Monday, June 27, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.27.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra launches this week’s offerings with “That’s Life!” Engelbert Humperdinck follows up with his hit version of “Spanish Eyes” and Barbra Streisand with a beautiful Andrew Lloyd Weber song from “Cats.” Enjoy a little good natured tate-a-tate between actress Judy Garland and Bing Crosby. Then Andy Williams follows with a vocal version of the 1963 hit, “More.” Enjoy some period instrumental selections with “the Peter Gunn Theme” by Ray Anthony, Leroy Anderson’s “Fiddle Faddle” and The Ventures with, “Walk Don’t Run.” You’ll hear Al Martino sing a WW1 and 2 favorite song about “the lady of the lamplight.” Listen to a sultry piece from a 1950 review that drew a comment from Orson Wells that Eartha Kitt was the most exciting woman in the world. We’ll “Get Outta Town” with the Velvet Fog, “Mel Torme.” Dean Martin teams up with the EZ riders for his 1956 chart hit, “Memories are Made of This” followed with a film song from “Good Night and Good Luck” sung by Dianne Reeves. We’ll spin records by the Four Preps, Doris Day, and a hit song by the British group, The Flying Machine. See the look of our new Radio George page!!  Listen now at:

On The Neon Beat this week Jukebox 2: Sammy Davis Jr opens this set with “the Shelter of Your Arms.” Then listen to a wonderful Italian version of “Quando, Quando” performed by Connie Francis. Sam Cooke is next with “You Send Me.” We’ll remember the 1956 film “High Society” with a great Cole Porter song done by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Listen to a Harold Arlen song that Harold called one of his favorites, sung by Sarah Vaughan. We’ll team up the Raylettes with “Ray” for the song, “Hit the Road Jack” followed up with a soulful hit for Dusty Springfield, “Son of a Preacher Man.” Hear Bobby Vinton’s hit song, “Blue Velvet.” We’ll play a big sky western set with Hugo Montenegro’s, “The Good the Bad and the Ugly,” Frankie Laine’s “Moonligh
t Gambler,” and Peggy Lee’s version of “Riders in the Sky.” Hear a great male group from Indianapolis sing a 1956 hit recording, “Day by Day.” Hear a rare recording featuring Nat King Cole at the piano backed by the Ralph Carmichael Chorus doing, “Whatcha Gonna Do?” Then hear the iconic song from the film “Singing in the Rain” by Gene Kelly.” Leave comments, see the lists at:

On the Neon Beat this week Jukebox 3: Kay Starr kicks off JB3 with a jazzy version of “Up a Lazy River.” Then we’ll “get those stakes higher” at the roulette wheel for Elvis’s “Viva Las Vegas.” Hear the Gaylords with “the Isle of Capris.” We’ll track some great period instrumental selections with Les Baxter’s “Poor People of Paris,” Glenn Miller with “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” Omaha’s Roger Williams with “Autumn Leaves” and a film selection with Felix Slatkin directing the orchestra for “The Theme from the Sundowners.” Pack your bags for Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me.” Ella Fitzgerald takes on a great big band standard singing, “Begin the Beguine.” We’ll track one of Bobby Darin’s latter 1950’s hits, “Dream Lover,” followed with a fun romp with Doris Day’s “Ooo Bang Jiggly Jang.” We’ll team up Gene Kelly with Judy Garland for an MGM favorite, “For Me and My Gal.” Johnny Mathis performs the song, “Small World” followed by some Broadway music with the Four Lads. Hear Barbra Streisand, Glen Campbell, and the Association.
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The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.21.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Nat King Cole steams on stage for a rousing version of a great jazz standard, “Avalon.” Then we'll sweeten things up with a little honey in the horn with Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Enjoy some great period groups like the Chordettes singing “Never on Sunday,” The Ames Brothers with “Melodie D'Amour” and The Four Freshmen with their jazzy 1956 rendition of “Charmaine.” Hear Frank Sinatra sing some signature Cole Porter with “Anything Goes,” followed with a fun hit song with Peggy Lee performing, “Manana is Good Enough For Me.” Enjoy some great big band with Harry James conducting his orchestra for “A Sleepy Lagoon.” We'll pull one from the back of the rack in fulfillment of a request for Ruth Brown singing, “I Don't Know.” Georgia Gibbs takes a period R&B number and sings from the shoulder her version of, “Tweedle Dee,” followed up with a little “Swayin'” with Dean Martin. Doris Day sings a hit standard from the Broadway play, Pal Joey. We'll “Jump Jive and Wail with Louis Prima and Keely Smith, then go from “Rags to Riches” with Tony Bennett. We'll play Steve Lawrence, the Mantovani Orchestra and more. Listen at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Glenn Yarbrough opens this hour with a 1963 hit from a Steve McQueen film called, “Baby the Rain Must Fall.” Then listen to The Marvelous Marilyn Maye as she goes into her song, “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” Enjoy the classic Tony Bennett signature hit, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Hear some more great movie music with Dean Martin with a song he sang in “Oceans Eleven,” Elmer Berstein directing the orchestra for the “Theme From the Magnificent Seven,” and Pat Boone's lovely hit film song, “Friendly Persuasion.” Also tune in for a back of the rack hit for Georgie Fame's, “the Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.” We'll spin the Drifters hit record, “On Broadway,” followed up by a period instrumental Bossa Nova hit by Joe Harnell. You'll hear Benny Goodman with Rosemary Clooney performing the song, “Memories of You.” We'll spin Nat King Cole's huge 1962 hit record “Rambling Rose” then ride the range listening to Marty Robbins epic hit record from 1959, “El Paso.” Listen for the lovely Patti Page with “Gentle on My Mind” and some folk with the Kingston Trio with “A Worried Man.”
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Look Out OL” MACK IS BACK. We open with Bobby Darin's great 1959 hit record. Then listen to a sassy little number written by Nashville's Mr. Floyd Cramer for the trumpet of Al Hirt as Jumbo plays, “Fancy Pants.” We'll sip a little 'Black Coffee” with the sultry Julie London. Then it's “Just You, Just Me” and Nat King Cole. We'll spin one of Frank Sinatra's most popular hit songs, “Strangers in the Night,” followed by a great Willie Nelson song performed by Mr. Ray Price singing, “The Night Life, Aint No Good Life.” Laugh a little with Mr. Phil Harris doing his rowdy hit song, “the Thing,” Turn up an old standard from the vinyl vault by the Four King Sisters doing, “Mairzy Doats” followed by Bing Crosby singing, “Sioux City Sue.” Enjoy some film music with The Four Lads performing a song from a Marilyn Monroe movie and Connie Francis singing the theme from “Where the Boys Are.” Keely Smith sings “You Go to My Head” followed by Satchmo singing and playin his horn for “I Still Get Jealous. More songs with Sammy Davis Jr, Perry Como, Frankie Laine and more. Listen now at:

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.13.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Patti Page launches this weeks great selections with a light hearted song of redemption from “the Pajama Game.” Then will throw in a couple sumptuous chillers with Engelbert Humperdinck with “Winter World of Love” followed up with The Lettermen singing, “Our Winter Love.” We'll fulfill a KC request for Julie London's take on the song “The Good Life.” Dean Martin prays for a bumper grape crop this year singing “Little Ol' Wine Drinker Me.” Listen to the crooning of Nat King Cole singing one of his many charting hits, “Too Young.” Then tap your toes to Kay Starr singing “Mississippi” followed up with a hit instrumental by The Village Stompers. Hear some great Broadway and film music song by Vic Damone from West Side Story, and Dinah Shore with a song from a Bob Hope film called “the Paleface.” Sarah Vaughan sings the lovely song, “Tenderly.” Then we'll kick up the tempo with Michael Buble's “Foggy Day in London” and Vikki Carr with a song from “Little Me.” You'll hear songs by Johnny Mathis, Ray Conniff and more.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Tom Jones steams on stage for his mega hit “She's a Lady.” Then we'll pull a Peggy Lee hit from the back of the rack called “A Doodling Song.” Sing along with Mitch Miller and the Gang doing “the Yellow Rose of Texas” followed up with The Everly Brothers singing their 1958 hit song, “All I Have to do is Dream.”' Hear the great Mario Lanza with a song from The Great Caruso. Margaret Whiting is next with a fun song from “South Pacific.” We'll spin an old 70's hit for Karen and Richard Carpenter singing the song, “On Top of the World.” Robert Goulet performs the tender song, “This Is All I Ask.” Hear the Association sing a song that goes down as one of their biggest charting hits, “Windy.” Then we'll track Kay Starr singing a toe tappin' version of the song, 'Back Home in Indiana.” Next, hear Les Brown with his band of Renown with “I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” followed with Frank Sinatra and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra doing “Makin' Whoopie.” Songs by Dean Martin, Connie Francis, Ella Fitzgerald and more.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Henry Mancini and his Orchestra open this hour with some great film music from “Darling Lili.” Dean Martin takes the stage next for his signature standard, “That's Amore.” We'll pull a deep play list hit for Joni James from the early 1950's called, “I Still Get a Thrill.” Listen to Mel Carter with “Band of Gold,” Nancy Wilson with a period hit, “Call Me,” and the Lettermen with their hit version of “When I Fall In Love.” Listen to a classy smooth version of a great Beatles song performed by Tony Bennett, “Something.” We'll go the Pan Am TV soundtrack for a great Ella Fitzgerald version of “Blue Skies.” Hear period instrumentals by Walter Wanderley with his 1966 hit song, “Summer Samba,” “Autumn Leaves” by the Jackie Gleason Orchestra and a Leroy Anderson song used as the theme for the TV series “What's My Line?” Nat King Cole does a smooth rendition of “Our Love is Here to Stay” followed by The Four Lads with The Ray Conniff singers doing, “Put a Light in the Window.” Hear some jazzy Sammy Davis Jr, Lawrence Welk with The McGuire Sisters, Johnny Mathis and more.
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Monday, June 6, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.6.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Benny Goodman opens this hour with some great big band as we listen to “Lets Dance.” Then we listen to a great American standard sung by Frank Sinatra, “Only a Paper Moon.” We'll play the McGuire Sisters with their heartfelt wish, 'May You Always” followed up with Bobby Darin's “Beyond the Sea.” We'll line up some heavenly songs with The Vogues performing “My Special Angel” and Shelly Fabares with her 1962 hit “Johnny Angel.” We'll spin what was the first major charting hit for Judy Collins. Enjoy some slick classic guitar with Les Paul picking out a number called “Nola” followed up with
a sassy number by Peggy Lee and a Broadway selection by Vic Damone from Pal Joey. Listen to Capitol record's Al Delory at the piano for his hit rendition of the “Theme from MASH.” We'll make a “Pretty World” listening to Sergio Mendez and Brazil followed up with a million seller hit for Engelbert Humperdinck. Hear Andy Williams with a finger snapper record called “Butterfly” and then listen to Brenda Lee with “Johnny One Time.” Hear songs by Perry Como, Herman's Hermits and Eddie Heywood.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Marvelous Marilyn Maye opens this hour with her signature hit, “Step to the Rear.” Dean Martin is next with his rousing version of “Volare.” (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu.) We'll spin some great period male groups like The Hilltoppers, “From the Vine Came the Grape,” The Four Preps with “Down By the Station,” and The Ames Brothers with a great Tommy Dorsey number. Perry Como performs a snappy version of a song from “The King and I” followed up by Kitty Kallen's hit version of “In the Chapel.” Chicago's own Lou Rawls sings what was a great comeback hit for the man in 1976, “You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.” Sarah Vaughan takes on a classy version of a great Gershwin song heard in a film sung by Fred Astaire to Ginger Rogers, “They Can't Take That Away From Me.” Instrumental selections by Reg Owen and his Orchestra, and current jazz artist David Benoit with an outstanding version of “Linus and Lucy.” Rick Nelson sings one of his my period hits, “Young World” and we'll team up Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra for “Some Velvet Morning.” Songs with Patti Page, Vikki Carr, and Doris Day.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Les Brown and his Band of Renown perform with singer Doris Day with “S' Wonderful” as we launch this hour. Hear some film music with the Four Aces singing the theme from “Three Coins in the Fountain.” Enjoy some classic Cole Porter sung by Frank Sinatra doing, “I Get a Kick Out Of You” then we'll spin some Ella Fitzgerald singing “I'll Take Manhattan.” Billie Holiday sings “Pennies From Heaven.” Then enjoy a fine run of singles with Bobby Darin singing “A Nightingale in Berkeley Square,” Nat King Cole and the Trio doing, “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” and “Goodnight Sweetheart” performed by The McGuire Sisters. We'll team up Tony Bennett with Canadian jazz diva Diana Krall for “The Best is Yet to Come.” Dean Martin croons the song, “Innamorata” followed up with some fun Bert Bacharach/Hal David music sung by Dionne Warwick. Lena Horne does the standard, “Stormy Weather.” Then hear Louis Armstrong with his charming version of “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” You'll hear Glen Campbell, Patti Page, and a back o' the rack number by Elvis. Listen today at:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.30.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Mister “Love Boat”, Jack Jones opens this hour with one of his Grammy Award winning songs, “Wives and Lovers.” Then we enjoy a couple songs by America's sweethearts, Steve and Eydie. Eydie Gorme sings a lovely version o
f “Love Letters” followed with husband Steve Lawrence with “Pretty Blue Eyes.” Enjoy some fine instrumentals with Andre Previn, Percy Faith, and the orchestra of Ralph Flanagan. We'll bring in Pearl Bailey with her 1956 take on, “Takes Two to Tango.” We'll team up Bing Crosby with Rosemary Clooney as we “Come to the Mardis Gras.” Frank Sinatra sings a swingin' version of “Pennies From Heaven,” followed up with some great Cole Porter from “Kiss Me Kate” sung by Ella Fitzgerald. We'll take a trip “Up A Lazy River” with The Mills Brothers. Listen to a croonin' version of the song “Blue Moon” by Dean Martin. Hear another Cole Porter selection sung by Roy Rogers, “Don't Fence Me In.” We'll track hit songs by Eddie Fisher, The Ames Brothers, and Kate Smith.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Kay Starr launches this set as we join her “On a Slow Boat to China.” Then hear Matt Monro's 1961 hit, “My Kind of Girl.”' Listen to Ray Charles and the singers with one of his easy hits with the ABC Paramount label, “I Can't Stop Loving You.” We'll put together Tony Bennett with Count Basie for “Life is a Song,” followed up with some great big band remembering Dick Clark with Les Elgart playing, “Bandstand Boogie.” Hear more big band with Louis Armstrong with Bing Crosby, and also Benny Goodman's “Don't Be That Way.” Enjoy great groups like the Four Freshmen, The Dixie Cups, and and a live recording with The Lettermen. Kansas City's own Marilyn Maye belts out her wonderful rendition of “Make Your Own Kind of Music.” We'll spin some deep track hits by Georgie Shaw singing, “Til We Two are One,” followed by Perry Como's “Catch a Falling Star” and a forgotten track by singer, Alan Dale.” Hear Etta James, “At Last” and a little Fats Domino with “My Blue Heaven.”
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Rosemary Clooney begins this hour with a touch of Tabasco as she sings with Perez Prado the song, “Sway!” Enjoy some great film and Broadway music sung by Vic Damone (My Fair Lady), Kay Starr (Around the World), Ella Fitzgerald (Swingtime), and Judy Garland, (Meet Me in St Louis). Tony Bennett hooks up with Michael Buble for a great Duke Ellington standard. Then we'll do some swingin' with a great Tommy Dorsey number, “Opus One.” Nat King Cole sings a lush version of an old Harry James hit, “You Made Me Love You” and we'll feel the temperature rise in the room for Peggy Lee's “Fever.” Listen to Jo Stafford's 1951hit song, “Shrimp Boats” followed up with a Canadian French version of Robert Goulet singing, “Autumn Leaves.” We'll spin Mel Carter's big chart hit, “Hold Me Thrill Me.” Instrumentals by The Ventures, Hugo Winterhalter, and jazz pianist David Benoit. Songs by Jerry Vale and Gordon Jenkins.
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Monday, May 23, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.23.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Perry Como gets down his soup and fish and opens this set with the Fontane Sisters for a Milton Delugg polka number, “Hoop De Doo.” Rosemary Clooney follows up with her 1951 hit, “Comon-a’ My House.” Enjoy some period film music with Pat Boone’s “April Love” and a song from a fun, period, teen flick with Annette Funicello and the Beach Boys. We’ll spin a lush memory off the MGM label as we hear Joni James with “Purple Shades.” Listen to Old Blue Eyes with “Old Devil Moon.” Instrumentals by Andre Previn with the theme from “Irma La Douce,” Bill Pursell’s beautiful and haunting, “Our Winter Love” and a toe tapper by the Al Casey Combo doing, “Jiving Around.” We’ll track a folk set with The Mills Brothers, Gale Garnett, and The Kingston Trio. Hear Dean Martin with “Mambo Italiano
,” some great Broadway with Tony Bennett singing, “Taking a Chance on Love.” Songs by Sarah Vaughan, Gogi Grant, and a period early 1960’s hit record by Australian Rolf Harris. Listen now at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Toys launch this hour with their 1965 hit, “A Lover’s Concerto.” Next we’ll play a song by The Mike Curb Congregation heard in the Clint Eastwood film Kelly’s Heroes. Nat King Cole follows with a lovely tune written by Charlie Chaplin. Hear film and Broadway selections by Bing Crosby singing, “Around the World,” Frank Sinatra’s, “Forget Domani,” The Four Lads with a song from “Gypsy,” and a lovely instrumental version of a song from “Godspell” by Raymond Lefevre. Hear Ella Fitzgerald with some great Cole Porter singing, “Let’s Do it, Let’s Fall in Love.” We’ll spin Bobby Vinton’s “Blue on Blue,” one of Petula Clark’s many charting hits, “I Know a Place,” and Al Martino with “Spanish Eyes.” Perry Como performs a lovely song from “Carousel.” We’ll team up Rosemary Clooney with Guy Mitchell singing “The House of Singing Bamboo” from Pagan Love Song. Turn it up for Elvis with “It’s Now or Never,” Kai Winding’s 1963 hit, “More” and Robert Goulet with “Mamselle.”
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Frank Sinatra opens this hour with the theme from the Martin Scorcese production of “New York, New York.” Then we’ll stroll down lover’s lane with Nat King Cole “Walking My Baby Back Home.” Introducing New York’s Steven Maglio with “The Lady is a Tramp” ala bossa nova. You’ll hear Engelbert Humperdinck (good thing I don’t charge by the syllable) as we play one of his hits, “A Man Without Love.” Peggy Lee follows with a song of divine concession, “Alright, Ok, You Win” followed by The Kingston Trio with a gritty Hoyt Axton song called, “Greenback Dollar.” Then we tone it down for Johnny Mathis’ lovely rendition of “Misty.” We’ll track the Dean Martin hit single recorded with the Four Lads singing, “Standing on the Corner.” Hear Steve Lawrence with his 1963 hit written by Carole King. Listen to Barbra Streisand from her first Columbia album, “A Kid Again” and Sammy Davis Jr “Falling in Love.” You’ll hear Tennessee Ernie Ford with “Sixteen Tons,” a song from the film, “Oklahoma” sung by Vikki Carr, and we’ll throw in a little ‘Chug a Lug” by Roger Miller. Hits by Debbie Reynolds, the Fontane Sisters and Bert Kaempfert. Listen at:

Monday, May 16, 2016

Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.16.16

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 Orches
tra. 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:

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 request instrumental for the old Mike Hammer Theme, “Harlem Nocturne” by the Viscounts. 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.” 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. Listen today at: