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/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Vic Damone launchhttp://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/
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/