Monday, July 31, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.31.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Oklahoman Kay Starr launches into this week’s offerings with a toe tappin’ jazzy version of the song, “Night Train.” Then we’ll track a fun film song sung by Brit artist, Georgie Fame, “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.” Louis Armstrong follows with a song from “Hello Dolly.” Rosemary Clooney teams up with the Harry James Orchestra “In the Cool Cool of the Evening.” Vic Damone sings a song heard in The Music Man. Enjoy some great period groups like, the Lettermen, Peter Paul and Mary, and the Platters. Hear Nancy Wilson sing her 1964 Grammy award winning song, “How Glad I Am.” Hear a 1950’s set with Pat Boone singing “Sugar Moon” followed with Perry Como singing with the Ray Charles Singers for, “Papa Loves Mambo.” Swing with Benny Goodman as we go “Jumpin’ at the Woodside.” We’ll track hit singles by Frank Sinatra singing “Come Fly with Me,” Steve Lawrence with “Pretty Blue Eyes,” and wife Eydie Gorme with a song from “Holiday Inn.” Listen now:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Jack Jones starts this segment with his hit song, “Wives and Lovers.” Then listen to Bobby Darin with his hit standard from 1959, “Mack the Knife.” Hear a little salsa with Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66 with “Mas Que Nada.” Then enjoy an amorous hit record from 1974 sung by Roberta Flack.” Andy Williams sings a film selection from a 1972 Paul Newman movie “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.” Hear more great film music with The Sandpipers from “The Sterile Cuckoo” and Shirley Bassey from the James Bond movie, “Diamonds are Forever.” Listen to Frank Sinatra brewing up a little “Witchcraft,” and Dean Martin with the song, “Houston.” We’ll track a Perry Como standard, “No Other Love Have I” followed up with some period big band with Harry James backing Helen Forrest for, “It’s Been a Long Long Time.” Enjoy instrumentals with Frank Mills one hit wonder, “The Music Box Dancer,” and the Jackie Gleason Orchestra with a dreamy version of “I Got it Bad.” We’ll wrap up the set with some group hits including, The Association, The Murmaids, and the Hollywood Argyles.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Brenda Lee opens this hour with “Comin’ on Strong.” Toronto, Canada’s, The Crew Cuts take the stage next for “Sh Boom,” followed with a big band selection from Harry James, “Willow Weep for Me.” Segment two of this juke starts with Vaughn Monroe’s “Racing with the Moon,” then we’ll track a lovely version of the song, “Symphony” by Jo Stafford, “Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango,” and Frank Sinatra singing “You Do Something To Me.” Hear the Les Baxter Orchestra and chorus with, “I Love Paris,” followed with a snappy oldie by Guy Mitchell, Buddy Clark performing, “Peg O’ My Heart,” and Connie Stevens with “Sixteen Reasons.” Patti Page belts out a fun song of redemption from The Pajama Game called, “Cross over the Bridge,” followed with Vaudeville’s own Eddie Cantor with “Making Whoopie.” Enjoy Louis Armstrong with his version of the hit song, “Blueberry Hill,” and Barbra Streisand with a charming song heard in the Disney film, “Pinocchio.” Go to:

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.25.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Ames Brothers kick off this week’s offerings with a smokin’ version of the Ralph Flanagan hit, “Ragg Mopp.” Then we track a smash hit for Petula Clark, “Downtown.” Sing along with The New Christy Minstrels with “Green Green,” and Nat King Cole’s lovely, “Mona Lisa.” Hear Frank Sinatra with his signature version of the Paul Anka standard, “My Way.” Listen to some great film songs with Herb Alpert’s “Zorba the Greek,” Don Costa with the theme from “Never on Sunday,” Al Martino with a song from “Romeo and Juliet,” and Felix Slatkin conducting the orchestra for “the Theme from The Sundowners.” We’ll put Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney together singing from the Big EZ about the Mardis Gras. Dinah Shore performs a song created ala Stephen Foster called “Dear Hearts and Gentle People.” We’ll hear one of the Association’s biggest chart hits, “Windy.” Listen to a 1955 selection by Pat Boone taking a stab at that new sound called rock and roll and a tender song written by Kenny Loggins sung by Anne Murray. Songs by Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick and more.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Peggy Lee takes the mic to open this hour with “Big Spender.” Then listen to Vic Damone with a song from “Pal Joey” followed up with a number featuring Nat King Cole singing with The Four Knights.” Hear some period instrumentals with Henry Mancini’s “Mister Lucky,” Roger Williams with “Born Free,” and Horst Jankowski performing “Play a Simple Melody.” We’ll track a little soul and Motown with Ruth Brown, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and a 1963 smash hit for Lenny Welch. Frank Sinatra sings his great charting hit, “Strangers in the Night,” followed with bombshell Julie London singing “The Good Life.” Listen to great period male groups like the Lettermen, and the Brothers Four. Tony Bennett does some interpretive Cole Porter singing “Night and Day,” and we’ll team up Rosemary Clooney with Guy Mitchell with a charming number from the film, Pagan Love Songs. Enjoy a live selection with Louis Prima and Keely Smith as they romp thru two songs for the price of one. Then take a “Slow Boat to China” with Oklahoman Kay Starr. Leave comments, find links, see the playlists at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Polish Prince, Bobby Vinton launches this set with “Every Day of My Life.” We follow Bobby with Bette Midler doing a song from her album dedicated to Peggy Lee hits. Hear Engelbert Humperdinck with a hit from a British movie short film, and Frank Sinatra with “Hidden Persuasion.” Listen to some 1960’s hit records with Tom Jones, “Daughter of Darkness,” Nancy Wilson singing “Call Me,” and The New Colony Six, “Things I’d Like to Say.” Hang on to your hat thru two breezy selections with Johnny Mathis and Sounds Orchestral. We’ll team up Johnny Ray with the Four Lads in the Columbia studio for “Walking in the Rain,” followed by a Cole Porter number sung by Ella Fitzgerald. We’ll take a “Dreamer’s Holiday” with Perry Como and hear Petula Clark with a charming diddy called, “the Cat in the Window.” We’ll “OH NO” thru a father’s lament about those “Rhythm and Blues” by the McGuire Sisters. Hear Nat King Cole’s “Walking My Baby Back Home.” Then we’ll walk it on out with Les Baxter’s Capitol Records Orchestra and Herb Alpert’s “Taste of Honey.” To listen, go to:

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.17.17

Jukebox 1: On the Neon Beat this week: This hour opens with a Frank Loesser standard sung by Dean Martin and the Four Lads, “Standing On the Corner.” Peggy Lee takes the mic next for a fun little ditty called, “A Doodling Song.” Enjoy a lively version of a Harold Arlen favorite sung by the Four Aces. Hear great period instrumentals with Ferrante and Teicher, Ralph Flanagan, Benny Goodman, Hugo Winterhalter with jazz pianist Eddie Heywood, and New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. We’ll track some 1950’s favorites with Eddie Fisher singing “Oh Mein Papa,” Joni James with “Purple Shades,” Guy Mitchell singing “The Roving Kind” with the Mitch Miller gang and Frankie Laine’s “Waiting for the End of the Road.” Enjoy a sentimental favorite with Nat King Cole and the Ralph Carmichael Chorus “All Over the World.” We’ll team up Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby for a Cole Porter selection from “High Society.” These and more including Anita O’Day and Leroy Anderson. All new shows! Listen today at:

Jukebox 2: On the Neon Beat this week: We open this hour with a Cole Porter standard as Frank Sinatra sings, “Anything Goes.” Sammy Davis Jr. owns the stage next with a hit Broadway song, “What Kind of Fool Am I,” followed up with Harry James and his orchestra with Helen Forrest singing “I’ve Heard that Song Before.” Hear more great big band selections with Anita O’Day singing with Gene Krupa’s Orchestra and Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra doing a great Artie Shaw hit. Break out the hankies for Dean Martin’s version of “Cry Like a Baby” followed up with some more Cole Porter sung by Ella Fitzgerald. Listen to a lush recording of the standard “Misty” sung by Johnny Mathis. Enjoy some silver screen favorites as Doris Day sings a song from “Pal Joey” and hear the iconic performance by Gene Kelly with “Singing in the Rain.” Listen to some great period groups including the Everly Brothers, The Four Preps and The Sunnysiders. Hear a smooth 1956 favorite by Nelson Riddle playing “Lisbon Antigua,” the lovely Jo Stafford with the song “You Belong to Me,” and Tony Bennett and Count Basie with a song about that “toddlin’ town.”
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Jukebox 3: On the Neon Beat this week: Englishman, Danny Williams, opens up this segment with his international hit, “White on White.” Then listen to a Broadway hit from “Gypsy” as the Four Lads sing, “Together Wherever We Go.” Listen to Peggy Lee’s 1958 hit standard, “Fever” followed up with a period TV theme by Spencer Ross called “Tracy’s Theme.” Here more fine instrumentals with Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra doing “Topsy,” Marvin Hamlisch with “The Entertainer,” and the BBC Concert Orchestra with the “Theme from Lawrence of Arabia.” Hang on to your hat for a slam dunk performance of a great Jerome Kern song sung by The Marvelous Marilyn Maye heard on The Tonight Show. We’ll team up Louis Armstrong and actor Danny Kaye for a romp on a standard from the film, “the Five Pennies” followed with a song called “S’posin” by actress Debbie Reynolds. We’ll track some Rat Pack with Dean Martin’s “In the Chapel in the Moonlight” and “Learning the Blues” with Frank Sinatra. Enjoy the Nat King Cole Trio with “Sweet Lorraine.” Hear songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Al Martino, and The Four Aces. Listen today at:

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.3.17

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Rosemary Clooney slams into this fine hour with a rousing version of a great song, “April in Paris.” A heavy hitter follows as Frank Sinatra sings “Strangers in the Night.” Nancy Wilson performs her 1964 Grammy award winner, “How Glad I Am” followed up with a selection by Tony Bennett from “The Flower Drum Song.” Enjoy some great period groups with songs by Chad and Jeremy, The Ames Brothers, and The Rooftop Singers. We’ll team up Doris Day and Buddy Clark for a late forties tease called, “Love Somebody But I Won’t Say Who.” We’ll spin instrumental selections by Morris Stoloff from “Picnic,” Bill Pursell’s lovely “Winter Love,” Benny Goodman’s Orchestra swingin’ with “the Jersey Bounce” and “Wheels” by The String a Longs.” Lou Rawls sings “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine,”
followed up with Vikki Carr’s 1967 hit, “It Must Be Him’, and a lush rendition of “the Very Thought of You” by the great Nat King Cole. Hear hit songs by Glenn Campbell, Laurie London, and more.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Pat Boone starts this hour wielding the gospel gun singing bout’ “That Wonderful Time Up There.” Connie Francis sings her first major hit song on the MGM label, “Who’s Sorry Now,” followed up with a 1950’s favorite by The Four Lads. Hear great female hit makers like Nancy Wilson singing “Call Me,” Petula Clark with “Happy Heart,” Jaye P. Morgan with “Danger, Heartbreak Ahead,” and Helen Ward swingin’ with Benny Goodman’s Orchestra doing a great Johnny Mercer song. Hear some fine Cole Porter music as Frank Sinatra sings, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” Then listen to a 1958 classic Perez Prado hit, “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White,” followed up with some great Kansas City Neon Jazz with Myra Taylor. We’ll play the song that defined the era, Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters for another Johnny Mercer song, “Accentuate the Positive.” Hear Vic Damone with some film music from “South Pacific.” More songs with The Ames Brothers, Julias LaRosa, and Andy Williams. See the lists and links. Leave comments at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Oklahoman Patti Page launches this segment with the female answer to the John Harford song, “Gentle on My Mind.” Next we’ll track a 1961 hit from the English gentleman, Matt Monro, followed up with Nat King Cole and the Trio with the Bobby Troup hit song about “the mother road.” We’ll spin a beautiful song that came out in the mid 1970’s during the heyday of rock and roll “hair” bands. A surprise hit, across the pond, for Roger Whittaker. We’ll spin a couple of film hits back to back with The Brothers Four (from The Alamo) and Ferrante and Teicher’s, “Theme from Exodus.” Listen to Carly Simon with “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain.” Enjoy a hit song from a Bowling Green, Kentucky group “the Hilltoppers.” Steve Lawrence and wife Eydie Gorme sing a big band standard, “I’ve Got a Gal In Kalamazoo.” Hear Ray Charles with “Hallelujah, I Love Her So.” The next set we’ll track Shelly Fabares with “Johnny Angel,” Perry Como with the Fontane Sisters with “Hoop De Doo,” and some big band with Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra. Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, and Eddy Arnold.
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Monday, June 26, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.26.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Jack Jones launches this week’s offerings with a Steve Allen song, “This Could Be the Start of Something Big.” Dionne Warwick follows up with one of her many hit recordings, “Walk On By.” Listen to Nat King Cole croon a lush version of a great Hoagy Carmichael standard. Dean Martin graces the stage with one of his signature standards, “That’s Amore.” Then break out your umbrella for a little cloudburst with Eydie Gorme followed by Tom Jones with “Help Yourself.” Hear the popular big band hit most associated with The Swing Era as Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra does, “In the Mood.” Grab a cuppa Joe with Frank Sinatra as he sings “The Coffee Song.” Listen to Judy Collins with her lovely hit, “Both Sides Now.” Hear a sweep with Al Martino’s “Mary in the Morning,” some film music with The Four Lads and Henry Mancini. We’ll spin a set with Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons,” Anne Murray with her first major chart hit, “Snowbird,” and The Vogues with “Turn Around Look at Me.” More with Petula Clark and a great film theme from a movie starring George C. Scott.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Nat King Cole does a strollin’ number with Les Baxter’s Orchestra singing, “Walking My Baby Back Home.” Then we’re “Comin’ Home Baby Now” with Mel Torme. Enjoy some cinema and Broadway selections with Judy Garland, Ferrante and Teicher, Robert Goulet’s signature hit from “Camelot,” Connie Francis with the theme from “Where the Boys Are” and Kai Winding’s “Mondo Movie” theme, “More.” Perry Como croons a hit song written by Don McLean, “And I Love You So.” Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye storms on stage for her rousing signature hit, “Step to the Rear.” Hear one of Bobby Darin’s many hit records, “Beyond the Sea. Then we sing along with Mitch Miller and the Gang doing, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” followed up with a beautiful song by Sarah Vaughan, “Eternally.” We’ll track hits by The Platters, Barbra Streisand with a song heard on her TV show and on her first album, and Al Martino’s version of “Volare.” Songs with Johnny Mathis, The Four Freshmen, and Michel Legrand.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin kicks off this set with “Mambo Italiano.” Next, we’ll gather up a “Pocketful of Miracles” with Frank Sinatra. Listen for Gale Garnett’s 1963 hit song, “We’ll Sing In the Sunshine” and enjoy the beautiful weather with Sammy Davis Jr singing, “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.” We’ll track great period instrumentals with Lawrence Welk, Michel Legrand, Ray Anthony with the Theme from “Dragnet” and some more TV music from The Silver Screen Orchestra. We’ll spin some singles with The Lettermen singing, “The Way You Look Tonight,” a tribute song to Peggy Lee sung by Bette Midler, and a fine Broadway selection by Vic Damone from “West Side Story.” Enjoy some great big band with Harry James and Helen Forrest performing, “I’m Beginning to See the Light”, some classic doo-wop with The Duprees, and Patti Page with a good old country hit, “The Green Green Grass of Home.” More songs with Sarah Vaughan, and Tony Bennett. Turn us on at:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.19.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Bing Crosby and The Williams Brothers Quartet (including Andy) open this hour with “Swing on a Star.” Then we let one of our current divas of jazz take the mic. Diana Krall sings a great Harold Arlen song from an album recorded live in Paris. Listen to film classics such as Jo Stafford signing a song from “South Pacific,” Anita O’Day with a song from “Pal Joey,” Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby from the 1956 film, “High Society,” and Ferrante and Teicher from “One Eyed Jacks.” Hear Nat King Cole with a great Duke Ellington favorite, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” We’ll spin some great big band with Harry James and Jimmy Dorsey. Enjoy a great set with Sarah Vaughan performing, “How High the Moon,” Tony Bennett with “Once Upon a Time,” and Helen O’Connell with a signature hit, “Green Eyes.” We’ll remember the last of the Weavers, who passed recently, Fred Hellerman, as we track a latter 40’s cut with the Weavers and the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra. Eddie Fisher sings his 1952 hit, “Anytime” followed up with The Four Lads. More songs with The Classics Four, and Diana Ross. Listen today at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Ella Fitzgerald launches this hour with a rousing song from “Kiss Me Kate.” Andy Williams takes it next with his 1963 hit record, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You.” Rosemary Clooney sings one “Too Marvelous for Words” followed up with a chart topper from the Four Freshmen. Enjoy the Ames Brothers with their 1955 hit song, “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” and a mid 50s hit song for Joni James, “How Important Can It Be.” Then Tom Jones finishes the set with his rendition of an old Mel Tillis song, “Detroit City.’ The great Tony Martin launches a set with “La Vie En Rose.” Then enjoy a fun song by Doris Day, “Why Did I Tell Ya I Was Going to Shanghai?” You’ll hear great big band by Benny Goodman, a salsa version of “Lemon Tree” by Trini Lopez, and one of the many hit songs for Dusty Springfield. We’ll hiking to New Orleans with Fats Domino, enjoy a little attitude song with Peggy Lee, and spin a 1962 hit song for Bobby Vee. More songs from Johnny Horton, and Al De Lory. See the lists, links and leave comments at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Sachmo, Louis Armstrong starts things up with a romp called, “the Dummy Song.” We team up Frank Sinatra with Keely Smith for “How ya Fixed for Love?” We’ll remember the great New Orleans Dixieland master, Pete Fountain, with “Basin Street Blues.” Peggy Lee pops in with the orchestra with “Manana is Good Enough for Me” followed with a standard by Phil and Don Everly with “Bye Bye Love.” Then hear Glen Campbell with one of his most endearing songs, “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife.” Enjoy a good set with Bing Crosby and the Jesters with “Sioux City Sue,” Les Brown with Doris Day with “S’ Wonderful” and Pearl Bailey’s “Takes Two to Tango.” Anita Bryant performs one of her 1960 hits, “My Little Corner of the World,” Hugo Winterhalter with his 1956 treatment of Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango,” and a hit from the back of rack by Don Cherry, “Thinking of You.” Listen to Kay Starr with the song, “Indiana.” Enjoy hit songs by Adam Wade, “Take Good Care of Her,” and The Beatles, “When I’m 64.” More from Perry Como, and Les Paul. Go to: And have a great week kids!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.13.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Sarah Vaughan launches another great week of listening with her 1959 hit, “Broken Hearted Melody.” Then get set for a razzy jazzy version of “I’ve Got the World on a String” with Louis Prima. Sing along with Frank Sinatra as he performs a swinging’ version of the ol’ standard, “When You’re Smiling.” Enjoy a sprite little recording by Jill Corey called “Love Me to Pieces” and another forgotten hit for a group called, “Sumpthin’ Smith and the Redheads.” Nat King Cole performs a sweeping number with the Les Baxter Orchestra “To the Ends of the Earth,” followed with “A Doodling Song” by Peggy Lee, and a choon from the “auld” country sung by The Ames Brothers. We’ll track some period hits with Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick and Al Hirt. Bing Crosby sings the lovely song, “Galway Bay.” Hear the tender 1961 hit for the Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Cast Your Fate to the Wind.” Songs with Johnny Mathis, Kay Starr, and Jimmie Rodgers. Listen today at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Frank Sinatra opens this set with a film theme from, “The Tender Trap.” The Fontane Sisters are next with their 1955 hit song, “Hearts of Stone.” Then we’ll sing “In the Chapel in the Moonlight” with Dean Martin. We’ll line up some great women of song such as, Kitty Kallen with her number one 1954 hit, “Little Things Mean a Lot,” Connie Francis with “Amoung My Souvenirs,” Cathy Carr’s “Ivory Tower,” and Bette Midler with “He’s a Tramp.” Get your kicks on “Route 66” with Nat King Cole. We’ll “Jump Jive and Wail” with the horn of Louis Prima with Sam Butera and The Witnesses. Enjoy fine period instrumentals with Lawrence Welk, Michel Legrand, and The Silver Screen Orchestra. We’ll spin some songs by great period groups like The Mills Brothers with “Cab Driver,” The Fortunes with “Here Come’s That Rainy Day Feeling,” and the Four Lads with “the Mockingbird.” Enjoy songs by Steve Lawrence, Sonny James, and The Sunnysiders. See the lists, drop a line at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: We open this hour with a fun Jimmie Rodgers hit called, “Uh Oh, I’m Falling in Love Again.” The Carpenters follow up with a song that serves as one of our show’s mantras, “Its Yesterday Once More.” Hear one of the hit instrumentals from the 1960’s coming out of France. Raymond Lefevre’s “Soul Coaxing.” We’ll drop in a little Fab Four from 1969 for a hit song written by George Harrison, “Something,” Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye sings a great Dave Brubeck standard, “Take Five,” followed up with some great big band with Glen Gray. Nat King Cole grabs the stage for a rousing version of “Avalon.” Frank Sinatra takes it next for the song, “Witchcraft.” We’ll team up Jo Stafford and Gordon McCrae for a witty little number called, “A” You’re Adorable.” We turn up the room temperature for Ella Fitzgerald singing, “Its Too Darned Hot,” then take to the floor in Vegas for Count Basie and Joe Williams, “Smack Dab in the Middle.” Patti Page sings a tender version of “Little Green Apples.” We’ll “Go Fishin” with Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby. Hear songs by Doris Day, Robert Goulet, and Perry Como.
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