjoy some Universal film music with Henry Mancini, his orchestra and chorus with “Darling Lili.” Mary Martin steams on the stage with a song that was to get the woman noticed as a major talent, “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.” Hear Paul Anka sing one of his many hit songs, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder.” Instrumentals by Benny Goodman, Nelson Riddle, and Arthur Fiedler directing the Boston Pops. Enjoy a country set with Roger Miller, Archie Campbell, and Gogi Grant. See the lists, leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Four Aces stroll down the aisle as we open this Juke for “Those Wedding Bells.” The English Gentlemen, Matt Monro is next with a sweeping version of a show tune called “I’ll Take Romance.” Doris Day is next with an award winning song she performed in the 1953 film, “Calamity Jane.” Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra team up for a Cole Porter song from “High Society.” Jo Stafford sings a sultry version of “Sunday Kind Of Love” with Paul Weston and his Orchestra. Hear Percy Faith with a romping song from “My Fair Lady.” Listen to The Lettermen with a vocal version of the theme from the film “A Summer Place.” Enjoy a bluesy hit from 1967 with Dusty Springfield singing, “Son of a Preacher Man.” Ella Fitzgerald sings a lush version of the old Artie Shaw hit, “Begin the Beguine.” We’ll play songs by Glen Campbell, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Vinton and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.22.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: We launch this week of great memories with a little honey in the horn as Al Hirt plays a great Floyd Cramer song, “Fancy Pants.” Next we’ll listen to Tony Bennett, “Just in Time.” We’ll listen to a little tye-dye rendition of a Bob Crewe hit sung by Andy Williams, “Music to Watch Girls By.” Hear Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye sing “If My Friends could see me Now.” Tom Jones sings a tender version of a country hit called, “the Green Green Grass of Home.” Nancy Sinatra struts her stuff with the 60’s Lee Hazelwood hit, “These Boots are Made for Walkin.” Listen to the McGuire Sisters with one their many 1950’s charting hits on the “Coral” label, “Sincerely.” Enjoy some great big band with Benny Goodman’s “Jersey Bounce.” We’ll spin some classic Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters singin’ “Pistol Packin’ Mama.” Listen to Al Martino, Perry Como, Barbra Streisand’s 1964 hit from the film “Funny Girl” and much more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Sammy Davis Jr kicks off this box with his 1963 charting hit, “The Shelter of Your Arms.” Andy Williams follows up with “That Old Bilbao Song.” Barbra Streisand is next with her rendition of a song originally called, “She Touched Me.” (change of gender for Bab’s version) Hear film songs sung by Frank Sinatra (The Tender Trap), Vic Damone, (Gigi), Ray Conniff with a song from Dr Zhivago, and a Broadway favorite sung by Perry Como and Betty Hutton. Enjoy a Johnny Mercer song sung by Johnny himself with Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers, “Candy.” Nat King Cole sings a 1953 favorite that Nat had to wrestle from band leader Bob Marterie to record, “Pretend.” We’ll spin an iconic record that became associated with the state of Tennessee sung by Patti Page. Enjoy a little Steve Allen ramp poking a little fun at big band era conductor, Ben Bernie. Listen to tracks by Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Burl Ives and more. See the lists, leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin and the singers launch this juke with “Somewhere There’s a Someone.” We’ll do a little singin’ and soft-shoe’in with Eydie Gorme with her hit song, “You Need Hands.” (By request) Snap your fingers to a bluesy number by Perry Como called, “Dream on Little Dreamer.” We’ll throw in a song by “The Silver Fox.” His 1974 hit, “the Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” Listen to one of the King’s many hit recordings, “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley. Listen to a lovely recording from a period film called “Anna” sung by Nat King Cole. Tony Bennett croons a tender version of a good old Beatles song, “Something in the way She Moves.” Introducing Jerry Constanzo with a stunning version of an old Frank Sinatra cover, “Can I Steal A Little Love.” Hear actress Judy Garland from “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Great recordings by Pat Boone, Carpenters, Kay Starr and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.15.15

On the Neon Beat this week Jukebox 1: The Four Lads launch this week’s musical faire with the Four Lads and the Ray Conniff singers, “Put a Light In the Window.” (And a mint under the pillow) Louis Prima follows next with a little jazz 101, “The Music Goes Round and Round.” Barbra Streisand sings a song heard in the Disney film, Pinocchio. Frank Sinatra sings a song about that “Toddlin’ Town” followed by Dusty Springfield performing a sultry number from “Casino Royale.” We’ll spin some great male groups, The Association, The Vogues, and The Righteous Brothers. We’ll team up Jo Stafford and Gordon McCrae for a little “fun with the alphabet” number called, “A” You’re Adorable.” Enjoy some great instrumental gold with Herb Alpert and the TJB, Michel Legrand and The Al Casey Combo. Listen to Nat King Cole, Elvis, Dionne Warwick, and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat Jukebox 2: Dean Martin gets this hour of golden hits started with “Mambo Italiano” followed up by a number one Doris Day hit from the film “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” Listen to Engelbert Humperdinck with his 1967 hit song, “the Last Waltz.” Get set to do some Tango’in with Pearl Bailey. Frank Sinatra performs a rendition of a great Harold Arlen song. We’ll team up Rosemary Clooney with her sister Betty for a song they did together in the film White Christmas. Bing and his son Gary get together for a fun version of “Sam’s Song.” Hear some great big band with Glenn Miller and Harry James. Actress Judy Garland performs an Al Jolson standard from the film “A Star Is Born.” Listen to the velvet fog, Mel Torme, with “Get Outta Town.” We’ll play records by Barbra Streisand, Buddy Clark, The Andrews Sisters and more. See the lists leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat Jukebox 3: We open this set with a cut from one of Kay Starr’s best albums as she performs ‘Swinging down the Lane.” Next, Harry Connick Jr. sings a musical version of The Chew with a “Recipe for Making Love.” The Ames Brothers perform a song, the melody of which is derived from an old German folk song, “You You You” accompanied by Hugo Winterhalter and his RCA Orchestra. We go to Vegas for a live performance of Nat King Cole singing, “You Leave Me Breathless.” Hear Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye with a rousing performance of the Broadway song, “Sherry.” Big Chicago boy with the low husky voice and a spokesman for Budweiser, Lou Rawls, sings his hit song, “You’ll Never Find another Love like Mine.” Listen to Perry Como with his one of his number one hits for 1957, “Round and Round.” Listen to The Mills Brothers, Dinah Shore, The Hi Lo’s, Al Hirt and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.8.15

On The Neon Beat this week, on Jukebox 1: Barbra Streisand launches this hour with a song adapted by mister television, Milton Bearle: “Sam You Made the Pants Too Long.” Next, we lift a glass to Dean Martin with, “Little Ol’ Wine Drinker Me.” Then enjoy a Carole King song performed in this 1962 recording by The Drifters: “Up On the Roof.” Tom Jones steams on stage with his 1965 hit, “It’s Not Unusual.” Listen to Nat King Cole with a lovely version of a Hoagy Carmichael standard. We’ll play a whimsical piece by Petula Clark called “A Cat in the Window.” Nancy Sinatra sings the theme song from a James Bond film, “You Only Lihttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
ve Twice.” Then listen to Engelbert Humperdinck with “Quando, Quando.” Hear great film and Broadway music with Louis Armstrong, Pat Boone, and Frank Sinatra. We’ll spin records by The Kingston Trio, Al Martino, Eydie Gorme and more. Go to:

On The Neon Beat, Jukebox 3: Barry Manilow gets this set going with a swingin’ number called “Jump Shout Boogie” from his “This Song’s For You” album. Next we spin a hit single by The Fifth Dimension, “The Wedding Bell Blues.” Harpers Bazaar does a fun vocal version of a great Glenn Miller standard, “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Nat King Cole croons a great Fats Waller song, “Aint Misbehaving.” Anita O’Day performs a west coast jazz version of “Old Devil Moon.” Listen to Frank Sinatra sing an award winning song for that year for both Frank and The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra. Aye! “It Was a Very Good Year.” We’ll play what became a signature performance for Lena Horne singing the song, “The Lady Is a Tramp.” Hear some great big band with Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra with “The King Porter Stomp.” We’ll spin some more Dean Martin with his hit version of the song, “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On.” Hear The Ames Brothers with their 1955 hit, “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane.” You’ll hear Andy Williams, Petula Clark, Tony Martin and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Pucker up as Georgia Gibbs blasts off this set with her “Kiss of Fire.” Then we’ll hear the song, “Fly Me to the Moon” sung by Mr. Tony Bennett. Frank Sinatra takes the mic next for “I’ve Got the World on a String.” Enjoy a lush arrangement of a song performed my Johnny Mathis: “Gina.” Listen to an iconic performance by Eartha Kitt from a 1952 review called, “It’s So Good.” The Four Lads sing a Broadway favorite written by Frank Loesser. Kay Starr sings a toe tapper from 1953 called, “Side by Side” followed the story of the “Little Nash Rambler” as done by The Playmates. We’ll play some great instrumentals by Percy Faith, Leroy Anderson, Billy Vaughn, and the Silver Screen Orchestra. You’ll hear hit songs by Jimmy Dean, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Crystal Gayle and more. See the lists leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/