Monday, June 29, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.29.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: We’ll take to the floor and do the twist as we open this set with Sam Cooke. Then listen to the King of Mambo, Perez Prado and his Orchestra, with his 1958 hit, “Patricia.” Nat King Cole croons an early 1950’s charting hit, “Nature Boy.” Listen to a great Cole Porter song sung by Frank Sinatra with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra. Patti Page sings the female version to a grehttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
at John Hartford/Glen Campbell hit. Enjoy a breath of fresh ocean breeze with Roger Whittaker’s “The Last Farewell.” Hear Chad and Jeremy’s wistful hit “A Summer Song” followed up with a snappy fun number by Peggy Lee, “Manana is Good Enough for Me.” You’ll hear great instrumentals by Harry James, Andre Previn, and The Village Stompers. We’ll track an old album cut from the back of the rack by The Four Freshmen, “I’ll Remember April.” Listen to Jim Lowe (Green Door), Burl Ives, and Kitty Kallen. Listen at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Rosemary Clooney launches this hour with one of her crazy recordings snatched up for the television series, “Madmen.” Then listen to an old Dean Martin favorite, ‘You’re Nobody til Somebody Loves You.” Then, take off your “shoezees” and ‘Make Yourself Comfortable” with “Sassy.” Enjoy some Universal film music with Henry Mancini, his orchestra and chorus with “Darling Lili.” Mary Martin steams on the stage with a song that was to get the woman noticed as a major talent, “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.” Hear Paul Anka sing one of his many hit songs, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder.” Instrumentals by Benny Goodman, Nelson Riddle, and Arthur Fiedler directing the Boston Pops. Enjoy a country set with Roger Miller, Archie Campbell, and Gogi Grant. See the lists, leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Four Aces stroll down the aisle as we open this Juke for “Those Wedding Bells.” The English Gentlemen, Matt Monro is next with a sweeping version of a show tune called “I’ll Take Romance.” Doris Day is next with an award winning song she performed in the 1953 film, “Calamity Jane.” Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra team up for a Cole Porter song from “High Society.” Jo Stafford sings a sultry version of “Sunday Kind Of Love” with Paul Weston and his Orchestra. Hear Percy Faith with a romping song from “My Fair Lady.” Listen to The Lettermen with a vocal version of the theme from the film “A Summer Place.” Enjoy a bluesy hit from 1967 with Dusty Springfield singing, “Son of a Preacher Man.” Ella Fitzgerald sings a lush version of the old Artie Shaw hit, “Begin the Beguine.” We’ll play songs by Glen Campbell, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Vinton and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.22.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: We launch this week of great memories with a little honey in the horn as Al Hirt plays a great Floyd Cramer song, “Fancy Pants.” Next we’ll listen to Tony Bennett, “Just in Time.” We’ll listen to a little tye-dye rendition of a Bob Crewe hit sung by Andy Williams, “Music to Watch Girls By.” Hear Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye sing “If My Friends could see me Now.” Tom Jones sings a tender version of a country hit called, “the Green Green Grass of Home.” Nancy Sinatra struts her stuff with the 60’s Lee Hazelwood hit, “These Boots are Made for Walkin.” Listen to the McGuire Sisters with one their many 1950’s charting hits on the “Coral” label, “Sincerely.” Enjoy some great big band with Benny Goodman’s “Jersey Bounce.” We’ll spin some classic Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters singin’ “Pistol Packin’ Mama.” Listen to Al Martino, Perry Como, Barbra Streisand’s 1964 hit from the film “Funny Girl” and much more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Sammy Davis Jr kicks off this box with his 1963 charting hit, “The Shelter of Your Arms.” Andy Williams follows up with “That Old Bilbao Song.” Barbra Streisand is next with her rendition of a song originally called, “She Touched Me.” (change of gender for Bab’s version) Hear film songs sung by Frank Sinatra (The Tender Trap), Vic Damone, (Gigi), Ray Conniff with a song from Dr Zhivago, and a Broadway favorite sung by Perry Como and Betty Hutton. Enjoy a Johnny Mercer song sung by Johnny himself with Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers, “Candy.” Nat King Cole sings a 1953 favorite that Nat had to wrestle from band leader Bob Marterie to record, “Pretend.” We’ll spin an iconic record that became associated with the state of Tennessee sung by Patti Page. Enjoy a little Steve Allen ramp poking a little fun at big band era conductor, Ben Bernie. Listen to tracks by Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Burl Ives and more. See the lists, leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin and the singers launch this juke with “Somewhere There’s a Someone.” We’ll do a little singin’ and soft-shoe’in with Eydie Gorme with her hit song, “You Need Hands.” (By request) Snap your fingers to a bluesy number by Perry Como called, “Dream on Little Dreamer.” We’ll throw in a song by “The Silver Fox.” His 1974 hit, “the Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” Listen to one of the King’s many hit recordings, “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley. Listen to a lovely recording from a period film called “Anna” sung by Nat King Cole. Tony Bennett croons a tender version of a good old Beatles song, “Something in the way She Moves.” Introducing Jerry Constanzo with a stunning version of an old Frank Sinatra cover, “Can I Steal A Little Love.” Hear actress Judy Garland from “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Great recordings by Pat Boone, Carpenters, Kay Starr and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.15.15

On the Neon Beat this week Jukebox 1: The Four Lads launch this week’s musical faire with the Four Lads and the Ray Conniff singers, “Put a Light In the Window.” (And a mint under the pillow) Louis Prima follows next with a little jazz 101, “The Music Goes Round and Round.” Barbra Streisand sings a song heard in the Disney film, Pinocchio. Frank Sinatra sings a song about that “Toddlin’ Town” followed by Dusty Springfield performing a sultry number from “Casino Royale.” We’ll spin some great male groups, The Association, The Vogues, and The Righteous Brothers. We’ll team up Jo Stafford and Gordon McCrae for a little “fun with the alphabet” number called, “A” You’re Adorable.” Enjoy some great instrumental gold with Herb Alpert and the TJB, Michel Legrand and The Al Casey Combo. Listen to Nat King Cole, Elvis, Dionne Warwick, and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat Jukebox 2: Dean Martin gets this hour of golden hits started with “Mambo Italiano” followed up by a number one Doris Day hit from the film “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” Listen to Engelbert Humperdinck with his 1967 hit song, “the Last Waltz.” Get set to do some Tango’in with Pearl Bailey. Frank Sinatra performs a rendition of a great Harold Arlen song. We’ll team up Rosemary Clooney with her sister Betty for a song they did together in the film White Christmas. Bing and his son Gary get together for a fun version of “Sam’s Song.” Hear some great big band with Glenn Miller and Harry James. Actress Judy Garland performs an Al Jolson standard from the film “A Star Is Born.” Listen to the velvet fog, Mel Torme, with “Get Outta Town.” We’ll play records by Barbra Streisand, Buddy Clark, The Andrews Sisters and more. See the lists leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat Jukebox 3: We open this set with a cut from one of Kay Starr’s best albums as she performs ‘Swinging down the Lane.” Next, Harry Connick Jr. sings a musical version of The Chew with a “Recipe for Making Love.” The Ames Brothers perform a song, the melody of which is derived from an old German folk song, “You You You” accompanied by Hugo Winterhalter and his RCA Orchestra. We go to Vegas for a live performance of Nat King Cole singing, “You Leave Me Breathless.” Hear Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye with a rousing performance of the Broadway song, “Sherry.” Big Chicago boy with the low husky voice and a spokesman for Budweiser, Lou Rawls, sings his hit song, “You’ll Never Find another Love like Mine.” Listen to Perry Como with his one of his number one hits for 1957, “Round and Round.” Listen to The Mills Brothers, Dinah Shore, The Hi Lo’s, Al Hirt and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.8.15

On The Neon Beat this week, on Jukebox 1: Barbra Streisand launches this hour with a song adapted by mister television, Milton Bearle: “Sam You Made the Pants Too Long.” Next, we lift a glass to Dean Martin with, “Little Ol’ Wine Drinker Me.” Then enjoy a Carole King song performed in this 1962 recording by The Drifters: “Up On the Roof.” Tom Jones steams on stage with his 1965 hit, “It’s Not Unusual.” Listen to Nat King Cole with a lovely version of a Hoagy Carmichael standard. We’ll play a whimsical piece by Petula Clark called “A Cat in the Window.” Nancy Sinatra sings the theme song from a James Bond film, “You Only Lihttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
ve Twice.” Then listen to Engelbert Humperdinck with “Quando, Quando.” Hear great film and Broadway music with Louis Armstrong, Pat Boone, and Frank Sinatra. We’ll spin records by The Kingston Trio, Al Martino, Eydie Gorme and more. Go to:

On The Neon Beat, Jukebox 3: Barry Manilow gets this set going with a swingin’ number called “Jump Shout Boogie” from his “This Song’s For You” album. Next we spin a hit single by The Fifth Dimension, “The Wedding Bell Blues.” Harpers Bazaar does a fun vocal version of a great Glenn Miller standard, “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Nat King Cole croons a great Fats Waller song, “Aint Misbehaving.” Anita O’Day performs a west coast jazz version of “Old Devil Moon.” Listen to Frank Sinatra sing an award winning song for that year for both Frank and The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra. Aye! “It Was a Very Good Year.” We’ll play what became a signature performance for Lena Horne singing the song, “The Lady Is a Tramp.” Hear some great big band with Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra with “The King Porter Stomp.” We’ll spin some more Dean Martin with his hit version of the song, “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On.” Hear The Ames Brothers with their 1955 hit, “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane.” You’ll hear Andy Williams, Petula Clark, Tony Martin and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Pucker up as Georgia Gibbs blasts off this set with her “Kiss of Fire.” Then we’ll hear the song, “Fly Me to the Moon” sung by Mr. Tony Bennett. Frank Sinatra takes the mic next for “I’ve Got the World on a String.” Enjoy a lush arrangement of a song performed my Johnny Mathis: “Gina.” Listen to an iconic performance by Eartha Kitt from a 1952 review called, “It’s So Good.” The Four Lads sing a Broadway favorite written by Frank Loesser. Kay Starr sings a toe tapper from 1953 called, “Side by Side” followed the story of the “Little Nash Rambler” as done by The Playmates. We’ll play some great instrumentals by Percy Faith, Leroy Anderson, Billy Vaughn, and the Silver Screen Orchestra. You’ll hear hit songs by Jimmy Dean, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Crystal Gayle and more. See the lists leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.1.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Dean Martin opens this collection with a hit from “Oceans 11”, “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head.” Peggy Lee storms on stage next with a rousing version of “Come Back to Me.” Hear Robert Goulet with his signature song from “Camelot.” We’ll spin a period WW2 favorite by the Nat King Cole Trio, “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” Enjoy some great big band with Harry James performing, “Sleepy Lagoon.” Listen to the Mills Brothers with a song from the Frank Loesser play, “A Most Happy Fella.” We’ll play a snappy version of “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me” sung by Frank Sinatra. Hear Rick Nelson’s “Traveling Man”, Gale Storm’s, “I Hear You Knocking.” Glen Campbell sings “Gentle on My Mind.” Listen to Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Kay Starr and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: We open with Rosemary Clooney singing what one reviewer called, “the perfect theatre song,” “April in Paris.” Enjoy a pop band that was frequently seen on “Gidget,” The Four Preps sing “26 Miles.” The Polish Prince performs one of his many 1960’s charting hits, “There, I’ve said It Again.” Listen to Patsy Cline sing a song written by Willie Nelson during hungrier years, “Crazy.” Enjoy a fun little ditty by Georgia Gibbs that speaks to a popular toy from the era, “The Hula Hoop Song.” Hear great instrumentals by Herb Alpert, Ferranti and Teicher, Henry Mancini, and Glenn Miller. Tony Bennett croons his signature hit about that city by the bay. You’ll hear hit songs by Guy Mitchell, Sammy Davis Jr, Connie Francis and more. Visit our blog spot at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: We’ll kick off this hour with some more Dean Martin as he sings, “the Door Is Still Open to My Heart.” Then listen to Pat Boone as he sings one of his charting hits for the year 1957, “Love Letters in the Sand.” Nat King Cole sings a lush arrangement of a song featuring the orchestra of Les Baxter, “To the Ends of the Earth.” Listen to Matt Monro as he performs a theme from a James Bond film called, “From Russia with Love.” Hear Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye as we play, “You’re Going to Hear from Me.” Enjoy some great Martin Delugg polka as we bring on Perry Como with the Fontane Sisters singing “Hoop Dee Doo.” You’ll hear instrumentals by Raymond Lefevre, Bob Crewe, and one from the T-Bones heard in an old commercial for Alka Seltzer. Hear Joni James, The Rascals, Sarah Vaughan and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.26.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The new Christy Minstrels and Roger Whittaker open this set with a touch o’ the Irish with “Green Green” and “Star of the County Down.” Then listen to the sentimental 1966 hit for Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy as they sing “Something Stupid.” Enjoy an upbeat jazz standard as we hear Nat King Cole sing, “Avalon.” Ella Fitzgerald performs a fun number from “Kiss Me Kate.” Hear some great film music from http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
Tony Bennett, Mitch Miller, and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Sammy Davis Jr. performs his stunning hit song from the Broadway play, “Golden Rainbow.” Perry Como performs one of his 1950’s jukebox hits, “Tina Marie.” We’ll spin Andy Williams’ 1963 chart hit, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You.” Hear Robert Flack with Donny Hathaway, Rosemary Clooney, The Beatles and more. Go to:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Tony Bennett opens this hour with a touch of “Goodfella’s” music called “Rags to Riches.” Then clearly, “Something’s Gotta Give” as we spin that fun hit record by The McGuire Sisters. Listen to some award winning television music from the series “Mission Impossible” performed by Lalo Schifrin, and a tender piece with Henry Mancini and his orchestra playing the “Theme From The Thornbirds.” We’ll spin the chart hit by Nino Temple and April Stevens called “Deep Purple” followed up by a 1958 chart hit by Tommy Edwards, “It’s all in the Game.” Enjoy some movie music sung by Vic Damone from “My Fair Lady” and Ferranti and Teicher’s “Theme from Midnight Cowboy. Hear Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, Georgia Gibbs and more. Leave comments see the playlists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Frank Sinatra kicks off this hour with a great Les Brown hit called, “How Bout You.” Then “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine” with Gale Garnett. Laugh a little with a 1963 memory by Allen Sherman, “Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh.” Nat King Cole croons a lovely version of an old Ray Noble hit, “The Very Thought of You.” Enjoy some great instrumentals by Henry Mancini, Morris Stoloff, and The Silver Screen Orchestra. Marty Robbins performs his 1957 chart hit, “A White Sport Coat” followed by Brenda Lee singing, “Too Many Rivers.” Tony Bennett sings a song performed by Dick Van Dike in the film, “Bye Bye Birdie.” We’ll spin a Dusty Springfield rendition of a song from the 1968 film “The Thomas Crown Affair.” Enjoy a country set with Johnny Horton and Lynn Anderson. We’ll play Linda Ronstadt, Peter Paul and Mary, Trini Lopez and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.18.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Caterina Valente storms on stage as we open Juke 1 with “The Breeze and I.” Frank Sinatra is next with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra as we go “Learnin’ the Blues.” Listen to an old 1962 memory with Joe Henderson as we “Snap Our Fingers.” Hear some great Broadway and Film selections with Patti Page, Dinah Washington, Robert Goulet, and Henry Mancini. Petula Clark sings a song written by Charlie Chaplain for “The Countess from Hong Kong.” (didn’t actually make the film so Charlie gave it to Pet to record) Listen to Bobby Darin do a swingin’ version of “I Got Rhythm.” Hear The Moe Kauffman Septet with the “Swinging Shepherd Blues.” We’ll play the Four Knights (a group that backed Nat King Cole in several recordings) with their 1950’s hit single, “I Get So Lonely.” You’ll hear Al Martino, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and more. All at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Robert Goulet takes the stage as we open this set with “Summer Sounds.” Nancy Sinatra is next with her 1966 hit single, “Sugar Town.” Enjoy a country-esk “ folk set with Patsy Cline, Elvis, Glen Campbell, and Peter Paul and Mary.” Perry Como sings a 1956 hit song with the Mitchell Ayers Orchestra and Chorus, “Hot Diggity.” You’ll hear a rousing version of “The Glow Worm” sung by the Mills Brothers. We’ll track a couple of one hit wonders with The Pony Tails (Born Too Late) and Johnny Preston (Running Bear) Listen to some great instrumental selections by Bert Kaempfert, Roger Williams, Sounds Orchestral and The Silver Screen Orchestra. We’ll play hit singles by Pat Boone, Jimmie Rodgers, Terry Gilkyson and his EZ Riders and more. Leave comments and see the playlists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Barbra Streisand kicks off this hour with a record that Barb thought would never crack the top ten. (wrong) Hugo Winterhalter’s RCA Orchestra is next with a 1956 hit version of Leroy Anderson’s, “Blue Tango.” Listen to The Chordettes with their 1958 smash hit, “Lollipop.” Listen to some smooth crooning with Frank Sinatra singing “My Blue Heaven” along with Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole’s “Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer.” Hear Eddie Fisher’s lovely tribute song, “Oh Mine Papa.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby with Rosemary Clooney for “Come to the Mardis Gras.” We’ll spin Jo Staffords’ 1951 hit, “Shrimp Boats” and play some classic folk by the Kingston Trio. Hear fine classic screen instrumentals by Michel Legrand and Felix Slatkin. Listen to Frankie Avalon, Patti Page, The Andrews Sisters and much more. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/