Monday, December 28, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.28.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: We begin this week’s offerings with some 1960’s folk by The Rooftop Singers singing, “Walk Right In.” Then listen to a charming favorite originally sung in the film “Little Me” by Sid Ceasar. Robert Goulet sings “A Real Live Girl.” We’ll pull up an old Decca label favorite featuring Bing Crosby and The Jesters singing “Sioux City Sue.” Hear some great band with Harry James, Les Brown with Doris Day, and Benny Goodman with Helen Ward. Nat King Cole sings a lovely dusky Hoagy Carmichael standard most recently heard in the film “Sleepless in Seattle” with Tom Hanks. Hear one of the mid 1960’s hits entitled “Release Me” performed by Engelbert Humpedinck. (spell check goes nuts.) Hear Dionne Warwick with some Burt Bacharach/Hal David music, “Walk on By” followed up Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea.” We’ll spin instrumentals by Michel Legrand, Vajean’s 1962 hit from the ABC TV series, “Ben Casey” and the Chantays. We’ll bring in America’s sweethearts, Steve and Eydie, to do an old Big Band era favorite. Hear hits by Bobby Vinton, Bruce Channel, and The Lettermen.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Roger Whittaker opens this hour with a refreshing song “New World in the Morning.” Petula Clark takes the stage next with her version of the song, “Happy Heart.” Then we turn up the temperature with Ella Fitzgerald singing a hot number from “Kiss Me Kate.” We’ll team up Bette Midler with Barry Manilow to sing a song from an album dedicated to hits by Peggy Lee: “I Love Being Here with You.” Enjoy hit singles by a couple of the great period quartets: The Four Lads and The Ames Brothers. Enjoy a piece of Americana brought to life by folk singer Harry Belafonte as he sings the story of “John Henry.” Then we’ll spin that 1962 hit by Ketty Lester, “Love Letters.” Frank Sinatra joins up with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra for, “Tell Her You Love Her.” Hear some great theatre and cinema classics sung by Jo Stafford (from South Pacific) and Vic Damone (from West Side Story). Listen to Chicago’s Lou Rawls with one http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/
of his many hit songs, “Lady Love.” Hear a fun tease between Buddy Clark and Doris Day, “Love Somebody (but I won’t say who)”. Enjoy a 1958 period favorite by the King Of Mambo as we hear Perez Prado’s “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” featuring that great trumpet by Billy Regis. Songs by Perry Como, Joanie Summers and more. Leave comments and see the lists at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Pat Boone launches this set with some film music as we hear “April Love.” Peggy Lee is next as she gives in with “Alright, Ok, You Win!” Then we’ll track two period groups. First, The Vogues with “Turn Around, Look at Me” followed by an L.A. band called Climax and their early 1970s hit, “Precious and Few.” Hear Petula Clark with her charming 1960’s hit song known by two titles: “The Bird in the Sky”. Also called “Cat in the Window.” Hear Frank Sinatra’s sweeping hit version of an old Rod McKuen song, “Love’s Been Good to Me.” Enjoy some great film songs with Ferrante and Teicher ( Antony and Cleopatra), Vic Damone (South Pacific), Louis Armstrong (Mame), Glen Campbell (True Grit) and a special offering from a John Wayne film sung by Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson. Hear Nova Scotia’s own, Anne Murray; sing her first 1970 hit on the Capitol label, “Snowbird.” Next hear the great Tennessee Ernie Ford with his hit standard that stayed at number one for over four weeks in 1955, “Sixteen Tons.” Songs by Bobby Vee, the Lettermen, and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.21.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Dionne Warwick opens with a Broadway favorite called, “Promises Promises.” Ray Charles takes it next with a gospel-esk hit, “Hallelujah, I Love Her So.”
We'll track a refreshing hit from 1975 for Roger Whittaker, “The Last Farewell.” You'll hear a 1950's segment featuring hits by The Everly Brothers, Shelly Fabares, and The Platters. Peggy Lee sings a fun salsa hit arranged by her husband Dave Barbour, “Manana, Is Good Enough For Me.” Sarah Vaughan performs a lovely rendition of the song “Eternally,” We'll spin some period instrumentals both heard in films: Kai Winding;s “More” and John Barry's theme from “Born Free.” Bring your umbrella for two rainy songs sung by Eydie Gorme, and The Cascades. Enjoy a couple of sounds of the season with songs Robert Goulet and Bing Crosby. Frank Sinatra sings, “I'll Be Seeing You.” Songs by Tony Bennett, Patti Page and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The English gentleman, Matt Monro, launches this set with his 1961 hit, “My Kind Of Girl.” The Carpenters take the stage next for one of their many chart hits, “Only Yesterday.” Listen to Glen Campbell perform one of his most beloved sentimental songs, “The Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife” followed by a fun Hawaiian Holiday selection by Bette Midler. Do some rat packin' with Dean Martin's “That's Amore”, Frank Sinatra with “The Coffee Song” and Sammy Davis Jr singing “Let There Be Love.” Enjoy some old jukebox favorites with “Come Softly To Me” by the Fleetwoods, and “Poor Little Fool” by Rick Nelson. We'll throw in a couple of instrumental hits: The great big band swing standard, “In the Mood” with Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra, and Nelson Riddle's “Theme From Route 66.” Great songs by Etta James, Tom Jones and more. See the play lists and leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: We team up Frank Sinatra with Keely Smith for a fun song called, “How Ya Fixed For Love.” Then listen to The Marvelous Marhttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
ilyn Maye for her rousing signature standard, “Step To The Rear.” Enjoy some great big band with Benny Goodman performing “The Jersey Bounce.” We'll spin a great soul track by Brook Benton singing, “Rainy Night in Georgia” followed up with a song by Oklahoman Kay Starr. Enjoy some film music with Doris Day singing, “Secret Love” followed by the theme from “The Flower Drum Song” performed by Tony Bennett, and the theme from the film “Where The Boys Are” sung by Connie Francis. We'll do a little “Mambo Italiano” style with Mr. Dean Martin. Nancy Wilson sings her 1964 Grammy award winning song for that year, “You Don't Know How Glad I Am.” Hear The Ames Brothers, Nat King Cole, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen and more. Listen at:

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.14.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Perry Como launches this week’s offerings with a Milton Delugg arrangement of a polka number with Perry and the Fontane Sisters, “Hoop De Doo.” Then listen to a lush Glenn Miller standard sung by The Ames Brothers. We’ll play a good old Johnny Mercer standard performed by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, “Accentuate the Positive.” Hear some holiday favorites sung by Tony Bennett and Louis
Armstrong. We’ll spin some instrumentals by Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra doing “Topsy,” a film fav by Henry Mancini from the movie “The Pink Panther” and a 1961 chart hit for Lawrence Welk. Enjoy a 1951 RCA hit single for Eddie Fisher as sonny boy sings, “Anytime.” Listen to the hit record that defined the era, Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” Gale Garnett sings a summer time hit standard, “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine.” Hear Oklahoman Patti Page with the female answer to the John Hartford song, “Gentle on My Mind.” We’ll play songs with, Matt Monro, Sergio Mendez, Anita Bryant and more.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Patsy Cline kicks off this set with a strollin’ number. A jazzy remix of “Walking after Midnight” heard in the film about Patsy’s life called “Sweet Dreams.” Perry Como takes the mic next with his 1958 hit single, “Magic Moments.” Listen to a hit doo-wop record for The Duprees, “You Belong to Me.” Hear the Marvelous Marilyn Maye sing a song from a Broadway play “Sherry.” Tune in some holiday fun as we track Pearl Bailey’s “Five Pound Box of Money.” You’ll hear some film favorites, with the Four Aces singing, “Three Coins in the Fountain,” Vic Dana with the Mondo Carne song, “More,” Ferrante and Teicher with the “Theme from Exodus,” and Frank Sinatra singing the theme from the 1961 movie, “A Pocketful of Miracles.” Listen to a track from Barbra Streisand’s first 1964 album, My Name Is Barbra, “A Kid Again.” We’ll spin a lovely rendition of “Fly me to the Moon” by Tony Bennett followed with the McGuire Sisters singing “Goodnight Sweetheart.” Hear Johnny Mathis, Patti Page, Gene Pitney and more. See the playlists, leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Frank Sinatra leads off this fine hour with a song written by Bert Kaempfert, “Strangers in the Night.” Rosemary Clooney takes the stage next with her rendition of, what one reviewer called, the perfect theatre song, “April in Paris.” We’ll track a little British invasion music from 1964 with Chad and Jeremy’s lovely ballad, “A Summer Song.” We’ll go to the back of the rack for a haunting film theme played on the harmonica by Toots Thielemans backed by the John Barry Orchestra. (thar ya go Gilly) “The Theme from Midnight Cowboy.” Next we’ll track a hit narrative right off The Ponderosa. The story of “Ringo” with Loren Green. Then enjoy a Curly Putnam favorite sung by Patti Page, “The Green Green Grass of Home.” You’ll hear a toe tapper by Nat King Cole with Les Baxter’s Orchestra “Walking My Baby Back Home” followed by the lovely song, “Our Winter Love” performed by the Lettermen. Enjoy some fun big band with Count Basie and Joe Williams singing, “Smack Dab in the Middle” and a wartime hit for Harry James with Helen Forest singing, “I’m Beginning to See the Light.” Hear Henry Mancini, Robert Goulet, Bob Hope with Bing Crosby and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.7.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Nat King Cole begins this set with a country favorite from 1962, “Rambling Rose.” Next we’ll listen to a little saucy attitude from Peggy Lee as she struts her stuff with the song, “Pass Me By.” We’ll track a 1954http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
hit record for Kitty Kallen that she and her husband put up the money for to get it published. Enjoy some fine period instrumentals with Berthold Kaempfert and Raymond Lefevere. Ella Fitzgerald sings some great Cole Porter. Hear Ella sing the classic standard, “Anything Goes.” Listen to the Four Lads with a good old Harold Arlen song. We’ll reunite the Association to sing with Barry Manilow as they recreate two Association hits in one song, “Cherish” and “Windy.” We’ll track a 1968 hit for Judy Collins written by songwriter Joni Mitchell (on an airplane flying over the clouds) Listen to a late 1950’s period hit single for Jimmie Rodgers that became the name for a Post brand breakfast cereal. Hear songs by Dusty Springfield, Dean Martin and more. Listen at:

On The Neon Beat this week Jukebox 2: Trini Lopez launches this hour with a salsa treatment of “If I Had A Hammer.” Then listen to a fun little song as Doris Day sings a song from around the corner in a phone booth. (no really) Hear Wayne Newton with the sweet song, “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” followed by a wonderful sound of the season with folk singer Tom Paxton. Hear a song sung by Sarah Vaughan that she found “corny” though it was a chart topping hit for her: “Broken Hearted Melody.” We’ll go “Walking to New Orleans with Fats Domino, followed by a ride to “Detroit City” with Tom Jones. We’ll spin an instrumental theme for the most popular TV cop show ever, Ray Anthony’s, “the Theme from Dragnet” and another theme from the TV series, “M.A.S.H” by Capitol records producer Al De Lory. Hear actress Marilyn Monroe with a sultry number called, “You’d Be Surprised.” Perry Como performs the lovely ballad, “Fly Me to the Moon.” Hear songs by Kay Starr, Louis Prima, Andy Williams and more. Leave comments see the playlists, link to Neon Jazz at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week Jukebox 3: Louis Armstrong opens this hour with a fun romp called, “the Dummy Song.” Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye performs an up tempo amorous song from “Kismet.” You’ll hear Al Martino’s “Mary in the Morning.” The Mills Brothers perform their hit, “Cab Driver” followed up with a sultry version of “Cry Me a River” with Julie London. We’ll track some Neil Diamond with his 1972 hit record, “Play Me.” Hear some great period instrumentals with Walter Wanderley, Harry James, Michel Legrand and a Holiday selection with The London Philharmonic. Frank Sinatra sings some film music with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra called “the Tender Trap.” Hear the Four Lads with the theme from the Marilyn Monroe movie, “Bus Stop.” Bing Crosby croons a song to his Irish roots with the song, “Galway Bay.” Hear Canadian jazz diva Diana Krall with her rendition of the standard, “From This Moment On”, Tony Bennett’s “Firefly” and a fun little “throw-in” single by Jim Nabors. (Shazam!) Enjoy! Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.30.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Gary Puckett and The Union Gap open this hour with their 1968, “Over You.” Connie Francis takes the stage next for a delightful Italian performance of the song, “Quando, Quando.” Nat King Cole croons a lush remake of an old Ralph Marterie hit from 1953, “Pretend.” Doris Day sings one from the film, “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to sing a sassy Cole Porter number from “High Society.” Hear some period hit instrumentals from Vince Guraldi and Andre Previn. Listen to Steve Lawrence with “Portrait of my Love” followed up by wife, Eydie Gorme, with her 19http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
63 hit song, “Blame it on the Bossa Nova.” Hear Glenn Campbell with a great Jimmy Webb hit song, “Galveston,” We’ll play Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” followed by a 1970’s Mac Davis hit song. Listen to The Fleetwoods, Brenda Lee and Dionne Warwick. Listen at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Georgia Gibbs launches this great set with one of her lively 1950’s ditties called, “Tweedle Dee.” Frank Sinatra takes the mic next with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra with a song to take some years off ya. Johnny Mathis is next with “Small World.” We’ll fulfill a request from a listener in Killarney, Ireland as we play a sentimental Nat King Cole favorite with the Ralph Carmichael chorus. Hear Sammy Davis Jr. sing a great Broadway selection from “Golden Rainbow” called “I’ve Gotta Be Me.” Jo Stafford does an up-tempo version of “The Gentleman Is a Dope” with Paul Weston’s Orchestra. Hear a Bing Crosby hit song with The Williams Brothers Quartet, “Swing on a Star.” Hear a little honey in the horn with Al Hirt’s “Cotton Candy” and a little big band with Benny Goodman’s “Jumpin’ at the Woodside.” Listen to “Mr. Sandman” by the Chordettes, “The Cyclist of Belsize Park” by Engelbert Humperdinck, Anita O’Day and more. See the lists, leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Fontane Sisters begin this set with a mid 50’s toe tapper called, “Hearts of Stone.” We remember a period flick called “The Yellow Rolls Royce” with a song sung by Frank Sinatra and the Kids, “High Hopes.” Jo Stafford sings a lovely song from “South Pacific.” We’ll get light footed with Fred Astaire as he sings and taps a number from “Top Hat.” Hear a couple of big band selections with Harry James, “The Mole” and Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra with “Begin the Beguine.” Barbra Streisand sings a Truman Capote song she claims to be one of her favorites, “A Sleepin’ Bee.” Listen to Dean Martin with “Somewhere There’s a Someone for Me.” Ella Fitzgerald sings a Cole Porter song from “Kiss Me Kate” followed with a fun bit o’ repartee’ with Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong on an old’ creek bank somewhere, “Gone Fishin’” We’ll track an Elvis Presley hit, it’s melody taken from an opera, “It’s Now Or Never.” Hear songs by Doris Day, Nat King Cole and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

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

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

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

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: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

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

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: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 10.5.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Dean Martin kicks off this hour with a feel good hit called, “Lay Some Happiness on Me.” Then enjoy some great period folk with The Kingston Trio. Peggy Lee jingles a little bling with “Golden Earrings.” Nat King Cole sings a great 1950 hit song that spent 8 weeks on the top of the charts. We’ll play the 1958 one hit wonder from Art and Dotty Todd. Hear some great big band with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. You’ll hear Frank Sinatra’s rendition of a great Cole Porter standard with Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra. Enjoy Bobby Darin’s biggest come-from-behind hit that Bobby said would never fly. “Mack the Knife.” You’ll hear a 1961 charting hit from a group that also did period jingles for Coca Cola: The Limeliters sing, “Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week.” Barbra Streisand sings, “He Touched Me.” Wehttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
’ll track a 1960’s hit by Chad and Jeremy: “Willow Weep for Me.” Hear Brenda Lee, Ricky Nelson, Elvis and more. Listen at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Andy Williams launches this set with another feel good number called, “That Old Bilbao Song.” Then listen to a 1950’s charting hit for a group that sang a lot of backup for Nat King Cole: The Four Knights sing, “I Get So Lonely.” The Carpenters carry off a good ol’ Herman’s Hermits hit, “There’s a Kind of Hush.” Jo Stafford performs a sultry version of “Teach Me Tonight” with Paul Weston’s Orchestra. Then Frank Sinatra steps in with a jazzy version of “Same Ol’ Saturday Night” followed by Sammy Davis Jr who picks up the tempo with “Falling In Love With Love.” Dinah Washington takes the stage next with a saucy rendition of “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t.” (spell check goes nuts here) Hear great instrumentals by Frank Mills, (Music Box Dancer) Valjean’s Theme from Ben Casey and a big band standard with John Williams and the Boston Pops. Listen to some great MGM film music with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, The Sandpipers and many more. Leave comments see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat thisss week-kah, Jukebox 3: Perry Como steams into this segment with his 1950’s sock hop hit, “Jukebox Baby.” Then we’ll hand the microphone to Dino as Dean Martin sings, “Powder Your Face with Sunshine.” The Chordettes sing their version of a song remembering a period Greek romantic film nominated for Academy Awards in 1960 “Never On Sunday.” Louis Armstrong gets light footed with his rendition of “Takes Two to Tango.” Listen to Ray Charles with his smooth hit version of a great Hoagy Carmichael standard, “Georgia on My Mind.” We’ll remember “A Very Special Love” with actress Debbie Reynolds followed up with The Four Knights singing with Nat King Cole, “If I May.” Introducing New York’s Jerry Costanzo singing and directing his great orchestra for his current hit single, “Don’t Cha Go Away Mad.” We’ll spin hit records by Pat Boone, Doris Day, and team up Lee Hazelwood with Nancy Sinatra for the “Tennessee Birdwalk.” Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 9.21.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Robert Goulet kicks off this week’s offerings with a song from the play “Little Me.” Eartha Kitt takes the stage next for an amorous number from a 1952 review that put her on the map. Next we “Get Outta Town” with Mel Torme followed by a great Hoagy Carmichael standard. Peggy Lee will sing a rouser to begin the work week, “It’s A Good Day.” We’ll spin a hit track by Sammy Davis Jr. called, “The Shelter of Your Arms” followed by the jazz standard with Stan Getz and Ahttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
strud Gilberto singing, “The Girl from Impanema.” Listen to Brook Benton with his soul classic, “A Rainy Night in Georgia.” We’ll spin great old records by Frankie Avalon (“Why Because I Love You) and Johnny Mathis with the song “Gina.” Listen to hits by The McGuire Sisters, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and more. Listen at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Peggy Lee starts off this great set with “A Doodlin’ Song.” (feel free to doodle along) Perry Como grabs the mic next with The Ray Charles Singers for “Papa Loves Mambo.” Enjoy some great film and Broadway music: Doris Day with a song from “Pal Joey”, The Four Lads with a number from the Marilyn Monroe movie, “Bus Stop”, Connie Francis with the theme from “Where the Boys Are”, and Sarah Vaughan from the show, ‘Damn Yankees.” Enjoy Tony Bennett with his hit standard, “I Left My Heart If S.F.” We’ll spin Frankie Valli with “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, Jerry Wallace’s “Primrose Lane”, and we’ll track Robert Goulet with “I’ve Got The World On A String.” Laugh a little with Phil Harris’s “The Thing.”, Instrumentals by Harry James, Mantovani, and Jackie Gleason. See the play lists leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Drifters launch this hour where the Neon lights are bright, “On Broadway.” Then we’ll go where the lights are always bright and play the Elvis hit “Viva Las Vegas.” Dean Martin teams up with The EZ Riders for their 1956 hit, “Memories Are Made of This.” Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra sing a romp of a Cole Porter song heard in the film “High Society.” We’ll go “Up a Lazy River” with Kay Starr followed by Nat King Cole’s chart hit from 1962, “Rambling Rose.” Dinah Shore performs a song from “My Fair Lady.” Sing along with Mitch as the Mitch Miller Gang sings, “I’m Lookin’ over a Four Leaf Clover.” Engelbert Humperdinck sings one of his hit songs from 1967, “The Last Waltz.” Hear the 1954 hit by The Ames Brothers with Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra, “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane.” Hear songs by Connie Francis, Louis Prima, Dianne Reeves and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 9.14.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra opens this set with his 1966 hit from the album of the same name, “That’s Life” with Ernie Freeman and his orchestra. Next you’ll hear the 1960’s “mondo film” hit sung my Andy Williams, “More.” Enjoy some toe tapping “west coast Jazz’ with Anita O’Day as we “Face the Music and Dance.” We’ll listen to Bing Crosby and Actress Judy Garland in a 1954 recording as they verbally square off with “Ya Ta Ta, Ya Ta Ta.” Enjoy a cuppa “Black Coffee” with the sultry voice of Julie London. Enjoy some great instrumentals by Les Brown, Al Hirt, David Rose and Ray Anthony. We’ll spin a huge charting hit by The Carpenters as they sing, “Top of the World” followed up with Glen Campbell’s version of “Dream Baby.” Barbra Streisand sings hit written by Paul Williams for the movie, “A Star is Born.” Hear songs by Jimmie Rogers, Barry Manilow, Bobby Vee and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Dean Martin launches this juke with a signature standard for Dino heard in the film “the Caddy.” Frank Sinatra takes it next with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra for “Makin’ Whoopie.” Doris Day performs her signature song from the film “Romance on the High Seas.” We’ll slip off our “shoozies” with Sarah Vaughan as we “Make Ourselves Comfortable.” Nat King Cole is next with a heart-warming song performed with the Ralph Carmichael Chorus, “That Sunday, That Summer.” Enjoy a song taken from Barbra Streisand’s first album, “My Name Is Barbra,” “I Got No Strings.” Glenn Yarborough performs a hit theme song from a 1960’s Steve McQueen film called, “Baby the Rain Must Fail.” Hear Al Martino sing a wartime favorite about “the Lady of the Lamplight.” Listen to Sam Cooke with one of his many hits, “You Send Me.” We’ll track songs by The Fontane Sisters, The Mills Brothers, fulfill a request for Ronnie and The Daytonas and more. Leave comments, see the playlists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The McGuire Sisters open this hour with the theme from the 1956 film, “Picnic.” Tony Bennett takes the stage next for a “Goodfellows” favorite called “Rags to Riches.” Just as we’re getting out our lawn rakes we’ll track the Roger Williams performance of the song, “Autumn Leaves.” We’ll track a recording featuring Les Brown and his Band of Renown with The Ames Brothers singing a great Glenn Miller standard, “Sentimental Journey.” Harry James and his Orchestra follow it up with Rosemary Clooney singing “In the Cool Cool of the Evening.” Listen to the Marvelous Marilyn Maye with “If My Friends Could See Me Now!!” Then we’ll team up Bob Hope and Bing Crosby for “Chicago Style.” Listen to Louis Armstrong with a great song from “Hello Dolly.” Enjoy a Rogers and Hart standard sung by the Lettermen, “Where or When.” Hear Nat King Cole with a rousing version of the jazz standard “Avalon”, and Perry Como’s great comeback hit, “It’s Impossible.” We’ll track records by Brook Benton, Ella Fitzgerald, Chad and Jeremy and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 9.8.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Nat King Cole opens this set with a jazzy toe tapper called “Walkin’ My baby Back Home.” Then, Eydie Gorme takes the stage for her lovely rendition of the song, “Love Letters.” Newhttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
York’s Jerry Costanzo follows with a good old Blue Eyes standard, “Can I Steal A Little Love.” Listen to the Les Elgart orchestra with “The Bandstand Boogie.” Enjoy some big band with Les Brown and Doris Day singing, “S’ Wonderful” and the great Glenn Miller swing standard, “In the Mood.” Hear Frank Sinatra with the theme about that city that never sleeps followed by actress Judy Garland with some film music, “Meet Me In Saint Louis.” Well spin some great records with Tony Bennett (Just In Time), Frankie Laine with his latter 40’s hit single, “That’s My Desire” and Burt Bacharach’s “Magic Moments” sung by Perry Como.” Hear Kay Starr, Robert Goulet, The Four Preps and more. Listen at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The McGuire Sisters launch this great set in full harmony with one of their many charting hits, “Sincerely.” Engelbert Humperdinck performs the international hit, “Quando, Quando.” We’ll spin a track with Sergio Mendez and Brazil with the song, “Pretty World.” Hear the Dixie Cups with their hit standard, “Chapel of Love.” We’ll sail somewhere “Beyond the Sea” with Mister Bobby Darin followed by a fun ditty by Pearl Bailey singing, ‘Takes Two to Tango.” Put on a little “attitude” with Peggy Lee as she sings “Pass Me By.” Hear great film music with Walter Huston’s memorable performance of a song from the movie “Knickerbocker Holiday.” Vic Damone sings a snappy song from “Pal Joey” followed with a Cole Porter standard sung by the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald. Hear Frank Sinatra (Paper Moon) Shelly Fabares, Harry James and more. Leave comments see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Barbra Streisand takes the stage for a fun song written by Milton Berle. Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters team up for “Dreamers Holiday.” Listen to Margaret Whiting perform a song from “South Pacific.” Listen to the great Mario Lanza with “Be My Love.” (by request) We’ll hook up Rosemary Clooney and Guy Mitchell for a number from the film “Pagan Love Song.” Frank Sinatra takes the mic next for a song about the Windy City. Get ready to cut a rug with a boogie standard performed by a talent from Wellington, Kansas. Chuck Miller does “The House Of Blue Lights.” Hear some classic television music with Henry Mancini’s “the theme from “Charlie’s Angels.” We’ll spin a Burt Bacharach/Hal David track sung by BJ Thomas followed by a 1966 hit song by Petula Clark. Hear Buddy Knox, Andy Williams, Doris Day and lots more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.31.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Four Lads open up this set with a popular song from the Broadway play, “Gypsy.” The English gentleman, Matt Monro, takes the mic next with his 1961 hit song, “My Kind Of Girl.” Peggy Lee struts her stuff with a bluesy rendition of “I’m A Woman.” Hear some Greenwich Village folk with the one charting hit song from the Village Stompers. You’ll hear a Sinatra set starting with daughter Nancy’s 1966 hit, “Sugar Town” then dad steps in with “Pennies from Heaven.” We’ll get some attitude from the Raylettes giving Ray Charles some “what for” with the song, “Hit the Road Jack.” Dusty Springfield follows up with one of her great songs, “Son of a Preacher Man.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney as we “Come to the Mardis Gras.” Hear Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Mathis, Annette Funicello with the Beach Boys, Louis Armstrong and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Tony Bennett launches this hour with the song “If I Ruled the World.” Dean Martin opens his closet next for some genuine Italian Mambo. Next, listen to MGM’s Joni James with “Purple Shades.” Then we’ll slip in a little James Taylor with a good old Drifters hit song. Great instrumentals with Benny Goodman, Raymond Lefevre, Bob Crew, and Al Delory. The Mills Brothers perform one of their many period hit songs, “Cab Driver.” We’ll track a little Elvis with the song, “It’s Now or Never.” Hear a classy Nat King Cole Trio rendition of “Sweet Lorraine” followed up with a live performance of The Lettermen singing “Going Out Of My Head.” We’ll drop in a request for some more King Sisters singing a period big band novelty tune called, “The Hut Sut Song.” Hear The Marvelous Marilyn Maye, Lou Rawls, Crystal Gayle and more. Leave comments see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Andy Williams kicks off another great set with a snappy early recording of his hit song, “Butterfly.” Ed Ames is next with lovely hit from the Broadway play, “I do, I do.” Listen to Vikki Carr as she performs her 1967 hit song, “It Must Be Him.” Introducing our luminous vocalist of the great American songbook Jerry Costanzo with his great big band performing “Don’t Cha Go Away Mad.” Petula Clark sings one of her hit records, “I Know a Place” followed up with Mr. Al Martino performing a dance floor version of the song, “Volare.” We’ll spin some Dionne Warwick singing one of the many songs penned by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Next hear Ray Charles and the Singers with their 1960 hit record, “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” Frank Sinatra sings a songbook standard with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra, “Old Devil Moon.” Enjoy a couple of “summer” selections from Nat King Cole and Percy Faith. Listen to Brenda Lee, Kai Winding, Bobby Vinton and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
— with Jerry Costanzo.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.24.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Lena Horne opens this set with a signature performance of the song, “Stormy Weather.” Then Louis Prima takes up his horn and blows thru here, and the “Music Goes Round and Round.” Louis Armstrong takes up his toot and sings, “Dream A Little Dream of Me.” Hear Jo Stafford’s 1951 chart hit, “Shrimp Boats” then The Ray Conniff singers with the song, “Young At Heart.” Enjoy some class folk music with the Kingston Trio, a trip to “Mocking bird Hill” with Patti Page, followed by “The Glow Worm” with the Mills Brothers. We’ll team up Lee Hazelwood with Nancy Sinatra for a little “saccharine cowboy” music. Judy Collins sings the lovely scripture song taken from Ecclesiastes in the Bible. Listen to Glen Campbell with the theme from the film, “True Grit.” We’ll play Jack Jones, Pat Boone and a request for Dick and Dee Dee. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Oklahoman Kay Starr launches this hour with a jazzy version of “Mississippi.” Frank Sinatra takes the mic next for some film music from The Yellow Rolls Royce, “Forget Domani.” Hear the Marvelous Marilyn Maye with the song “Sherry.” We’ll spin a 1963 folk hit by The Rooftop Singers. Listen to instrumentals by Billy May, Reg Owen, and David Benoit. Vic Damone performs a song from the film, “My Fair Lady.” Actress Debbie Reynolds sings a song from the movie “Tammy and the Bachelor.” Perry Como remembers the film, The King and I singing the song “Hello Young Lovers.” Johnny Mathis performs an old Errol Garner hit song covered by just about every easy listening artist of the day, “Misty.” Listen to Gale Storm, Tony Bennett and more. Leave comments see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin opens this vinyl stack with a hit from the play, A Most Happy Fella”. Dino sings “Standing on the Corner” with the Four Lads. Peggy Lee is next with a fun song of concession called, “Alright, Ok, You Win.” Then we’ll warm things up with The Mills Brothers performing a good ol’ Les Brown hit. Listen to Fats Domino with the hit song, “My Blue Heaven.” We’ll spin a 1951 hit for Nat King Cole, “Too Young,” followed by Sarah Vaughan’s, “A Sinner Kissed an Angel.” You’ll hear Bing Crosby with Fred Waring perform a signature song for the oldest male collegiate singing group in the country. (hint: Cole Porter was a member) Hear a “big sky” set with Gogi Grant, Hugo Montenegro, and Loren Green. Hear songs by Eddie Fisher, Al Hirt, Doris Day and a request for The King Sisters. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.17.15

On The Neon Beat This Week, Jukebox 1: Sammy Davis Jr. begins this set with his 1968 hit song from the musical “Golden Rainbow”, “I’ve Gotta Be Me.” Frank Sinatra is next with a Cole Porter standard, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” Hear the song, “Only a Paper Moon” sung by Ella Fitzgerald with the Delta Rhythm Boys. We’ll match up Tony Bennett with Canadian jazz diva, Diana Krall with, “The Best Is Yet to Come.” The Nat King Cole Trio performs a period WW2 hit, “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” Dinah Shore sings a fun song performed by Bob Hope in the film, “The Paleface.” Listen to more film music by The Four Lads, “Three Coins in the Fountain.” Dean Martin sings his signature song also heard in the film, “The Caddy” with Jerry Lewis. We’ll track great songs by the Fontane Sisters, Pat Boone, Joni James and more. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Mel Carter launches this hour with his biggest charting hit, “Hold Me, Thrill Me” followed by folk singer Gale Garnett with “We’ll Sing In The Sunshine.” Dean Martin croons a smooth Alfredo version of “Blue Moon.” Hear Vic Damone with a snappy song from “West Side Story” followed by a 70’s memory from Carly Simon. Enjoy a smooth selection from Porgy and Bess sung by Robert Goulet followed by Barbra Streisand singing a song from her first 1964 album, “My Name Is Barbra.” We’ll play great instrumentals by Leroy Anderson, Ferranti and Teicher, and Henry Mancini. Listen to Ella Fitzgerald with a toe tapper from “Kiss Me Kate” and Nat King Cole with a rendition of a good old Harry James/Judy Garland hit. Lotz’ more. Leave comments and see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Tony Bennett opens this juke with a jazzy version of what has become a Christmas song from “The Sound of Music.” Next, you’ll hear the “English Seafarer” with the song that would give him that nickname. Roger Whittaker sings, “The Last Farewell.” Hear some bouncy Broadway with Dionne Warwick’s, “Promises, Promises.” Hear The Mantovani Orchestra with a smooth rendition of a Victor Young song from the film “Around The World In 80 Days.” This is followed by Andy Williams with a song from an award winning film starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick. Enjoy a toe tappin’ version of “Bill Baily” performed by Bobby Darin and then, a bawdy performance of “The Gentleman Is a Dope” by Jo Stafford. Laugh a little with “44 Sycamore” by the amazing Phil Harris. Listen to Dinah Shore, Les Baxter, Patti Page and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.10.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: We open this set with Vaughn Monroe singing his signature hit, “Racing with the Moon.” Then we’ll track some great Benny Goodman big band: “Goody Goody.” You’ll hear Peggy Lee’s steamy 1958 hit, “Fever” followed up by a record that defined an era: Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” Enjoy some fun Rat Packin’ with Frank Sinatra cuttin’ up with Sammy Davis Jr. followed up with Dean Martin. We’ll team up Rosemary Clooney with Bing Crosby for a good old Bunny Berigan hit: “I Can’t Get Started.” Listen to Johnny Mathis sing one of his many Columbia hits, “A Certain Smile.” Ella Fitzgerald turns up the temperature with a song from “Kiss Me Kate.” We’ll spin hit songs by Andy Williams, Pat Boone, The Carpenters and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Kay Starr launches this set with an early 1950’s toe tapper called, “Side by Side.” Then listen to the Capitol records hit master Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers singing the song, “Personality.” Dean Martin takes the mic next for a smooth alfredo version of “Under the Bridges of Paris.” We’ll play a late 1940’s standard performed by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, “Pistol Packin’ Mama.” Hear great instrumentals by Leroy Anderson, Glenn Miller, and Paul Mauriat. We’ll track songs from the great American songbook sung by Nat King Cole, “Smile” and Sarah Vaughan with “Someone To Watch Over Me.” Enjoy a country set featuring Patsy Cline, Glen Campbell, and Roger Miller. Hear the Four Preps, Connie Francis, Georgie Shaw and more. Leave comments see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Steve Lawrence kicks off this hour with his 1961 hit, “Portrait of My Love.” Then we’ll remember a Clint Eastwood film called “Kelly’s Heroes” as we play “Burning Bridges” by The Mike Curb Congregation. Hear the Carpenters perform a song heard on Sesame Street and translated into several languages, “Sing.” Frank Sinatra croons one of his standard hits, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” You’ll hear a “touch of tabasco” as we hear Rosemary Clooney and Perez Prado do a salsa version of “Magic is the Moonlight.” Enjoy some period big band as we do some “Stomping at the Savoy” with Benny Goodman. Barbra Streisand sings her million seller hit from the film, “Funny Girl.” Actress Judy Garland performs a song dedicated to actor Clark Gable. Hear songs with The Association, Louis Armstrong, Nany Wilson and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.3.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: A little stop at the Big Easy as we open this hour with the trumpet of Al Hirt. We then head back north for that “city of fountains” as we listen to Wilburt Harrison’s, “Kansas City.” Cool down with that lovely Bill Pursell song performed by The Lettermen: “Our Winter Love.” We’ll team up Bette Midler and Barry Manilow for a good old Peggy Lee hit, “I Love Being Here with You.” Then we’ll top it off with Peg herself singing a hit song she recorded with Benny Goodman, “Why Don’t You Do Right?” Enjoy a smooth folk hit with the Brothers Four as they sing a song used in the John Wayne film, “the Alamo.” Hear some great Big Band swing with Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra with the “King Porter Stomp.” We’ll spin hit records by Dean Martin, Actress Debbie Reynolds, and a song where dad be-moans those “Rhythm and Blues” sung by the McGuire Sisters. Recordings by Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Merrilee Rush and much more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme open this set with a great Steve Allen song, “This Could Be The Start Of Something Big.” (indeed) Next, we’ll track one of many 1960’s hits for Engelbert Humperdinck, “Winter World of Love.” Petula Clark steps up to the mic for “It’s a Sign of the Times.” Frank Sinatra sings a come-from-behind hit that got the album renamed for the song, “Cycles.” Hear some lovely instrumental arrangements with Andre Previn’s, “Like Young”, Nelson Riddle’s “Lisbon Antiqua”, and Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops. We’ll spin a 1954 hit track that turned into one of Kay Starr’s biggest charting hits, “The Rock N’ Roll Waltz.” We’ll pair up Lee Hazelwood with Nancy Sinatra for a pop hit version of what was a country hit for Johnny Cash and June Carter. Jo Stafford sings a good old Hank Williams standard, “Jambalaya.” Listen to the Four Lads, Bobby Goldsboro, The Kingston Trio and more. See the lists, leave comments. http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin kicks off this hour, “Just in Time.” Then get out your umbrella for some refreshing “April Showers” sung by Eydie Gorme. Nat King Cole performs a sweeping 1956 song with the Les Baxter Orchestra: “To The Ends of the Earth.” Listen to Bing Crosby sing a film song written by Victor Young, “Around the World.” Hear an A&M record set with Herb Alpert and the TJB followed by the Carpenters. Listen to some swinging Gershwin as Bobby Darin sings, “I Got Rhythm.” We’ll do a little “Learning of the Blues” with Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. Hear Rosemary Clooney sing a 1951 hit song written in part by a band leader who would later be the voice of David Seville and Alvin and the Chipmunks. We’ll spin a track by Perry Como called, “Round and Round.” Listen to a great piano hit from a 1966 film called, “Born Free” performed by Roger Williams. Hear Pat Boone, The Vogues, Dinah Shore and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.27.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: We’ll launch this set amongst the monkeys and the palm trees with Mr. Tony Bennett singing, “In the Middle of an Island.” Then enjoy a bluesy number with Perry Como singing “Dream on Little Dreamer.” Hear some great big band as we go “Leap Froggin” with Les Brown and his band of Renown. We’ll take a cut from Frank Sinatra’s “Swinging Session” LP with the song, “My Blue Heaven.” We’ll remember a 1951 film theme sung by Dean Martin, “Non Dimenticar.” Introducing Jerry Costanzo with his hot single, “Don’t Cha Go Away Mad.” Doris Day performs a lovely period song used in the movie “Picnic.” Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong team up for a great Cole Porter song performed in the film “High Society.” Listen to Bobby Darin with “Clementine” followed by a 1963 standard by Eydie Gorme, “Blame It on the Bossa Nova.” Hear the Four Knights, Peggy Lee, Glen Campbell and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Ames Brothers kick off this juke with a jazz standard based on a “poker game” reference. “I’d like to Get You on a Slow Boat to China.” Then, “Just Too Marvelous for Words” we bring on the lovely Rosemary Clooney. Nat King Cole sings one of his 1951 hit singles, “A Blossom Fell.” We’ll enjoy a cuppa joe with Frank Sinatra as we hear “The Coffee Song.” Then we’ll team up Rosemary and Frank for a little musical romp called, “Cherry Pies Outta Be You.” Things’ll turn steamy as we crank up the temp with Jo Stafford singing, “Teach me Tonight.” Hear great film music performed by Doris Day, Jerry Vale, Andre Previn, and Harry Nilsson. Listen to a 1963 hit single for Robert Goulet, “Summer Sounds.” We’ll spin some great big band with Benny Goodman. Hear Andy Williams, Dionne Warwick, Frankie Laine and more. See the lists leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Canadian Paul Anka sings one of his latter charting hits, “Goodnight My Love.” Barbra Streisand is next with “Second Hand Rose.” Tony Bennett croons a lovely song from the film, “the Sandpiper.” Here the tight harmonies of the McGuire Sisters as they sing “That Muskrat Ramble” tune. Hear Dean Martin performing one of his country-esk songs, “Houston.” (Dino on the coke bottle) Frank Sinatra follows with “I’ve Got the World on a String.” Listen to a sultry Cole Porter number by Ella Fitzgerald, “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love.” The Mills Brothers team up to sing “Across the Alley from the Alamo” followed by Nat King Cole doing a great Duke Ellington standard. Hear the Marvelous Marilyn Maye with a great song from “Kismet.” Perry Como sings a polka standard with the Fontane Sisters, “Hoop Dee Doo.” Hear Bing Crosby and son Gary with a rag version of “Play a Simple Melody.” Brook Benton, Peggy Lee and lots more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.20.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Perry Como opens this hour with his 1950 hit song performed with The Ramblers, “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes.” The Lettermen follow up with their take on the old Four Coins hit from the 1950’s, “Shangri La.” Petula Clark remembers a little Love American Style with her hit single, “American Boys.” Listen to Frank Sinatra as he brews up a little “Witchcraft” with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra. Enjoy great instrumentals with Henry Mancini, Walter Wanderley, Andre Previn and Ferranti and Teicher. We’ll include a few 70’s memories with The Carpenters with “Rainy Days and Mondays” and Carly Simon’s hit single from a James Bond movie. We’ll reunite the 1960’s singing group The Association to sing with Barry Manilow with two songs for the price of one. Enjoy hit songs by Kay Starr, Tom Jones, and The Lovin’ Spoonful. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Rosemary Clooney teams up with Perez Prado and his Orchestra for a salsa version of “Magic Is the Moonlight.” Then we’ll join up Tony Bennett with the Mitch Miller gang for a hit song from “Bye Bye Birdie.” We’ll go “Swinging Down the Lane” with Frank Sinatra then listen to Harry James and his Orchestra with Helen Forest singing “I’m Beginning to See the Light.” Sarah Vaughan sings a lovely version of “Misty” taken from one of several recording sessions with Quincy Jones. Hear Nat King Cole sing a Bert Kaempfert song that found its way into a Hallmark TV commercial. We’ll bring back Rosemary Clooney with Bing Crosby as we “Come to the Mardis Gras.” Hear The Lettermen with the theme from the 1961 film, “A Summer Place” followed up by Vic Damone singing a song from “Pal Joey.” We’ll spin records by The Ames Brothers, Lou Rawls, Trini Lopez, Vikki Carr and more. Leave comments see the playlists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin gets this great set underway with the song, “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You.” Then begin to “Feeling Good” as we listen to the title track from that album by Canadian Michael Buble. The Carpenters sing a great Carole King song followed up by a lovely instrumental from the film, “Hi Lili, Hi Lili, Hi Lo” played by pianist Roger Williams. We’ll listen to one of Doris Day’s charting records called, “Everybody Loves a Lover” followed by a 1964 film track by Henry Mancini from the movie “Charade.” Ella Fitzgerald will sing a toe tapping Irving Berlin number, “Let Yourself Go” followed by Ray Charles singing the song, “Ruby” from his ABC Paramount years. Enjoy an old 1956 Leroy Anderson hit delivered by Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra: “Blue Tango.” Bette Midler sings a song from the Disney film, “Lady and the Tramp.” Hear Tom Jones, Nat King Cole, Terry Gilkyson, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.14.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Dean Martin kicks off another great week of hits with “On An Evening In Roma.” Rosemary Clooney takes the stage next with her 1951 hit written (in part) by the same man who was the voice of David Seville (Alvin and The Chipmunks). Listen to Tom Jones singing a song that’s still a smokin’ hit today, written by Paul Anka. We’ll do a little Rat Packin’ with Frank, Dino and Sammy. Listen to one of several hit songs Nat King Cole recorded with the Four Knights. Eddie Fisher (ala Sonny Boy) will sing one of his 1950’s hit songs, “I Need You Know.” Connie Francis sings one used in the soundtrack of the TV show, “Pan Am.” Enjoy some classic period folk with the Kingston Trio, “The MTA.” We’ll spin hit records by The Ray Charles Singers, The Lettermen, Sam Cooke, the McGuire Sisters and more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Perry Como launches this set with one of his period sock hop hits, “Tina Marie.” Then Listen to the Marvelous Marilyn Maye with a vocal take on a great Dave Brubeck hit. Sammy Davis Jr is next with a snappy version of the song, “On a Clear Day.” (Listen for the plug for a period airline) Enjoy some great big band with Jimmy Dorsey, and Harry James. We’ll play a WW2 song by the Andrews Sisters not played by many radio stations given many radio programmers considered it a free plug for Coca Cola. Listen to a big Chicago boy whom, at the time, voiced TV commercials for Budweiser. Listen to Lou Rawls singing the song “Nobody but Me.” Great instrumentals by Horst Jankowski, Al Hirt, and David Rose. You’ll hear The Platters, Debbie Reynolds, Engelbert Humperdinck and more. Leave comments, see the playlists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Ames Brothers start this set with a jazz standard, “Undecided.” Listen to Canadian sensation Michael Buble with “I’ve Got You under My Skin.” We’ll team up Nat King Cole with the Ralph Carmichael Orchestra and Chorus remembering “Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer.” Hear Andy Williams’ 1963 chart hit, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You.” Listen to Barbra Streisand with a song from “West Side Story” from her stunning Broadway album. Hear the super chart hit by Johnny Mathis that was to stay on the charts for over a year. Hear Vikki Carr sing a song from “Oklahoma” and The Four Freshmen with a mid-fifties hit song, “Day by Day.” We’ll spin a latter 1940’s hit song pairing up Doris Day with Buddy Clark, “Love Somebody” but I won’t say who. Bing Crosby croons one of his many hit songs for Decca, “Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day.” Instrumentals by Morris Stoloff, Glenn Miller and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.6.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Will everyone here kindly “Step to the Rear” as the Marvelous Marilyn Maye kicks off this great set of golden hits. Dean Martin is next to “Lay Some Happiness” on ya. Enjoy one of several period novelty songs performed by The Gaylords: “The “Little Shoemaker.” Rosemary Clooney recalls a hit song from the film “the Harvey Girls.” Doris Day sings a song from the Broadway play “Pal Joey.” We’ll spin some great instrumentals by Henry Mancini, Hugo Winterhalter with pianist Eddie Heywood, and Tommy Dorsey. Don McClean sings one of his beautiful hit songs, “Castles in the Air.” We’ll team up Frank Sinatra with Keely Smith for, “How Ya Fixed For Love.” Nat King Cole takes a stab at a rock n’ roll hit with his 1957 song, “Send For Me.” Pat Boone performs one of two charting hits for that year, “Love Letters in the Sand.” Hear songs by Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Rydell, and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Seekers kick off this segment with a film hit called, “Georgie Girl.” The Crew Cuts follow up with their 1950’s charting hit originally called, “Life Could Be a Dream.” More popularly known as “Sh-Boom.” Here a Lettermen hit giving you two songs for the price of one, “Memories” and “Traces.” Frank Sinatra performs a song with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra, “It Happened in Monterrey.” We’ll play a song one reviewer called “the perfect theatre song,” “April in Paris” sung by Rosemary Clooney. Listen to Vic Damone as he sings a Broadway hit from, “West Side Story.” Hear the ol’ maestro, Lawrence Welk as he conducts his orchestra’s 1961 hit, “Calcutta.” Hear the lovely voice of Sarah Vaughan as she performs the song, “Eternally.” We’ll spin songs by Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, The Vogues and more. See the lists leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Louis Armstrong toots out and sings the great Broadway song, “Hello Dolly.” Harry Belefonte is next with his rowdy 1950’s hit song, “Jump in the Line.” Listen to Judy Garland with a great Gershwin song heard in the 1943 movie, “Girl Crazy.” Hear Della Reese sing her 1959 chart hit, “Don’t You Know.” Frank Sinatra takes it “Nice N’ Easy” with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra. Enjoy a lovely song performed by the man who also sang the theme from the television series, “the Love Boat.” Mr. Jack Jones sings, “Lollipops and Roses.” Hear Doris Day’s signature song from the film, The Man Who Knew Too Much.” We’ll reunite the Limelighters for their fun 1961 chart hit, “Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week.” We’ll team up the great jazz pianist George Shearing with Nat King Cole for the song, “Let There Be Love.” We’ll spin records by Bobby Goldsboro, Les Baxter, Peggy Lee and much more. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

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/