Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 1.9.18

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Burt Bacharach’s leading lady of choice, Dionne Warwick opens this week’s sets with “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” Next enjoy Jack Jones with one of his Grammy award winners, “Wives and Lovers.” Then we’ll track two 1950’s chart toppers with Georgie Shaw and Teresa Brewer with her first hit single. Hear a rousing set starting with Bobby Darin with “A Nightingale in Berkeley Square,” Peggy Lee with an attitude number called “Pass Me By,” the Fontane Sisters with a childhood favorite, “Playmates,” and the Melachrino Strings with an instrumental from the film, “The Owl and the Pussycat.” Listen to more instrumental greats with Reg Owen, Ralph Flanagan, and the 101 Strings Orchestra. We’ll track some film favorites with Frank Sinatra singing “New York, New York,” and Lena Horne with her signature standard “Stormy Weather.” Nat King Cole and the trio perform an old WW2 favorite, “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” We’ll play Johnny Mathis’s “Misty,” Vikki Carr with her 1967 hit “It Must Be Him,” and a back of the rack ditty by Elvis Presley. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Oklahoma’s Kay Starr launches this hour with the jazz standard “On a Slow Boat to China.” Fats Domino takes the stage next for “My Blue Heaven,” followed with “A Kind of Hush” by Herman’s Hermits, and Herb Alpert and his TJB with “A Taste of Honey.” We’ll spin more great period instrumental selections with Percy Faith, Jimmy Dorsey, The Islanders, and a fine jazz treatment of Vince Guraldi’s “Linus and Lucy” by David Benoit. Hear the iconic voices of the period including Nat King Cole singing “Too Young,” Dean Martin with “That’s Amore,” Peggy Lee with “Manana is Good Enough for Me,” and Tony Bennett with a rousing version of “Taking a Chance on Love” from the Broadway hit, “Cabin in the Sky.” Enjoy a 1950’s vocal hit for the McGuire Sisters singing, “Goodnight Sweetheart.” Bobby Goldsboro sings a tender song called “the Autumn of My Life.” And hear The Carpenters singing, “For All We Know.” More songs with Sammy Davis Jr and Chicago’s own Joni James. To hear and enjoy go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Frank Sinatra kicks off this hour the lovely standard, “Young at Heart.” Dean Martin takes it next with “In the Misty Moonlight.” We’ll track some great Broadway/Film selections with Doris Day singing one from “Pal Joey,” Connie Francis from “Where the Boys Are,” Felix Slatkin directing his orchestra for the theme from the Sundowners,” Matt Monro with the theme from the second James Bond film, and Andy Williams with a song from what was to be the first of what were termed “mondo movies.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby and Judy Garland for a fun 1954 tate-a tate. Listen to Sammy Davis Jr with the Mike Curb Congregation singing “the People Tree” followed with a song from “Funny Girl” by Barbra Streisand. Hear Ella Fitzgerald perform a Cole Porter big band era classic and listen to a lovely instrumental hit for Canadian Hagood Hardy that began as an imaging jingle for “Salada Tea.” We’ll spin hit singles by great groups like Herman’s Hermits “Henry the 8th,” and the Drifters with “Save the Last Dance for Me.” More with Joe Harnell and Louis Armstrong.  Left click on: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 1.3.18

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra kicks off this set with a great Harold Arlen standard from a largely forgotten play called “The Great Magoo” called “Only a Paper Moon.” Then “Pick Yourself Up” with the great Jerome Kern standard sung by Ella Fitzgerald. Enjoy a couple of silver screen selections by Perry Como and Andre Previn. Listen to Dean Martin with a smooth cocktail version of “Blue Moon.” Tap your feet with Guy Mitchell and the Mitch Miller Gang doing “Sparrow in the Treetop.” Enjoy Anne Murray with her hit “Love Song” followed with a fun hit memory by the Cowsills, “Indian Lake.” We’ll track songs by other period groups like The Mills Brothers, and the Four Lads with a song from “Gypsy.” Patti Page sings your basic “white picket fence” song from 1951 called, “Mockingbird Hill.” Glen Campbell sings the theme from the 1969 John Wayne film, “True Grit.” Hear actress, singer, Gisele MacKenzie live at the Waldorf with “Save Your Sorrow for Tomorrow.” Hear the haunting “Our Winter Love” by Bill Pursell and more songs with Diana Ross and Tom Jones.  Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: We’ll launch this set takin’ a vaca’ amongst the monkeys and the palm trees as Tony Bennett opens with, “In the Middle of an Island.” Then you’re “Just in Time” to listen to Mr. Dean Martin. We’ll go to the back of the rack for some fun folk by a Denver group called The Serendipity Singers. Listen as we spin Decca’s Little Miss Dynamite with one of her hit recordings, “Johnny One Time.” We’ll spin a set including Mel Carter’s “Hold Me Thrill Me,” Peggy Lee’s steamy, “I’m a Woman,” The Four Aces with a 1950’s movie selection, and Simon and Garfunkel’s second break through single “Homeward Bound.” Hear Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Winter World of Love,” Vikki Carr with a Broadway selection from “Little Me,” and Steve and Eydie with some bilingual fun singing, “Besame’ Mucho.” Instrumentals include some great big band with Benny Goodman and Bert Kaempfert’s “Strangers in the Night.” More hit songs with Fred Astaire, and Rosemary Clooney. Enjoy today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Bobby Darin opens this hour with one of his may hit songs for Warner/Reprise, “Beyond the Sea.” Hear Nat King Cole next with a beautiful 1953 hit song, “Pretend” followed up with a big sky hit for a Hollywood ghost singer named Gogi Grant. Then we’ll stir up the strings in the orchestra with Leroy Anderson’s, “Fiddle Faddle.” More instrumental selections this hour include Harry James with “Ciriciribin,” and the Les Elgart Orchestra with a song written by Barry Manilow for Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.” Our fine female artists in this hour include Kitty Kallen with her tender version of “In the Chapel,” actress Shelly Fabares with “Johnny Angel,” Ella Fitzgerald with a swingin’ song from, “Kiss Me Kate,” and Sarah Vaughan with, Cest’ Le Vie.” Listen to a tender rendition of the theme from “Days of Wine and Roses” by Andy Williams. Enjoy a rousing version of an old Tommy Dorsey song by The Ames Brothers, a couple of chart hits for Perry Como, and Frankie Laine’s “Jezebel.” We’ll wrap up on a country note with Tennessee Ernie Ford, and a classic road hit for Roger Miller.
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 Happy New Year Kids!

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.26.17

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Mills Brothers open this week’s offerings with one of their latter hits to top off a 70 plus year career, “the Glow Worm.” Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters take to the dance floor for a little polka with “Hoop De Doo.” Then enjoy Peggy Lee with her husband Dave Barbour directing the orchestra for “It’s All Over Now.” We’ll track period instrumental hits with The Viscounts, the Village Stompers, Ray Anthony and some great big band with Benny Goodman. Listen to some Broadway and film selections with Vic Damone from “Pal Joey” and Louis Armstrong from “Hello Dolly.” We’ll track a selection with the great Tony Bennett teamed up with Count Basie performing, “Life is a Song.” Hear one of those period 1950’s “mama-mia” records by Rosemary Clooney. Dean Martin croons a smooth alfredo version of the song, “You Belong to Me.” We’ll let the ladies take the stage for hit songs sung by Sarah Vaughan, Carole King from her Tapestry album, and Jo Stafford with her 1951 hit single, “Shrimp Boats.” Hear Nat King Cole with his early 1950’s hit version of “Too Young.” More with Ray Conniff and the Chorus and Sergio Mendez with Brazil 66. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat.htm

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Rooftop Singers launch this set with a little 1963 Hootenanny action called, “Walk Right In.” Then listen to the RCA Orchestra under the direction of Hugo Winterhalter with jazz pianist Eddie Heywood playing “Canadian Sunset.” Kay Starr takes it next with a jazzy version of the Victor Young film theme, “Around the World,” followed with Matt Monro’s 1961 hit single, “My Kind of Girl.” Enjoy songs by period groups like The Mike Curb Congregation, The Toys with “A Lover’s Concerto,” and The McGuire Sisters with them doggoned “Rhythm and Blues.” We’ll spin standards by the period hit crooners like Eddie Fisher with “Anytime,” Frank Sinatra singing “Pennies from Heaven,” Nat King Cole with the Ralph Carmichael Chorus with the sweet song, “That Sunday, That Summer” and Pat Boone with his 1961 hit single, “Moody River.” Instrumental selections include Percy Faith’s “A Summer Place,” Raymond Lefevre with “Day by Day,” and “Stardust” by Hoagy Carmichael. Hear hit singles by Steve Lawrence, Ketty Lester, and Bobby Vee. To listen, left click on: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat.htm

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Petula Clark launches into this segment with a song that she begged her producer, Tony Hatch, NOT to release. (Wasn’t her style she said) Nevertheless, a number one hit song for 1966: “My Love.” Canadian sensation Michel Buble follows with the standard “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” Listen to the Vogues with their lovely rendition of the song, “Till.” We’ll spin fine instrumental selections including Michel Legrand’s “Theme from The Summer of 42,” Kai Winding’s 1963 hit single, “More,” and a swingin’ version of “Opus One” by Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra. Listen to a great comeback hit for songwriter Neil Sedaka as he does, “Laughter in the Rain,” followed with “A Certain Smile” by Johnny Mathis. A couple of fine “team-ups” include one with Rosemary Clooney and Guy Mitchell from the film “Pagan Love Songs” and Louis Armstrong with Bing Crosby, “The Preacher.” We’ll go to the DOT label for a song by a successful Bowling Green, Kentucky group named “The Hilltoppers” singing “From the Vine Came the Grape” and Nancy Wilson with “Call Me.” To listen go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat.htm And Happy New Year Kids!!

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.18.17

On The Neon Beat this week: Enjoy a Christmas pageant of great holiday selections performed by the artists we know and love. Artists like Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Harry Belafonte, Dean Martin, Vikki Carr, Peggy Lee, Brenda Lee, Gene Autry, Robert Goulet, Jim Nabors, Jose Feliciano, Rosemary Clooney and more. Great groups and instrumental selections with Leroy Anderson, the Harry Simeon Chorus, Percy Faith, Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians, The Ray Conniff Singers, Morton Gould and his Orchestra, and The Carpenters. All of it capped off with fun selections with Jimmy Durante, Allen Sherman, and Stan Freeburg. Like a wonderful holiday reunion we’ve wrapped up these great memories and laid em’ out under the tree for you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from myself, John Christopher my wife Gail and the kids, George and Nancy Kaywood of Radio George and Will Sterrett of Rockcastle Media Group! Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.12.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra begins this hour backed with the kid chorus singing a charming movie theme from “Pocketful of Miracles.” Next we listen to a fun pairing of Louis Armstrong and Danny Kaye from “The Five Pennies.” Then enjoy one of our many fine Christmas selections this hour with The Cincinnati Pops. You’ll hear Tom Paxton with “The Marvelous Toy,” The Christmas Song” sung by Nat King Cole, Bette Midler with a holiday song from the Islands, and a holiday standard by Tony Bennett. Sammy Davis Jr performs a Broadway hit called, “What Kind of Fool am I” followed up with one of Brenda Lee’s many charting hit songs, “Coming on Strong.” Jack Jones sings a Grammy Award winning song, “Wives and Lovers,” followed with some big band with Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman from “Stagedoor Canteen.” We’ll track some period instrumentals with Al Hirt’s “Cotton Candy, Harry James with “The Mole” and Les Baxter’s Orchestra with “The Poor People of Paris.” Hear more Broadway/film songs with Ella Fitzgerald and Eydie Gorme. Listen today online at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Ella Fitzgerald launches this set with some toe-tappin’ Irving Berlin music, “Let Yourself Go.” Frank Sinatra chimes in after Ella with some “Mistletoe and Holly,” to begin this hour’s Christmas offerings. Hear a great Harold Arlen song with the Four Aces singing “Let’s Fall in Love” followed with Rosemary Clooney singing, “Aren’t You Glad You’re You?” Listen to more Christmas songs with Ed Ames, “Christmas is the Warmest Time of the Year,” The New Christy Minstrels, Pearl Bailey with “The Five Pound Box” and Stan Freeburg’s “I’m Getting Nuttin’ for Christmas.” We’ll spin a 1950’s hit single playing Lou Monte’s “Lazy Mary.” Hear some great big band selections with Glenn Miller and Harry James’s Orchestra backing Helen Forrest. Perry Como and the Ray Charles Singers do the song, “Papa Loves Mambo” followed up with Doris Day’s 1958 hit song, “Everybody Loves a Lover.” Then hear Buddy Clark’s lovely rendition of “Peg O’ My Heart.” Listen to Nat King Cole backed by The Les Baxter Orchestra for the song “To the Ends of the Earth.” More with Burl Ives, “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” “Message to Michael” with Dionne Warwick, and a 1957 smash hit for Mister “Oh Yeh!” (Billy Williams)
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Polish Prince, Bobby Vinton takes the mic to open this hour with “Every Day of My Life.” Then we’ll track Hugo Winterhalter’s RCA Orchestra backing jazz pianist Eddie Heywood for “Canadian Sunset.” We’ll follow with the signature hit, forever to be associated with Mr. Tony Bennett, “I Left My Heart in SF.” Oklahoman Kay Starr launches this hour’s Christmas selections with her jazzy rendition of “The Man with the Bag.” You’ll hear actress Judy Garland with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters, The Carpenters with “No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” and the iconic “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson. Get set to “Leap Frog” with Les Brown and his Band of Renown.” Dean Martin follows with one of his signature favorites, “Everybody Loves Somebody.” Then enjoy a set with Frank Sinatra from the Swingin’ Session album, Eydie Gorme singing “And the Angels Sing,” and O.C. Smith with a 1968 sentimental standard written by country artist Roger Miller “Little Green Apples.” Enjoy hit keyboard standards with Berlin born, Horst Jankowski, and “the Music Box Dancer” with Frank Mills. Listen to Dinah Shore’s hit version of “Dear Hearts and Gentle People.”
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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: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

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: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat.htm

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: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat.htm

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: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat.htm