Monday, December 12, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.12.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby launch into a little Mardis Gras “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans.” Jo Stafford takes the mic next with an amorous number with Paul Weston’s Orchestra called, “Sunday Kind of Love.” Enjoy some film music with the Lettermen’s “Theme from Summer Place” and Vic Damone with “An Affair to Remember.” We’ll introduce some holiday selections in this week’s edition of TNB including Robert Goulet singing “No Place Like Home For the Holidays” and David Benoit from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Frank Sinatra performs some great Cole Porter, “Night and Day.” Hear great group ensembles like The Mills Brothers, The New Christy Minstrels, Harpers Bazaar, and The Carpenters. Enjoy some tabasco with Perez Prado and his Orchestra with “Rocka-Mambo No. 5” followed up with Rosemary Clooney singing, “You Took Advantage of Me.” Sammy Davis Jr perfroms his hit song, “The Shelter of Your Arms” followed up with an old TV song by Henry Mancini called, The Theme From Cade’s County.” We’ll track a great old song sung by KC’s Marilyn Maye, and a musical “Thank you” from Mr. Wayne Newton. Also a great hit standard for Lena Horne.at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Kay Starr launches this set as we go “Swinging Down the Lane.” Tap your feet next to “That Old Bilbao Song” with Andy Williams. Warm yourself up with Chad and Jeremy’s sweet hit song “A Summer Song” and “It Might As Well Be Spring” with Andre Previn and his Orchestra. Set 2 begins with Patti Page’s female answer to the John Hartford hit, “Gentle On My Mind” followed up with a sentimental number by Al Martino “Daddy’s Little Girl” and the song that won an award for Frank Sinatra and the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra that year. Enjoy two Christmas favorites with that 1967 romp version of “Jingles Bells” by Barbra Streisand and a south of the border rendition of “Dear Senior’ Santa Clause by “Jim Reeves.” We’ll reunite the Fifth Dimension for the “Wedding Bell Blues” followed up in the next set with “Jump Shout Boogie” by Barry Manilow and some Swing N’ Jive with a great Glenn Miller classic. We’ll feel that “Look of Love” sung by Dusty Springfield. Enjoy a Tony Bennett rendition of the song, “Fly Me to the Moon.” We’ll spln hits by The Vogues, Jo Stafford and actor Gordon MaCrae, Anita O’Day and the 1960 tale of “Big John” spun by Jimmie Dean. See the playlists, leave comments, see links at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin opens this hour with “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On.” Nat King Cole takes it next with a Ralph Marterie hit that Nat just about had to pull a gun to get the rights to use it. Hear Nat’s hit version of “Pretend.” Next a Holiday memory as we remember the film White Christmas with Rosemary and Betty Clooney, followed with the iconic song from the film sung by Bing Crosby. (Holdout for a few tidbits you may not have known about the song.) Engelbert Humperdinck opens the next set with one of his early hits, “The Last Waltz” followed with Petula Clark’s big 1967 hit record, “Don’t Sleep in the Subway.” Hear a movie favorite as Henry Mancini’s Orchestra plays the theme from “Darling Lili.” Listen to some fine period instrumentals with Leroy Anderson, Percy Faith, and Booker T and the MG’s. (requested) Kay Starr spins the “Wheel of Fortune,” followed with Perez Prado’s salsa treatment of “Patricia.” We’ll track Anne Murray’s first big 1970 hit on the Capitol label, “Snowbird” followed with one of Glenn Campbell’s most beloved songs. Hear songs with Kitty Kallen, Jim Lowe, and introducing a Kansas City talent, named Rob McHenry with “The Lady in Red.” Listen now at : http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.5.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Tommy Edwards opens this hour with his 1958 hit single, “It’s all in the Game.” Frank Sinatra follows up with a good ol’ Harold Arlen song, “Let’s Fall in Love.” Ella Fitzgerald performs an Irving Berlin favorite heard in the 1936 Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers film “Swingtime.” Listen to some great big band with Harry James and his trumpet playing his signature hit, “You Made Me Love You.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby with his son Gary for “Sam’s Song” followed up with a cartoon favorite picked up by Bugs Bunny, sung here by The Ink Spots. Perry Como and Betty Hutton get together for a 1954 favorite from the play, “Guys and Dolls.” Enjoy a Doris Day favorite from thee film, ‘the Man Who Knew Too Much” followed up by “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” by Vic Dana and a Johnny Mercer standard backed by The Pied Pipers. Roger Whittaker sings his 1975 overnight hit called “The Last Farewell.” Barbra Streisand sings a fun song heard in the Disney film “Pinocchio.” Listen to hit songs Al Hirt, Nancy Sinatra’s “Boots. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Dean Martin starts this final set with a jazzy standard, “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You.” Then enjoy some classic Burt Bacharach/Hal David hit music sung by Dionne Warwick. Fred Astaire sings and taps his way thru one of his hit songs from “Top Hat.” We’ll spin a fun old Irish diddy with Dennis Day doing, “Clancy Lowered the Boom.” Enjoy a doo wop favorite by The Casinos, “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.” We’ll spin a set with Peggy Lee singing her 1947 hit song, “Manana Is Good Enough For Me” followed up with Paul Anka’s “Put Your Head on my Shoulder” and Johnny Mathis singing “Wonderful, Wonderful.” Hear some big band as Benny Goodman and his Orchestra perform “The Jersey Bounce.” Hear Petula Clark’s “The Other Man’s Grass is Always Greener.” We’ll track a hit song by “The Pozo Seco Singers (featuring Don Williams). We’ll play records by Perry Come, Tony Martin, and go to the back of the rack for an old favorite by Mildred Bailey.  See the playlists leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Big Chicago boy named Lou Rawls opens this set with his Capitol records hit, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.” Next we’ll do a little slow dancing with a great Glenn Miller standard sung by the Ames Brothers. We’ll team up Bing Crosby with The Williams Brothers for “Swing on a Star.” Hear some fun film-TV standards with Pat Boone singing “April Love”, Nelson Riddle with the “Theme from Route 66,” Sammy Davis Jr with the theme from the ABC TV series “Barretta”, a musical romp with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra from “High Society,” and a song by actress Judy Garland from “Meet Me In St Louis.” Listen to Ella Fitzgerald sing some great Cole Porter music, “Begin the Beguine.” Enjoy some great big band with the Glenn Miller Orchestra with “I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo!” We’ll track a hit song for Barbra Streisand called “He Touched Me” followed up with a “Recipe for Making Love” with Harry Connick Jr and then we’ll get our sunny side up with the Hi Lo’s and the orchestra of Frank Comstock. Songs by Dean Martin, Connie Francis and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.28.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Peggy Lee storms on stage with her rendition of “Come Back to Me.” Then listen to Vic Damone croon a great song from West Side Story. Hear Patsy Cline with her hit song written by Willie Nelson. We’ll do a Rat Pack set with Dean Martin’s “Kick in the Heard” from Ocean’s 11, Sammy Davis Jr with a Broadway hit, and Frank Sinatra with a beautiful Jimmy Van Heusen- Sammy Cahn song that won the Academy Award for best original song in 1957. Barbra Streisand sings the title cut from her 1973 album, “Stoney End.” (Ask her today and she’ll tell ya she still doesn’t know what the song was supposed to be about.) Enjoy a fun road classic by the Playmates about the Little Nash Rambler. You’ll hear Al Martino’s tender version of “Spanish Eyes.” We’ll spin Robert Goulet’s signature hit from the period Broadway sensation “Camelot.” Dance along with a “polka” set with Perry Como, and Lawrence Welk. Hear songs by Elvis, Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and more. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Trini Lopez launches this set with a salsa version of a great folk hit, “Lemon Tree.” Then Rosemary Clooney steps in for an uptempo rendition of “April in Paris.” Enjoy a 1963 summer hit standard for Nat King Cole and The Ralph Carmichael Chorus. We’ll track a 1971 hit song for the New Seekers, “Look What They Done to my Song.” (Ma) Listen to instrumentals by the Moe Kauffman Septet, Walter Wanderley, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, and the lovely 1963 hit for Bill Pursell, “Our Winter Love.” We’ll team up Sammy Davis Jr with the Count Basie Orchestra for a steamy version of “She’s A Woman.” Hear one of the early hits for Tony Bennett on the Columbia label, “Because of You” followed up with Barry Manilow’s “Can’t Smile Without You.” We’ll spin a 1965 hit for a Pennsylvania group signed to a record label right outta high school. The Vogues sing “You’re the One.” This’ll be followed up with a beautiful vehttp://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/
rsion of “Ebb Tide” by Matt Monro, and then a swingin’ version of “Blue Moon” by Frank Sinatra. Hear hits by Rick Nelson, Marty obbins (A White Sport Coat) and Mama Cass. See the lists, link to Neon Jazz, and leave comments at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Ella Fitzgerald launches this week’s set with a sassy little number from “Kiss Me Kate.” Then we’ll enjoy a little “Friendly Persuasion” with Pat Boone. We'll track a song from an album called “Folk Songs of Our Time” as we spin Roger Whittaker singing, “Star of the County Down.” Enjoy some James Bond film music sung by Matt Monro from the movie, “From Russia with Love.” Perry Como sings a 1950’s hit song performed with The Ramblers, “Don’t Let the Stars Get in your Eyes,” followed up a favorite by Terry Gilkyson and the EZ Riders and a sultry number sung by Marilyn Monroe. Listen to some great period instrumentals: Percy Faith’s “A Summer Place” and Henry Mancini’s “The Baby Elephant Walk.” Nat King Cole sings a lush version of an old Ray Noble hit, “The Very Thought of You.” Listen to Tony Bennett with the Mitch Miller Gang sing a song from “Bye Bye Birdie.” Hear songs with Engelbert Humperdinck, Sarah Vaughan, and more. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.21.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra kicks off this hour with “April in Paris.” Then, (introductions all around ) we’ll track a great remix of Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight” from the film Sweet Dreams. Enjoy a folk sweep with Glen Campbell and The Seekers. You’ll hear “The Glow Worm” by The Mills Brothers. Hear an instrumental selection by The Bob Crewe Generation, “Music to Watch Girls By” and a fun song rewritten by Milton Berle sung by Barbra Streisand. We’ll listen to “Up on the Roof” with the Drifters. Nat King Cole sings a great Hoagy Carmichael standard, “Stardust.” Listen to The Four Lads sing a Frank Loesser hit song from “A Most Happy Fella.” Jo Stafford performs her 1951 hit song, “Shrimp Boats” followed by a lovely rendition of the theme from “The Sandpiper” performed by Tony Bennett. Enjoy some classic Cole Porter ala salsa, with Sergio Mendez. Sammy Davis Jr gets “Too Close for Comfort.” Laugh a little with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope from one of the great “road movies” they did together. Hear songs by Rick Nelson, Joni James and more. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat, Jukebox 2: Caterina Valente storms on stage for a stunning performance of an old Xavier Cugat hit, “The Breeze and I.” Then we go from “Rags to Riches” with Mr. Tony Bennett. Rosemary Clooney serves up a little feminine “come hither” to a gentleman invited into her hut for some “Mangos.” We’ll get you “On a Slow Boat to China” with the Ames Brothers. Do a little “Swingin’ On a Rainbow” with Frankie Avalon, then listen to a 1950’s sock hop hit for Perry Como. Listen to the fine jazz piano of Morris Stoloff with the “Theme from Picnic.” Hear more film music with Henry Mancini’s Orchestra (directed by his daughter Monica) playing the “Theme from The Thornbirds.” Bobby Darin sings a snappy jazz rendition of “Up a Lazy River” Enjoy a 1963 laugh classic with Allen Sherman doing his famous, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” a letter from summer camp. We’ll spin some Irish flavoured songs, “How Are Things in Glocca Mora” with Buddy Clark, and “Green Green” by The New Christy Minstrels.” Hear Frank Sinatra’s swinging version of “My Blue Heaven.” Gale Garnett, Dean Martin and more. Leave comments see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Oklahoman Kay Starr kicks off this week’s offerings with her 1953 hit song, “Side by Side.” Frank Sinatra takes the stage next for one his signature standards, “I’ve Got the World on a String.” Hear great instrumental selections with Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra, Hugo Winterhalter, and Michel Legrand. Listen to a steamy number performed by Eartha Kitt for a 1952 review. Followed by Nat King Cole singing, “To the Ends of the Earth.” We’ll track a song written ala Stephen Foster for Bing Crosby. Bing sings, “Dear Hearts and Gentle People.” We’ll experience “An Evening in Roma” with Dean Martin. Enjoy a folk set with The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Jimmie Rodgers, and Johnny Horton. Listen to Dion, as he leads off after the second break with his 1961 hit, “Runaround Sue.” Then listen to Georgia Gibbs knock off a playful R& B song called, “Tweedle Dee.” We’ll spin hit songs by Perry Como, Brenda Lee and Art and Dottie Todd. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
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Monday, November 14, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.14.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Georgia Gibbs blasts on stage with “Kiss of Fire.” Next is a one hit wonder from 1968 named Leapy Lee (Graham Pulleyblank) singing his chart hit, “Little Arrows.” Then listen to what was the youngest male quartet of the period “Four” groups. The Four Preps sing “26 Miles.” Hear the signature song forever to be associated with Mister Tony Bennett, “San Francisco.” We’ll track some great big band with Glenn Miller and Perez Prado. Enjoy the voice of Connie Francis with her lush version of “Embraceable You.” We’ll track a film hit for Glenn Yarborough, “Baby the Rain Must Fall” followed with Frank Sinatra singing the song, “Softly as I Leave You.” Then listen to Dean Martin’s “Little Old Wine Drinker Me.” We’ll do a little “Singing the Blues” with Guy Mitchell followed up with a country hit for Lynn Anderson: “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.” Hear songs by Dionne Warwick, Louis Armstrong, Dion and the Belmonts and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Bea t this week, Jukebox 2: Nat King Cole launches this set with a great Duke Ellington standard, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Then listen to the Mills Brothers with “Cielito Lindo.” Hear Frank Sinatra and daughter Nancy with their great 1967 hit single, “Something Stupid” followed up with the exciting Tom Jones singing, “It’s Not Unusual.” Hear Petula Clark’s whimsical hit “Cat In The Window” followed with a hit instrumental for Raymond Lefevre, “Soul Coaxing.” You’ll hear a Dusty Springfield song from the film, “the Thomas Crown Affair.” Listen to a jazzy version of “I Got Rhythm” by Bobby Darin. We’ll spin Eydie Gorme’s biggest hit single from 1963, “Blame It on the Bossa Nova” then we’ll track Johnny Mathis with “Small World.” We’ll spin Bobby Vinton’s rendition of “There I’ve Said It Again” and Patti Page’s period 1950’s hit, “Mockingbird Hill.” “Everything’s Coming up Roses” with Rose-mary Clooney. Hear Elvis Presley’s, “Don’t Be Cruel.” instrumentals by Glen Gray, Bert Kaempfert and more. Shttp://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney launch this great set from the Big Easy. Rose and Bing sing “Come to the Mardis Gras.” Then we step up the tempo with a rousing version of the jazz standard, “Avalon” by Nat King Cole. Ed Ames performs a lovely song from the play, “I Do, I Do” followed by a couple of Sinatra songs: Daughter Nancy with “Sugar Town” and daddy Frank with a great Les Brown hit, “How Bout You?” Listen to some fine period folk with Peter Paul and Mary singing, “Blowing in the Wind.” Enjoy some great film music with Mitch Miller, Vic Damone, and Henry Mancini. We’ll hear a song from 1973 heard by a man that was frequently seen on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In.” We’ll track one of Dionne Warwick’s latter period hit songs, “Déjà vu.” Listen to the John Hartford song, “Gentle on my Mind” sung by Glen Campbell. We’ll team up Sammy Davis Jr with the Mike Curb Congregation for “The People Tree.” Hear songs by Perry Como, Eydie Gorme, The Poni Tails and more.
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Monday, November 7, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.7.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Tom Jones kicks off this juke with a lively 1960’s hit called, “Help Yourself.” Then listen to some honey in the horn with Mr. Al Hirt playing, “Java.” We’ll slip in an “election year” number with Harry Belefonte singing, “the Jackass Song.” Hear some great “scat” with Ella Fitzgerald singing “Blue Skies” followed up with “Swinging Down the Lane” with Frank Sinatra backed with Nelson Riddle’s orchestra. Enjoy fine period instrumentals by Mitch Miller, Ramsey Lewis’s “the In Crowd” and the one 1968 instrumental that finally knocked Percy Faith’s “A Summer Place” out of first place, “Love Is Bluhttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
e” by Paul Mauriat. Hear the lovely 1970 comeback hit for Perry Como, “It’s Impossible.” Then Sarah Vaughan sings a sassy song from the play, “Damn Yankees.” Enjoy a lush arrangement of “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons” sung by Nat King Cole. Sweeten up your speakers with the McGuire Sisters “Sugartime” and “The Candy Man” with Sammy Davis Jr and the Mike Curb Congregation. Songs by Dean Martin, Buddy Clark, Keely Smith and more. Listen at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Dinah Washington steams on stage with a Frank Loesser song from “Guys and Dolls.” Tony Bennett is next, backed by Percy Faith’s orchestra, with a lush version of “Stranger in Paradise.” Nat King Cole performs a Bert Kaempfert song that he recorded for his 1965 album by the same name, “LOVE.” Brook Benton holds the gospel gun for a fun spiritual song called, “Shadrack!” Enjoy a western set with Marty Robbins from his album, ‘Tales of the Gunfighters”, Glen Campbell with “True Grit” and The Silver Screen Orchestra with the theme from a western film starring John Wayne and Dean Martin. Listen to America’s sweetheart from the Mickey Mouse club, Annette Funicello, with “Pineapple Princess.” We’ll track some 1950’s “grease” selections from The Crests, and Buddy Knox. We’ll play one for our Kansas Jayhawk listeners performed by Russ Morgan, “Sunflower” followed up by a country flavoured song by Rosemary Clooney, “Just Because.” Hear songs with The Ames Brothers, Patti Page and more. Leave Comments, see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The McGuire Sisters kick off this week’s memories with a 1955 hit song heard in the Fred Astaire film , Daddy Long Legs, “Something’s Gotta Give.” Then we’ll do a little beach combing with Pat Boone singing “Love Letters in the Sand.” Enjoy some great “folk” with the Kingston Trio performing “Raspberries Strawberries.” Enjoy Frank Sinatra singing a song from the 1961 film, “Pocketful of Miracles.” Andy Williams sings his 1963 chart hit, “Can’t Get To Losing You” followed up with a great Kris Kristofferson song performed by Sammi Smith. Hear great instrumental selections by The T-Bones, Roger Williams, Felix Slatkin, and Leroy Anderson. Nat King Cole performs a song with The Four Knights called, “If I May.” Enjoy some 1950’s pop with Perry Como’s “Hot Diggity” followed by the Chordettes with “Lollipop.” Listen to one of our current jazz divas, Dianne Reeves, sing a wonderful version of “Lady Be Good.” Hear songs sung by, Sammy Davis Jr, Stevie Wonder, Sarah Vaughan and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 10.31.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Canadian Michael Buble launches this hour with “A Foggy Day in London.” Then listen to the Lettermen with a 1960’s standard, “Going Out of my Head.” Enjoy a hit for singer Jackie DeShannon with, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” followed up with a favorite by Stevie Wonder. Listen to Elvis Presley roll a seven for “Viva Las Vegas.” Then we’ll team up Brook Benton with Dinah Washington with the song, “Baby You’ve got what it Takes.” Hear a jazzy set with Lena Horne singing’ “Stormy Weather”, Count Basie with Joe Williams “Smack Dab in the Middle” and a “Rockamambo” selection from Perez Prado. Petula Clark sings a lovely song written by Charlie Chaplin for the film, “A Countess from Hong Kong.” Listen to the signature song of the big band era, “In the Mood” performed in stereo by Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra. Andy Williams sings a song from “State Fair” followed by a song from a movie starring Betty Davis sung by Patti Page. Listen to Ray Charles, Matt Monroe, Nat King Cole and more.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Frank Sinatra opens with a great Martin Scorsese film theme from “New York, New York.” Then enjoy jazz diva Dianne Reeves as she belts out a song from the period film, “Good Night and Good Luck.” (A film featuring an award winning performance by David Strathaim as CBS newscaster Edward R. Murrow.) We’ll hook up Art and Dotty Todd for their 1958 hit song, “Chanson D’ Amour” followed up with a salsa treatment of a Paul McCartn
ey song performed by Sergio Mendez and Brazil. Listen to the song that defined an era, Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” Kay Starr sings a jazzy version of “When My Dreamboat Comes Home” followed up with some great Dixieland with Al Hirt on a live recording from the big easy. Enjoy some great Tommy Dorsey big band with “Song of India.” Hear some hit songs by The Four Lads and a Somethin’ Smith and the Redheads. Listen to the beautiful Jo Stafford with a lovely panoramic song, “Somewhere There’s’ a Valley.” Then listen to a lush version of “Lara’s Theme” from Dr. Zhivago, performed by the James Last orchestra and chorus. We remember Bobby Vee (passed away last week) with his 1962 hit “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.” Hear Helen Reddy sing a hit song from Jesus Christ Superstar, Tony Bennett, Bobby Goldsboro and more.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Four Knights open this hour with “Oh Baby Mine, I Get So Lonely.” Frank Sinatra takes the stage next with a great American standard, “The Lady Is a Tramp.” Peggy Lee hops the freight next with an award winning song backed by an orchestra directed by Randy Newman, “Is That All There Is?” We’ll track another hit single remembering Bobby Vee with his hit song, “Run to Him.” Hop aboard “The Atchison Topeka and the Santa Fe” with The Four Freshmen. We’ll track hits by more great period male groups like, the Hilltoppers, The Platters, and The Statler Brothers. Dinah Shore sings a naughty little number called, “It’s So Nice to Have a Man Around the House” followed up with “What Will My Mary Say?” by Johnny Mathis. Listen to a lovely little instrumental piece by Andre Previn from the film “Hi Lili, Hi Lili, Hi Lo” and a “Raunchy” selection by Sun Records artist and arranger, Bill Justis. Hear hit singles by Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, and a beautiful selection called “Eternally” by Sarah Vaughan.
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Monday, October 24, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 10.24.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Andy Williams launches this set with a movie theme “you can’t refuse”: The Love Theme from The Godfather.” The Marvelous Marilyn Maye takes the stage next with her hit, “Cabaret!” Listen to Frank Sinatra with a Cole Porter standard, “I Get a Kick out of You” followed up with Dionne Warwick’s “Promises Promises” and another Broadway song from “Hair” sung by Oliver Swafford. Enjoy a great TV memory as the Henry Mancini Orchestra plays “the Mystery Movie Theme.” Nat King Cole performs his 1962 country hit, “Rambling Rose.” Then “Don’t Rain on my Parade” as Barbra Streisand performs that song heard in “Funny Girl.” Listen to Louis Armstrong as we get a little light-footed for “It Takes Two to Tango” followed up with a sentimental ballad by The Hilltoppers, “PS I Love You.” We’ll spin records by Brenda Lee, The Ames Brothers. The Lettermen, and laugh a little listening to “44 Sycamore” by Phil Harris.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Dean Martin gets this juke off the ground as we “Sway” with Dino. Canadian Paul Anka sings a song he wrote that became the image song for Eastman Kodak in the late 1960’s. Doris Day performs a film song from “Love Me or Leave Me” where she starred as Ruth Etting. We launch it “straight to the moon” with songs by The Ames Brothers and Sarah Vaughan. Listen to the Mills Brothers with one of their many charting hit records, “Cab Driver” followed by Frank Sinatra’s “Can I Steal a Little Love.” Kay Starr takes on a jazz standard. “Up a Lazy River” from one of her most celebrated albums. Hear Bing Crosby’s lush performance of a great period Victor Young song, “Around the World.” We’ll drop a needle on one of the many chart singles for Lou Rawls as he sings, “Nobody but Me.” Listen to Bert Kaempfert with a tune used on the daytime TV game show, “The Match Game.” Robert Goulet sings “Fortissimo.” Australia’s Helen Reddy sings her song, “Peaceful” and hear the Neon Philharmonic with their 1969 hit single “Morning Girl.” Hear hits by Tony Bennett, The McGuire Sisters and more.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Connie Francis (Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero) leads off this week’s offerings with an amorous Italian rendition of “Quando Quando.” The English Gentleman, RogerWhittaker, takes the stage next for “New World in the Morning.” Ella Fitzgerald takes on a tasty Cole Porter selection as she sings, “All Through the Night” followed up with a rendition of “April In Paris” by Frank Sinatra. We’ll track a good ol’ standard sung by Billy Williams, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” followed by some Burt Bacharach/Hal David sung by Dionne Warwick. Listen to Dean Martin singing, “In the Misty Moonlight” followed up with a little “Moonglow” by Debbie Reynolds. Hear some lush instrumental arrangements by Andre Previn and Roger Williams. Bobby Darin remembers “A Nightingale in Berkley Square.” Sip a little “Black Coffee” with Julie London. Hear Dinah Shore, Frankie Laine and more. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 10.17.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Marvelous Marilyn Maye storms on stage with a great Jerome Kern song that wow’d em’ on The Tonight Show. Sammy Davis takes the mic next with his 1963 hit song, “What Kind Of Fool Am I?” We’ll do a Cole Porter set with Tony Bennett singing “Night and Day” followed by Frank Sinatra with “Anything Goes.” Listen to a live recording in Vegas of Louis Prima and Keely Smith having fun on stage with “Embraceable You.” Presenting one of New York’s keepers of the Great American songbook, Jerry Costanzo and his big band with “Don’t Cha Go Away Mad.” Listen to Doris Day with a Broadway song from Pal Joey, “Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered.” Hear some film music with The Sandpipers from “The Sterile Cuckoo” and Gene Kelly with the iconic standard, “Singing in the Rain.” Hear great big band selections with Benny Goodman and Glen Gray. Dean Martin sings his hit standard, “Everybody Loves Somebody.” Listen to songs by Frank Mills, Eydie Gorme and Guy Mitchell.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Engelbert Humperdinck launch’s this juke with his comeback hit, “After the Loving.” Tom Jones steps up next with his 1965 hit from the film, “What’s New Pussycat.” Then we remember a film starring William Holden and Kim Novak as the McGuire Sisters sing the theme from “Picnic.” Listen to another great movie theme, this one from the Marilyn Monroe film, “Bus Stop” sung by the Four Lads and Gato Barbeiri’s, “The Last Tango in Paris.” Get your kicks on “Route 66” with Nat King Cole, followed up with some great big band with Harry James and vocalist Helen Forrest. Listen to Hugo Winterhalter’s RCA Orchestra backing jazz pianist Eddie Heywood for “Canadian Sunset.” You’ll hear the one hit wonder, Bruce Channel’s 1962 number one record, “Hey Baby.” Enjoy a big sky western set with Al Caiola’s “Theme from Bonanza, Loren Green’s “Ringo,” and Dinah Shore singing a song from the Bob Hope film “The Paleface.” Hear The Ames Brothers with an old Ted Weems Big Band standard, “Heartaches.” Songs with Anita Bryant, Perry Como and more. See the lists, links, and leave a comment at:  http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Doris Day leads off this hour of great standards with “Lullaby of Broadway.” Then Frank Sinatra keeps up the beat with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra with, “Too Marvelous for Words.” Listen to Nat King Cole with the Ralph Carmichael Chorus with a heart warmer called, “That Sunday That Summer.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters for a great Johnny Mercer song, followed up with Eydie Gorme’s lilting version of “Fly Me to the Moon.” Enjoy a couple of great instrumental hits with Barry DeVorzon’s “Nadia’s Theme” and Henry
Mancini’s “Pink Panther Theme.” Listen to a rousing amorous number from “Kismet” performed by KC’s own Marilyn Maye. Hear a couple of good old songs from the film “Little Me” sung by Vikki Carr and Robert Goulet. Dean Martin takes the stage with the EZ Riders for his 1956 hit, “Memories and Made of This.” We’ll track songs by Vic Damone, Stan Getz, Kay Starr and more.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 10.10.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: We open this set with a little Rat Packin’ as Frank and Sammy join up for, “Me and My Shadow.” Then we’ll “Face the Music and Dance” with a west coast jazz rendition of the song by Anita O’Day. Vaughn Monroe takes the stage next for his hit standard, “Racing with the Moon” followed up with a 1959 TV theme by Spencer Ross, “Tracy’s Theme.” Enjoy some tracks from a couple of the great period “Four” groups: The Crew Cuts with “Life Could Be a Dream” and The Four Aces with a great Harold Arlen song. Listen to some good ol’ folk with the New Christy Minstrels singing, “Green Green.” Hear Dean Martin’s 1965 hit song “In the Chapel in the Moonlight.” Frank Sinatra sings a song heard in the film, “Sleepless in Seattle.” Old Blue Eyes sings, “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.” Then listen to a great big band version of “Willow Weep for Me” by Harry James. Crank up the bass for Peggy Lee’s great 1958 standard, “Fever.” Hear hit records by Perry Como, Don Cornell and a fun little memory by Sue Thompson.
Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ Have a great week kids!!

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Sammy Davis Jr. launches this hour with The Count Basie Orchestra for a sweatin’-to-the-oldies version of “The Work Song.” Then Perry Como does his mid 1950’s sock-hop hit, “Tina Marie.” Listen to Harry James backing vocalist Helen Forrest with a great wartime standard, “Seems to Me I’ve Heard That Song Before.” Enjoy period instrumental hit songs by Leroy Anderson and The Mantovani Orchestra. Louis Armstrong and his band take the pulpit as we open our hymn books to “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Then we’ll bring back Harry James to back Rosemary Clooney for a great Hoagy Carmichael song, “In the Cool Cool of the Evening.” Hear the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald, with a swingin’ version of “Let Yourself Go.” We’ll track a sentimental summer hit for Nat King Cole and the Ralph Carmichael Chorus singing, “All Over the World.” Hear Petula Clark with her hit 1965 standard, “Downtown” followed by a drive to the “Blvd of Broken Dreams” by Tony Bennet. Listen to songs with Vikki Carr, Buddy Clark, Harpers Bazaar, Johnny Mathis and more. See this lists and links. Leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Louis Armstrong opens this Jukebox with a song from Hello Dolly, “So Long Dearie”. Then listen to a lighthearted song of redemption from “the Pajama Game” sung by Patti Page. Grab a hanky for Dean Martin as he sings, “I’d Cry like a Baby.” We’ll track an early 1950’s hit for an Italian beauty from Chicago: Joni James sings, “Purple Shades.” Enjoy some requested British invasion music with The New Vaudeville Band. We’ll go to the swingin’ session album with Nelson Riddle backing Frank Sinatra singing, “You Do Something to Me” followed up with some great jazz trio with Nat King Cole. We’ll bring back Satchmo and team him up with Bing Crosby for a Cole Porter song from the 1956 film High Society. Listen to a great 1963 hit for Steve Lawrence singing a song written by Carole King. Great instrumentals by Al Hirt, Herb Alpert and the TJB, Si Zentner, and Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra. Listen to songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Les Baxter and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 10.3.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Tony Bennett loads the gospel gun as we kick off this hour with “Sing you Sinners.” Eydie Gorme takes the mic next singing with the angels as we remember a great old Ziggy Elman big band hit standard. Then “All Aboard” with The Glenn Miller Orchestra as we hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” We’ll do a little “Learning of the Blues” with Frank Sinatra. Ella Fitzgerald performs the hit standard “I Got Rhythm” followed up with a good old Nat King Cole hit record from 1951, “Mona Lisa.” We’ll team up Rosemary Clooney with Guy Mitchell for a film song called, “the House of Singing Bamboo.” The McGuire Sisters do a jazzy little lament for papa who can’t dig them “Rhythm and Blues.” Dean Martin is next with a country song about headin’ back to “Houston” followed up with a snappy 1958 hit for Doris Day. Listen to a Victor Young standard heard in the movie, “One Minute to Zero” sung by The Lettermen. Brenda Lee will be “Comin’ on Strong” followed up by Andy Williams singing “Happy Heart.” Hear Matt Monro, Les Baxter, and the one hit wonder, “The Hollywood Argyles, “Alley Oop.”
Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Bette Midler opens this set with a cut from her tribute album to singer Peggy Lee, “Alright Ok You Win.” Tom Jones slams on stage next for his hit song, “Daughter of Darkness.” Listen to Patti Page with her hit song that put “Ol Cape Cod” on the map. Listen to the soulful Ray Charles as he sings, “You Don’t Know Me.” Then we’ll bring in Peggy Lee for her fun hit song, “Hey Big Spender.” We’ll join up Bing Crosby with Rosemary Clooney as we land in the Big Easy for the song “Come to the Mardis Gras.” Listen to Kay Starr perform a rousing version of “Night Train” from one her most celebrated albums. You’ll hear great instrumentals with Sounds Orchestral’s version of “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” “A Taste Of Honey” with Herb Alpert and the TJB, Mason William’s “Classical Gas.” Listen to Vic Damone sing an up tempo song from “Pal Joey.” We’ll track some Burt Bacharach/Hal David with Dionne Warwick singing, “Message to Michael.” Perry Como takes us on a “Dreamers Holiday” with the Fontane Sisters. Hear songs with Matt Monro, The Kingston Trio and more. See the lists and links at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Steve Lawrence starts this week’s offerings with a “vapour girl” backing him up for his 1959 hit song, “Pretty Blue Eyes.” Then we’ll play a Burt Bacharach/Hal David song that earned a Grammy award for singer Jack Jones. We’ll track a touching song from Frank Sinatra’s folk genre album, “Cycles.” Listen to Natalie Cole from her album dedicated to Ella Fitzgerald. Natalie sings and swings “Tisket Tasket.” We’ll follow up Natalie with her daddy, Nat, singing “If I May” with the Four Knights. You’ll hear an “A and M” set with Sergio Mendez, Herb Alpert and the TJB, and The Carpenters. Listen to one of Bobby Darin’s biggest hits that he almost rejected, fearing he couldn’t/shouldn’t upstage the Louis Armstrong version of the hit. Robert Goulet performs a lush version of “The Green Years of our Love.” Hear Tom Jones sing a song from the James Bond film, “Thunderball.” We’ll track records by Nelson Riddle, Debbie Reynolds, and Judy Collins. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 9.28.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Oklahoman Kay Starr launches this week's offerings with “Slow Boat to China” off an album considered to be one of her best. Then we'll do some jivin' with The Ames Brothers and their rendition of “Ragg Mopp” with Sid Ramin's Orchestra, followed with a great big band version of “Begin the Beguine” with Glen Gray. Hop aboard a TWA jet with Frank Sinatra as he sings “Come Fly With Me.” Then Connie Francis gives out “Sixteen Reasons” to stay at altitude. Listen to some smooth folk with the Brothers Four with “Greenfields.” Hear the first lady of song with a great Cole Porter song. Ella Fitzgerald sings “All of You.” Listen to America's sweetheart, Annette Funicello with “O Dio Mio.” Then we'll track a song about that “toddlin' town with Tony Bennett and follow up with some film music from “Zorba the Greek” with Herb Alpert. Enjoy a great song by Dinah Shore, “Dear Hearts and Gentle People,” Nat King Cole with a strollin' number “Walking My Baby Back Home” and a memory by Bobby Vinton. We'll spin good old songs by The McGuire Sisters with a song of faith called, “He,” get our thrill on “Blueberry Hill” with Satchmo, and wrap er' up with a song by the Beatles. Join me on the Jukes at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Les Brown and his Band of Renown kick off this hour with his signature hit, “Leap Frog.” Dean Martin takes the stage next with the Four Lads singing, “Standing On the Corner.” Enjoy a 1964 Grammy Award winning hit for Nancy Wilson, “How Glad I Am.” Listen to some first class crooning from great period singers. Nat King Cole sings a song written by actor Charlie Chaplin, Al Martino with a song from Romeo and Juliet, Frank Sinatra with his great hit record, “Strangers in the Night” and Vic Damone with a song heard in “The Music Man.” (Also a hit record for Anita Bryant and The Beatles.) We'll include great period hit groups like, The Association with “Windy,” The Lettermen with their hit version of “Shangri La,” and The Four Preps with a fun song called, “Down by the Station.” Omaha's own Roger Williams takes the keyboard with a rendition of a theme from the 1966 film, “Born Free.” Pat Boone is next as he takes on a period rock n' roll hit by The El Dorados. Hear a lush version of “Misty” sung by Sarah Vaughan in a 1954 New York session with Quincy Jones. More songs with Harry James, Andy Russell and actress Debbie Reynolds. See links, past lists, and leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Bobby Darin opens this set with one of his latter 1950's hit records, “Dream Lover.” Shirley Bassey takes it next with a James Bond film theme, “Diamonds are Forever.” Enjoy a great instrumental standard with Henry Mancini directing the Orchestra for “Mister Lucky,” followed with a smash hit for Brit singer Danny Williams, “White on White.” Hear a set with Engelbert Humperdinck singing a theme from a British movie short, Peggy Lee with “A Doodlin' Song,” and Perry Como with the Ray Charles singers with “Papa Loves Mambo.” Barbra Streisand sings a song you hear in the Disney film “Pinnochio.” Then we'll track another movie instrumental by Don Costa, “Never on Sunday.” Hang on to your hat, for, “Wild is the Wind,” sung here by Johnny Mathis. Hear Ella Fitzgerald performing a standard from Kiss Me Kate, “From this Moment On.” Enjoy some great big band with Benny Goodman as we go, “Jumping at the Woodside.” Frank Sinatra brews up a little “Witchcraft” with Nelson Riddle's Orchestra. Then we'll spin the song “You Belong to Me” sung by the lovely Jo Stafford. Hear hit songs by The Four Lads, Pat Boone, and yodeler Frank Ifield. Tune in now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 9.19.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Jack Jones launches this week’s offerings with a Steve Allen song, “This Could Be the Start of Something Big.” Dionne Warwick follows up with one of her many hit recordings, “Walk On By.” Listen to Nat King Cole croon a lush version of a great Hoagy Carmichael standard. Dean Martin graces the stage with one of his signature standards, “That’s Amore.” Then break out your umbrella for a little cloudburst with Eydie Gorme followed by Tom Jones with “Help Yourself.” Hear the popular big band hit most associated with The Swing Era as Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra does, “In the Mood.” Grab a cuppa Joe with Frank Sinatra as he sings “The Coffee Song.” Listen to Judy Collins with her lovely hit, “Both Sides Now.” Hear a sweep with Al Martino’s “Mary in the Morning,” some film music with The Four Lads and Henry Mancini. We’ll spin a set with Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons,” Anne Murray with her first major chart hit, “Snowbird,” and The Vogues with “Turn Around Look at Me.” More with Petula Clark and a great film theme from a movie starring George C. Scott. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Nat King Cole does a strollin’ number with Les Baxter’s Orchestra singing, “Walking My Baby Back Home.” Then we’re “Comin’ Home Baby Now” with Mel Torme. Enjoy some cinema and Broadway selections with Judy Garland, Ferrante and Teicher, Robert Goulet’s signature hit from “Camelot,” Connie Francis with the theme from “Where the Boys Are” and Kai Winding’s “Mondo Movie” theme, “More.” Perry Como croons a hit song written by Don McLean, “And I Love You So.” Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye storms on stage for her rousing signature hit, “Step to the Rear.” Hear one of Bobby Darin’s many hit records, “Beyond the Sea. Then we sing along with Mitch Miller and the Gang doing, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” followed up with a beautiful song by Sarah Vaughan, “Eternally.” We’ll track hits by The Platters, Barbra Streisand with a song heard on her TV show and on her first album, and Al Martino’s version of “Volare.” Songs with Johnny Mathis, The Four Freshmen, and Michel Legrand.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin kicks off this set with “Mambo Italiano.” Next, we’ll gather up a “Pocketful of Miracles” with Frank Sinatra. Listen for
Gale Garnett’s 1963 hit song, “We’ll Sing In the Sunshine” and enjoy the beautiful weather with Sammy Davis Jr singing, “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.” We’ll track great period instrumentals with Lawrence Welk, Michel Legrand, Ray Anthony with the Theme from “Dragnet” and some more TV music from The Silver Screen Orchestra. We’ll spin some singles with The Lettermen singing, “The Way You Look Tonight,” a tribute song to Peggy Lee sung by Bette Midler, and a fine Broadway selection by Vic Damone from “West Side Story.” Enjoy some great big band with Harry James and Helen Forrest performing, “I’m Beginning to See the Light”, some classic doo-wop with The Duprees, and Patti Page with a good old country hit, “The Green Green Grass of Home.” More songs with Sarah Vaughan, and Tony Bennett. Turn us on at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 9.12.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Bing Crosby and The Williams Brothers Quartet (including Andy) open this hour with “Swing on a Star.” Then we let one of our current divas of jazz take the mic. Diana Krall sings a great Harold Arlen song from an album recorded live in Paris. Listen to film classics such as Jo Stafford signing a song
from “South Pacific,” Anita O’Day with a song from “Pal Joey,” Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby from the 1956 film, “High Society,” and Ferrante and Teicher from “One Eyed Jacks.” Hear Nat King Cole with a great Duke Ellington favorite, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” We’ll spin some great big band with Harry James and Jimmy Dorsey. Enjoy a great set with Sarah Vaughan performing, “How High the Moon,” Tony Bennett with “Once Upon a Time,” and Helen O’Connell with a signature hit, “Green Eyes.” We’ll remember the last of the Weavers, who passed recently, Fred Hellerman, as we track a latter 40’s cut with the Weavers and the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra. Eddie Fisher sings his 1952 hit, “Anytime” followed up with The Four Lads. More songs with The Classics Four, and Diana Ross.
Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Ella Fitzgerald launches this hour with a rousing song from “Kiss Me Kate.” Andy Williams takes it next with his 1963 hit record, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You.” Rosemary Clooney sings one “Too Marvelous for Words” followed up with a chart topper from the Four Freshmen. Enjoy the Ames Brothers with their 1955 hit song, “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” and a mid 50s hit song for Joni James, “How Important Can It Be.” Then Tom Jones finishes the set with his rendition of an old Mel Tillis song, “Detroit City.’ The great Tony Martin launches a set with “La Vie En Rose.” Then enjoy a fun song by Doris Day, “Why Did I Tell Ya I Was Going to Shanghai?” You’ll hear great big band by Benny Goodman, a salsa version of “Lemon Tree” by Trini Lopez, and one of the many hit songs for Dusty Springfield. We’ll hiking to New Orleans with Fats Domino, enjoy a little attitude song with Peggy Lee, and spin a 1962 hit song for Bobby Vee. More songs from Johnny Horton, and Al De Lory.
See the lists, links and leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Sachmo, Louis Armstrong starts things up with a romp called, “the Dummy Song.” We team up Frank Sinatra with Keely Smith for “How ya Fixed for Love?” We’ll remember the great New Orleans Dixieland master, Pete Fountain, with “Basin Street Blues.” Peggy Lee pops in with the orchestra with “Manana is Good Enough for Me” followed with a standard by Phil and Don Everly with “Bye Bye Love.” Then hear Glen Campbell with one of his most endearing songs, “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife.” Enjoy a good set with Bing Crosby and the Jesters with “Sioux City Sue,” Les Brown with Doris Day with “S’ Wonderful” and Pearl Bailey’s “Takes Two to Tango.” Anita Bryant performs one of her 1960 hits, “My Little Corner of the World,” Hugo Winterhalter with his 1956 treatment of Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango,” and a hit from the back of rack by Don Cherry, “Thinking of You.” Listen to Kay Starr with the song, “Indiana.” Enjoy hit songs by Adam Wade, “Take Good Care of Her,” and The Beatles, “When I’m 64.” More from Perry Como, and Les Paul.
Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ And have a great week kids!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Neon Beat on Radio George - 9.6.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Sarah Vaughan launches another great week of listening with her 1959 hit, “Broken Hearted Melody.” Then get set for a razzy jazzy version of “I’ve Got the World on a String” with Louis Prima. Sing along with Frank Sinatra as he performs a swinging’ version of the ol’ standard, “When You’re Smiling.” Enjoy a sprite little recording by Jill Corey called “Love Me to Pieces” and another forgotten hit for a group called, “Sumpthin’ Smith and the Redheads.” Nat King Cole performs a sweeping number with the Les Baxter Orchestra “To the Ends of the Earth,” followed with “A Doodling Song” by Peggy Lee, and a choon from the “auld” country sung by The Ames Brothers. We’ll track some period hits with Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick and Al Hirt. Bing Crosby sings the lovely song, “Galway Bay.” Hear the tender 1961 hit for the Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Cast Your Fate to the Wind.” Songs with Johnny Mathis, Kay Starr, and Jimmie Rodgers. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Frank Sinatra opens this set with a film theme from, “The Tender Trap.” The Fontane Sisters are next with their 1955 hit song, “Hearts of Stone.” Then we’ll sing “In the Chapel in the Moonlight” with Dean Martin. We’ll line up some great women of song such as, Kitty Kallen with her number one 1954 hit, “Little Things Mean a Lot,” Connie Francis with “Amoung My Souvenirs,” Cathy Carr’s “Ivory Tower,” and Bette Midler with “He’s a Tramp.” Get your kicks on “Route 66” with Nat King Cole. We’ll “Jump Jive and Wail” with the horn of Louis Prima with Sam Butera and The Witnesses. Enjoy fine period instrumentals with Lawrence Welk, Michel Legrand, and The Silver Screen Orchestra. We’ll spin some songs by great period groups like The Mills Brothers with “Cab Driver,” The Fortunes with “You’ve Got Your Troubles,” and the Four Lads with “the Mockingbird.” Enjoy songs by Steve Lawrence, Sonny James, and The Sunnysiders.
See the lists, drop a line at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: We open this hour with a fun Jimmie Rodgers hit called, “Uh Oh, I’m Falling in Love Again.” The Carpenters follow up with a song that serves as one of our show’s mantras, “Its Yesterday Once More.” Hear one of the hit instrumentals from the 1960’s coming out of France. Raymond Lefevre’s “Soul Coaxing.” We’ll drop in a little Fab Four from 1969 for a hit song written by George Harrison, “Something,” Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye sings a great Dave Brubeck standard, “Take Five,” followed up with some great big band with Glen Gray. Nat King Cole grabs the stage for a rousing version of “Avalon.” Frank Sinatra takes it next for the song, “Witchcraft.” We’ll team up Jo Stafford and Gordon McCrae for a witty little number called, “A” You’re Adorable.” We turn up the room temperature for Ella Fitzgerald singing, “Its Too Darned Hot,” then take to the floor in Vegas for Count Basie and Joe Williams, “Smack Dab in the Middle.” Patti Page sings a tender version of “Little Green Apples.” We’ll “Go Fishin” with Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby. Hear songs by Doris Day, Robert Goulet, and Perry Como.
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Monday, August 29, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.29.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Fred Astaire opens this star studded hour with one of his iconic songs from “Top Hat.” Ella Fitzgerald takes the stage next for some great signature Cole Porter, “Anything Goes.” The Four Aces follow with a Harold Arlen favorite. Enjoy an amorous Italian version of “Quando, Quando” by Connie Francis. Tony Bennett teams up with Count Basie to sing a song about that windy city, followed with a lush version of the song, “Laura” sung by Vic Damone. We’ll track a 1962 hit single for Nat King Cole, “Rambling Rose” then scoot over to the Mercury label for a song by Dinah Washington, “A Cottage for Sale.” Hear the Four Preps with that song about the “island of romance,” The Dixie Cups with “Chapel of Love” and Johnny Mathis with “Wonderful, Wonderful.” Swing with the Benny Goodman Orchestra as we go “Jumping at the Woodside” followed with Frank Sinatra singing, “You Make Me Feel So Young.” We’ll bring back Frank with Sammy Davis Jr to do a little Rat Packin,’ followed up with Dean Martin’s “I’d Cry like a Baby.” More from the Islanders and Caterina Valente. Boom!
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Lettermen launch into this segment with a rousing version of “Shangri La.” Engelbert Humperdinck takes it next to sing a hit song heard in a period British short film. Hear Eydie Gorme with her 1963 Columbia hit sung with a group called the Cookies. Enjoy a spice and pickle as we track a forgotten hit by Tony Orlando and Dawn. Hear Dean Martin with one of his signature hit songs, “That’s Amore,” followed with a steamy 1954 number by actress Marilyn Monroe. We’ll a spin a salsa version of a Beatles song performed by Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66. Instrumental selections with Paul Mauriat’s “Love is Blue” and Dave “Baby” Cortez with “The Happy Organ.” Enjoy a folk set with Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman” followed with the Seekers singing “Georgie Girl.” Ella Fitzgerald performs a solid scat version of “Blue Skies” and then hear the Hi Lo’s exercising their incredible vocal ranges with “Camptown Races.” Listen to Barbra Streisand with a cut from her great Broadway album, Tony Bennett, and Bobby Sherman.
See the lists, links, and leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Sammy Davis Jr begins this Juke with a Broadway selection from “Golden Rainbow.” Then listen to the Henry Mancini Orchestra with the Theme from the “Tonight Show.” Listen to Nat King Cole’s rendition of an old Fats Waller standard followed with a song called “Bargain Day” by Dinah Washington. You’ll hear a period set with Lenny Welch’s “Since I Fell for You,” the Four Lads with a popular song from “Gypsy,” and Frankie Laine with the EZ Riders. Patti Page performs her 1957 hit, “Old Cape Cod” then we’re “Just in Time” for Dean Martin. We’ll track a hit jazz standard performed by The McGuire Sisters, followed up with a lush instrumental selection by Andre Previn called, “Like Young.” Hear Jo Stafford with the Pied Pipers singing, “Dream.” The Ames Brothers sing an old Les Brown hit, followed up with Harry James’ “Cherry.” Perry Como does an R& B number called “Dream on Little Dreamer.” Then listen to Louis Armstrong and Danny Kaye from the film, “the Five Pennies.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.22.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The McGuire Sisters launch this week’s offerings with their 1955 hit single, “Sugartime!” Then we’ll keep the airwaves sweetened up with Sammy Davis Jr. as “The Candyman” with the Mike Curb Congregation. Sergio Mendez takes the stage next with Brazil for “Mas Que Nada.” Then listen
http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ And have a great week kids!! to the first of a passel-load of fine instrumentals starting with Al Casey’s “Jiving Around.” Others include Percy Faith’s “A Summer Place,” Acker Bilk’s 1960 standard, “Stanger on the Shore” and Sounds Orchestral with “Cast Your Fate to the Wind.” Nat King Cole performs a live standard from The Sands in Vegas, “The Continental.” Hear the sultry Julie London with “Cry Me a River.” Then we’ll bring on Harry Connick Jr with a “Recipe for Makin’ Love.” America’s Sweetheart, Annette Funicello, sings one from the islands called “Pineapple Princess.” Listen for one of Kay Starr’s 1950’s favorites as she sings the song “Wheel of Fortune” followed with a film favorite by Andy Williams. Hear Ella Fitzgerald “From This Moment On” and the song “if” by Dean Martin. Listen now at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Armando “Buddy” Greco opens this set with a snappy version of the Victor Young song, “Around the World.” (You’ll like it, you’ll like it..!) Then we bring in Frank Sinatra and the kids for the 1959 hit, “High Hopes.” Listen to Doris Day with one of her biggest charting hits, “Again.” You’ll hear some great big band as we swing “the Mole” with Harry James. Enjoy a rousing cha-cha with Georgia Gibbs version of “Sweet and Gentle.” Nat King Cole performs his lovely hit song, “Pretend,” followed with a film song from a Marilyn Monroe movie sung by the Four Lads. Turn up your speaker for a neat folk set. We’ll play Glen Campbell and Bobby Gentry’s version of “All I Have to Do is Dream,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Faire,” The Seekers with “A World Of Our Own” and a chart fav by Peter and Gordon. We’ll track some more film music with Perry Como from “South Pacific” and Henry Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk.” The Chordettes do “Mister Sandman” and we’ll pull a fun back-o-the-rack memory from Jim Nabors. More songs with Jim Reeves and BJ Thomas. See the lists and feel free to leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: GI Joe Stafford kicks off this hour with a rousing version of “the Gentleman Is a Dope.” Then we’ll listen to the vocal version of “A Summer Place” sung by The Lettermen. Listen to the charming seasonal song performed by Nat King Cole and The Ralph Carmichael Chorus, “All Over the World.” We’ll yank a number of great hits from the rack including Bobby Darin’s “Dream Lover,” Five O’clock World” with the Vogues and Peggy Lee’s 1958 standard, “Fever.” Dean Martin performs a Frank Loesser standard from “A Most Happy Fella” with the Four Lads. Peter and Gordon sing that song about that “Nekkid girl on a horse.” Listen to Petula Clark with a record she wasn’t too crazy about recording cuz’ it was outside her “style” and was sure it wouldn’t fly. “My Love.” Hear some great movie music with Mario Lanza. Frank and Nancy Sinatra sing “Something Stupid.’’ Enjoy some great Tommy Dorsey swing with the song, “Opus One.” Al Martino performs his hit rendition of “Spanish Eyes” followed by a song called “Forever” by The Little Dippers and Elvis with “Good Luck Charm.” Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.15.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Dean Martin opens this round of great listening with “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On.” Then we’ll pair up Bing Crosby with his son Gary for a fun rendition of “Sam’s Song.” Enjoy a lovely song by Gogi Grant, “Somewhere There’s a Valley.” Nat King Cole sings one of his early 50’s hit songs, “Nature Boy.” Some film songs including Matt Monro singing a Johnny Mercer song from a 1945 movie starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. Margaret Whiting sings a song from “South Pacific” and Ed Ames performs one from “Man of La Mancha.” Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood share a microphone for the song, “Jackson.” Hear some Burt Bacharach/Hal David music sung by Dionne Warwick. Hear period instrumentals by Glen Gray with “Song of India,” Bent Fabric’s “Alley Cat,” and “A Summer Samba” with Stan Getz. Tony Bennett does his lovely interpretation of “Blue Velvet.” Enjoy a song of the islands with Harry Belafonte and a little surprise “exotica” number from Yma Sumac. Songs by Doris Day, and Mel Torme.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Herb Alpert and the TJB launch this hour with the title track to his first hit album, “the Lonely Bull.” Then we’ll take it “Nice and Easy” with Frank Sinatra. We’ll listen to Ella Fitzgerald and her pro rendition of “I Got Rhythm.” Nat King Cole performs a favorite version of “Autumn Leaves” and daughter Natalie sings a great Ella standard, “Tisket Taskit.” Enjoy Engelbert Humperdinck’s 1978 comeback hit, “After the Loving,” followed up with a beautiful 1954 hit for the Ames Brothers with Hugo Winterhalter’s RCA Orchestra. We’ll track some great big band with Si Zentner’s rousing version of “Up a Lazy River” and Glenn Miller’s “St Louis Blues.” Hear the Leroy Anderson standard that became the TV theme for The Late Show. Peggy Lee kicks it into high gear with the orchestra for the song, “Come Back to Me,” followed with Tony Bennet’s performance of a song from “the Sound of Music.” Perry Como sings a song from the film, “South Pacific.” More songs from Ray Charles, Etta James and The Browns.
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On The Neon Beat this week, on Jukebox 3: Dinah Washington kicks it off with “Is You Is, Or Is You Aint.” Then hear Paul Anka with a song that became the image theme for Eastman Kodak. Listen to Julie Rogers with her lovely hit, “The Wedding.” We’ll track an award winning song for Frank Sinatra and the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra, “It Was a Very Good Year.” Brook Benton takes the pulpit and loads the gospel gun for “Shadrach.” Enjoy some hit songs recorded on the tails of the folk revival, Peter Paul and Mary with, “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” Bread with “Make it With You,” and Harry Nilsson with a song from “Midnight Cowboy.” You’ll hear The Lovin’ Spoonful with “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind.” And, of course, we’ll track those period instrumental hits including, Herb Alpert with “Zorba the Greek,” Al Hirt with “the Bourbon Street Parade,” Kenny Ball with “Midnight in Moscow,” and Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra. We’ll spin Ketty Lester’s 1962 hit record, “Love Letters.” Hear songs with Barbra Streisand, Rosemary Clooney, and Bobby Sherman. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.8.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Perry Como kicks off this week’s selections with his 1956 hit record, “Hot Diggity.” Dean Martin follows up with “An Evening in Roma.” Listen to a song performed by one of the most distinctive voices of her genre and period. Sarah Vaughan sings, “Seranda.” Frank Sinatra sings one “Too Marvelous for Words.” Nat King Cole joins up with the Ralph Carmichael Orchestra and Chorus for, “Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer.” Enjoy some great single hits by period groups like, The Ames Brothers, The Mills Brothers,, The Everly Brothers, and The Fleetwoods. We’ll spin a hit record from the 1967 lark spy film, “Casino Royale” sung by Dusty Springfield. Laugh a little with television writer, producer, and standup comedian, Allen Sherman with, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah.” Listen to a snappy west coast jazz rendition of “Taking a Chance on Love” performed by Anita O’Day. Frankie Laine sings a come-from-behind “B” side hit, called “Rose, Rose I Love You” followed by the lovely Jo Stafford singing “Symphony.” Listen for a “requested” song for the one hit wonder by The Murmaids. Instrumentals by Leroy Anderson, Les Baxter, and the Rochester Pops. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
Have a great week! hope it helps. :)

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Mel Carter launches into this set with “Hold Me, Thrill Me.” Then we light up the evening with Tony Bennett singing, “Firefly.” Enjoy some period film selections such as, “Moulin Rouge” with Percy Faith, “The Theme from “Cat Ballou” with Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye, and Barbra Streisand performing a beautiful song from “House of Flowers” written in part by Truman Capote. We’ll team up Brook Benton and Dinah Washington for “Baby You’ve Got What it Takes.” We’ll take the microphone live to the French Quarter for some lively Dixieland with Al Hirt. Listen to Eydie Gorme as she sings the lovely standard, “Fly Me to the Moon,” and Frank Sinatra with “S’posing” from his “Swingin” session album with Nelson Riddle. Enjoy some great big band with The Glenn Miller Orchestra. Then you better sell your old machines as we hear Brook Benton with his hit version of “The Boll Weevil Song.” Here the one hit record from Britain’s own, Russ Hamilton as he sings “Rainbow.” We’ll spin songs by Debbie Reynolds, Bruce Channel, and Gene Pitney. See the lists, leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Petula Clark opens this hour with her 1967 hit single, “Don’t Sleep in the Subway.” Then we’re “Just in Time” to track some more Tony Bennett. We’ll recall the golden days of MGM as we listen to “I Got Rhythm” by actress Judy Garland. We’ll track the golden voice of Mr. Vic Damone with his stirring version of ‘You’re Breaking My Heart.” You’ll hear some Big Band selections with Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman. Get set for hit records by great period groups like, The Four Freshmen, The Sandpipers, The Fontane Sisters, and the Everly Brothers. Hop aboard the “Tijuana Taxi” with Herb Alpert and the TJB, then enjoy a song from a period film called “The Happening” by The Supremes. We’ll meld a little salsa and swing with Frank Sinatra as we go “South of the Border.” We’ll spin Jerry Wallace’s 1958 hit, “Primrose Lane” Patti Page with “Just a Simple Melody” and a single standout hit record from 1963 performed by “The Singing Nun.” Listen to Elvis Presley’s tender song with the Jordanaires, “Crying in the Chapel.”
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The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.1.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Tony Bennett and Diana Krall team up for a song serving as one of our show’s mantras, “The Best is Yet to Come.” The Four Lads pop in there next for some great Broadway music, “Standing on the Corner.” Then listen to Frank Sinatra with the tender hit song, “Young at Heart” followed up with the 1968 hit record for Merrilee Rush, “Angel of the Morning.” We’ll turn up the room temperature with Robert Goulet’s “Summer Sounds” then spin the 1964 chart hit for The Ray Charles Singers, “Love Me With all your Heart.” We’ll pull out the Pan Am TV Soundtrack for Ella Fitzgerald’s great rendition of “Blue Skie
s” followed with a big band standard for Benny Goodman. We’ll spin period hit songs like Ben E. King with “Save the Last Dance for Me,” Johnny Mathis with “Venus” and Doris Day with her 1958 toe tapper, “Everybody Loves a Lover.” Listen to a period TV instrumental hit for Al De Lory as he plays, “The Theme from MASH.” Hear Diana Ross sing the “Theme from Mahogany” and Roger Miller’s “King of the Road.” Songs with Buddy Clark, Art Mooney, and Linda Ronstadt.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Louis Jordon launches this hour on track number 1 for “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie.” Lena Horne takes the stage next for her signature performance of “The Lady is a Tramp.” Then hear the smooth alfredo croon of Vic Damone with “There I’ve Said it Again.” We’ll team up Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney for a fun Cole Porter romp called, “Cherry Pies Outta Be You.” We’ll spin great period instrumentals with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra, Glenn Miller, and Bert Kaempfert. Jazz diva Dianne Reeves performs a smooth jazzy rendition of “Lady Be Good.” Listen to period groups like Ruby and the Romantics with “Our Day Will Come,” get “Smack Dab in the Middle” with the Mills Brothers, and Sing Along with Mitch Miller. Enjoy some period movie music as Henry Mancini’s Orchestra and chorus do, “The Theme from Charade.” Dean Martin sings, “Somewhere There’s a Someone” followed up with Petula Clark’s rendition of a Charlie Chaplin song from “Countess from Hong Kong.” Hear Louis Armstrong with “Hello Dolly.” Records by Rosemary Clooney and Bette Midler. See the lists and leave comments: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Les Baxter’s Orchestra and Chorus kick off this set with “Wake the Town and Tell the People!” Eddie Fisher takes the mic next wearing his high school letter jacket to sing, “Dungaree Doll.” The first lady of swing performs a great Cole Porter song: Ella Fitzgerald sings “I Get a Kick Out of You.” We’ll track period hits featuring Nat King Cole with “Mona Lisa,” Doris Day’s lively, “Lullaby of Broadway,” and Dean Martin with, “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You.” Hear Kansas City’s own Marilyn Maye with “Cabaret!” Enjoy period instrumental hits as we track Henry Mancini’s, “Mister Lucky,” Al Hirt’s 1964 hit record, “Java,” and John Williams and the Boston Pops with “Green Eyes.” We’ll spin a sassy jazzy version of “Up a Lazy River” performed by Bobby Darin followed by Petula Clark singing “Kiss me Goodbye” and Guy Mitchell with a 1950’s memory called “The Roving Kind.” Hear Frank Sinatra with “Hidden Persuasion,” MGM’s Joni James with “Purple Shades,” and Tony Bennett with the Count Basie Orchestra. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
Have a great week kids!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.25.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Hi Lo’s launch out with this week’s offerings with a rousing showcase version of “Keep Your Sunnyside Up.” Sarah Vaughan takes the stage next for a great Broadway song from “Damn Yankees.” Here more Broadway/film music with Robert Goulet from “Little Me” and Lucille Ball from “Wildcat.” You’ll hear period instrumental selections with Frank Mills, Bert Kaempfert, and a lovely hit song originally an imaging tune for Salada Tea performed by Hagood Hardy. Frank Sinatra sings a song called “There used to be a Ballpark.” Enjoy period groups like The Poni Tails with “Born Too Late” the Crew Cuts with “Sh Boom,” and one by Herman’s Hermits. We’ll track a 1950’s hit for Perry Como “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” followed up with a big band number by Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman right off Stagedoor Canteen. Listen to the great Tony Martin with the old Eddie Howard hit from the 1940’s, “To Each His Own.” Then listen to Rosemary Clooney with “Give Me the Simple Life.” Enjoy a salsa version of “If I Had a Hammer” by Trini Lopez. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Tom Jones kicks off this set with his 1965 hit that catapulted the man to stardom, “its Not Unusual.” Hear a 1956 film theme from “Picnic” sung by the McGuire Sisters. We’ll team up Les Brown and his Band of Renown with the Ames Brothers for “Sentimental Journey.” Hear more great big band with the Glenn Miller Orchestra remembering “Tuxedo Junction.” Hear Louis Prima, Keely Smith with Sam Butera and the band as they cut up on stage for “Baby Wont You Please Come Home.” Frank Sinatra is next with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra as Frank sings, “It Happened in Monterrey.” Enjoy some smooth Cole Porter music sung by Ella Fitzgerald, “In the Still of the Night.” Kay Starr performs a jazzy rendition of “Bonaparte’s Retreat” followed up with Dean Martin’s silky alfredo version of “Return to Me,” and the Errol Garner standard, “Misty.” Enjoy Connie Francis with her sultry version of “My Happiness” and a jazzy performance of “Clementine” by Bobby Darin. Hear songs by The Lettermen, Brook Benton, and Anne Murray’s tender rendition of “Danny’s Song.”
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Art and Dotty Todd open this hour with their hit song, “Chanson D’ Amour.” Bobby Darin slams on to the stage next with a swinging version of “I Got Rhythm” followed up with some classic MGM music with actress Judy Garland. Sonny Boy, (Eddie Fisher) sings one of his early 1950’s hit songs, “I Need You Now.” Then listen to Mel Torme with some great Broadway music, “All I Need Is the Girl.” We’ll spin a 1956 hit record for Oklahoman Patti Page, “Allegheny Moon.” Kay Starr performs an up-tempo rendition of “Swinging Down the Lane” from one her most celebrated albums.” Hear Lou Rawls with the song, “Nobody but Me” and a lovely song by Doris Day, “I’ll Never Stop Loving You.” Listen to instrumentals by DOT records, Billy Vaughn, some great polka with Frankie Yankovic, and a smooth standard with Jackie Gleason’s Orchestra. Hear songs by The Andrews Sisters, Andy Williams and The Mitch Miller gang.
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Monday, July 18, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.18.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Dinah Washington kicks off this week’s offerings with a jazzy song from “Guys and Dolls.” Next we turn the mic over to Lou Rawls for a smooth thang called, “Lady Love.” We’ll recall those “Moments to Remember” with the Four Lads. Followed up with an old pop hit for Dion and the Belmonts, “Ruby Baby.” Enjoy a fun Disney memory with Phil Harris as Ballou the Bear from “The Jungle Book.” We’ll track some great big band with Harry James and his Orchestra with Helen Forest singing, “It’s Been a Long Long Time.” Two old smoothies follow up Helen with Frank Sinatra singing a Harold Arlen standard. Then hear Tony Bennett with some classic film music. Ella Fitzgerald picks it up with a rousing Irving Berlin song followed with Perez Prado’s “Rock-a-mambo Baby!. We’ll spin Nat King Cole’s hit, “LOVE.” Listen to Johnny Mathis’s 1957 smash hit record “Chnaces Are” and a back of the rack hit for Bryan Hyland. Hang out for Petula Clark’s 1965 standard, “Downtown” and some music sung by Ed Ames from “Man of La Mancha.” Hit songs by Nelson Riddle and Bobby Goldsboro.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Tony Bennett launches this hour with “The Good Life.” Frank Sinatra is next with a good ol’ Les Brown hit. Doris Day sings one of her most requested hits from 1952, “If I Give My Heart to You.” Enjoy a 1958 hit for The Platters “Twilight Time.” We’ll spin some fine period instrumentals by Hugo Winterhalter with jazz pianist Eddie Heywood playing “Canadian Sunset,” Tommy Dorsey’s “Tea for Two Cha Cha” and The Mantovani Orchestra with their 1951 hit, “Charmaine.” We’ll go “South of the Border” with Perry Como, then play a great jazz standard called “Undecided” sung by the Ames Brothers, and spin the song “Golden Earrings” by Peggy Lee. We’ll bring back The Mills Brothers for their rendition of “the Glow Worm.” Enjoy some lush Nat King Cole showcasing his multilingual skills with the song, “Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup.” Connie Stevens gives “Sixteen Reasons.” (Sixteen Excuses on the “B” side. KIDDING) Hear Claude King’s “Wolverton Mountain” followed up with Tom Jones with a good old country hit, “The Green Green Grass of Home. Hear songs by Shirley Bassey, Rosemary Clooney and Chet Atkins.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: We begin this hour teaming up Rosemary and Betty Clooney with Harry James and his orchestra for the song, “Sisters.” Pat Boone steps on stage next for his 1957 hit song, “Love Letters in the Sand.” From Bowling Green, Kentucky hear The Hilltoppers with their version of the hit song, “Marianne.” (don’t rush me!) Enjoy some great film, Broadway, and TV music by Sammy Davis Jr, (Stop the World I Wanna Get Off) “Midnight Lace” with Ray Conniff, “The Colonel Bogey March” by The Mitch Miller Gang, “The Theme from Mission Impossible” by Lalo Schfrin and Henry Mancini with “Dear Heart.” Ray Charles sings a great Hoagy Carmichael song, “Georgia on my Mind,” followed with a steamy number by Jo Stafford entitled, “Make Love to Me.” Hear more Hoagy Carmichael with Nat King Cole singing a lush version of Hoagy’s signature song, “Stardust.” We’ll “Breeze Along With the Breeze” with the Four Lads. Listen to a great Cole Porter song performed by Roy Rogers, “Don’t Fence Me In.” Hear hit records by Patti Page, Dionne Warwick, Les Paul and Mary Ford and more.
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Monday, July 11, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.11.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Climb aboard The Fifth Dimension’s big beautiful balloon as we fly “Up Up and Away.” Then let Louis Armstrong bring a smile with his version of “Takes 2 to Tango.” We’ll track Dinah Washington’s 1959 smash hit, “What A Difference a Day Makes,” followed up with a little Brit invasion music with Chad and Jeremy. Enjoy a big band classic sung by Peggy Lee, “Happiness is a thing called Joe.” You’ll hear film music from “Top Hat” performed by Fred Astaire, and some James Bond music by Shirley Bassey. Listen to Dean Martin with “I Will,” Frank Sinatra singing “Over and Over,” and some TV funk with Sammy Davis Jr singing the “Theme From Baretta.” Will spin the Lee Hazelwood song and arrangement that became a signature hit for Nancy Sinatra. “Boots.” Enjoy some classic Stevie Wonder with “My Cheri Amour” and a little salsa with Sergio Mendez and Brazil with “Pretty World.” We’ll team up Dino and Sammy again for a fun live tate-a-tate of “Sam’s Song.” Hits by Bobby Goldsboro, Herb Alpert and Johnny Mathis. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: the New Christy Minstrels launch into this set with the lead voice of Barry McGuire singing “Green Green.” Then Frank Sinatra sings “Love and Marriage” (in the same sentence) with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra. Hear the Ames Brothers with Les Brown and his Band of Renown followed up with an enjoyable back-of-the-rack memory by Carly Simon. We’ll enjoy some fun pairings including Steve and Eydie, Bing Crosby with Louis Armstrong, and Paul and Paula. Hear some great period groups including The Association with “Cherish” and The Lettermen with “Put Your Head on My Shoulder.” Tony Bennett will croon lovely song, the melody, taken from an opera classic. Ella Fitzgerald performs a great Cole Porter selection. Also, hear Andy Williams with his lush rendition of “April in Paris.” We’ll spin a period TV theme by the man known as the Don of film and television music in the 1960’s and 70’s. Hear the Henry Mancini Orchestra with the “Theme from Charlie’s Angels.” Listen to Nat King Cole’s Version of “Paper Moon.” More hit songs by Bobby Vinton and Barbra Streisand.

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Marvelous Marilyn Maye storms on stage to open this hour with her rousing version of “The Song is You.” Frank Sinatra is next with a jazzy swing version of “Blue Moon.” Listen to the Lettermen with their rendition of “Where or When” and Mama Cass Elliot singing “Make Your Own Kind Of Music.” We’ll team up Lee Hazelwood with Nancy Sinatra with a fun country song called, The Tennessee Birdwalk.” Glen Campbell sings a great Jimmy Webb song, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” Then “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” as we listen to Jackie DeShannon. Enjoy a lovely recording of Nat King Cole’s version of the song, “Tenderly.” We’ll spin fine instrumentals by Horst Jankowski, a period TV theme by Valjean and some great Broadway music with Erick Kunzel and the Rochester Pops. We’ll track a song from the 1967 film, “Valley of the Dolls” sung by Dionne Warwick. Enjoy a great standard and signature hit for Jane Morgan, “Fascination.” Dean Martin sings his signature song, “Everybody Loves Somebody.” Songs with Al Martino, Dinah Shore, and Louis Prima.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.5.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: “Love the Second Time Around” sung by Frank Sinatra with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra launches this week’s neat offerings. Sammy Davis Jr takes the mic next with the Mike Curb Congregation for “The People Tree.” Enjoy a little Burt Bacharach/Hal David music sung by Dionne Warwick. Hear the classic hit by Arlo Guthrie as we cradle ourselves aboard “The City of New Orleans.” We’ll team up the great George Shearing with Nat King Cole for “Let There Be Love.” Perry Como belts out a mid-fifties sock ho
p hit called “Tina Marie.” Get two songs for the price of one with the Letterman performing, “Traces and Memories.” Kansas City’s own Marilyn Maye sings a song about that Midwest City of fountains. We’ll spin some movie music from the James Bond film “From Russia with Love” by Matt Monro then follow it with a saucy signature hit for Mary Martin. Listen to Frankie Avalon with the song, “Why” followed up with beach blanket buddie, Annette Funicello singing “O Dio Mio.” Hear the 1957 hit, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” sung by Mister “Oh YEh,” Billy Williams. Songs by Robert Goulet, Ed Ames, Anita Bryant and more.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Rosemary Clooney and The Harry James Orchestra open this hour with “In the Cool Cool of the Evening.” Then let Dean Martin “Lay Some Happiness on Ya.” You’ll hear some great period groups like, the Seekers with “A World of Our Own,” The Fontane Sisters with “Daddy O!” And the Mills Brothers singing “Cab Driver.” We’ll spin some British invasion groups like Herman’s Hermits and Chad and Jeremy. Barbra Streisand sings one of many great songs heard in the film “Funny Girl.” We’ll spin the signature hit for Australian singer Helen Reddy, “I Am Woman.” Hear instrumentals by David Rose, the Bob Crewe Generation, and Herb Alpert and the TJB. We’ll play a fine 1970 comeback hit for Perry Como, “It’s Impossible.” Enjoy an Andy Williams rendition of a sentimental favorite from a 1964 movie starring Glenn Ford and Geraldine Page. We’ll cook up some BBQ ribs and chicken as we go dancing at “The House of Blue Lights” with Chuck Miller. Listen to Doris Day sing a song from her 1953 film Calamity Jane, and Al Martino with his 1967 hit, “Mary in the Morning.”
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Jimmie Rodgers leads off this set with “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.” Then listen to a great 1960’s solo hit for Jersey Boy, Frankie Vallie, as he performs, “Can’t Take My Eyes off Of You.” Rosemary Clooney belts out a romping version of “Everything’s Coming up Roses.” Listen to some great period hit groups like The Limeliters with “Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week,” The Carpenters with “For All We Know” and The Four Knights with “I Get So Lonely.” Enjoy the great cinematic rendition of the Theme from Antony and Cleopatra performed by the arpeggio kings of the keyboards, Ferrante and Teicher. We’ll do a 1950’s run with The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and The Chordettes. We’ll line up the Four Knights with Nat King Cole with the song “If I May.” The first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald, performs “I’ll Take Manhattan.” Frank Sinatra does a jazzy rendition of “Same Old Saturday Night” followed by some honey in the horn with Al Hirt playing “Sugar Lips.” Then hear Barbra Streisand with the tender song, “He Touched Me.” Songs by Andy Williams, Sarah Vaughan, and Harry James with Dick Haymes.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.27.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra launches this week’s offerings with “That’s Life!” Engelbert Humperdinck follows up with his hit version of “Spanish Eyes” and Barbra Streisand with a beautiful Andrew Lloyd Weber song from “Cats.” Enjoy a little good natured tate-a-tate between actress Judy Garland and Bing Crosby. Then Andy Williams follows with a vocal version of the 1963 hit, “More.” Enjoy some period instrumental selections with “the Peter Gunn Theme” by Ray Anthony, Leroy Anderson’s “Fiddle Faddle” and The Ventures with, “Walk Don’t Run.” You’ll hear Al Martino sing a WW1 and 2 favorite song about “the lady of the lamplight.” Listen to a sultry piece from a 1950 review that drew a comment from Orson Wells that Eartha Kitt was the most exciting woman in the world. We’ll “Get Outta Town” with the Velvet Fog, “Mel Torme.” Dean Martin teams up with the EZ riders for his 1956 chart hit, “Memories are Made of This” followed with a film song from “Good Night and Good Luck” sung by Dianne Reeves. We’ll spin records by the Four Preps, Doris Day, and a hit song by the British group, The Flying Machine. See the look of our new Radio George page!!  Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week Jukebox 2: Sammy Davis Jr opens this set with “the Shelter of Your Arms.” Then listen to a wonderful Italian version of “Quando, Quando” performed by Connie Francis. Sam Cooke is next with “You Send Me.” We’ll remember the 1956 film “High Society” with a great Cole Porter song done by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Listen to a Harold Arlen song that Harold called one of his favorites, sung by Sarah Vaughan. We’ll team up the Raylettes with “Ray” for the song, “Hit the Road Jack” followed up with a soulful hit for Dusty Springfield, “Son of a Preacher Man.” Hear Bobby Vinton’s hit song, “Blue Velvet.” We’ll play a big sky western set with Hugo Montenegro’s, “The Good the Bad and the Ugly,” Frankie Laine’s “Moonlighhttp://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/
t Gambler,” and Peggy Lee’s version of “Riders in the Sky.” Hear a great male group from Indianapolis sing a 1956 hit recording, “Day by Day.” Hear a rare recording featuring Nat King Cole at the piano backed by the Ralph Carmichael Chorus doing, “Whatcha Gonna Do?” Then hear the iconic song from the film “Singing in the Rain” by Gene Kelly.” Leave comments, see the lists at:

On the Neon Beat this week Jukebox 3: Kay Starr kicks off JB3 with a jazzy version of “Up a Lazy River.” Then we’ll “get those stakes higher” at the roulette wheel for Elvis’s “Viva Las Vegas.” Hear the Gaylords with “the Isle of Capris.” We’ll track some great period instrumental selections with Les Baxter’s “Poor People of Paris,” Glenn Miller with “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” Omaha’s Roger Williams with “Autumn Leaves” and a film selection with Felix Slatkin directing the orchestra for “The Theme from the Sundowners.” Pack your bags for Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me.” Ella Fitzgerald takes on a great big band standard singing, “Begin the Beguine.” We’ll track one of Bobby Darin’s latter 1950’s hits, “Dream Lover,” followed with a fun romp with Doris Day’s “Ooo Bang Jiggly Jang.” We’ll team up Gene Kelly with Judy Garland for an MGM favorite, “For Me and My Gal.” Johnny Mathis performs the song, “Small World” followed by some Broadway music with the Four Lads. Hear Barbra Streisand, Glen Campbell, and the Association.
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