Monday, February 1, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 2.1.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Doris Day leads off this hour of great standards with “Lullaby of Broadway.” Then Frank Sinatra keeps up the beat with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra with, “Too Marvelous for Words.” Listen to Nat King Cole with the Ralph Carmichael Chorus with a heart warmer called, “That Sunday That Summer.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters for a great Johnny Mercer song, followed uhttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
p with Eydie Gorme’s lilting version of “Fly Me to the Moon.” Enjoy a couple of great instrumental hits with Barry DeVorzon’s “Nadia’s Theme” and Henry Mancini’s “Pink Panther Theme.” Listen to a rousing amorous number from “Kismet” performed by KC’s own Marilyn Maye. Hear a couple of good old songs from the film “Little Me” sung by Vikki Carr and Robert Goulet. Dean Martin takes the stage with the EZ Riders for his 1956 hit, “Memories and Made of This.” We’ll track songs by Vic Damone, Stan Getz, Kay Starr and more. Listen now at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Andy Williams launches this set with a movie theme “you can’t refuse”: The Love Theme from The Godfather.” The Marvelous Marilyn Maye takes the stage next with her hit, “Cabaret!” Listen to Frank Sinatra with a Cole Porter standard, “I Get a Kick out of You” followed up with Dionne Warwick’s “Promises Promises” and another Broadway song from “Hair” sung by Oliver Swafford. Enjoy a great TV memory as the Henry Mancini Orchestra plays “the Mystery Movie Theme.” Nat King Cole performs his 1962 country hit, “Rambling Rose.” Then “Don’t Rain on my Parade” as Barbra Streisand performs that song heard in “Funny Girl.” Listen to Louis Armstrong as we get a little light-footed for “It Takes Two to Tango” followed up with a sentimental ballad by The Hilltoppers, “PS I Love You.” We’ll spin records by Brenda Lee, The Ames Brothers. The Lettermen and laugh a little with “44 Sycamore” by Phil Harris.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin gets this juke off the ground as we “Sway” with Dino. Then Canadian Paul Anka sings a song he wrote that became the image song for Eastman Kodak in the late 1960’s. Doris Day performs a film song from “Love Me or Leave Me” where she starred as actress Ruth Etting. We launch it “straight to the moon” with songs by The Ames Brothers and Sarah Vaughan. Listen to the Mills Brothers with one of their many charting hit records, “Cab Driver” followed by Frank Sinatra’s “Can I Steal a Little Love.” Kay Starr takes on a jazz standard. “Up a Lazy River” from one of her most celebrated albums. Hear Bing Crosby’s lush performance of a great period Victor Young song, “Around the World.” We’ll drop a needle on one of the Tennessee Plow boy’s hits as Eddy Arnold sings, “Nobody but Me.” Listen to Bert Kaempfert with a tune used on the daytime TV game show, “The Match Game.” Robert Goulet sings “Fortissimo,” Australia’s Helen Reddy sings her song, “Peaceful” and hear the Neon Philharmonic with their 1969 hit single “Morning Girl.” Hear hits by Tony Bennett, The McGuire Sisters and more.
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Monday, January 25, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 1.25.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Louis Armstrong opens this week’s offerings with a song from Hello Dolly, “So Long Dearie”. Then listen to a lighthearted song of redemption from “the Pajama Game” sung by Patti Page. Grab a hanky for Dean Martin as he sings, “I’d Cry like a Baby.” We’ll track an early 1950’s hit http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
for an Italian beauty from Chicago: Joni James sings, “Purple Shades.” Enjoy some requested British invasion music with The New Vaudeville Band. We’ll go to the swingin’ session album with Nelson Riddle backing Frank Sinatra singing, “You Do Something to Me” followed up with some great jazz trio with Nat King Cole. We’ll bring back Satchmo and team him up with Bing Crosby for a Cole Porter song from the 1956 film High Society. Listen to a great 1963 hit for Steve Lawrence singing a song written by Carole King. Great instrumentals by Al Hirt, Herb Alpert and the TJB, Si Zentner, and Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra. Listen to songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Les Baxter and more. Listen at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Marvelous Marilyn Maye storms on stage with a great Jerome Kern song that wow’d em’ on The Tonight Show. Sammy Davis takes the mic next with his 1963 hit song, “What Kind Of Fool Am I?” We’ll do a Cole Porter set with Tony Bennett singing “Night and Day” followed by Frank Sinatra with “Anything Goes.” Listen to a live recording in Vegas of Louis Prima and Keely Smith having fun on stage with “Embraceable You.” Presenting one of New York’s keepers of the Great American songbook, Jerry Costanzo and his big band with “Don’t Cha Go Away Mad.” Listen to Doris Day with a Broadway song from Pal Joey, “Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered.” Hear some film music with The Sandpipers from “The Sterile Cuckoo” and Gene Kelly with the iconic standard, “Singing in the Rain.” Hear great big band selections with Benny Goodman and Glen Gray. Dean Martin sings his hit standard, “Everybody Loves Somebody.” Listen to songs by Frank Mills, Eydie Gorme and Guy Mitchell.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Engelbert Humperdinck launch’s this juke with his comeback hit, “After the Loving.” Tom Jones steps up next with his 1965 hit from the film, “What’s New Pussycat.” Then we remember a film starring William Holden and Kim Novak as the McGuire Sisters sing the theme from “Picnic.” Listen to another great movie theme, this one from the Marilyn Monroe film, “Bus Stop” sung by the Four Lads. Get your kicks on “Route 66” with Nat King Cole, followed up with some great big band with Harry James and vocalist Helen Forrest. Listen to Hugo Winterhalter’s RCA Orchestra backing jazz pianist Eddie Heywood for “Canadian Sunset.” You’ll hear the one hit wonder, Bruce Channel’s 1962 number one record, “Hey Baby.” Enjoy a big sky western set with Al Caiola’s “Theme from Bonanza, Loren Green’s “Ringo,” and Dinah Shore singing a song from the Bob Hope film “The Paleface.” Hear The Ames Brothers with an old Ted Weems Big Band standard, “Heartaches.” Songs with Anita Bryant, Perry Como and more.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Neon Beat on Radio George - 1.19.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Steve Lawrence starts this week’s offerings with a “vapour girl” backing him up for his 1959 hit song, “Pretty Blue Eyes.” Then we’ll play a Burt Bacharach/Hal David song that earned a Grammy award for singer Jack Jones. We’ll track a touching song from Frank Sinatra’s folk genre album, “Cycles.” Listen to Natalie Cole from her album dedicated to Ella Fitzgerald. Natalie sings and swings “Tisket Tasket.” (God rest ya Natalie. Catch you on the “B” side darlin’) We’ll follow Natalie up with her daddy, Nat, singing “If I May” with the Four Knights. Enjoy some Peggy Lee with “Here Comes That Rainy Day.” You’ll hear an “A and M” set with Sergio Mendez, Herb Alpert and the TJB, and The Carpenters. Listen to one of Bobby Darin’s biggest hits that he almost rejected, fearing he couldn’t/shouldn’t upstage the Louis Armstrong version of the hit. Robert Goulet performs a lush version of “The Green Years of Love.” Hear Tom Jones sing a song from the James Bond film, “Thunderball.” We’ll track records by Nelson Riddle, Debbie Reynolds, and Judy Collins. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: We open this set with a little Rat Packin’ as Frank and Sammy join up for, “Me and My Shadow.” Then we’ll “Face the Music and Dance” with a west coast jazz rendition of the song by Anita O’Day. Vaughn Monroe takes the stage next for his hit standard, “Racing with the Moon” followed up with a 1959 TV theme by Spencer Ross, “Tracy’s Theme.” Enjoy some tracks from a couple of the great period “Four” groups: The Crew Cuts with “Life Could Be a Dream” and The Four Aces with a great Harold Arlen song. Listen to some good ol’ folk with the New Christy Minstrels singing, “Green Green.” Hear Dean Martin’s 1965 hit song “In the Chapel in the Moonlight.” Frank Sinatra sings a song heard in the film, “Sleepless in Seattle.” Old Blue Eyes sings, “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.” Then listen to a great big band version of “Willow Weep for Me” by Harry James. Crank up the bass for Peggy Lee’s great 1958 standard, “Fever.” Hear hit records by Perry Como, Don Cornell and a fun little memory by Sue Thompson.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Sammy Davis Jr. launches this hour with The Count Basie Orchestra for a sweatin’-to-the-oldies version of “The Work Song.” Then Perry Como does his mid 1950’s sock-hop hit, “Tina Marie.” Listen to Harry James backing vocalist Helen Forrest with a great wartime standard, “Seems to Me I’ve Heard That Song Before.” Enjoy period instrumental hit songs by Leroy Anderson and The Mantovani Orchestra. Louis Armstrong and his band take the pulpit as we open our hymn books to “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Then we’ll bring back Harry James to back Rosemary Clooney for a great Hoagy Carmichael song, “In the Cool Cool of the Evening.” Hear the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald, with a swingin’ version of “Let Yourself Go.” We’ll track a sentimental summer hit for Nat King Cole and the Ralph Carmichael Chorus singing, “All Over the World.” Hear Petula Clark with her hit 1965 standard, “Downtown” followed by a drive to the “Blvd of Broken Dreams” by Tony Bennet. Listen to songs with Vikki Carr, Buddy Clark, Harpers Bazaar, Johnny Mathis and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 1.11.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Bobby Darin opens this week’s offerings with one of his swingin’ hits from the latter 1950’s, “Dream Lover.” Then enjoy some James Bond film music as Shirley Bassey sings, “Diamonds are Forever.” Barbra Streisand sings a song from her first 1964 album that she also performed on her TV show, “I Got No Strings.” Listen to Peggy Lee with a fun little diddy called “A Doodlin’ Song” followed up with a Perry Como favorite featuring the Ray Charles singers, “Papa Loves Mambo.” We’ll track some great instrumentals with Henry Mancini’s “Mister Lucky”, Don Costa’s “Never On Sunday”, and some swingin’ big band with Benny Goodman and his Orchestra. Listen to a track from a British short film called “The Cyclist of Belsize Park” sung by Engelbert Humperdinck. Hear some great groups like The Association, and The Four Lads. Frank Sinatra brews up a bit o’ “Witchcraft.” Hear some great Cole Porter with Ella Fitzgerald, songs by Danny Williams, Tony Bennett, Pat Boone and more.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Tony Bennett loads the gospel gun as we kick off this hour with “Sing you Sinners.” Eydie Gorme takes the mic next singing with the angels as we remember a great old Ziggy Elman big band hit standard. Then “All Aboard” with The Glenn Miller Orchestra as we hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” We’ll do a little “Learning of the Blues” with Frank Sinatra. Ella Fitzgerald performs the hit standard “I Got Rhythm” followed up with a good old Nat King Cole hit record from 1951, “Mona Lisa.” We’ll team up Rosemary Clooney with Guy Mitchell for a film song called, “the House Of Singing Bamboo.” The McGuire Sisters do a jazzy little lament for papa who can’t dig them “Rhythm and Blues.” Dean Martin is next with a country song about headin’ back to “Houston” followed up with a snappy 1958 hit for Doris Day. Listen to a Victor Young standard heard in the movie, “One Minute to Zero” sung by The Lettermen. Brenda Lee will be “Comin’ on Strong” followed up by Andy Williams singing “Happy Heart.” Hear Matt Monro, Les Baxter, and the one hit wonder, “The Hollywood Argyles, “Alley Oop.” Leave comments see the playlists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Bette Midler opens this set with a cut from her tribute album to singer Peggy Lee, “Alright Ok You Win.” Tom Jones slams on stage next for his hit song, “Daughter of Darkness.” Listen to Patti Page with her hit song that put “Ol Cape Cod” on the map. Listen to the soulful Ray Charles as he sings, “You Don’t Know Me.” Then we’ll bring in Peggy Lee for her fun hit song, “Hey Big Spender.” We’ll join up Bing Crosby with Rosemary Clooney as we land in the Big Easy for the song “Come to the Mardis Gras.” Listen to Kay Starr perform a rousing version of “Night Train” from one her most celebrated albums. You’ll hear great instrumentals with Sounds Orchestral’s version of “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” “A Taste Of Honey” with Herb Alpert and the TJB, Mason William’s “Classical Gas” ahttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
nd “Jiving Around” with the Al Casey Combo. Listen to Vic Damone sing an up tempo song from “Pal Joey.” We’ll track some Burt Bacharach/Hal David with Dionne Warwick singing, “Message to Michael.” Perry Como takes us on a “Dreamers Holiday” with the Fontane Sisters. Hear songs with Matt Monro, The Kingston Trio and more. Listen at:

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 1.4.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Four Lads open this set and the New Year with a toe tapper from the play Gypsy, “Together Wherever We Go.” Then enjoy some great music from the golden days of MGM with Judy Garland. We’ll spin one of the hits of Les Paul and Mary Ford, “Hummingbird.” You’ll hear the song that brought home the bacon for one songwriter named John Hartford as Glen Campbell sings, “Gehttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
ntle on My Mind” followed up by Anne Murray’s beautiful Grammy award winning ballad, “You Needed Me.” Listen to fine instrumental hit tunes by Bill Pursell (Our Winter Love) and Horst Jankowski (A Walk in the Black Forest.) Nat King Cole croons an old Ray Noble hit song, “The Very Thought of You.” Listen to the Marvelous Marilyn Maye, “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” (They’d prob’ly say, ‘what happened?” ) We’ll play the first major chart hit for Jerry Vale which debuted on Ed Sullivan. Hear Dinah Shore with an old big band era favorite, “I’ll Never Say Never Again”, Frank Sinatra with a good old Cole Porter song, Johnny Mathis and more. Listen now at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Oklahoman Kay Starr launches this hour with a rousing version of the Jazz standard, “On a Slow Boat to China.” Then the Ames Brothers take the stage for their version of an old Ralph Flanagan hit song, “Ragg Mopp.” Enjoy some big band with Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra with the Cole Porter song, “Begin the Beguine.” Pack your bags as we board an airliner with Frank Sinatra singing, “Come Fly with Me.” Connie Francis sings “Sixteen Reasons” followed up with some folk music with The Brothers Four singing their hit, “Greenfields.” Hear America’s sweetheart, Annette Funicello with “O Dio Mio.” Tony Bennett performs with the Count Basie Orchestra a song about the windy city. Then enjoy some film music with Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass with the theme from “Zorba the Greek.” Nat King Cole sings a toe tapper with Les Baxter’s Capitol Records Orchestra called, “Walking My Baby Back Home.” Listen to Dinah Shore with “Dear Hearts and Gentle People,” Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and lots more. Leave comments see the playlists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Les Brown and his Band of Renown get this set underway with some great swing music, “Leap Frog.” Dean Martin is next with The Four Lads singing a Frank Loesser song from “A Most Happy Fella.” Hear Nancy Wilson with her 1964 Grammy award winning song, “How Glad I Am.” Listen to Nat King Cole with a lovely song written in part by actor, Charlie Chaplin, “Smile.” Al Martino performs a song from the film, Romeo and Juliet. We’ll spin a big band wartime favorite with Harry James and Helen Forrest, “I’ve Heard That Song Before.” We’ll follow that with Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night.” We’ll spin one of the Association’s all-time great hits, “Windy” followed up with a film theme from the 1966 movie “Born Free” performed by Roger Williams. You’ll hear more film/Broadway songs by Debbie Reynolds and Vic Damone. Pat Boone sings a mid 1950’s rock n’ roll hit originally done by The El Dorados, “At My Front Door.” Listen to Sarah Vaughan, The New Colony Six, The Four Preps and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.28.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: We begin this week’s offerings with some 1960’s folk by The Rooftop Singers singing, “Walk Right In.” Then listen to a charming favorite originally sung in the film “Little Me” by Sid Ceasar. Robert Goulet sings “A Real Live Girl.” We’ll pull up an old Decca label favorite featuring Bing Crosby and The Jesters singing “Sioux City Sue.” Hear some great band with Harry James, Les Brown with Doris Day, and Benny Goodman with Helen Ward. Nat King Cole sings a lovely dusky Hoagy Carmichael standard most recently heard in the film “Sleepless in Seattle” with Tom Hanks. Hear one of the mid 1960’s hits entitled “Release Me” performed by Engelbert Humpedinck. (spell check goes nuts.) Hear Dionne Warwick with some Burt Bacharach/Hal David music, “Walk on By” followed up Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea.” We’ll spin instrumentals by Michel Legrand, Vajean’s 1962 hit from the ABC TV series, “Ben Casey” and the Chantays. We’ll bring in America’s sweethearts, Steve and Eydie, to do an old Big Band era favorite. Hear hits by Bobby Vinton, Bruce Channel, and The Lettermen.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Roger Whittaker opens this hour with a refreshing song “New World in the Morning.” Petula Clark takes the stage next with her version of the song, “Happy Heart.” Then we turn up the temperature with Ella Fitzgerald singing a hot number from “Kiss Me Kate.” We’ll team up Bette Midler with Barry Manilow to sing a song from an album dedicated to hits by Peggy Lee: “I Love Being Here with You.” Enjoy hit singles by a couple of the great period quartets: The Four Lads and The Ames Brothers. Enjoy a piece of Americana brought to life by folk singer Harry Belafonte as he sings the story of “John Henry.” Then we’ll spin that 1962 hit by Ketty Lester, “Love Letters.” Frank Sinatra joins up with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra for, “Tell Her You Love Her.” Hear some great theatre and cinema classics sung by Jo Stafford (from South Pacific) and Vic Damone (from West Side Story). Listen to Chicago’s Lou Rawls with one http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/
of his many hit songs, “Lady Love.” Hear a fun tease between Buddy Clark and Doris Day, “Love Somebody (but I won’t say who)”. Enjoy a 1958 period favorite by the King Of Mambo as we hear Perez Prado’s “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” featuring that great trumpet by Billy Regis. Songs by Perry Como, Joanie Summers and more. Leave comments and see the lists at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Pat Boone launches this set with some film music as we hear “April Love.” Peggy Lee is next as she gives in with “Alright, Ok, You Win!” Then we’ll track two period groups. First, The Vogues with “Turn Around, Look at Me” followed by an L.A. band called Climax and their early 1970s hit, “Precious and Few.” Hear Petula Clark with her charming 1960’s hit song known by two titles: “The Bird in the Sky”. Also called “Cat in the Window.” Hear Frank Sinatra’s sweeping hit version of an old Rod McKuen song, “Love’s Been Good to Me.” Enjoy some great film songs with Ferrante and Teicher ( Antony and Cleopatra), Vic Damone (South Pacific), Louis Armstrong (Mame), Glen Campbell (True Grit) and a special offering from a John Wayne film sung by Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson. Hear Nova Scotia’s own, Anne Murray; sing her first 1970 hit on the Capitol label, “Snowbird.” Next hear the great Tennessee Ernie Ford with his hit standard that stayed at number one for over four weeks in 1955, “Sixteen Tons.” Songs by Bobby Vee, the Lettermen, and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.21.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Dionne Warwick opens with a Broadway favorite called, “Promises Promises.” Ray Charles takes it next with a gospel-esk hit, “Hallelujah, I Love Her So.”
We'll track a refreshing hit from 1975 for Roger Whittaker, “The Last Farewell.” You'll hear a 1950's segment featuring hits by The Everly Brothers, Shelly Fabares, and The Platters. Peggy Lee sings a fun salsa hit arranged by her husband Dave Barbour, “Manana, Is Good Enough For Me.” Sarah Vaughan performs a lovely rendition of the song “Eternally,” We'll spin some period instrumentals both heard in films: Kai Winding;s “More” and John Barry's theme from “Born Free.” Bring your umbrella for two rainy songs sung by Eydie Gorme, and The Cascades. Enjoy a couple of sounds of the season with songs Robert Goulet and Bing Crosby. Frank Sinatra sings, “I'll Be Seeing You.” Songs by Tony Bennett, Patti Page and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The English gentleman, Matt Monro, launches this set with his 1961 hit, “My Kind Of Girl.” The Carpenters take the stage next for one of their many chart hits, “Only Yesterday.” Listen to Glen Campbell perform one of his most beloved sentimental songs, “The Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife” followed by a fun Hawaiian Holiday selection by Bette Midler. Do some rat packin' with Dean Martin's “That's Amore”, Frank Sinatra with “The Coffee Song” and Sammy Davis Jr singing “Let There Be Love.” Enjoy some old jukebox favorites with “Come Softly To Me” by the Fleetwoods, and “Poor Little Fool” by Rick Nelson. We'll throw in a couple of instrumental hits: The great big band swing standard, “In the Mood” with Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra, and Nelson Riddle's “Theme From Route 66.” Great songs by Etta James, Tom Jones and more. See the play lists and leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: We team up Frank Sinatra with Keely Smith for a fun song called, “How Ya Fixed For Love.” Then listen to The Marvelous Marhttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
ilyn Maye for her rousing signature standard, “Step To The Rear.” Enjoy some great big band with Benny Goodman performing “The Jersey Bounce.” We'll spin a great soul track by Brook Benton singing, “Rainy Night in Georgia” followed up with a song by Oklahoman Kay Starr. Enjoy some film music with Doris Day singing, “Secret Love” followed by the theme from “The Flower Drum Song” performed by Tony Bennett, and the theme from the film “Where The Boys Are” sung by Connie Francis. We'll do a little “Mambo Italiano” style with Mr. Dean Martin. Nancy Wilson sings her 1964 Grammy award winning song for that year, “You Don't Know How Glad I Am.” Hear The Ames Brothers, Nat King Cole, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen and more. Listen at: