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
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:

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:

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:

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 Mar
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:

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:

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 1954
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:

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:

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 19
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:

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: