Monday, December 4, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.4.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra kicks off this week’s selections with a film theme from The Yellow Rolls Royce, “Forget Domani.” Next we uphold the tempo with Kay Starr’s rousing version of the song, “Mississippi.” Then enjoy of couple of smooth selections with Engelbert Humperdinck and Roberta Flack. Listen to some more film selections with Andre Previn directing the orchestra for the, “Theme from Irma La Douce,” and Debbie Reynolds with a hit song from “Tammy and the Bachelor.” Enjoy a fun set starting with the Ames Brothers’ 1955 hit song, “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” followed with Pearl Bailey singing, “Takes Two to Tango.” Hear Al Martino with “Spanish Eyes.” We’ll spin a track “Too Close for Comfort” with Peggy Lee and then Dean Martin’s “Mambo Italiano.” Hear fine period instrumentals with Les Paul, Glenn Miller, and Les Brown. Perry Como sings “Catch a Falling Star.” Listen to a set with Tony Bennett and Diana Krall doing, “The Best is yet to Come,” and Connie Francis singing “Together.”
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Marvelous Marilyn Maye opens this set with her rousing signature song, “Step to the Rear.” Vic Damone takes it next with a popular song from “My Fair Lady.” We’ll play records by fine period groups like The McGuire Sisters, The Mills Brothers, The Vogues, and some classic folk by The Kingston Trio. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney team up for a festive song about The Mardis Gras, followed by a great Dixieland horn tooter from the Big Easy. Louis Armstrong sings, “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” Then listen to Johnny Mathis with “What Will Mary Say,” followed with “New World in the Morning” by Roger Whittaker. We’ll track some great instrumental selections by jazz pianist, Eddie Heywood, Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra with “Let’s Dance!” and Bert Kaempfert with Duke Ellington’s “Take the “A” Train.” Tony Bennett takes on another great Duke E song with “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Listen to Rosemary Clooney with Perez Prado doing “Sway,” and Nat King Cole with an old Harry James standard. Go to:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Ray Charles begins the hour with his 1962 hit song “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” The Dixie Cups follow up with “The Chapel of Love.” Dean Martin takes the mic next for “Volare” followed by Ed Ames singing the lovely, “Time Time.” We’ll bask in a little summer sun with Robert Goulet’s “Summer Sounds,” then “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine” with Eydie Gorme. We’ll ride the range as Roy Rogers sings a Cole Porter song called, “Don’t Fence Me In.” Hear another great Cole Porter selection with Frank Sinatra singing “I Get a Kick Out of You.” We’ll track more great period groups with songs sung by, The Lettermen, and The Carpenters. Listen to actress Mary Martin with, what was, a Disney song heard in the film “Cinderella.” Ella Fitzgerald performs the song, “I’ll Take Manhattan.” Enjoy at set with Rick Nelson singing, “Young World,” Annette Funicello with The Beach Boys, and a hit instrumental by Jorgen Ingamann called, “Apache.” More with Danny Williams and Herb Alpert and the TJB.
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The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.27.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Omaha native, Roger Williams, launches this hour with the theme from the 1966 film, “Born Free.” Engelbert Humperdinck takes the stage next for a theme from a British short film called, “Le Bicyclettes De Belsize. Hear more film and Broadway favorites with Dionne Warwick, Jo Stafford, and Doris Day. Enjoy what was the last chart buster for Brook Benton: “A Rainy Night in Georgia.” Enjoy some smooth selections from our period crooners including Frank Sinatra’s signature, “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” Nat King Cole’s “A Blossom Fell,” and Perry Como with the bluesy, “Dream on Little Dreamer.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby with his son Gary for “Play a Simple Melody.” Tap your feet to Harry Belafonte with “Jump in the Line.” Hear some great period instrumentals with Dave “Baby” Cortez, and Ralph Marterie’s Orchestra. Listen to a set with Rosemary Clooney singing “From This Moment On,” Benny Goodman with a great Johnny Mercer standard, and The Ames Brothers with “Mood Indigo.” And introducing, Lisa Gary, with “I’ll Be Seeing You.” Listen today at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Ella Fitzgerald kicks off this set with some great Cole Porter: “Anything Goes.” Then listen to the song that defined the era. Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” We’ll spin Petula Clark’s sweet hit song “Kiss Me Goodbye.” Listen to a set with Rosemary Clooney singing, “Too Marvelous for Words,” and Frankie Laine with Terry Gilkyson and the EZ Riders. We’ll light one up with Jimmy Dean, and enjoy some fun word-play with Dinah Shore. We’ll track some period instrumental hits with Andre Previn, Walter Wanderley, and the swing era standard “In the Mood” with Glen Gray’s Orchestra. We’ll check into “Hotel Happiness” with Brook Benton then listen to a tender song with Patti Page, “I’ll Remember Today.” Hear Frankie Valli with his comeback hit song, “My Eyes Adored You,” and Lena Horne performing her signature hit song, “The Lady is A Tramp.” Bobby Darin sings a rousing version of “Bill Bailey,” followed up with a steamy rendition of, “Teach Me Tonight” by G.I. Jo Stafford. Then we’ll wrap up the hour with Henry Mancini’s “Pink Panther Theme.” Go to:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Glen Campbell begins our third juke with the 1969 hit ballad, “Galveston.” The Carpenters follow up with their hit song, “Top of the World,” followed with Bobby Goldsboro singing “I’m a Drifter.” We’ll spin one of Roberta Flack’s Grammy award winning songs, “Killing Me Softly with His Song.” Enjoy Eydie Gorme’s hit song from 1963, “Blame it on the Bossa Nova,” and Andy Williams hit version of “Happy Heart.” Our instrumental content this hour includes Herb Alpert and the TJB with “Whipped Cream,” Frank Pourcel with “Only You,” and the Theme from the TV show “Ben Casey” by Valjean.” We’ll team up Dean Martin with the Four Lads for Frank Loesser’s “Standing on the Corner, followed with Julie London’s version of “The Good Life.” We’ll bring back The Four Lads with “Istanbul,” followed with a film piece sung by Judy Garland, and Phil Harris with a fun romp called “44 Sycamore.” Listen to Les Paul and wife Mary Ford with “Waiting for the Sunrise. Then hear Nat King Cole with his lush version of the song “Lush Life.” Dig it:

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.20.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Barbra Streisand starts things off with her rousing performance of “Second Hand Rose.” The Ames Brothers follow up with a toe tapping version of a great jazz standard, “On a Slow Boat to China.” Also hear another fine period group as the McGuire Sisters sing another great jazz number, “The Muskrat Ramble.” Dean Martin sings a lovely song from the 1951 film, “Anna.” Listen to Glenn Yarborough with a tender song about those, “Warm and Gentle Girls,” followed with touch of Irish as Roger Whittaker sings “The Star of the County Down.” We'll track an early 70's hit song for the Goddess of Pop: Cher sings, 'The Way of Love.” We'll spin a set beginning with Kay Starr's breakthrough hit, “the Rock and Roll Waltz.” Perry Como is next with “Round and Round,” followed with some great big band with Glen Gray. Pat Boone loads the gospel gun with “A Wonderful Time Up There.” We'll do a bit of “Learning the Blues” with Frank Sinatra. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney team up for a big band standard. Listen to Vic Dana with the vocal version of the song, “More.” More songs with Sarah Vaughan, Paul Mauriat, and Johnny Mercer. To listen, go to:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The iron voiced band leader Vaughn Monroe leads off this set with his signature hit song, “Racing With the Moon.” Then we'll do the stroll with Patsy Cline's “Walking After Midnight.” Listen to The Association with “Never My Love.” More pop groups of the day including The Brothers Four, Jerry Murad and his Harmonicats, the Four Lads and The Everly Brothers. Enjoy a jazzy set with Frank Sinatra with “My Blue Heaven,” Peggy Lee's 1958 hit song, “Fever,” Bobby Darin with a swingin' version of “Clementine,” and Canada's Diana Krall with “Deed I Do” from her acclaimed “Live in Paris” album. Listen to some light jazz with pianist Eddie Heywood playing, “Soft Summer Breeze.” Tony Bennett joins up with Count Basie to sing a song about that “toddlin' town.” Listen to KC's Marilyn Maye with a song from “Kismet,” Ray Charles with “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” and Nancy Sinatra sings a country song with Lee Hazelwood called, “Jackson.” Listen to a back-of-the-rack hit song for Earl Grant called “The End.” Pat Boone does a rockin' version of “At My Front Door.” Go to:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Frank Sinatra launches this hour's offerings with his 1955 hit song “Love and Marriage.” Vikki Carr takes the stage next for her cover of a Frankie Valli hit, “Can't Take My Eyes Off of You.” Listen to the dixieland horn of Al Hirt as he toots out, “Cotton Candy.” We'll track more great instrumentals with Andre Previn's, “Like Young,” a film track from “Casino Royale” by Herb Alpert, and a sweeping piece by Leroy Anderson called “Serenada.” We'll track Canadian Paul Anka's “Goodnight My Love” followed by a Carole King song sung by the Carpenters. Hear more great groups like The Four Freshmen, and Gerry and the Pacemakers. Listen to Bobby Goldsboro with one of his early solo hit songs, “See the Funny Little Clown.” We'll spin some great Broadway and film selections with Vic Damone singing, “Younger Than Springtime,” Debbie Reynolds with “Moonglow,” Tony Bennett with a seasonal song from “The Sound of Music,” and Andy Williams from the Paul Newman film, “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.” Hear Dean Martin's “Cry Like a Baby,” and Glen Campbell's hit standard “Wichita Lineman.”
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The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.13.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra kicks off this week’s selections with a great standard from the album, the Capitol Years, called, “I’ve Got the World on a String.” Andy Williams grabs the stage mic next for “Music to Watch Girls By.” Hear great Broadway and film selections with Eydie Gorme singing, “April Showers,” Nat King Cole with “Just You Just Me,” Sammy Davis Jr singing “I’ve Gotta Be Me,” and Doris Day with a song from the film, “Calamity Jane.” We’ll spin Brit crooner Matt Monro with a fine rendition of “When Sunny Get’s Blue,” followed with one of the many charting hit songs for Burt Bacharach sung by Dionne Warwick. Listen to great period groups like The Mills Brothers with “Across the Alley from the Alamo, The Carpenters with “Rainy Days and Mondays,” and some classic folk from The Kingston Trio. Enjoy some great Big Band with Les Brown and his Band of Renown, and instrumental hit songs performed by Henry Mancini, Herb Alpert, and Bert Kaempfert. Elvis Presley sings a tender version of the song, “Memories.” More songs from Terry Gilkyson with the EZ Riders and Steve and Eydie. To listen, go to:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong team up to open this hour with a great Cole Porter song from the 1956 film, “High Society.” The Four Knights follow up with their hit song, “I Get So Lonely.” Another great group, The Four Lads, will sing a film song from 1955: ”Love is a Many Splendored Thing.” Enjoy a great Hank Williams standard sung by Jo Stafford, “Jambalya.” Enjoy this hours instrumental content including “theme from The Summer of 42” by Peter Nero, and Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra with “Lisbon Antigua.” Hear Tom Jones with his 1969 hit record, “Help Yourself,” Connie Francis with her first major charting hit, “Who’s Sorry Now,” and New York’s own Jerry Costanzo and his fine swing orchestra doing “Can I Steal a Little Love.” We’ll track great big band selections with the Benny Goodman Orchestra with “Down South Camp Meeting,” then Benny backing Peggy Lee singing her great renditon of “Why Don’t You Do Right?” We’ll do some Rat Packin’ with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. and team up Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis for “the Money Song.” Listen to Dinah Shore with “Dear Hearts and Gentle People.” More with Ella Fitzgerald and Vic Damone.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Roger Whittaker launches this hour with his beautiful song from the mid 1970’s called “The Last Farewell.” This hour includes great Broadway and movie classic themes and songs including Barbara Streisand singing “Taking a Chance on Love,” Vic Damone with a song from “Pal Joey,” Jerry Vale’s lovely rendition of the theme from “Three Coins in the Fountain,” and Tony Bennett with The Mitch Miller gang with a hit song from “Bye Bye Birdie.” Listen to Carly Simon with her early 70’s catsup hit, “Anticipation.” Enjoy hit songs from groups like The Kingston Trio and The Chordettes. Enjoy an Irish romp with Bing Crosby singing about “MacNamara’s Band,” followed with Kay Starr’s 1953 rendition of “Side by Side.” Instrumentals this hour include the big band of Harry James with “Carnival,” and some perod exotica with Arthur Lymon performing “Yellow Bird.” We’ll go Bob Ross on ya with “A Portait of My Love” sung by Steve Lawrence. Listen to a jazzy verison of the song, Waiting for the end of the Road” by Frankie Laine. Then sing along with Rosy as she sings “Shine on Harvest Moon,” More with Mitch Miller and Patti Page. Listen today at:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.6.17

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Actor Bobby Sherman launches this week’s selections with a rousing hit called, “Julie Do You Love Me.” Herb Alpert (bachelor no. 1) gathers his Tijuana Brass in studio for “The Spanish Flea.” We’ll track more great instrumentals this hour with the Henry Mancini Orchestra, David Rose’s “the Stripper” and “Holiday for Strings.” Get set for some great standards sung by actress Judy Garland with “I Got Rhythm” and Robert Goulet with “The Nearness of You.” Enjoy some fine period groups like The Carpenters, The Vogues, The Hilltoppers, and The Ray Conniff Singers. We’ll remember Mister Dick Clark as Barry Manilow sings “the American Bandstand Boogie.” Then Dionne Warwick does her rendition of Burt Bacharach’s “I Say a Little Prayer.” Listen to a big-sky western set with Glen Campbell’s “Hey Little One,” Gogi Grant with “Suddenly There’s a Valley,” and Don Gibson’s “Oh Lonesome Me.” Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye team up for a film selection from the 1965 film, “Cat Ballou. Then listen to Doris Day with her 1958 hit song, “Everybody Loves a Lover.” Listen today at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye opens this hour with her signature shining number, “Step to the Rear.” Then “Yi Yi” along with my token “grease piece” for the week as The Diamonds sing “Little Darlin.” Enjoy more great group hits with The Four Aces, and Peter Paul and Mary. We’ll stack up a rat pack set with Frank Sinatra singing, “You Make Me Feel So Young,” Dean Martin with “Innamorata” and Sammy Davis Jr with “The Theme from Baretta.” Listen to Helen O’Connell with her signature song from the big band era, “Green Eyes.” Bing Crosby and Gene Kelly team up for a film favorite, “True Love” from the film High Society. Sarah Vaughan follows with her dreamy rendition of “Misty,” followed with a funky hit single by Tom Jones. This hour’s hit instrumentals include Ralph Flanagan’s “Hot Toddy” and Acker Bilk’s lovely version of the song “Eternally.” We team up Barry Manilow with the Association to do two of the group’s hits in round, “Cherish” and Windy.” More with Bette Midler and Bobby Helms.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Sammy Davis Jr takes the Broadway stage for a song from “Stop the World,” called, “Someone Nice Like You.” Then listen to Ella Fitzgerald heat things up with “Too Darned Hot” from Kiss me Kate. Dean Martin is next, going back to “Houston.” Our instrumental content this hour includes a song with violinist Helmut Zacharias, “When the White Lilacs Bloom Again,” the Mantovani Orchestra with “Around the World,” and a piece heard in the TV game show, “I’ve Got a Secret” by Leroy Anderson. Hear Comedian Jerry Lewis with his 1956 hit song, “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby.” We’ll spin film favorites with The Lettermen and Rosemary Clooney. Play the haunting “Love Look Away” by Tony Bennett and Robert Preston from “the Music Man.” Listen to Petula Clark’s “It’s a Sign of the Times.” Nat King Cole performs “To the Ends of the Earth” with Les Baxter’s Orchestra. We’ll throw in some hit songs with The Four Preps’ “26 Miles,” and The Limeliters with “Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week.” More with Kay Starr, Russ Morgan, and Anne Murray. Listen today at:

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 10.30.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye kicks off this set singing a song about that great city of fountains. The Platters follow up with one of their 1950’s charting hits, “The Great Pretender.” (oh yes) Hear more great period groups like Simon and Garfunkel, The New Vaudeville Band, Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats, and Mickey and Sylvia. Enjoy “A Very Special Love” sung by actress Debbie Reynolds followed by Dean Martin’s “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You.” Tony Martin performs a lovely Edith Piaf standard, “La Vie En Rose.” Hear a Broadway favorite from the play “Little Me” sung by Vikki Carr. We’ll track period instrumentals with John Williams and The Boston Pops, and Morris Stoloff playing the “Theme from Picnic.” Enjoy some great big band with Harry James and Helen Forrest, Frank Sinatra with “S’posin” from the Swinging Session album, and Sarah Vaughan’s “Broken Hearted Melody.” More hit songs with Nat King Cole’s “Too Young,” Ray Charles, and Bobby Goldsboro. Listen now at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Perry Como gets off to a rockin’ start as we open this hour with “Jukebox Baby.” Next The Crew Cuts sing their 1954 hit song, “Sh Boom.” Listen to a period television theme by Spencer Ross from The Philadelphia Story called “Tracey’s Theme.” Hear other instrumentals by Walter Wanderley on the Hammond B-3 and a “Calypso Melody” by David Rose. Tony Bennett performs a tender version of “Young Warm and Wonderful.” Doris Day sings a song from “Pal Joey” followed with Frank Sinatra and Keely Smith with, “How Ya’ Fixed for Love?” Nat King Cole singing the Bobby Troup standard about “the mother road” and Eddie Cantor with “Making Whoopee.” Barbra Streisand sings her signature song from “Funny Girl.” Sammy Davis Jr provides his own dance and percussion for the song, “On a Clear Day.” Hear Brit singer Georgie Fame with “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” from 1968. We’ll spin a salsa treatment of “Lemon Tree” by Trini Lopez, and track Jaye P. Morgan’s “That’s All I Want from You.” More with Petula Clark and The Kingston Trio. Left click on:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Seekers launch this set with the theme from “Georgie Girl.” Sam Cooke follows up with his hit song, “Only 16.” Then listen to The Lettermen with two songs for the price of one, “Memories and Traces” followed with “Daydream” by The Loving Spoonful.” We open the next segment with a little “Love American Style” with Petula Clark. Then hear the Ames Brothers with Les Brown, Frank Sinatra with “You do Something to Me,” and Sarah Vaughan with a lovely rendition of the song, “Eternally.” Instrumentals in this set include a film theme by Andre Previn, a little Cha-Cha with Tommy Dorsey, and a TV theme from “The Virginian.” We’ll bring in Tommy Dorsey’s brother Jimmy with one of his big band hits, “Amapola.” Hear NBC Monitor’s, Jim Lowe with “The Green Door,” followed with Les Baxter’s “Wake the Town and Tell the People.” Listen to Pat Boone sing the theme from the 1957 film, “April Love.” G.I. Joe Stafford is next with “You Belong to Me.” More with Eddie Fisher, and Patty Duke.
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Monday, October 23, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 10.23.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Tommy Edwards launches this week’s offerings with his signature hit song, “It’s All in the Game.” Bobby Vinton, aka the polish prince, follows with “Melody of Love.” Then try to catch your breath listening to Barbra Streisand sing “Putting it Together” from her Broadway Album. Listen to the beautiful song, “Vincent” by Don McClean. For Halloween, listen as Frank Sinatra brews up a little “Witchcraft.” Then enjoy some great big band with Harry James and Helen Forrest. We’ll track some period instrumentals with Hugo Winterhalter’s RCA Orchestra and the soulful “Stranger on the Shore” with Acker Bilk. We’ll bring back Hugo Winterhalter to back Eddie Fisher for the song, “I Need You Now.” Listen to the Ames Brothers with “Undecided,” followed with, what was, a surprise “B” side hit for Frankie Laine. Swing with Ella Fitzgerald as she sings “Let Yourself Go” and Louis Armstrong with “When You’re Smiling.” Catch a Broadway hit from West Side Story sung by Vic Damone. More songs with Patti Page and Nat King Cole. Listen today at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The McGuire Sisters open this set with “Every Day of My Life.” Frank Sinatra takes the stage next as we go “Swinging Down the Lane.” Lou Rawls sings “Nobody but Me” and, as if in agreement, Kay Starr answers with the song “It Had to Be You.” Next, Tom Jones sings a song Paul Anka wrote on the back of a menu on a TWA flight out of London, “She’s a Lady.” Then we’ll let Paul Anka take the mic for “The Times of Your Life.” We’ll spend a “Quiet Night under Quiet Stars” with Sarah Vaughan. Enjoy instrumental selections with a Bossa Nova rendition of “Fly me to the Moon” with Joe Harnell, Bert Kaempfert’s 1961 hit, “Wonderland by Night,” and a lush arrangement by Jackie Gleason. Listen to Engelbert Humperdinck’s rendition of “Spanish Eyes,” followed with The Andrews Sisters singing “Rum and Coca Cola.” Hear Joe Stafford’s sassy version of “the Gentleman is a Dope.” Spend “An Evening in Roma” with Dean Martin. Listen to Mel Torme with a standard from “Guys and Dolls.” More songs with Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney and Benny Goodman. To listen, go to:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Barbra Streisand begins our playlist with another great cut off her Broadway Album: “Something’s Coming.” Next, we’ll hear another Broadway selection with Louis Armstrong performing “Hello Dolly.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby and his long time friend Rosemary Clooney as we “Come to the Mardis Gras.” We’ll hang around the “Big Easy” for one more and listen to Al Hirt’s trumpet playing, “Java.” Hear the great 1957 smash hit for Johnny Mathis. A record that was to hold the charts for two years: “Chances Are.” Enjoy great singing groups like The Statler Brothers, Mitch Miller and the Gang, The Platters, The Lettermen, and Spanky and Our Gang.” Listen to Jill Corey’s sassy number one hit, “Love Me to Pieces” followed with one of Elvis Presley’s early charting hits, “Good Luck Charm.” We’ll spin Frank Sinatra’s “It Happened in Monterrey.” Listen to Doris Day sing one of her signature hits from the film, “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” Listen to an instrumental piece that was used in the TV commercials for Benson and Hedges cigarettes. Hear more hit records with Don Cherry, Nat King Cole with the great George Shearing, and The Beatles. Click on: