Monday, December 5, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.5.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Tommy Edwards opens this hour with his 1958 hit single, “It’s all in the Game.” Frank Sinatra follows up with a good ol’ Harold Arlen song, “Let’s Fall in Love.” Ella Fitzgerald performs an Irving Berlin favorite heard in the 1936 Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers film “Swingtime.” Listen to some great big band with Harry James and his trumpet playing his signature hit, “You Made Me Love You.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby with his son Gary for “Sam’s Song” followed up with a cartoon favorite picked up by Bugs Bunny, sung here by The Ink Spots. Perry Como and Betty Hutton get together for a 1954 favorite from the play, “Guys and Dolls.” Enjoy a Doris Day favorite from thee film, ‘the Man Who Knew Too Much” followed up by “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” by Vic Dana and a Johnny Mercer standard backed by The Pied Pipers. Roger Whittaker sings his 1975 overnight hit called “The Last Farewell.” Barbra Streisand sings a fun song heard in the Disney film “Pinocchio.” Listen to hit songs Al Hirt, Nancy Sinatra’s “Boots. Listen at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Dean Martin starts this final set with a jazzy standard, “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You.” Then enjoy some classic Burt Bacharach/Hal David hit music sung by Dionne Warwick. Fred Astaire sings and taps his way thru one of his hit songs from “Top Hat.” We’ll spin a fun old Irish diddy with Dennis Day doing, “Clancy Lowered the Boom.” Enjoy a doo wop favorite by The Casinos, “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.” We’ll spin a set with Peggy Lee singing her 1947 hit song, “Manana Is Good Enough For Me” followed up with Paul Anka’s “Put Your Head on my Shoulder” and Johnny Mathis singing “Wonderful, Wonderful.” Hear some big band as Benny Goodman and his Orchestra perform “The Jersey Bounce.” Hear Petula Clark’s “The Other Man’s Grass is Always Greener.” We’ll track a hit song by “The Pozo Seco Singers (featuring Don Williams). We’ll play records by Perry Come, Tony Martin, and go to the back of the rack for an old favorite by Mildred Bailey.  See the playlists leave comments at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Big Chicago boy named Lou Rawls opens this set with his Capitol records hit, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.” Next we’ll do a little slow dancing with a great Glenn Miller standard sung by the Ames Brothers. We’ll team up Bing Crosby with The Williams Brothers for “Swing on a Star.” Hear some fun film-TV standards with Pat Boone singing “April Love”, Nelson Riddle with the “Theme from Route 66,” Sammy Davis Jr with the theme from the ABC TV series “Barretta”, a musical romp with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra from “High Society,” and a song by actress Judy Garland from “Meet Me In St Louis.” Listen to Ella Fitzgerald sing some great Cole Porter music, “Begin the Beguine.” Enjoy some great big band with the Glenn Miller Orchestra with “I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo!” We’ll track a hit song for Barbra Streisand called “He Touched Me” followed up with a “Recipe for Making Love” with Harry Connick Jr and then we’ll get our sunny side up with the Hi Lo’s and the orchestra of Frank Comstock. Songs by Dean Martin, Connie Francis and more. Listen at:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.28.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Peggy Lee storms on stage with her rendition of “Come Back to Me.” Then listen to Vic Damone croon a great song from West Side Story. Hear Patsy Cline with her hit song written by Willie Nelson. We’ll do a Rat Pack set with Dean Martin’s “Kick in the Heard” from Ocean’s 11, Sammy Davis Jr with a Broadway hit, and Frank Sinatra with a beautiful Jimmy Van Heusen- Sammy Cahn song that won the Academy Award for best original song in 1957. Barbra Streisand sings the title cut from her 1973 album, “Stoney End.” (Ask her today and she’ll tell ya she still doesn’t know what the song was supposed to be about.) Enjoy a fun road classic by the Playmates about the Little Nash Rambler. You’ll hear Al Martino’s tender version of “Spanish Eyes.” We’ll spin Robert Goulet’s signature hit from the period Broadway sensation “Camelot.” Dance along with a “polka” set with Perry Como, and Lawrence Welk. Hear songs by Elvis, Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and more. Listen now at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Trini Lopez launches this set with a salsa version of a great folk hit, “Lemon Tree.” Then Rosemary Clooney steps in for an uptempo rendition of “April in Paris.” Enjoy a 1963 summer hit standard for Nat King Cole and The Ralph Carmichael Chorus. We’ll track a 1971 hit song for the New Seekers, “Look What They Done to my Song.” (Ma) Listen to instrumentals by the Moe Kauffman Septet, Walter Wanderley, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, and the lovely 1963 hit for Bill Pursell, “Our Winter Love.” We’ll team up Sammy Davis Jr with the Count Basie Orchestra for a steamy version of “She’s A Woman.” Hear one of the early hits for Tony Bennett on the Columbia label, “Because of You” followed up with Barry Manilow’s “Can’t Smile Without You.” We’ll spin a 1965 hit for a Pennsylvania group signed to a record label right outta high school. The Vogues sing “You’re the One.” This’ll be followed up with a beautiful ve
rsion of “Ebb Tide” by Matt Monro, and then a swingin’ version of “Blue Moon” by Frank Sinatra. Hear hits by Rick Nelson, Marty obbins (A White Sport Coat) and Mama Cass. See the lists, link to Neon Jazz, and leave comments at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Ella Fitzgerald launches this week’s set with a sassy little number from “Kiss Me Kate.” Then we’ll enjoy a little “Friendly Persuasion” with Pat Boone. We'll track a song from an album called “Folk Songs of Our Time” as we spin Roger Whittaker singing, “Star of the County Down.” Enjoy some James Bond film music sung by Matt Monro from the movie, “From Russia with Love.” Perry Como sings a 1950’s hit song performed with The Ramblers, “Don’t Let the Stars Get in your Eyes,” followed up a favorite by Terry Gilkyson and the EZ Riders and a sultry number sung by Marilyn Monroe. Listen to some great period instrumentals: Percy Faith’s “A Summer Place” and Henry Mancini’s “The Baby Elephant Walk.” Nat King Cole sings a lush version of an old Ray Noble hit, “The Very Thought of You.” Listen to Tony Bennett with the Mitch Miller Gang sing a song from “Bye Bye Birdie.” Hear songs with Engelbert Humperdinck, Sarah Vaughan, and more. Listen now at:

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.21.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra kicks off this hour with “April in Paris.” Then, (introductions all around ) we’ll track a great remix of Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight” from the film Sweet Dreams. Enjoy a folk sweep with Glen Campbell and The Seekers. You’ll hear “The Glow Worm” by The Mills Brothers. Hear an instrumental selection by The Bob Crewe Generation, “Music to Watch Girls By” and a fun song rewritten by Milton Berle sung by Barbra Streisand. We’ll listen to “Up on the Roof” with the Drifters. Nat King Cole sings a great Hoagy Carmichael standard, “Stardust.” Listen to The Four Lads sing a Frank Loesser hit song from “A Most Happy Fella.” Jo Stafford performs her 1951 hit song, “Shrimp Boats” followed by a lovely rendition of the theme from “The Sandpiper” performed by Tony Bennett. Enjoy some classic Cole Porter ala salsa, with Sergio Mendez. Sammy Davis Jr gets “Too Close for Comfort.” Laugh a little with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope from one of the great “road movies” they did together. Hear songs by Rick Nelson, Joni James and more. Listen now at:

On the Neon Beat, Jukebox 2: Caterina Valente storms on stage for a stunning performance of an old Xavier Cugat hit, “The Breeze and I.” Then we go from “Rags to Riches” with Mr. Tony Bennett. Rosemary Clooney serves up a little feminine “come hither” to a gentleman invited into her hut for some “Mangos.” We’ll get you “On a Slow Boat to China” with the Ames Brothers. Do a little “Swingin’ On a Rainbow” with Frankie Avalon, then listen to a 1950’s sock hop hit for Perry Como. Listen to the fine jazz piano of Morris Stoloff with the “Theme from Picnic.” Hear more film music with Henry Mancini’s Orchestra (directed by his daughter Monica) playing the “Theme from The Thornbirds.” Bobby Darin sings a snappy jazz rendition of “Up a Lazy River” Enjoy a 1963 laugh classic with Allen Sherman doing his famous, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” a letter from summer camp. We’ll spin some Irish flavoured songs, “How Are Things in Glocca Mora” with Buddy Clark, and “Green Green” by The New Christy Minstrels.” Hear Frank Sinatra’s swinging version of “My Blue Heaven.” Gale Garnett, Dean Martin and more. Leave comments see the lists at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Oklahoman Kay Starr kicks off this week’s offerings with her 1953 hit song, “Side by Side.” Frank Sinatra takes the stage next for one his signature standards, “I’ve Got the World on a String.” Hear great instrumental selections with Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra, Hugo Winterhalter, and Michel Legrand. Listen to a steamy number performed by Eartha Kitt for a 1952 review. Followed by Nat King Cole singing, “To the Ends of the Earth.” We’ll track a song written ala Stephen Foster for Bing Crosby. Bing sings, “Dear Hearts and Gentle People.” We’ll experience “An Evening in Roma” with Dean Martin. Enjoy a folk set with The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Jimmie Rodgers, and Johnny Horton. Listen to Dion, as he leads off after the second break with his 1961 hit, “Runaround Sue.” Then listen to Georgia Gibbs knock off a playful R& B song called, “Tweedle Dee.” We’ll spin hit songs by Perry Como, Brenda Lee and Art and Dottie Todd.
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Monday, November 14, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.14.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Georgia Gibbs blasts on stage with “Kiss of Fire.” Next is a one hit wonder from 1968 named Leapy Lee (Graham Pulleyblank) singing his chart hit, “Little Arrows.” Then listen to what was the youngest male quartet of the period “Four” groups. The Four Preps sing “26 Miles.” Hear the signature song forever to be associated with Mister Tony Bennett, “San Francisco.” We’ll track some great big band with Glenn Miller and Perez Prado. Enjoy the voice of Connie Francis with her lush version of “Embraceable You.” We’ll track a film hit for Glenn Yarborough, “Baby the Rain Must Fall” followed with Frank Sinatra singing the song, “Softly as I Leave You.” Then listen to Dean Martin’s “Little Old Wine Drinker Me.” We’ll do a little “Singing the Blues” with Guy Mitchell followed up with a country hit for Lynn Anderson: “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.” Hear songs by Dionne Warwick, Louis Armstrong, Dion and the Belmonts and more. Listen at:

On the Neon Bea t this week, Jukebox 2: Nat King Cole launches this set with a great Duke Ellington standard, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Then listen to the Mills Brothers with “Cielito Lindo.” Hear Frank Sinatra and daughter Nancy with their great 1967 hit single, “Something Stupid” followed up with the exciting Tom Jones singing, “It’s Not Unusual.” Hear Petula Clark’s whimsical hit “Cat In The Window” followed with a hit instrumental for Raymond Lefevre, “Soul Coaxing.” You’ll hear a Dusty Springfield song from the film, “the Thomas Crown Affair.” Listen to a jazzy version of “I Got Rhythm” by Bobby Darin. We’ll spin Eydie Gorme’s biggest hit single from 1963, “Blame It on the Bossa Nova” then we’ll track Johnny Mathis with “Small World.” We’ll spin Bobby Vinton’s rendition of “There I’ve Said It Again” and Patti Page’s period 1950’s hit, “Mockingbird Hill.” “Everything’s Coming up Roses” with Rose-mary Clooney. Hear Elvis Presley’s, “Don’t Be Cruel.” instrumentals by Glen Gray, Bert Kaempfert and more. S
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney launch this great set from the Big Easy. Rose and Bing sing “Come to the Mardis Gras.” Then we step up the tempo with a rousing version of the jazz standard, “Avalon” by Nat King Cole. Ed Ames performs a lovely song from the play, “I Do, I Do” followed by a couple of Sinatra songs: Daughter Nancy with “Sugar Town” and daddy Frank with a great Les Brown hit, “How Bout You?” Listen to some fine period folk with Peter Paul and Mary singing, “Blowing in the Wind.” Enjoy some great film music with Mitch Miller, Vic Damone, and Henry Mancini. We’ll hear a song from 1973 heard by a man that was frequently seen on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In.” We’ll track one of Dionne Warwick’s latter period hit songs, “Déjà vu.” Listen to the John Hartford song, “Gentle on my Mind” sung by Glen Campbell. We’ll team up Sammy Davis Jr with the Mike Curb Congregation for “The People Tree.” Hear songs by Perry Como, Eydie Gorme, The Poni Tails and more.
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Monday, November 7, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.7.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Tom Jones kicks off this juke with a lively 1960’s hit called, “Help Yourself.” Then listen to some honey in the horn with Mr. Al Hirt playing, “Java.” We’ll slip in an “election year” number with Harry Belefonte singing, “the Jackass Song.” Hear some great “scat” with Ella Fitzgerald singing “Blue Skies” followed up with “Swinging Down the Lane” with Frank Sinatra backed with Nelson Riddle’s orchestra. Enjoy fine period instrumentals by Mitch Miller, Ramsey Lewis’s “the In Crowd” and the one 1968 instrumental that finally knocked Percy Faith’s “A Summer Place” out of first place, “Love Is Blu
e” by Paul Mauriat. Hear the lovely 1970 comeback hit for Perry Como, “It’s Impossible.” Then Sarah Vaughan sings a sassy song from the play, “Damn Yankees.” Enjoy a lush arrangement of “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons” sung by Nat King Cole. Sweeten up your speakers with the McGuire Sisters “Sugartime” and “The Candy Man” with Sammy Davis Jr and the Mike Curb Congregation. Songs by Dean Martin, Buddy Clark, Keely Smith and more. Listen at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Dinah Washington steams on stage with a Frank Loesser song from “Guys and Dolls.” Tony Bennett is next, backed by Percy Faith’s orchestra, with a lush version of “Stranger in Paradise.” Nat King Cole performs a Bert Kaempfert song that he recorded for his 1965 album by the same name, “LOVE.” Brook Benton holds the gospel gun for a fun spiritual song called, “Shadrack!” Enjoy a western set with Marty Robbins from his album, ‘Tales of the Gunfighters”, Glen Campbell with “True Grit” and The Silver Screen Orchestra with the theme from a western film starring John Wayne and Dean Martin. Listen to America’s sweetheart from the Mickey Mouse club, Annette Funicello, with “Pineapple Princess.” We’ll track some 1950’s “grease” selections from The Crests, and Buddy Knox. We’ll play one for our Kansas Jayhawk listeners performed by Russ Morgan, “Sunflower” followed up by a country flavoured song by Rosemary Clooney, “Just Because.” Hear songs with The Ames Brothers, Patti Page and more. Leave Comments, see the lists at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The McGuire Sisters kick off this week’s memories with a 1955 hit song heard in the Fred Astaire film , Daddy Long Legs, “Something’s Gotta Give.” Then we’ll do a little beach combing with Pat Boone singing “Love Letters in the Sand.” Enjoy some great “folk” with the Kingston Trio performing “Raspberries Strawberries.” Enjoy Frank Sinatra singing a song from the 1961 film, “Pocketful of Miracles.” Andy Williams sings his 1963 chart hit, “Can’t Get To Losing You” followed up with a great Kris Kristofferson song performed by Sammi Smith. Hear great instrumental selections by The T-Bones, Roger Williams, Felix Slatkin, and Leroy Anderson. Nat King Cole performs a song with The Four Knights called, “If I May.” Enjoy some 1950’s pop with Perry Como’s “Hot Diggity” followed by the Chordettes with “Lollipop.” Listen to one of our current jazz divas, Dianne Reeves, sing a wonderful version of “Lady Be Good.” Hear songs sung by, Sammy Davis Jr, Stevie Wonder, Sarah Vaughan and more. Listen at:

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 10.31.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Canadian Michael Buble launches this hour with “A Foggy Day in London.” Then listen to the Lettermen with a 1960’s standard, “Going Out of my Head.” Enjoy a hit for singer Jackie DeShannon with, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” followed up with a favorite by Stevie Wonder. Listen to Elvis Presley roll a seven for “Viva Las Vegas.” Then we’ll team up Brook Benton with Dinah Washington with the song, “Baby You’ve got what it Takes.” Hear a jazzy set with Lena Horne singing’ “Stormy Weather”, Count Basie with Joe Williams “Smack Dab in the Middle” and a “Rockamambo” selection from Perez Prado. Petula Clark sings a lovely song written by Charlie Chaplin for the film, “A Countess from Hong Kong.” Listen to the signature song of the big band era, “In the Mood” performed in stereo by Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra. Andy Williams sings a song from “State Fair” followed by a song from a movie starring Betty Davis sung by Patti Page. Listen to Ray Charles, Matt Monroe, Nat King Cole and more.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Frank Sinatra opens with a great Martin Scorsese film theme from “New York, New York.” Then enjoy jazz diva Dianne Reeves as she belts out a song from the period film, “Good Night and Good Luck.” (A film featuring an award winning performance by David Strathaim as CBS newscaster Edward R. Murrow.) We’ll hook up Art and Dotty Todd for their 1958 hit song, “Chanson D’ Amour” followed up with a salsa treatment of a Paul McCartn
ey song performed by Sergio Mendez and Brazil. Listen to the song that defined an era, Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” Kay Starr sings a jazzy version of “When My Dreamboat Comes Home” followed up with some great Dixieland with Al Hirt on a live recording from the big easy. Enjoy some great Tommy Dorsey big band with “Song of India.” Hear some hit songs by The Four Lads and a Somethin’ Smith and the Redheads. Listen to the beautiful Jo Stafford with a lovely panoramic song, “Somewhere There’s’ a Valley.” Then listen to a lush version of “Lara’s Theme” from Dr. Zhivago, performed by the James Last orchestra and chorus. We remember Bobby Vee (passed away last week) with his 1962 hit “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.” Hear Helen Reddy sing a hit song from Jesus Christ Superstar, Tony Bennett, Bobby Goldsboro and more.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Four Knights open this hour with “Oh Baby Mine, I Get So Lonely.” Frank Sinatra takes the stage next with a great American standard, “The Lady Is a Tramp.” Peggy Lee hops the freight next with an award winning song backed by an orchestra directed by Randy Newman, “Is That All There Is?” We’ll track another hit single remembering Bobby Vee with his hit song, “Run to Him.” Hop aboard “The Atchison Topeka and the Santa Fe” with The Four Freshmen. We’ll track hits by more great period male groups like, the Hilltoppers, The Platters, and The Statler Brothers. Dinah Shore sings a naughty little number called, “It’s So Nice to Have a Man Around the House” followed up with “What Will My Mary Say?” by Johnny Mathis. Listen to a lovely little instrumental piece by Andre Previn from the film “Hi Lili, Hi Lili, Hi Lo” and a “Raunchy” selection by Sun Records artist and arranger, Bill Justis. Hear hit singles by Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, and a beautiful selection called “Eternally” by Sarah Vaughan.
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Monday, October 24, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 10.24.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: 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 listening to “44 Sycamore” by Phil Harris.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Dean Martin gets this juke off the ground as we “Sway” with Dino. 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 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 many chart singles for Lou Rawls as he 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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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Connie Francis (Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero) leads off this week’s offerings with an amorous Italian rendition of “Quando Quando.” The English Gentleman, RogerWhittaker, takes the stage next for “New World in the Morning.” Ella Fitzgerald takes on a tasty Cole Porter selection as she sings, “All Through the Night” followed up with a rendition of “April In Paris” by Frank Sinatra. We’ll track a good ol’ standard sung by Billy Williams, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” followed by some Burt Bacharach/Hal David sung by Dionne Warwick. Listen to Dean Martin singing, “In the Misty Moonlight” followed up with a little “Moonglow” by Debbie Reynolds. Hear some lush instrumental arrangements by Andre Previn and Roger Williams. Bobby Darin remembers “A Nightingale in Berkley Square.” Sip a little “Black Coffee” with Julie London. Hear Dinah Shore, Frankie Laine and more.
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