Monday, January 9, 2017

Neon Beat Update on Radio George - 1.9.16

On the Neon Beat this week: Well kids we’re into week two of an apparent hack and meltdown of our hosting site and though, it’s better than last week, the streaming of the Neon Beat is still undergoing periodic outages and dropouts. Radio George is acting quickly as possible to move to a new host. Meantime, be assured the trouble is not in your set. Nor is it a danger to your computer as you listen. The problem is totally isolated to the hosting end. This week’s offerings, along with the great selection of the artists you know and love, include some songs sung by the late actress Debbie Reynolds. Again, sorry for the problems. We are working on a solid solution and hope to have this thing back on all fours shortly. Thanks for the input from those of you who have written in. It’s those comments that let us know that this was, indeed, network wide. As we tech-y guys say: DOS is good! (21 groan salute) Have a great week! John

Neon Beat Update on Radio George - 1.3.16


On The Neon Beat this Week: Some problems to begin the new year. Please note: The trouble is not in your set. Read on. Quick Note on Radio George Status/Performance
You may have experienced unexplained pauses and/or delays in music on Radio George the last couple of days, especially on The Neon Beat. Our site host came under a Denial of Service hacking attack 3 days ago, which is causing visitors a lot of annoyance.

Don't worry about anything affecting your computer!

This is a massive attempt by some hacker to cause trouble for the web host company, not for the sites it hosts. The "shields were up" right away when the trouble started, and the ripple effects are simply nuisances.

We have literally spent hours with techs and engineers checking this out for your safety and are as happy as we can be to say that any slowdowns are purely on our end and cannot affect your computer.
When will it end? Amazingly enough, no one can even make a likely guess! The general consensus seems to be anytime between a few minutes from now to a few more days.

We can tell you that we've already begun steps to add another layer of security so that if anything like this should happen again, Radio George will not be affected by it--and yes, there is a way to do that!
So hang in there with us. We'll let you know when everything is back to where it's supposed to be in the January 2017 newsletter---soon, we hope!

Kind regards,
Radio George Team

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.27.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Rosemary Clooney powers up this set with a song used as a period track in the first season of the TV series “Madmen.” Then we bring on the horn of Louis Prima as the “Music Goes Round and Round” and it comes out here. “Make Yourself Comfortable” with Sarah Vaughan. Enjoy period instrumental selections with Hugo Winterhalter’s RCA Orchestra with jazz pianist Eddie Heywood, Benny Goodman’s “One O’clock Jump” and Michel Legrand’s Orchestra with “Delicado.” Hear some lovely film music from Doctor Zhivago sung by the chorus of Ray Conniff. Dean Martin croons the song “Just in Time” followed bhttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
y an old 1960’s folk favorite by The Seekers. Enjoy a lovely 1953 hit with the Ames Brothers, “You, You, You.” Then listen to Dinah Shore’s version of the song “Love and Marriage.” We’ll track a rousing version of “Kansas City Here I Come” sung by Kansas City’s own Marilyn Maye. Listen to Johnny Mathis sing ‘A Certain Smile” backed by the orchestra of Percy Faith. Songs by The McGuire Sisters, Al Martino, Andy Williams and more. Listen now at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Four Lads kick off this set with the Ray Conniff singers singing “Put a Light in the Window.” Frank Sinatra takes the mic next with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra with a song about The Windy City. Then daughter Nancy performs a song from the James Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice.” Enjoy some great period TV music with the theme from “Mission Impossible” by Lalo Schifrin. Nat King Cole performs a great Fats Waller standard, “Aint Misbehaving” followed by a fun find from the back of the rack sung by Margaret Whiting. We’ll play some great film music with Judy Garland performing an old Al Jolson standard, and a song from South Pacific sung by Perry Como. Mel Torme sings “Get Outta Town” followed up with some swingin’ big band with Harry James. Hang on to your hat as Gogi Grant sings her 1956 hit, “the Wayward Wind.” Then we’ll spin a one-hit-wonder record for a group called, “Sumpthin’ Smith and the Redheads.” Hear The Platters, Tony Bennett and more.

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: America’s sweethearts, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme open this hour with an old big band era song, “Bei Mir Bistu Schon.” (spell check!) Perry Como takes the stage next for a bluesy favorite called, “Dream on Little Dreamer.” Then hear an early Nat King Cole hit, “Nature Boy.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby with The Andrews Sisters for “Pistol Packin’ Mama.” Listen to a lovely song that won the Academy Award for the best original song in the 1936 production of “Swingtime.” The Lettermen sing, “The Way You Look Tonight.” Then listen to the keyboards of Arthur Ferrante and Louis Teicher as they play a great song from “West Side Story.” A Texas dance instructor named Mary Martin will perform the hit song that put her on the map, “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.” Then listen to Frank Sinatra sing a torch song called “The World We Knew” followed up with some great big band as Billy May’s orchestra play, “Stompin’ at the Savoy.” We’ll spin The Association with “Cherish” and Herb Alpert and the TJB with “the Mexican Shuffle.” Hear songs by Tony Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Washington, and more.
Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.19.16


On The Neon Beat this week: Join us for this week's Christmas extravaganza, with a pleasant blend of Christmas music. Hear The standards, glorious instrumental selections and some back of the rack stuff you may not have heard in a long time. I'll be there offering some commentary, context, and tidbits about the songs and the artists we know and love. Artists like Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Al Caiola, Peggy Lee, Doris Day, Percy Faith, Ray Conniff, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, Norman Luboff's Choir, The Cincinnati Pops, The London Symphony, Louis Armstrong, Kay Starr, Barbra Streisand Robert Goulet, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Pearl Bailey and many more. Like a big wonderful reunion. Join me, John Christopher, for this holiday edition of the Beat called, Neon Christmas!
Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat.htm

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.12.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby launch into a little Mardis Gras “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans.” Jo Stafford takes the mic next with an amorous number with Paul Weston’s Orchestra called, “Sunday Kind of Love.” Enjoy some film music with the Lettermen’s “Theme from Summer Place” and Vic Damone with “An Affair to Remember.” We’ll introduce some holiday selections in this week’s edition of TNB including Robert Goulet singing “No Place Like Home For the Holidays” and David Benoit from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Frank Sinatra performs some great Cole Porter, “Night and Day.” Hear great group ensembles like The Mills Brothers, The New Christy Minstrels, Harpers Bazaar, and The Carpenters. Enjoy some tabasco with Perez Prado and his Orchestra with “Rocka-Mambo No. 5” followed up with Rosemary Clooney singing, “You Took Advantage of Me.” Sammy Davis Jr perfroms his hit song, “The Shelter of Your Arms” followed up with an old TV song by Henry Mancini called, The Theme From Cade’s County.” We’ll track a great old song sung by KC’s Marilyn Maye, and a musical “Thank you” from Mr. Wayne Newton. Also a great hit standard for Lena Horne.at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Kay Starr launches this set as we go “Swinging Down the Lane.” Tap your feet next to “That Old Bilbao Song” with Andy Williams. Warm yourself up with Chad and Jeremy’s sweet hit song “A Summer Song” and “It Might As Well Be Spring” with Andre Previn and his Orchestra. Set 2 begins with Patti Page’s female answer to the John Hartford hit, “Gentle On My Mind” followed up with a sentimental number by Al Martino “Daddy’s Little Girl” and the song that won an award for Frank Sinatra and the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra that year. Enjoy two Christmas favorites with that 1967 romp version of “Jingles Bells” by Barbra Streisand and a south of the border rendition of “Dear Senior’ Santa Clause by “Jim Reeves.” We’ll reunite the Fifth Dimension for the “Wedding Bell Blues” followed up in the next set with “Jump Shout Boogie” by Barry Manilow and some Swing N’ Jive with a great Glenn Miller classic. We’ll feel that “Look of Love” sung by Dusty Springfield. Enjoy a Tony Bennett rendition of the song, “Fly Me to the Moon.” We’ll spln hits by The Vogues, Jo Stafford and actor Gordon MaCrae, Anita O’Day and the 1960 tale of “Big John” spun by Jimmie Dean. See the playlists, leave comments, see links at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin opens this hour with “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On.” Nat King Cole takes it next with a Ralph Marterie hit that Nat just about had to pull a gun to get the rights to use it. Hear Nat’s hit version of “Pretend.” Next a Holiday memory as we remember the film White Christmas with Rosemary and Betty Clooney, followed with the iconic song from the film sung by Bing Crosby. (Holdout for a few tidbits you may not have known about the song.) Engelbert Humperdinck opens the next set with one of his early hits, “The Last Waltz” followed with Petula Clark’s big 1967 hit record, “Don’t Sleep in the Subway.” Hear a movie favorite as Henry Mancini’s Orchestra plays the theme from “Darling Lili.” Listen to some fine period instrumentals with Leroy Anderson, Percy Faith, and Booker T and the MG’s. (requested) Kay Starr spins the “Wheel of Fortune,” followed with Perez Prado’s salsa treatment of “Patricia.” We’ll track Anne Murray’s first big 1970 hit on the Capitol label, “Snowbird” followed with one of Glenn Campbell’s most beloved songs. Hear songs with Kitty Kallen, Jim Lowe, and introducing a Kansas City talent, named Rob McHenry with “The Lady in Red.” Listen now at : http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

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: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

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: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

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: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

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: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

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 vehttp://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/
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: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/