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.
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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:

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.
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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:

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:

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.”
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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:

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.
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