Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 3.7.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: 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 ofhttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
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. Listen now at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: 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”, 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. Listen to New York’s own Jerry Costanzo and his great swingin’ band with his current hit, “Don’t Cha Go Away Mad.” 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.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: 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 version of “Ebb Tide” by Matt Monro, and then a swingin’ version of “Blue Moon” by Frank Sinatra. Hear hits by Rick Nelson, Marty Robbins (A White Sport Coat) and Mama Cass.
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The Neon Beat on Radio George - 2.29.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: 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. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: 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, The Seekers, and Bread. You’ll hear “the Glow Worm” by The Mills Brothers. 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 “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. Leave comments see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat, Jukebox 3: 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. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/