Monday, May 18, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.18.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Caterina Valente storms on stage as we open Juke 1 with “The Breeze and I.” Frank Sinatra is next with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra as we go “Learnin’ the Blues.” Listen to an old 1962 memory with Joe Henderson as we “Snap Our Fingers.” Hear some great Broadway and Film selections with Patti Page, Dinah Washington, Robert Goulet, and Henry Mancini. Petula Clark sings a song written by Charlie Chaplain for “The Countess from Hong Kong.” (didn’t actually make the film so Charlie gave it to Pet to record) Listen to Bobby Darin do a swingin’ version of “I Got Rhythm.” Hear The Moe Kauffman Septet with the “Swinging Shepherd Blues.” We’ll play the Four Knights (a group that backed Nat King Cole in several recordings) with their 1950’s hit single, “I Get So Lonely.” You’ll hear Al Martino, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and more. All at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Robert Goulet takes the stage as we open this set with “Summer Sounds.” Nancy Sinatra is next with her 1966 hit single, “Sugar Town.” Enjoy a country-esk “ folk set with Patsy Cline, Elvis, Glen Campbell, and Peter Paul and Mary.” Perry Como sings a 1956 hit song with the Mitchell Ayers Orchestra and Chorus, “Hot Diggity.” You’ll hear a rousing version of “The Glow Worm” sung by the Mills Brothers. We’ll track a couple of one hit wonders with The Pony Tails (Born Too Late) and Johnny Preston (Running Bear) Listen to some great instrumental selections by Bert Kaempfert, Roger Williams, Sounds Orchestral and The Silver Screen Orchestra. We’ll play hit singles by Pat Boone, Jimmie Rodgers, Terry Gilkyson and his EZ Riders and more. Leave comments and see the playlists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Barbra Streisand kicks off this hour with a record that Barb thought would never crack the top ten. (wrong) Hugo Winterhalter’s RCA Orchestra is next with a 1956 hit version of Leroy Anderson’s, “Blue Tango.” Listen to The Chordettes with their 1958 smash hit, “Lollipop.” Listen to some smooth crooning with Frank Sinatra singing “My Blue Heaven” along with Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole’s “Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer.” Hear Eddie Fisher’s lovely tribute song, “Oh Mine Papa.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby with Rosemary Clooney for “Come to the Mardis Gras.” We’ll spin Jo Staffords’ 1951 hit, “Shrimp Boats” and play some classic folk by the Kingston Trio. Hear fine classic screen instrumentals by Michel Legrand and Felix Slatkin. Listen to Frankie Avalon, Patti Page, The Andrews Sisters and much more. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.11.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra launches this week’s set as we go “Swinging down the Lane.” Peggy Lee takes the stage next struttin’ her stuff with, “I Am a Woman.” We’ll hear one of the many hit recordings by the Polish Prince. Mr. Bobby Vinton sings “Blue on Blue.” Nat King Cole performs a great Bert Kaempfert song called, “LOVE.” We’ll spin some film music sung by Oklahoman Patti Page from “Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte.” Glen Campbell performs one of his latter 1960’s hits with that great Al DeLory arrangement of “Galveston.” Hear some great Dixieland with Al Hirt, instrumentals with Bill Doggett, Henry Mancini and David Rose. Listen to Perry Como, The Carpenters, Kay Starr and more. All at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Ray Charles steams on stage with his Raylettes as we open this hour with “Hit the Road Jack.” The Lettermen are next with a live performance of the song, “Going out Of My Head.” Vikki Carr sings one of most popular songs from a play called, “Little Me.” Hear the artist and record that defined the era as Nat King Cole sings “Unforgettable.” Listen to Sarah Vaughan as she sings a Broadway hit from “Damn Yankees.” Frank Sinatra performs a songbook classic, “The Lady is A Tramp” followed up by some great Rogers and Hammerstein music from the “Sound of Music” sung by Vic Damone. Enjoy the smooth number one 1970 comeback hit for Perry Como. Listen to Andy Williams, Eydie Gormet, KC’s Marilyn Maye and more. Leave comments see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Brook Benton loads the gospel gun as we kick off this great hour of classic favorites with “Shadrach.” Then listen to one of Tony Bennett’s early hits on the Columbia label as he sings, “Because Of You.” Hear Jackie DeShannon sing as we “Put A Little Love in Your Heart” followed by a classic by Jim Croce single. Dionne Warwick sings one of the many Burt Bacharach/Hal David hits, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.” Enjoy some swinging big band with a great Glenn Miller hit as we get, “In the Mood.” Listen to some great scat Jazz as Ella Fitzgerald sings, ‘Blue Skies.” Hear some fine crooning with Ed Ames, Matt Monro, and Nat King Cole. We’ll pair up Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby for an old 1930’s Bunny Berigan big band standard, “I Can’t Get Started.” Hear a western set with Peggy Lee, Glen Campbell and Gene Pitney. Much more at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.4.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: “What’s New Pussycat?” We open this set with the theme from the 1965 movie sung by Tom Jones. More film music follows up with Elvis singing “Viva Las Vegas.” Enjoy a sultry version of “Black Coffee” performed by Julie London. Hear the Ray Anthony hit theme for the longest running crime show in TV history. Enjoy a great hit single by the Platters, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” Andy Williams sings a song “you can’t refuse” from The Godfather. We’ll spin a lovely record with Patti Page singing “I’ll Remember Today.” Mitch Miller directs 25 guys in the Columbia studios echo chamber for “the Yellow Rose of Texas.” Enjoy a little rock n’ roll with Buddy Knox’s, “Party Doll.” Here great songs by Bobby Darin, Debbie Reynolds and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Michael Buble storms on stage for a swingin’ version of “Foggy Day in London.” Then listen to some great big band featuring Harry James and his Orchestra with Helen Forest singing, “I’m Beginning to See the Light.” We’ll spin a great Johnny Mercer song performed by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters. New Orleans trumpet player, Al Hirt puts a little honey in the horn with his hit version of “Java.” Tony Bennett sings a song from “Gypsy.” Turn up Dean Martin as he’ll “Lay A Little Happiness” on ya. Enjoy a western set with Marty Robbins, Dinah Shore, and The Theme from Bonanza by Al Caiola. Listen to Nat King Cole’s “That Sunday That Summer” with The Ralph Carmichael Chorus. We’ll play Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and more. See the playlists, leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Bobby Goldsboro opens this hour with one of his most beloved hits, (written my Mac Davis) “Watching Scotty Grow.” Dionne Warwick takes the mic next with some bouncy Broadway, “Promises Promises.” We’ll remember a little Martin Scorsese film magic as Frank Sinatra sings “New York, New York.” Then when those marimba rhythms start to play, dance with Dino, and “Sway.” (watch out for them stage lights) Listen to Actress Judy Garland as she performs “Embraceable You.” Enjoy a great romping performance of Barbra Streisand singing, “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl. Hear Nat King Cole with his 1962 country hit, “Rambling Rose.” The McGuire Sisters sing the theme song from the 1956 movie, “Picnic.” Hear Johnny Mathis, Frankie Valli, Kay Starr and The Smothers Brothers. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 4.27.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Jazz diva Anita O’Day graces the stage with a toe tappiin’ version of “Let’s Face the Music and Dance.” Dean Martin is next with The Four Lads as they sing, “Standing on the Corner.” Ella Fitzgerald sings some great Cole Porter, “I Get a Kick Out of You.” We’ll do a little Rat Packin’ with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. Hear Les Brown and his Band of Renown with their signature song, “Leap Frog.” Vic Damone croons a lovely song heard in the film “the Music Man.” Enjoy some primo Burt Bacharach/Hal David as Dionne Warwick sings, “Walk on By.” Listen to some smooth Nat King Cole trio as they perform the song, “Sweet Lorraine.” We’ll spin the lovely instrumental from a soap opera that became associated with a Romanian Olympic gymnast. Barry DeVorzon plays, “Nadia’s Theme.” Hear Ray Conniff, Tony Bennett, Debbie Reynolds, and much more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ https://youtu.be/i-4uKgXRnpI

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Rosemary Clooney blasts into this hour with a great spring song, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” (mostly dandelions) We’ll track some Clint Eastwood film music remembering the movie “Kelly’s Hero’s” with The Mike Curb Congregation. We’ll bring back a great memory as Diana Ross sings, “Touch Me in the Morning.” We’ll play the one hit wonder couple from Baltimore. Art and Dotty Todd with “Chanson’ D’ Amour.” Hear some great instrumental hits by Bert Kaempfert and Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra. Dean Martin teams up in the studio with the EZ Riders for his 1956 hit, “Memories are Made of This.” As we say, “The Best is Yet to Come” with Tony Bennett, Hear Eydie Gormet, Sergio Mendez, Billy Williams and more. See the playlists leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Sarah Vaughan launches this set as we listen to “How High the Moon.” Engelbert Humperdinck takes the stage next with his late 1970’s comeback hit, “After The Loving.” Enjoy theme music from a Marilyn Monroe film sung by the Four Lads. Laugh with Phil Harris as he cites the list of available gals at “44 Sycamore.” Frank Sinatra grabs the mic for “Can I Steal A Little Love?” Oklahoman Kay Starr sings a great jazz standard “Up a Lazy River.” Listen to Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye as we “come hear the music play” singing the song, “Cabaret.” Mel Torme sings a great song from “Gypsy,” “All I Need is the Girl.” We’ll play Connie Francis singing a dreamy version of “Quando, Quando” taken from the “Pan Am” soundtrack. Listen to Perry Como, the Hilltoppers, Nat King Cole’s “Looking Back” and much more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 4.20.15

This week on The Neon Beat, Jukebox 1: Steve and Eydie launch this week’s lineup with “I’ve Got a Gal In Kalamazoo.” (“Hi-ya Mr. Lawrence!) Sammy Davis Jr. sings a 1963 Grammy Award winning song from the play, “Stop the World, I Wanna Get Off.” Hear the lovely Jo Stafford sing the song, “Symphony.” Frank Sinatra sings the title song from a 1958 album featuring “traveling themes,” “Come Fly With Me.” Listen to Johnny Mathis with his version of the ever popular Errol Garner hit, “Misty.” We’ll take a cut from a great Natalie Cole album dedicated to the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald. Natalie sings “Tisket Tasket.” Dean Martin sings his hit song that knocked the Beatles out of first place on the pop charts in 1964. Hear The McGuire Sisters with a spiritual song remembering their singing days in their Middletown, Ohio church. Listen to, Harry Belafonte, Neil Diamond, great big band with Benny Goodman and more. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

This week on the Neon Beat Jukebox 2: Tom Jones steams on stage with “Daughter of Darkness.” Herb Alpert is next with 1967 film music from “Casino Royale.” Hear Perry Como sing of the dance that Papa loved. We’ll team up Rosemary Clooney and Guy Mitchell to sing a charming song from “Pagan Love Song.” Listen to the iconic film song from the 1952 movie, “Singing In the Rain.” Nat King Cole sings a lovely song written by actor Charlie Chaplin. Tony Bennett performs a rousing version of a Cole Porter song, “Night and Day.” Frank Sinatra performs some more Cole with “Anything Goes.” Jazz pianist Eddie Heywood teams up with Hugo Winterhalter’s RCA orchestra for “Canadian Sunset.” Peggy Lee struts her stuff with “Hey Big Spender!” Hear Buddy Clark, Matt Monro, Della Reese and much more. Leave comments and see the playlists and links at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

This week on The Neon Beat, Jukebox 3: Ella Fitzgerald opens this set with some great Irving Berlin, “Let Yourself Go.” Sammy Davis Jr. and The Mike Curb Congregation follows up with a song you can taste from Willy Wonka. Kansas City’s own Marilyn Maye sings a great Jerome Kern song that wow’d em’ all on the Johnny Carson show. Dean Martin performs a song about goin’ home to “Houston.” Listen to Nancy Wilson sing her 1964 Grammy Award winning song, “How Glad I Am.” Nat King Cole croons a lovely ballad written by George and Ira Gershwin. We’ll team up Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong for some great Cole Porter from “High Society.” Fine instrumentals by Frank Mills, Henry Mancini, and Si Zentner. Listen to Frank Sinatra, Kay Starr, The Lettermen and more. All at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 4.13.15

On the Neon Beat this week, on Jukebox 1: Patti Page launches into this wonderful set with a rousing little song of redemption from the Pajama Game, “Cross Over The Bridge.” Nat King Cole strolls down the street hand in hand as we go, “Walking My Baby Back Home.” Listen to a fun memory by Annette Funicello, called “O Dio Mio.” We’ll spin a Dean Martin hit, (with tissue) called, “I’d Cry Like A Baby.” Listen to a Marilyn Monroe with Mel Torme from the film, “Let’s Make Love” perform her version of “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.” Served up with Finnan Haddie. (a form of smoked fish) Hang on to your hat as Johnny Mathis sings “Wild Is The Wind.” We’ll take a “Dreamer’s Holiday” with Perry Como.” Listen to Tony Bennett, Ferranti and Teicher, Pat Boone and lotz more: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, on Jukebox 2: We open up this lively hour of music with a Toronto quartet called The Crew Cuts, with their hit, “Sh Boom” Frank Sinatra fills the speakers next with his sweeping chart hit, “Stranger In The Night.” We’ll bring Ella Fitzgerald together with Louis Armstrong for a lovely film song, “Isn’t It A Lovely Day.” Nat King Cole performs a hit standard from the Sands in Vegas. Something daring called “The Continental.” We’ll spin a fun little diddy from Peggy Lee called, “A Doodlin’ Song.” Listen to a lovely song written by Don Mclean, as Perry Como sings, “And I Love You So.” Hear a folk set with the Kingston Trio and Judy Collins. Instrumentals by Horst Jankowski, Don Costa, and film conductor, Ron Goodwin. Much more! See the playlists, leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, on Jukebox 3: Rosemary Clooney opens this set with Harry James and his Orchestra with a great Hoagy Carmichael song, “In The Cool Cool of the Evening.” Then get set for a signature hit for the iron voiced bandleader, Vaughn Monroe. Bobby Darin performs one his many hits, “Dream Lover.” Enjoy a 1960’s favorite sung by The Association, “Windy.” We’ll team up Rosemary Clooney with Bing Crosby as we go to the Mardis Gras. Doris Day sings a latter chart hit from 1958. A toe tapper called, “Everybody Loves a Lover.” We’ll spin a 1950’s hit for Nat King Cole about that lovely lady with the mystic smile. Hear instrumentals by Glen Gray, Leroy Anderson, and The Mantovani Orchestra. Hear Ray Charles, Andy Williams, Connie Stevens and more. All at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 4.7.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Oklahoman, Kay Starr kicks off this wonderful round of memories with a rousing version of “Night Train.” Frank Sinatra is next with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra as they brew up some “Witchcraft.” Listen to some great big band with Harry James’ Orchestra with vocalist Helen Forest singing, “I’ve Heard That Song Before.” We’ll do a “spiritual” set with Tony Bennett followed by a Louis Armstrong standard. We’ll find a little redemption “In the Chapel in the Moonlight” with Dean Martin. Enjoy period instrumentals by Leroy Anderson, Nelson Riddle, and a jazzy piece by Nat King Cole. “What You Gonna Do?” Listen to Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormet, Jack Jones, Jo Stafford and more. All at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Perry Como begins this set with a mid 50’s sock hop hit, “Tina Marie.” Then we raise the room temperature with Peggy Lee’s 1958 chart buster, “Fever.” Alll Aboard for the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Vic Damone sings a snappy song from “Pal Joey.” Tony Bennett sings a song about that “Toddlin’ Town” with Count Basie and his Orchestra. Listen to Al Martino as he performs a song from Romeo and Juliet. We’ll track the first hit to cross the pond from England for a singer who was known as the UK’s Johnny Mathis. Hear “White on White” by Danny Williams. Dionne Warwick takes a “Message to Michael.” Hear some songs by two of the great male groups, The Lettermen, and The Four Aces. Much more! Leave comments, see the playlists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Rosemary Clooney launches this hour with Perez Prado and his Orchestra as we inject a little tabasco with the song “Sway.” Then listen to The Four Lads as they sing a song from the play, “Gypsy.” We’ll spin a little folk music called “Cycles” by Frank Sinatra. Listen to some James Bond film music with Shirley Bassey, and Tom Jones. Hear a great 1956 memory called “Rock Your Baby With a Dixie Melody” sung my Actor/Comedian Jerry Lewis. We’ll team up Sammy Davis Jr. with Count Basie for a song to make you sweat. Great instrumentals with Harry James, Herb Alpert, Horst Jankowski, Henry Mancini and Leroy Anderson. We’ll track hits by Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gormet, Johnny Tillotson and Debbie Reynolds.. All these and more at:  http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/