Monday, November 23, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.23.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Petula Clark kicks off this set with a hit song she begged her producer not to release. She said, “It’s wrong for me.” Twas a huge 1966 hit. “My Love.” Buddy Greco takes the Vegas stage next for his version of “Around the World.” (I LIKE it!) Bill Murray channeled this fellow for his singing lounge act schtick for Saturday Night Live.” Then we’ll track a great Harold Arlen song performed live in Paris by Diana Krall. Hear some fine film music as Vic Damone sings the theme from “Gigi.” Enjoy some period chart hits sung by The Four Preps, Simon and Garfunkel, The Dixie Cups and The Classics 4. Hear Frankie Laine and the EZ Riders perform a 1950’s favorite, “Love is a Golden Ring. “ Hear the 1968 instrumental song that finally kicked Percy Faith’s “Summer Place” out of the number one position as the top instrumental hit of all time. Hear Nat King Cole with Les Baxter’s Orchestra as Nat sings, “To the Ends of the Earth.” Frank Sinatra does a swingin’ version of “When You’re Smiling.” Hear Peg
gy Lee’s biggest pop chart hit single, “Fever.” Listen to songs with Jimmie Rogers, Johnny Mathis and more. Listen at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Henry Mancini Orchestra opens this hour with a hit song written by Paul Anka for The Tonight Show. Then we’ll hop aboard a rocket ship, “Destination Moon” with Dinah Washington. Listen to the Marvelous Marilyn Maye with her rousing take on a great Dave Brubeck standard, “Take Five.” Hear Robert Goulet croon a lovely version of the Bob Lund hit, “Mamselle” followed up “Just in Time” with Dean Martin. We’ll go to the back of the rack for a Brit Hit with Peter Asher and Gordon Waller singing, “Lady Godiva.” We’ll spin some great Big Band with Harry James’ “Cherry” and Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra doing a swinging Tommy Dorsey song, “Opus One.” Bobby Darin takes the microphone for one of his late 1950’s charting hits, “Dream Lover.” Then we’ll just “Dream” a bit with The Pied Pipers and Jo Stafford. Sit back and enjoy one of Don Mclean’s most beautiful songs that he composed about artist Vincent Van Gogh. Listen to Sergio Mendez, Patti Page and more. See the lists and leave comments at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Sarah Vaughan launches this hour with a jazz standard, “How High the Moon” performed here by one of the most distinctive voices of the era, Sarah Vaughan. Tony Bennett is next with the Count Basie Orchestra singing a song about that Windy City. Connie Francis sings a hit song composed by a woman from the KC area, Betty Blasco: “My Happiness.” (thank u Phil) We’ll team up Frank and his daughter Nancy for their 1966 hit song, “Something Stupid.” Louis Prima, Keely Smith and Sam Butera take the Vegas stage for “Jump Jive and Wail” followed by an easy goin’ tune called “A Doodling Song” by Peggy Lee. Get your kicks on “Route 66” with Nat King Cole. Listen to a “workin’ song” with The Vogues and they sing, “Five O’Clock World” followed with a great Australian group called The Seekers doing, “A World of Our Own.” Glen Campbell sings a song voted by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top 500 songs of all time composed by Jimmy Webb. We’ll spin records by Joni James, Al Martino, Lawrence Welk and more. Listen at:

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.16.15

On The Neon Beat this week Jukebox 1: Dean Martin launches this hour with “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On.” (postage paid plz) Then listen to KC’s Marvelous Marilyn Maye with her wonderful rendition of, “Cabaret.” Listen to a lovely 1953 hit based on an old German folk song sung by the Ames Brothers with Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra. Annette Funicello picks up the tempo with a song from the island beaches, “Pineapple Princess.” Bobby Darin performs a jazzy version of a 1930’s British standard, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square.” We’ll track great instrumentals by Al Hirt, (Java) Sounds Orchestral (Cast Your Fate to the Wind) and Henry Mancini’s Orchestra. (Charade) Enjoy an award winning record for the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra and Frank Sinatra, “It Was a Very Good Year.” Listen to a period track sung by jazz diva Dianne Reeves from the film, “Good Night and Good Luck.” Hits by The Lettermen, Art Mooney, Jim Reeves and more. Listen at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Engelbert Humperdinck opens this set with his latter 1970’s comeback hit, “After the Lovin.” Sammy Davis Jr takes the stage next with The Mike Curb Congregation for a hit song you can taste. Then an amorous “noir” little song of lonely nights “Black Coffee” and cigarettes with bombshell Julie London. Listen to a song from “Man of La Mancha” performed by Ed Ames, “Dream the Impossible Dream.” Petula Clark sings one of her many 1960’s chart hits, “Kiss Me Goodbye.” Nat King Cole performs a Fred Astaire film number from a recording live at the Sands in Vegas, “The Continental.” Hear instrumentals by Roger Williams, (Born Free) Aker Bilk, (Stranger on the Shore) Nelson Riddle’s “Lisbon Antigua” and one by Herb Alpert and the TJB. We’ll team up Lee Hazelwood with Nancy Sinatra with a country hit called, “Jackson” followed by a song by BJ Thomas, “Everybody’s Outta Town.” Hear Burl Ives, Joni James and more. Leave comments, see the playlists at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald, gets this hour underway with a neat scat interp of the song “Blue Skies.” Then listen to the great Mario Lanza with his signature hit from the film “The Great Caruso.” Hear the Percy Faith instrumental that set the standard for EZ listening music, “The Theme from “A Summer Place.” Nat King Cole sings a sentimental hit song with the Ralph Carmichael Chorus, “All Over the World” followed up with a lovely rendition of “You Belong to Me” sung by Jo Stafford. We’ll do a little Rat Packin’ starting with a fun little tit o’ tate between Frank and Sammy called “Me and My Shadow” followed by Dean Martin singing a great Frank Loesser hit with the Four Lads. We’ll get our ‘shooby do lang langs” on with the Carpenters remembering “Yesterday Once More.” Henry Mancini plays a hit song from a period John Wayne film called, “Hatari.” Hear Canadian Michael Buble, Guy Mitchell, Cathy Carr, Elvis and more. Listen at:

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.9.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Ray Charles Singers kick off another great set with their 1960 hit, “Love Me With All Your Heart.” Then Peggy Lee steams on stage with a romping version of “Come Back to Me.” Following Peg, Frank Sinatra takes it “Nice N’ Easy” with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra. Listen to a smooth interpretation of an old Beatles hit performed by Tony Bennett. Linda Ronstadt sings a lovely standard with Nelson Riddle, “I’ve Got a Crush on You.” Hear some great big band with Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra playing, “The Song of India.” More instrumentals by Al Hirt, and a skating rink standard by Bent Fabric. Enjoy a couple of “campy” numbers with Buddy Greco and The Hi Lo’s. We’ll spin a song that Rosemary Clooney used as an opening theme to her TV show, sung here by Nat King Cole: “Tenderly.” Enjoy some classic Ray Charles rememberin’ what it’s like to be dead broke, ala, “Busted.” Hear hits by Les Baxter, Roger Miller, and more.

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Petula Clark starts off this hour with one of her biggest charting hits, “Don’t Sleep In the Subway Darlin’” Then, listen to a lush arrangement of an award winning song for Gordon Jenkins Orchestra backing Frank Sinatra for the lovely song, “All the Way.” We’ll track some classic Etta James with, “It’s Too Soon to Know.” Dean Martin sings one of his chart toppers, “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You.” Listen to Kay Starr sing a hit, the title of which became the name for a popular TV game show. Hear some great theatre music with Margaret Whiting with a song from “South Pacific”, followed by a song from the 1945 film “State Fair” sung by Andy Williams. Enjoy some country picking with Sonny James singing, “Young Love.” Then hear some 1950’s pop with the Everly Brothers singing “Walk Right Back.” Here some Elvis with “Crying in the Chapel.” Hits by Ben E. King and Doris Day. Much more. Leave comments see the lists at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Robert Goulet slams into this set with his 1963 hit, “Happy Summer Sounds.” The McGuire Sisters are next with their signature hit, “Sugartime.” We’ll track a tender island ballad by Harry Belefonte called “Jamaica Farewell.” Hear a signature standard for Lena Horne as she performs the song, “Stormy Weather” followed up with Brook Benton holding the gospel gun for the song, “Shadrach.” Hear one of three 1969 chart toppers for the jazz/rock group, “Blood Sweat and Tears” performing, “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy.” We’ll track some fine period instrumentals by Leroy Anderson, some film music by Herb Alpert, Les Baxter, and another movie selection by Henry Mancini from “The Great Race.” Listen to Dionne Warwick with one of the many hit songs penned by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Harry Nilsson sings a song from the film “Midnight Cowboy.” We’ll spin hits by Peter, Paul and Mary, Sergio Mendez and more. Listen at:

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.2.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra kicks off another line up of great music as we go “South of the Border” in this first segment. We follow it up with Herb Alpert and the TJB with his first chart hit, “The Lonely Bull.” Patti Page tracks next with “All Her Love” and the Kingston Trio with “El Matador.” Barbra Streisand sings a song that she calls “one of her favorites” in part, written by author Truman Capote. We’ll team up Tony Bennett and Canadian jazz diva Diana Krall for “The Best is yet to Come.” We’ll bring back Frank with Rosemary Clooney for a fun little romp called, “Cherry Pies Outta Be You.” Petula Clark performs a Charlie Chaplin song used in the film, “A Countess from Hong Kong.” Enjoy a fun one hit wonder memory from the land down under, sung by Rolf Harris. Listen to a smooth version of a great Gershwin selectittp://
on heard in “An American in Paris” sung by Nat King Cole. We’ll track hits by Brook Benton, Dean Martin, Michael Buble and more. Listen at: h

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Ella Fitzgerald takes off with a song from the TV series “Pan Am.” A brilliant scat interp of the song, “Blue Skies.” Next is a great 1960 TV theme called, “Mr. Lucky” performed by Henry Mancini and his Orchestra, followed by a hit maker from the KC area named Jerry Wallace as he does his 1959 hit, “Primrose Lane.” Doris Day sings a 1958 toe tapper, one of her last charting hits as her film career was taking off. Doris sings, “Everybody Loves a Lover.” Perry Como sings a lovely standard from the film, “South Pacific.” Hear a smooth 1956 song by Oklahoman, Patti Page performing, “Allegheny Moon.” Mel Carter takes the mic for his signature recording, “Hold Me, Thrill Me.” We’ll play a track from the “Swingin’ Session” album with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra and Frank Sinatra singing, “S’posin.” Sing along with Mitch Miller and the gang doing the “Yellow “Rose of Texas.” Marty Robbins, The Mills Brothers and more. See the lists leave comments at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Nat King Cole and the Ralph Carmichael Chorus launch this hour as we recall “Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer.” Tony Bennett takes the stage next with a great song from the film, “The Sound of Music.” Connie Francis sings her comeback hit, “Among My Souvenirs.” We’ll take a rocket trip with the Ames Brothers, “Destination Moon.” Then rocket out further into space and do a fly-by “Venus’ with Johnny Mathis.” Judy Garland performs some great film music from the golden days of MGM, “The Trolley Song.” Hear some great big band with The Glenn Miller Orchestra and Benny Goodman’s “Let’s Dance!” We’ll spin Louis Armstrong’s great rendition of the Broadway hit song, “Hello Dolly.” Frank Sinatra croons a song to take the years off. Old Blue Eyes sings “Young at Heart.” Rosemary Clooney sings a song from the play, “The Pajama Game.” Hear hits by Frankie Laine, the McGuire Sisters, Jo Stafford and more. Listen now at:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 10.26.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Mills Brothers kick off this hour with one of their old favorites, “the Glow Worm.” Tony Bennett takes the stage next with “The Good Life.” Doris Day performs a 1955 hit from the movie, “Love Me or Leave Me.” Enjoy some great big band with Benny Goodman, Les Brown and Louis Prima’s “That Old Black Magic.” Peggy Lee jingles a little “bling” with “Baubles Bangles and Beads.” Listen to the 1951 hit that established the Mantovani sound called “Charmaine.” Bing Crosby does a Cole Porter song that was also notable hit for cowboy legend Roy Rogers. Barbra Streisand performs a wonderful Fanny Brice song from the Ziegfeld Follies called, “Second Hand Rose”, followed up by a French singing Nat King Cole, “Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup.” Hear great instrumentals by Lawrence Welk, and Nelson Riddle. Listen at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Vic Damone launch
es this set with the lovely ballad, “You’re Breaking My Heart.” Then we pick up the tempo with a sock hop hit done by Eddie Fisher. Enjoy and old 1960’s favorite by Ruby and the Romantics, “Our Day Will Come.” Frank Sinatra performs a period song from the film “Ready Willing and Able” followed up with “Just a Simple Melody” sung by Patti Page, and a song from “Bye Bye Birdie” sung by Tony Bennett and the Mitch Miller gang. We’ll team up Louis Armstrong with Bing Crosby for some great New Orleans Jazz singing, “The Muskrat Ramble.” Songwriter Johnny Mercer performs one of his songs with The Pied Pipers singing, “Candy.” Enjoy some period TV music as actor Richard Chamberlain sings the theme from “Dr. Kildare.” Hear hits by the Four Freshmen, Tony Martin, and more. See the lists and leave comments at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Actress Judy Garland starts this set with a show standard called, “I Got Rhythm.” Then we’ll hear a jazzy toe tapper by Nat King Cole from 1957 called, “Send for Me.” We’ll spin some fine period instrumentals by Bert Kaempfert, Glenn Miller, Henry Mancini and a jazzy memory by the Al Casey Combo. (thank you Max Floyd!) The Four Lads sing a song from “A Most Happy Fella.” Dusty Springfield sings a sultry number from “Casino Royale,” and we’ll play a funny classic by Allen Sherman, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.” (Oy! spell check goin’ nuts here) We’ll spin a classy “west coast Jazz” version of the song, “Taking a Chance on Love” performed by Anita O’Day. Listen to the 1950’s song banned in Boston for being too racy, sung by the Everly Brothers. Hear a period Pete Seeger folk hit performed by The Little Women, “Little Boxes.” (all made of ticky tacky) Listen to Ella Fitzgerald, Steve and Eydie, and Eddy Arnold. Listen at:

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 10-19-15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Tony Bennett opens this week’s great lineup with a song, its melody taken from an opera. Tony sings, “Stranger in Paradise.” Next we’ll remember a quartet from the 1950’s and 60’s that opened for actress Judy Garland and were frequently seen on Ed Sullivan, Hear “The Hi Lo’s sing, “Keep Your Sunnyside Up.” Rosemary Clooney sings a song from the musical “Wake up and Dream” followed by Dean Martin with “I Will.” Enjoy a Disney favorite performed by Phil Harris as Ballou the Bear from “the Jungle Book.” Hear a sentimental favorite sung by ol’ Blue Eyes. Sinatra sings, “There Used
to be a Ballpark.” Hear Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye with rousing version of a great Jerome Kern song, “The Song Is You.” Actress Marilyn Monroe performs her signature song from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” Hear some requested music with Peggy Lee as she sings a war time favorite, “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe. Much more including hits by Jackie DeShannon, Johnny Mathis, and Lou Rawls. Listen at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Frank Sinatra launches this set with an old standard performed with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra, ‘Blue Moon.” Peggy Lee is next with Benny Goodman right off the stagedoor canteen, with her hit, “Why Don’t You Do Right?” Then a classic period swing piece with Glenn Miller and The Modernaires singing, “Jukebox Saturday Night.” Rosemary sings a film standard from “The Harvey Girls,” followed with a great Paul Anka song performed by The Lettermen, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder.” Hear Jerry Costanzo with “Can I Steal A Little Love.” We’ll team up Louis Armstrong with Bing Crosby for some great jazz, “Way Down Yonder In New Orleans.” We’ll hear Kay Starr sing one of her “saloon standards” (as Kay puts it) “You’ve Got to See Yo’ Mama Every Night.” Hear Nat King Cole and his trio do a jazzy version of “Paper Moon,” followed up by the smooth Errol Garner hit, “Misty.” Listen to a Polka standard by Frankie Yankovic (no relation to Weird Al), The Little Dippers, Claude King and more. Leave comments see the playlists at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Perry Como begins this selection with the Ramblers singing, “Don’t Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes.” We’ll put Steve and Eydie on stage together, “Cheek to Cheek,” followed by And y Williams singing the great theatre piece, “April In Paris.” Listen to Diana Ross with an award winning film hit, “The Theme from Mahogany.” Sammy Davis Jr sings one of his fine Reprise hits from Broadway, “What Kind Of Fool Am I.” Then Frank Sinatra takes the mic for the song, “It Happened in Monterrey. “ Dinah Washington performs a rowdy version of a song from “Guys and Dolls.” Nat King Cole performs one his many period hit songs, this one, used by Hallmark cards for some of their imaging. Hear Nat sing the song “LOVE.” Listen to some great TV music with Lalo Schifrin’s “Theme From Mission Impossible” and a TV/film song taken from the award winning film, “Good Night and Good Luck” performed by Dianne Reeves. We’ll spin tracks by Connie Stevens, Bobby Vinton, Louis Prima and more. Listen at:

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 10.12.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Sergio Mendez and Brazil begin this hour with a touch of salsa as we open with “Pretty World.” Then Trini Lopez bends them guitar strings with an up-tempo touch on the folk hit, “Lemon Tree.” Listen to a lovely song from the Broadway play “I Do, I Do” performed by Ed Ames. We’ll take a look at the year 1966 and spin a great Petula Clark hit, “It’s A Sign of the Times.” Bobby Goldsboro expresses a little wanderlust with the song, “the Straight Life.” Dean Martin opens his closet for one of his signature 1960’s chart hits, Everybody Loves Somebody” followed up with a swing Jerome Kern song performed by Ella Fitzgerald, “Pick Yourself Up.” Hear a couple of the great period quartets, The Four Lads and The Four Freshmen. Frank Sinatra sings a great Harold Arlen song with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra. Instrumentals by Perez Prado, Herb Alpert, Billy Vaughn and Hagood Hardy. Hear Tony Bennett, Patti Page and Wayne Newton. Listen at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Oklahoman Kay Starr kicks off this hour with a cut from one of her most celebrated albums, “Movin:” “Swinging Down the Lane.” Les Brown and his band of Renown are next with “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.” Mel Torme takes the stage next with some great music from “Gypsy.” Laugh a little as we team up Dino and Sammy for a little Rat packin’ as they attempt “Sam’s Song.” Frank Sinatra sings a standard that was used in the dark comedy TV sitcom, “Married with Children.” We’ll hear some gr
eat big band with Harry James and Benny Goodman. Get set for a touch of the Irish with Dennis Day’s “Clancy Lowered the Boom” and The New Christy Minstrels with “Green Green.” Listen to a soul hit maker from Chicago who was the image voice for Budweiser. Lou Rawls sings ‘Lady Love.” Hear the beautiful “Song from Moulin Rouge” by Percy Faith. Listen to Ed Ames, Rosemary and Betty Clooney and more. Leave comments see the lists at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Bobby Goldsboro launches this hour with one of his most beloved hit recordings, “Watching Scotty Grow.” Then listen to Dinah Washington’s 1959 chart hit, “What a Difference a Day Makes.” We’ll track a 1954 record by one of the hit maker quartets from Canada as the Crew Cuts sing, “Sh Boom.” Al Hirt throws a little honey in the horn with “Sugar Lips” We’ll hear the Chordettes with “Mister Sandman” followed up by one of Perry Como’s 1950’s sock hop hits, “Tina Marie.” Tune in for some smooth Nat King Cole singing the song, “Tenderly.” Lucille Ball performs the hit song from the musical “Wildcat.” Listen to the theme from the hit movie and TV series, MASH, performed by Al De Lory. Get set for a balloon ride with the Fifth Dimension, as we go “Up Up and Away.” Enjoy the theme song from a period James Bond film sung by Shirley Bassey. Listen to hits by Johnny Mathis, Sam Cooke, Roy Rogers and more. Listen at: