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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