Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.28.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: 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” from Ocean’s 11, 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. You’ll hear Al Martino’s tender version of “Spanish Eyes.” 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. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: 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 vehttp://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/
rsion of “Ebb Tide” by Matt Monro, and then a swingin’ version of “Blue Moon” by Frank Sinatra. Hear hits by Rick Nelson, Marty obbins (A White Sport Coat) and Mama Cass. See the lists, link to Neon Jazz, and leave comments at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Ella Fitzgerald launches this week’s set with a sassy little number from “Kiss Me Kate.” Then we’ll enjoy a little “Friendly Persuasion” with Pat Boone. We'll track a song from an album called “Folk Songs of Our Time” as we spin Roger Whittaker singing, “Star of the County Down.” Enjoy some James Bond film music sung by Matt Monro from the movie, “From Russia with Love.” Perry Como sings a 1950’s hit song performed with The Ramblers, “Don’t Let the Stars Get in your Eyes,” followed up a favorite by Terry Gilkyson and the EZ Riders and a sultry number sung by Marilyn Monroe. Listen to some great period instrumentals: Percy Faith’s “A Summer Place” and Henry Mancini’s “The Baby Elephant Walk.” Nat King Cole sings a lush version of an old Ray Noble hit, “The Very Thought of You.” Listen to Tony Bennett with the Mitch Miller Gang sing a song from “Bye Bye Birdie.” Hear songs with Engelbert Humperdinck, Sarah Vaughan, and more. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.21.16

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: 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 and The Seekers. You’ll hear “The Glow Worm” by The Mills Brothers. Hear 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 to “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. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat, Jukebox 2: 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. Leave comments see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: 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 of 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. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
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Monday, November 14, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.14.16

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

On the Neon Bea t this week, Jukebox 2: 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. Shttp://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: 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.
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Monday, November 7, 2016

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.7.16

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: 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 “scat” 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 Bluhttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
e” 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. Listen at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: 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. Leave Comments, see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: 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: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/