Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Neon Beat on Radio George - 1.19.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: 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.” (God rest ya Natalie. Catch you on the “B” side darlin’) We’ll follow Natalie up with her daddy, Nat, singing “If I May” with the Four Knights. Enjoy some Peggy Lee with “Here Comes That Rainy Day.” 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 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. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: 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.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: 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. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

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