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:

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:

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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.11.15

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra launches this week’s set as we go “Swinging down the Lane.” Peggy Lee takes the stage next struttin’ her stuff with, “I Am a Woman.” We’ll hear one of the many hit recordings by the Polish Prince. Mr. Bobby Vinton sings “Blue on Blue.” Nat King Cole performs a great Bert Kaempfert song called, “LOVE.” We’ll spin some film music sung by Oklahoman Patti Page from “Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte.” Glen Campbell performs one of his latter 1960’s hits with that great Al DeLory arrangement of “Galveston.” Hear some great Dixieland with Al Hirt, instrumentals with Bill Doggett, Henry Mancini and David Rose. Listen to Perry Como, The Carpenters, Kay Starr and more. All at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Ray Charles steams on stage with his Raylettes as we open this hour with “Hit the Road Jack.” The Lettermen are next with a live performance of the song, “Going out Of My Head.” Vikki Carr sings one of most popular songs from a play called, “Little Me.” Hear the artist and record that defined the era as Nat King Cole sings “Unforgettable.” Listen to Sarah Vaughan as she sings a Broadway hit from “Damn Yankees.” Frank Sinatra performs a songbook classic, “The Lady is A Tramp” followed up by some great Rogers and Hammerstein music from the “Sound of Music” sung by Vic Damone. Enjoy the smooth number one 1970 comeback hit for Perry Como. Listen to Andy Williams, Eydie Gormet, KC’s Marilyn Maye and more. Leave comments see the lists at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Brook Benton loads the gospel gun as we kick off this great hour of classic favorites with “Shadrach.” Then listen to one of Tony Bennett’s early hits on the Columbia label as he sings, “Because Of You.” Hear Jackie DeShannon sing as we “Put A Little Love in Your Heart” followed by a classic by Jim Croce single. Dionne Warwick sings one of the many Burt Bacharach/Hal David hits, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.” Enjoy some swinging big band with a great Glenn Miller hit as we get, “In the Mood.” Listen to some great scat Jazz as Ella Fitzgerald sings, ‘Blue Skies.” Hear some fine crooning with Ed Ames, Matt Monro, and Nat King Cole. We’ll pair up Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby for an old 1930’s Bunny Berigan big band standard, “I Can’t Get Started.” Hear a western set with Peggy Lee, Glen Campbell and Gene Pitney. Much more at:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.4.15

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: “What’s New Pussycat?” We open this set with the theme from the 1965 movie sung by Tom Jones. More film music follows up with Elvis singing “Viva Las Vegas.” Enjoy a sultry version of “Black Coffee” performed by Julie London. Hear the Ray Anthony hit theme for the longest running crime show in TV history. Enjoy a great hit single by the Platters, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” Andy Williams sings a song “you can’t refuse” from The Godfather. We’ll spin a lovely record with Patti Page singing “I’ll Remember Today.” Mitch Miller directs 25 guys in the Columbia studios echo chamber for “the Yellow Rose of Texas.” Enjoy a little rock n’ roll with Buddy Knox’s, “Party Doll.” Here great songs by Bobby Darin, Debbie Reynolds and more. Go to:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Michael Buble storms on stage for a swingin’ version of “Foggy Day in London.” Then listen to some great big band featuring Harry James and his Orchestra with Helen Forest singing, “I’m Beginning to See the Light.” We’ll spin a great Johnny Mercer song performed by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters. New Orleans trumpet player, Al Hirt puts a little honey in the horn with his hit version of “Java.” Tony Bennett sings a song from “Gypsy.” Turn up Dean Martin as he’ll “Lay A Little Happiness” on ya. Enjoy a western set with Marty Robbins, Dinah Shore, and The Theme from Bonanza by Al Caiola. Listen to Nat King Cole’s “That Sunday That Summer” with The Ralph Carmichael Chorus. We’ll play Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and more. See the playlists, leave comments at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Bobby Goldsboro opens this hour with one of his most beloved hits, (written my Mac Davis) “Watching Scotty Grow.” Dionne Warwick takes the mic next with some bouncy Broadway, “Promises Promises.” We’ll remember a little Martin Scorsese film magic as Frank Sinatra sings “New York, New York.” Then when those marimba rhythms start to play, dance with Dino, and “Sway.” (watch out for them stage lights) Listen to Actress Judy Garland as she performs “Embraceable You.” Enjoy a great romping performance of Barbra Streisand singing, “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl. Hear Nat King Cole with his 1962 country hit, “Rambling Rose.” The McGuire Sisters sing the theme song from the 1956 movie, “Picnic.” Hear Johnny Mathis, Frankie Valli, Kay Starr and The Smothers Brothers. Go to: