Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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/


  1. Ha! We were just talking about Allen Sherman and his famous novelty song “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” a couple of weeks ago and here it is on Neon Beat.
    Great minds really do think alike !

  2. heh. My pleasure. My father was a TV newsman and met the man. He said Allen was quiet but quick and sharp when you got him going. Much like Steve Allen. I still have a copy of an album Allen did as a guest conductor for the Boston Pops. During the performance, Allen steps up to the podium and in true conductor tradition, taps it with Arthur's baton. He stops and says: "You have no idea the insane sense of power you get, when you do that in front of 100 professional musicians who know what they're doing..."