Friday, August 10, 2018

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.6.18

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. pic: KC's own Marilyn Maye. 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. (daughter take pic o' me. " What's up doc?) 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. (pic: Sam Cooke) To listen, go to:

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.30.18

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: And have a great week kids!

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.23.18

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Perry Como kicks off this week with a 1957 hit he enjoyed amidst the early rock n’ roll era, “Round and Round.” Next we’ll track a rowdy Bobby Darin rendition of “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby.” Enjoy a film favorite by Dusty Springfield from Casino Royale. Frank Sinatra sings a 1966 hit that won a Grammy Award for the year’s best vocal performance. Then we’ll get “Breathless” with Nat King Cole. Remember the golden days of MGM with Judy Garland singing an Al Jolson standard. Huddle up and get “Smack Dab in the Middle” with the Mills Brothers. We’ll take a flight to the moon with Tony Bennett, then, take “A Walk in the Black Forest” with Berlin pianist Horst Jankowski. Listen to a set with Sammy Davis Jr, a film standard by Rosemary Clooney, a lush “exotica” piece by vibraphonist Arthur Lymon, and Marilyn Maye with a piece from “Sweet Charity.” Al Martino sings a sentimental favorite with “Daddy’s Little Girl” followed with a 1954 hit record for Kitty Kallen. Listen now at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Ray Charles singers launch this hour with their 1964 hit song, ‘Love Me with All Your Heart.” Then Frank Sinatra takes the stage for “Same Old Saturday Night,” followed with a fun tate-a-tate between Doris Day and Buddy Clark. We’ll track some period folk with big daddy Burl Ives, and Jimmie Rogers. Dean Martin sings his 1965 hit, “Lay Some Happiness on Me,” followed with Jane Morgan’s 1958 hit single, “The Day the Rains Came,” a lovely instrumental by Billy Vaughn, and a bit-o-boogie-woogie with Chuck Miller’s “House of Blue Lights.” Listen to some Broadway favorites by the Marvelous Marilyn Maye and Robert Goulet. Nat King Cole sings a song once used by Hallmark Cards for their commercial imaging, “LOVE.” We’ll team up Tony Bennett with Diana Krall for “the Best is yet to Come.” We’ll spin period 1960s hit records for Bobby Goldsboro and Dionne Warwick. More with the Village Stompers and Sergio Mendez & Brazil 66. Go to:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Les Baxter opens this set with “Wake the Town and Tell the People.” Then we’ll do the “Mexican Shuffle” with Herb Alpert and the TJB. We’ll do some “rat packin’ with Dean, Sammy and Frank. Next an all-star set with Della Reese’s “Don’t You Know,” Bobby Darin with “Things,” The Lettermen with a Paul Anka standard and Marilyn McCoo with the Fifth Dimension. Engelbert Humperdinck performs his late 70’s comeback hit, “After the Loving.” Ferranti and Teicher team up on the keyboards for “The Theme from Exodus,” followed with “A Doodlin’ Song” by Peggy Lee. Enjoy a set with Andy Williams’ 1963 hit record, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You,” followed with a doo-wop favorite by The Casinos, and the Chordettes with “Never on Sunday.” Hear Dusty Springfield with her 1964 hit song, “I Only Want to Be with You.” Then we’ll spin two movie selections by The Association from “Goodbye Columbus” and Lulu from “To Sir with Love.” To listen, click on: And have a great week kids!

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.16.18

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra kicks off this hour with a theme song from the 1955 film, “The Tender Trap.” We’ll track quite a few film/stage selections including Ray Conniff with a song from “Doctor Zhivago,” Perry Como and Betty Hutton with a song from “Guys and Dolls,” Pat Boone from the movie, “Friendly Persuasion,” Robert Goulet from “Camelot,” and a signature Cole Porter favorite performed by Mary Martin. We’ll spin a favorite by Mama Cass called, “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” followed with Nat King Cole’s jazzy version of the song, “Only a Paper Moon.” Toronto’s, The Four Lads sing their 1958 hit song, “Put a Light in the Window.” Then “Just in Time” we’ll track another show favorite sung by Dean Martin. We’ll spin some toe tapping instrumentals by Harry James directing his Orchestra for “The Mole,” and Michel Legrand with “Delicado.” Hear Vic Dana with “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” and Barbra Streisand with a song heard in the Disney film, “Pinocchio” from her first 1964 album. Songs with Sarah Vaughan, Petula Clark and a 1958 hit by the group, Essex. Go to:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Canadian music man, Paul Anka, opens this set with “Put Your Head on my Shoulder,” followed with Ferrante and Teicher on the dual keyboards playing the Broadway hit song, “Tonight” from West Side Story. Enjoy a folk set with The Seekers first chart hit in the states, “I’ll Never Find Another You,” followed with a tender ballad called, “The Warm and Gentle Girls” by Glenn Yarbrough. Hear more great standards sung by groups like, The Lettermen, The Andrews Sisters with Bing Crosby, and The McGuire Sisters. Listen to Nat King Cole singing one of his first hit singles as a solo crooner, “Nature Boy.” We’ll team up Bette Midler with Barry Manilow for a great Peggy Lee hit serving as our show mantra, “I Love Being Here with You.” Jerry Wallace is next with his 1958 hit single, “Primrose Lane.” We hit the dance floor for period big band selections including Perez Prado’s “Rocka-mambo Number 5,” and Billy May’s Orchestra with “Stomping at the Savoy.” Hear two film favorites back to back with Perry Como singing one from “South Pacific” and Rosemary and Betty Clooney with a song from “White Christmas.” More with Teresa Brewer, Eddie Holman, and The Carpenters. Listen today at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Hop on board with Kay Starr as we take the “Night Train” to get things rolling. Then we’ll take a boat to “the Middle of an Island” with Tony Bennett. We’ll hook up Jo Stafford with actor Gordon MaCrae for the song, “A” You’re Adorable.” Listen to period instrumentals with Leroy Anderson’s “Typewriter Song,” and Mitch Miller’s “Song for a Summer Night.” Hear a set with Dinah Washington’s sassy, “Is You Is, Or Is You Aint,” Andy Williams singing “Summer of Our Love” and The Kingston Trio with “El Matador.” Hang on to your hat listening to Gogi Grant’s “The Wayward Wind,” followed with Ray Charles’ soulful rendition of the song, “Ruby.” Enjoy a 1950’s set with Roy Orbison, and The Platters. We’ll spin a classic track with singer Margaret Whiting singing, “You’re an Old Smoothie.” We’ll open Dean Martin’s closet for the song, “Somewhere There’s a Someone,” and Nat King Cole with his lush rendition of Ray Nobel’s “The Very Thought of You.” Listen today at:

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.9.18

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Engelbert Humperdinck launches this week’s offerings with one of his first major charting hit records, “The Last Waltz.” Next, Kay Starr goes “Swinging Down the Lane,” followed with Louis Prima tooting out a jazzy version of “The Music Goes Round and Round.” (and it comes out here!) Listen to an Irish romp with Dennis Day with “Clancey Lowered the Boom.” We’ll enjoy a set getting “Sweet and Gentle” with Georgia Gibbs. Then we’ll go “Swinging on a Star” with Bing Crosby and the Williams Brothers. Listen to Nat King Cole’s smooth version of “Non Dimenticar.” Enjoy some great big band with Ella Fitzgerald’s version of a great Artie Shaw standard, and Swing n’ Jive with a Glenn Miller standard, “String of Pearls.” Listen to a lovely 1954 hit for the Ames Brothers with Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra, followed with the lovely Jo Stafford singing “Sunday Kind of Love.” We’ll track a western set with Marty Robbins, and Roy Rogers with the Sons of the Pioneers. Instrumentals with the Al Casey Combo and Leroy Anderson. Listen today at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Rosemary Clooney slams into this set with a little “madmen era” song called “Botcha Me.” Vic Damone is next with a film song from the movie, “An Affair to Remember.” Enjoy more film music with Percy Faith’s “Theme from A Summer Place,” and Frank Sinatra with Bing Crosby from the 1956 film “High Society.” We’ll team up The McGuire Sisters with Lawrence Welk for “In the Alps.” We’ll hit the dance floor with Barry Manilow as we “Jump Shout Boogie.” Listen to great big band selections with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Les Brown with Doris Day, and a theme standard with Harry James. Hear Dean Martin’s “You’re Nobody til’ Somebody Loves You.” Hear a set with Andy Williams singing some “Music to Watch Girls By,” and a Jerome Kern standard from “Swingtime” sung by Ella Fitzgerald. Hear the lovely song, “Today” sung by The New Christy Minstrels, and The Carpenters with, “Hurting Each Other.” More songs with Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand and Nat King Cole. Enjoy today at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Andy Williams starts this set spinning with “That Old Bilbao Song.” Lena Horne follows up with one of her signature hit songs, “The Lady is a Tramp.” Then we’ll spin a 1965 hit record for Dean Martin: “Lay Some Happiness on Me.” Listen to some fine period instrumentals with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra, a great TV theme by Lalo Schifrin, and a fine jazz selection by The Ramsey Lewis Trio. We’ll track a set starting with some period folk with Burl Ives, followed with Glen Campbell’s “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife,” Anne Murray’s first big chart hit, “Snowbird” and Gilbert O’Sullivan’s charming hit song, “Claire.” Enjoy some film songs with Henry Mancini’s Orchestra, and a track from “Rio Bravo” featuring Rick Nelson, Dean Martin and Walter Brennen. Hear the lovely song, “Pretend” by Nat King Cole, “Love and Marriage” with Dinah Shore, and a 1958 hit for Pat Boone. Hear the Carpenters with their version of “There’s a Kind of Hush” followed with the campy hit record “Boots” by Nancy Sinatra and Lou Rawls with “You’ll Never Find a Love Like Mine.” Listen now at: And have a great week!

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.2.18

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: We open this hour with a little period film music with the theme from “April Love” sung by Pat Boone. Americas’ sweethearts, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme get together for an old Yiddish standard, “Bei Mir Bistu Shein.” Nat King Cole croons a smooth version of an old Fats Waller standard followed with Perez Prado’s “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.” Hear more great film and theatre hits with The Lettermen singing the “Theme from Summer Place,” and Andre Previn with a song from “State Fair.” Frank Sinatra takes on some fine Cole Porter with the song “Night and Day.” We’ll spin the 1958 breakthrough hit for Connie Francis, “Who’s Sorry Now,” followed up with Paul McCartney’s “Another Day.” Enjoy a set with The Casinos, Peggy Lee, and Frankie Avalon. We’ll track the mid 1970’s surprise hit for Roger Whittaker called, “the Last Farewell.” Dionne Warwick is next with “San Jose.” As in: “do you know the way?” Our final segment in this hour features some back of the rack gems with a group called “Something Smith and The Redheads, Marty Wilde’s 1968 hit song, “Abergavenny” and a naughty number by Earth Kitt.” Listen today at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Frank Sinatra kicks off this set with “Over and Over the World We Knew.” Rosemary Clooney slams into a salsa treatment of “Magic is the Moonlight” with Perez Prado’s Orchestra, followed with Mel Torme and his treatment of “Get Outta Town.” Enjoy a selection of great period groups such as The McGuire Sisters with “Sugartime,” Peter, Paul and Mary with “If I Had a Hammer,” Les Brown backing The Ames Brothers with the Glenn Miller signature, “Moonlight Serenade,” and The Mills Brothers singing “Be My Life’s Companion.” Hear great period instrumentals like Les Baxter with “April in Portugal,” Bill Pursell’s beautiful 1963 hit “Our Winter Love,” and some great big band with Benny Goodman’s “The Jersey Bounce.” We’ll track some film favorites with Doris Day’s “Que Sera Sera” from the movie “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” and actress Judy Garland from “Meet Me in St Louis Louie.” Listen to Kay Starr’s “Wheel of Fortune,” followed by that crazy song about the Little Nash Rambler with The Playmates, and Jimmie Rodgers with “Uh Oh, “I’m Falling in Love Again.” More with Tony Martin and Wayne Newton. “Danke Shoen” To listen, go to:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: We launch into this hour with the Fifth Dimension singing the great Jimmy Webb standard, “Up, Up and Away.” Perry Como follows with a bluesy tune called “Dream on Little Dreamer.” Then hear the breakthrough 1959 pop hit for Dinah Washington, “What a Difference a Day Makes.” Listen to a sprite performance of “The Hot Canary” by Florian Zabach. Hear more fine instrumentals with Percy Faith’s “The Rain in Spain” and German pianist Horst Jankowski with a jazzy rendition of “Canadian Sunset.” We’ll track great songs by the heavyweight period hit makers such as Frank Sinatra with Harold Arlen’s “Let’s Fall in Love,” Dean Martin, with “Send me the Pillow You Dream On,” Patti Page singing the John Hartford standard “Gentle on My Mind,” Mr. Tony Bennett with “Just in Time,” and Johnny Mathis with “A Certain Smile.” Listen to some hit songs by period hit groups like Chad and Jeremy, The McGuire Sisters, Harpers Bizarre, and some 1950’s rockin’ with Bill Haley and the Comets. Sarah Vaughan sings (or beckons) “Make Yourself Comfortable.” More songs with Dusty Springfield and Al Martino. Hear them all at:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.25.18

ON The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Kentucky’s own, Rosemary Clooney slams into this set with a rousing rendition of “Everything’s Coming up Roses.” Then enjoy a hit standard by the Drifters “Up on the Roof. Turn up more great groups in this hour including The Ames Brothers, The New Seekers, and a back of the rack hit for “the Kirby Stone Four.” Enjoy Broadway and film selections with Tony Bennett singing one from “Bye Bye Birdie,” and Henry Mancini with a lovely song from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” We’ll “Sing in the Sunshine” with Gale Garnett. Listen to Dean Martin with “The Door is Still Open to my Heart.” We’ll go “Swinging on a Rainbow” with Frankie Avalon followed up with Jane Morgan’s “The Day the Rains Came.” Hear Bing Crosby sing a song created ala Stephen Foster as he performs, “Dear Hearts and Gentle People.” Get ready to polka as Perry Como takes the dance floor with The Fontane Sisters for “Hoop De Doo.” Then enjoy a hit instrumental with the Moe Koffman Septet with “The Swinging Shephard Blues. Songs by Johnny Mathis, Engelbert Humperdinck and more. Listen today at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Barbra Streisand kicks off with a single she was convinced would never fly as a hit: “Stoney End.” Next we’ll spin a Broadway selection from “Stop the World I Wanna Get Off” sung by Sammy Davis Jr. Listen to a lovely rendition of “Day by Day” sung by the lovely Eydie Gorme. Listen to one of the many million selling hits of Neil Diamond as we spin, “Sweet Caroline.” Enjoy a Frank Sinatra selection that received an award for best original song for the year 1957. Tap your toes to a fun Cole Porter song from “Kiss me Kate” sung by Ella Fitzgerald followed with “Little old’ Wine Drinker Me” by Dean Martin. We’ll track some film hits with Andre Previn at the piano for a song from “Lili,” Big Crosby and Bob Hope with a fun song from “Road to Morocco,” and actress Marilyn Monroe with Irving Berlin’s “You’d Be Surprised.” Hear Nat King Cole with a smooth rendition of “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons.” Enjoy a million seller for the late Glen Campbell with “Gentle on my Mind,” followed up with some great folk by Peter Paul and Mary, and an instrumental hit for Young Holt Unlimited. Songs with Bobby Sherman, Dionne Warwick and more.

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Perry Como teams up with The Ramblers as we open this hour with “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes.” Then Sammy Davis Jr and Count Basie team up with a stunning version of a great old Peggy Lee hit, followed with Peggy Lee herself singing “Pass Me By.” We’ll track songs performed by great period groups like The Lettermen, and The Kingston Trio. We’ll spin song standards sung by Robert Goulet, “The Nearness of You,” Tony Bennett with “Rags to Riches,” and “Softly as I Leave You” by Frank Sinatra. Listen to a Henry Mancini piece heard in the television mini-series, “The Thornbirds.” Hear some great big band with Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra doing “the King Porter Stomp.” We’ll spin what was to be one of many RCA hit songs for Elvis Presley, “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” Chicago’s own, Lou Rawls sings, “Nobody but Me,” followed with Patti Page’s rendition of “Changing Partners.” Hear Andy William’s with his 1963 hit song, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You.” We’ll track a fun 1954 tate-a-tate between Bing Crosby and actress Judy Garland called, “Ya-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta. (Like it sounds) More songs with Sarah Vaughan and Georgia Gibbs. To listen, go to: