Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 2.22.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: 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:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: 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. See the lists leave comments if ya like at:

On the Neon Bea t this week, Jukebox 3: 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.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Neon Beat on Radio George - 2.16.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: 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?” 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. Listen now at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: 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 “skat” 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 Blue” 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. Leave Comments, see the lists at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: 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.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 2.8.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Connie Francis (Concetta Franconero) leads off this week’s offerings with an amorous Italian rendition of “Quando Quando.” The English Gentleman, Roger Whittaker, 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. Introducing Steven Maglio with a Sinatra standard performed en’ Bossa Nova, “The Summer Wind.” 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.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: 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 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 3: 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.” 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 McCartney 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. Hear Helen Reddy sing a hit song from Jesus Christ Superstar, Tony Bennett, Bobby Goldsboro and more.
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Monday, February 1, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 2.1.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: 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 u
p 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. Listen now at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: 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 with “44 Sycamore” by Phil Harris.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin gets this juke off the ground as we “Sway” with Dino. Then 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 actress 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 Tennessee Plow boy’s hits as Eddy Arnold 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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