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:

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:

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: 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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 3.30.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra launches this week’s collection of classic hits as we go “Swinging’ Down the Lane.” Barbra Streisand takes the mic next with a song from her highly acclaimed Broadway Album. Listen to Louis Armstrong with a song shore’ to make you smile. We’ll couple up Tony Bennett with Diana Krall for “The Best Is Yet to Come.” Listen to Jack Jones with one of his Grammy Award hits, “Lollipops and Roses.” Remember those “Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer” with Nat King Cole and the Ralph Carmichael Chorus. We’ll spin Dusty Springfield’s great hit, “Son Of A Preacher Man.” Enjoy a mid 50’s song covered by Les Baxter but also done here by Mindy Carson, “Wake The Town And Tell The People.” (by request) Hear Sammy Davis Jr, Sergio Mendez, The Carpenters and lots more. All at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Lettermen open this great set with an old Paul Anka song, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder.” Then I’ll break out the T-shirt and Brylcreem and comb up for a smash hit by The Diamonds, “Little Darlin.” Bobby Darin sings one of his many charting songs called, “Things.” Dean Martin performs one of his standards called, “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You.” Doris Day and Buddy Clark team up for a late 40’s record, “Love Somebody.” Listen to Barbra Streisand with her rendition of an old “Cotton Club” standard, “Taking a Chance On Love.” Perry Como sings one of his sock hop songs of the 1950’s entitled, “Jukebox Baby” followed up by The McGuire Sisters. We’ll “Let Ourselves Go” on the dance floor with Ella Fitzgerald. Hear Frank Sinatra, Peter Paul and Mary, Sam Cooke, and much more. Leave comments see the playlists at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Tom Jones steams on stage as we open up Jukebox 3 with his mega-hit, “She’s A Lady.” Engelbert Humperdinck follows up with his 1978 comeback hit, “After The Lovin.’” Frank Sinatra teams up
with Nelson Riddle as they brew up a little, “Witchcraft.” Listen to Doris Day sing one of her hall of fame hits, “Secret Love.” Dionne Warwick performs one of many songs penned by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, “I Say A Little Prayer.” Bobby Goldsboro remembers the 1960’s with his song, “The Straight Life.” Enjoy a little folk music with Jimmie Rodgers, “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.” Hear Gogi Grant, Ferranti and Teicher, Rosemary Clooney with a song from the film “The Harvey Girls” and lots more. All at:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 3.23.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormet take the stage to open this hour with a lively version of “Bei Mir Bistu Shoene.” Perry Como takes the mic next for his hit, “Dream on Little Dreamer.” Enjoy a little “salsa” version of the song “Magic Is the Moonlight” with Rosemary Clooney and Perez Prado. Nat King Cole croons his 1950 hit, “Nature Boy.” Frank Sinatra sings one of his many hits for the Epic label, “Over and Over.” Great instrumentals by Ferranti and Teicher, Herb Alpert and the TJB, and we’ll hear Billy May’s Orchestra with “Stompin’ at the Savoy.” Listen to the McGuire Sisters with their hit song that held the charts from 1954 into 1955, “Sincerely.” Hear a lovely Fred Astaire film standard sung by The Lettermen. Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters team up for “Pistol Packin’ Mama.” We’ll play, Dinah Washington, The Association and more. At:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Frank Sinatra launches this hour with some rousing film music from “The Tender Trap.” Then we’ll join up Bette Midler and Barry Manilow as they convey my sentiments, “I Love Being Here With You.” Enjoy a fun mid 50’s song by request, from the Mill Brothers as we get “throwed,” “Smack Dab in the Middle.” We’ll take a stroll down “Primrose Lane” with Mr. Jerry Wallace. We’ll track some period instrumentals by Mitch Miller and Aker Bilk. Nat King Cole will leave you “Breathless” performing from The Sands in Vegas. The Polish Prince will sing one his 1960’s hits, “Roses are Red.” Sing along with one of The Carpenters many charting hits, “Top of the World.” Barbra Streisand performs her tender hit from Funny Girl. And we’ll say, “Thanks for the Memories” with Bob Hope and Shirley Ross. Hear Teresa Brewer, Tony Bennett and more. See past lists, leave comments at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Della Reese opens this set with her top charting hit, “Don’t You Know.” We’ll strike up the big band sound with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra playing a little “Tea for Two Cha Cha.” We’ll “Take Five” with the Marvelous Marilyn Maye. Do a little Rat Packin’ with Frank Sinatra singing “Nice N’ Easy.” Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin pair up for some laughs doing, “Clyde’s Song.” Hear the jazz piano of George Shearing with Nat King Cole singing the lyrics to “Let There Be Love.” We’ll board the “Night Train” with Kay Starr. Listen to a Broadway selection from Pal Joey sung by Vic Damone. We’ll spin a lovely 1956 instrumental you may have forgotten called, “When the White Lilacs Bloom Again” by violinist, Helmut Zacharius. Hear the Ray Charles Singers with “Love Me with All Your Heart” from 1960. Jo Stafford sings “You Belong to Me.” Listen to Perry Como, Jaye P. Morgan, The Four Coins and more. Go to:

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 3.16.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Dean Martin launches this great set with “Send Me The Pillow You Dream On.” Nat King Cole follows next with his 1953 hit, “Pretend.” Listen to one of many Pat Boone hits, “If Dreams Come True.” Listen to Kay Starr sing a song from which the game show “Wheel of Fortune” gets its name. Enjoy some movie music with Henry Manicini’s theme from “Darling Lili” and Percy Faith performing a song from “My Fair Lady.” Hear Kitty Kallen’s come from behind hit for the year 1954, “Little Things Mean A Lot.” Listen to Engelbert Humperdinck with “The Last Waltz”, and Petula Clark’s “Don’t Sleep In The Subway.” Hear a local Kansas City singer perform a lush mix of “Lady In Red” thus introducing Mr. Rob McHenry. Hear Glen Campbell, Burl Ives, Jim Lowe and much more. All on:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Rosemary Clooney sings a bawdy song that opened up a few installments of the TV series “Madmen.” Louis Prim
a takes the stage next with some jazz horn music lessons, “The Music Goes Round and Round.” Hear Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye as she sings a song about that American city of fountains. The McGuire Sisters perform one of their many charting hits for the “Coral” label, “It May Sound Silly.” Listen to a beautiful song by Johnny Mathis, “A Certain Smile.” Hear great instrumentals by Hugo Winterhalter with Eddie Heywood, Benny Goodman, Michel Legrand, and Horst Jankowski.” We’ll play Al Martino, The Ames Brothers and more. Leave comments see the playlists past and present at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Four Lads open this hour with their 1958 hit with The Ray Conniff Singers, “Put A Light In The Window.” Frank Sinatra takes the mic next with a song about the windy city! Daughter Nancy follows next with some James Bond film music. Nat King Cole croons a Fats Waller standard, “Aint Misbehaving.” Actress Judy Garland steals a performance of a great Al Jolson hit. Hear the Platters as they sing “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.” Listen to Perry Como with a great song from “South Pacific.” Hang onto your hat as Hollywood ghost singer Gogi Grant sings her 1956 hit, “The Wayward Wind.” Hear the Kingston Trio, Ray Charles, Mel Torme and more. All at: — with Wally Thornton.

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Neon Beat at Radio George - 3.9.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Lou Rawls opens this great set with his hit, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.” Then enjoy a great Glenn Miller standard for slow dancin’ with Les Brown and the Ames Brothers singing “Moonlight Seranade.” We’ll team up Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby for a bawdy film number from “High Society” called, “Well, Did You Evah?” Nat King Cole croons a lovely song from a 1951 film called “Anna.” Hear some television music performed by Nelson Riddle and Sammy Davis Jr. Enjoy a song from “Meet Me in St. Louis” sung by Judy Garland. Barbra Streisand sings one of her many 1960’s hits, “He Touched Me.” Ella Fitzgerald swings with a great Artie Shaw big band hit, “Begin the Beguine.” Hear Pat Boone, Georgia Gibbs and much mo.

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Louis Armstrong teams up with Bing Crosby for some great Naw’lins jazz as they sing, “Way Down Yonder In New Orleans.” Then listen to the lovely Jo Stafford as she performs, “Sunday Kind Of Love.” We’ll spin some Frank Sinatra a great Cole Porter selection. Then “try” to sit still as go rockin’ with Perez Prado’s “Rock-a-mambo Number 5.” Enjoy some smooth film music sung by The Lettermen with the theme from “Summer Place.” We’ll track some classic Lena Horne singing “The Lady Is a Tramp.” Hear Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye as we play, “”If My Friends Could See Me Now. Listen to some film music with crooner Vic Damone as he sings “An Affair to Remember.” Hear The Mills Brothers, Rosemary Clooney, Wayne Newton and more. See the lists leave comments at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Oklahoman Kay Starr launches this set as we go “Swinging Down the Lane.” Andy Williams is next with a toe tapper called “That Old Bilbao Song.” Listen to Chad Stewart and Jeremy Clyde as they sing “A Summer Song.” Frank Sinatra sings with the Gordon Jenkins Orch with their award winning hit, “It Was a Very Good Year.” Patti Page sings the female take on the song, “Gentle on My Mind.” The Fifth Dimension take the stage with “The Wedding Bell Blues.” Listen to a film classic from Casino Royale as Dusty Springfield purrs, “the Look Of Love.” Hear Tony Bennett, Al Martino, The Vogues and more. It’s all at: