Thursday, September 10, 2020

The Neon Beat - 9.7.20

On the Neon Beat this week on Mixcloud: Ray Charles and his Raylettes launch this weeks great standards with his sassy 1961 hit song, “Hit the Road Jack.” Next we'll spin a live L.A. recording of The Lettermen singing “Going Out of My Head.” Eydie Gorme is next with a lilting version of “Fly Me to the Moon”, followed by Perry Como's wonderful 1970 comeback hit song, “It's Impossible.” Lots of stage and film music in this weeks offerings with Vikki Carr singing a hit song from “Little Me”, Andy Williams with a lovely selection from “State Fair,” Frank Sinatra with “The Lady is a Tramp,” The Marvelous Marilyn Maye with an amorous number from “Kismet”, James Last and his Orchestra with a lush rendition of a popular theme from Doctor Zhivago, and a riotous number from “Damn Yankees” sung by Sarah Vaughan. Listen to Bobby Goldsboro as he sings of “The Straight Life.” We'll play the song that defined the era by Nat King Cole as we listen to “Unforgettable.” Catch a little jazz standard with Stan Getz's “Girl From Impanema”, and a 1955 hit song for The Four Lads, “No Not Much.” More from The Classics 4, and Kenny Rogers and the First Edition.

The Neon Beat - 8.30.20

On the Neon Beat this week on Mix-cloud: We'll let Frank Sinatra lead off this hour of great standards as we go “Swingin' Down the Lane followed up with Peggy Lee as she takes the stage next with a bluesy version of “I'm a Woman.” Our instrumental content abounds this hour beginning with a live recording from the New Orleans French Quarter as Al Hirt and the band do, “The Bourbon Street Parade.” Listen to the Henry Mancini Orchestra with the theme from the TV show, “Mister Lucky.” Catch another period boob tube standard with Ray Anthony's “Theme from Peter Gunn.” You'll hear David Rose and his Orchestra with a “Calypso Melody,” and Bill Dogget's jazzy, “Honky Tonk.” Kay Starr performs a military-esk take on the Bing Crosby standard, “When My Dreamboat Comes Home.” We'll spin a 1964 hit for Nat King Cole written by Bert Kaempfert called, “LOVE.” Hear songs sung by the fine period groups like The Mills Brothers, The Four Freshmen, and a hit film song by The Carpenters. Hear the Polish Prince, Bobby Vinton with “Blue and Blue”, Glen Campbell with the Johnny Webb hit song, “Galveston” and Perry Como with his 1957 top charting single, “Catch a Falling Star.” More with Rosemary Clooney, Russ Morgan, and Canadian Michael Buble.

The Neon Beat - 8.23.20

On the Neon Beat this week on M-xcloud: (show 15r6) Bobby Goldsboro opens this week's upload with one of the few songs he didn't actually write and one of his biggest hits. “Watching Scotty Grow.” Dionne Warwick takes the stage next with a stage piece from “Promises Promises.” Hear more fine film and stage with Frank Sinatra singing the theme from “New York, New York.” The McGuire Sisters surround the microphone for the the theme from “Picnic,” and listen to a real romp of a number from “Funny Girl” sung by Barbra Streisand. Paul Anka sings one of his hit songs originally penned for Eastman Kodak TV commercials. Oklahoman Kay Starr picks up the second segment with a rousing version of “Mississippi.” Then we'll track some swing era music with Glenn Miller doing a wartime favorite called “American Patrol.” We'll do a little “Swayin” with Dean Martin followed with a tender rendition of the song “Till” performed by pianist Roger Williams. Next hear an amorous treatment of “Embraceable You” by actress Judy Garland, followed up with a hit version of “Venus” by Johnny Mathis. Get your Nat King Cole fix with his 1962 country hit, “Ramblin' Rose” followed up with a fun ballad called “Jenny Brown” by the Smothers Brothers. And don't miss the Marvelous Marilyn Maye as she sings a fine Cy Coleman number from “Sweet Charity.”

The Neon Beat - 8.16.20

On the Neon Beat this week at Grab your Fedora and London Fog coat as we listen to Canadian Michael Buble slam into this hour with a rousing rendition of “A Foggy Day in London.” Next, we'll turn up some swing era big band as the Harry James Orchestra backs Helen Forest for, “I'm Beginning to See the Light.” Then we'll assemble The Andrews Sisters with Bing Crosby to sing a great ol' Johnny Mercer standard “Accentuate the Positive.” Later in the hour, enjoy yet another Johnny Mercer favorite as Nat King Cole sings “Day In, Day Out.” You'll hear more Nat Cole with a sentimental song from a 1963 album with the Ralph Carmichael Chorus, “That Sunday That Summer.” Ella Fitzgerald performs a Cole Porter selection with the song, “All Through the Night.” Catch more stage, Broadway and film selections with Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, and Doris Day. We'll do a western set with Marty Robbins from Tales of the Western Gunfighter, Al Caiola's iconic “Theme from Bonanza,” and Dinah Shore dons her “Buttons and Bows” for that famous tune from the movie “The Paleface.” Turn up a Bowling Green, Kentucky group called the Hilltoppers with their rendition of the mid 1950's hit song “Marianne.” We'll cap off the hour with Frank Sinatra singin' “Too Marvelous for Words”, and Louis Armstrong with “Takes Two to Tango.” More with Al Hirt and Frankie Laine.

Monday, August 10, 2020

The Neon Beat - 8.8.20

On the Neon Beat this week on Mx-Cloud: We open this week's upload of great music of the 1940's, 50's and 60's with a couple of film selections. Tom Jones leads the hour with the theme from “What's New Pussycat?” followed with Elvis Presley with “Viva Las Vegas.” You'll hear more music of the silver screen with Andy Williams singing the theme from “The Godfather.” Also catch a period boob tube selection with Ray Anthony's theme from “Dragnet.” Listen to an amorous rendition of “Black Coffee” performed by bombshell, Julie London. Nat King Cole and the trio will do that song about cruisin' the mother road as we get our kicks on “Route 66.” Listen to the lovely Patti Page with the song, “I'll Remember Today.” Crank up some great songs by the fine period groups like The Four Lads, Mitch Miller and the Gang, and The Neon Philharmonic. Bobby Darin takes command of the stage with a swingin' performance of “A Nightingale In Berkeley Square.” Rock along with Buddy Knox's “Party Doll” and hear actress Debbie Reynolds with a steamy version of “Moonglow.” More with the keyboard of George Shearing, and a “Peaceful” song by Australian Helen Reddy. 

The Neon Beat - 8.1.20

On the Neon Beat this week on Mx-Cloud- Sarah Vaughan kicks off this week's upload with a cut from the Great American Standards album, “How High the Moon.” Then listen to Engelbert Humperdinck's 1976 comeback hit single: “After the Lovin'” followed up with a period Simon and Garfunkel standard “Feeling Groovy.” Turn up a little Perry Como after the break with a rousing version of “The Girl With the Golden Braids.” Catch some more great Italian hitmakers like Frank Sinatra with “Can I Steal a Little Love,” Tony Bennett with “I Wanna Be Around,” and Connie Francis with “Quando, Quando.” We'll spin hit songs by some of the great period male ensembles like the Mills Brothers singing “Cab Driver”' The Ames Brothers with “Destination Moon” and The Hilltoppers with “PS I Love You.” Enjoy a reticent little number sung by Nat King Cole called “Looking Back.” Whistle along with the English Seafarer, Roger Whittaker, with “New World in the Morning.” Then hear Bing Crosby with the Victor Young film song, “Around the World.” Listen to a signature hit standard sung by the Marvelous Marilyn Maye, followed up with one of Marilyn's favorite singers, Mel Torme, with a song from “Guys and Dolls.” More hit songs with Brenda Lee, Ferrante and Teicher, Kay Starr, and Bobby Vinton.

The Neon Beat - 7.26.20

On the Neon Beat this week at Rosemary Clooney slams into this hour with a rousing version of “Everything's Coming Up Roses.” Next we assemble the Mike Curb Congregation for the theme from a 1970's Clint Eastwood film. Enjoy a little Johnny Mathis with “quiet girl” as Johnny sings “What Will My Mary Say?” Listen to more great songs by the great period groups like The Four Freshmen, The Lettermen and Sergio Mendez with Brazil 66. We'll team up Art and Dotty Todd for their smash hit single, “Chanson D' Amour.” Hear Eydie Gorme's 1963 hit single backed by a group called The Cookies for “Blame it On the Bossa Nova” followed up with Tony Bennett singing “The Best is Yet to Come.” Crank up some period hit singles with Billy Williams 1957 hit record, “I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.” Listen to Dinah Shore with a naughty-nice number called “It's So Nice to Have a Man Around the House,” and then we'll spin a Bert Kaempfert instrumental used as a theme for a daytime TV show called The Match Game. Turn the speaker up for Dean Martin backed by the EZ Riders for their 1956 hit song, “Memories are Made of This.” Frank Sinatra takes the stage next for some fine Cole Porter as Frank sings “I Get a Kick Out of You.” Then swing with some big band as Glen Gray does a Hi-Fi version of the Tommy Dorsey standard, “Song of India.” Don't forget, the shows we've already published at MixCloud are still there for you too. (Pic: Johnny Mathis)