Monday, October 2, 2017

The Neon Beat at Radio George - 10.2.17

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Engelbert Humperdinck launches this week’s offerings with one of his first major charting hit records, “The Last Waltz.” Next, Kay Starr goes “Swinging Down the Lane,” followed with Louis Prima tooting out a jazzy version of “The Music Goes Round and Round.” (and it comes out here!) Listen to an Irish romp with Dennis Day with “Clancey Lowered the Boom.” We’ll enjoy a set getting “Sweet and Gentle” with Georgia Gibbs. Then we’ll go “Swinging on a Star” with Bing Crosby and the Williams Brothers. Listen to Nat King Cole’s smooth version of “Non Dimenticar.” Enjoy some great big band with Ella Fitzgerald’s version of a great Artie Shaw standard, and Swing n’ Jive with a Glenn Miller standard, “String of Pearls.” Listen to a lovely 1954 hit for the Ames Brothers with Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra, followed with the lovely Jo Stafford singing “Sunday Kind of Love.” We’ll track a western set with Marty Robbins, and Roy Rogers with the Sons of the Pioneers. Instrumentals with the Al Casey Combo and Leroy Anderson.
Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Rosemary Clooney slams into this set with a little “madmen era” song called “Botcha Me.” Vic Damone is next with a film song from the movie, “An Affair to Remember.” Enjoy more film music with Percy Faith’s “Theme from A Summer Place,” and Frank Sinatra with Bing Crosby from the 1956 film “High Society.” We’ll team up The McGuire Sisters with Lawrence Welk for “In the Alps.” We’ll hit the dance floor with Barry Manilow as we “Jump Shout Boogie.” Listen to great big band selections with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Les Brown with Doris Day, and a theme standard with Harry James. Hear Dean Martin’s “You’re Nobody til’ Somebody Loves You.” Hear a set with Andy Williams singing some “Music to Watch Girls By,” and a Jerome Kern standard from “Swingtime” sung by Ella Fitzgerald. Hear the lovely song, “Today” sung by The New Christy Minstrels, and The Carpenters with, “Hurting Each Other.” More songs with Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand and Nat King Cole. Enjoy today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Andy Williams starts this set spinning with “That Old Bilbao Song.” Lena Horne follows up with one of her signature hit songs, “The Lady is a Tramp.” Then we’ll spin a 1965 hit record for Dean Martin: “Lay Some Happiness on Me.” Listen to some fine period instrumentals with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra, a great TV theme by Lalo Schifrin, and a fine jazz selection by The Ramsey Lewis Trio. We’ll track a set starting with some period folk with Burl Ives, followed with Glen Campbell’s “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife,” Anne Murray’s first big chart hit, “Snowbird” and Gilbert O’Sullivan’s charming hit song, “Claire.” Enjoy some film songs with Henry Mancini’s Orchestra, and a track from “Rio Bravo” featuring Rick Nelson, Dean Martin and Walter Brennen. Hear the lovely song, “Pretend” by Nat King Cole, “Love and Marriage” with Dinah Shore, and a 1958 hit for Pat Boone. Hear the Carpenters with their version of “There’s a Kind of Hush” followed with the campy hit record “Boots” by Nancy Sinatra and Lou Rawls with “You’ll Never Find a Love Like Mine.” Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ And have a great week!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 9.26.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Pat Boone opens this set with a 1957 film theme from “April Love.” Next we'll hear a wartime favorite sung by America's sweethearts, Steve and Eydie, with the song “Bei Mir Bistu Shoen.” Then listen to a lush version of an old Fats Waller standard sung by Nat King Cole. Listen to Frank Sinatra with a jazzy Cole Porter standard called, “Night and Day,” followed by a film theme by The Lettermen, “The Theme From A Summer Place.” We'll spin some records by other great groups like The Casinos and a fun little hit for Sumpthin' Smith and the Redheads.” Listen to Connie Francis's first big 1958 hit on the MGM label, “Who's Sorry Now.” We'll throw in a little Paul and Linda McCartney with a song they wrote together, “Another Day.” Peggy Lee puts one off til later with, “Manana is Good Enough For Me.” Hear a great set with Frankie Avalon's “Why,” Roger Whittaker with a come from behind 1975 hit, “The Last Farewell,” and a toe tappin' favorite by Dionne Warwick, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” Instrumentals with the orchestras of Perez Prado and Andre Previn. Hear Marty Wilde's “Abergavenny,” and an amorous little number by Eartha Kitt. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat.htm

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Frank Sinatra launches this hour with “The World We Knew,” followed up with Rosemary Clooney with a little “Magic in the Moonlight.” Listen to the Velvet Fog, Mel Torme, with his rendition of “Get Outta Town.” Then enjoy a number one 1958 hit for the McGuire Sisters, “Sugartime.” Enjoy some great instrumental content with Les Baxter's “April in Portugal,” and the beautiful, “Our Winter Love” by Bill Pursell. Swing with some great big band with Les Brown and his Band of Renown with the Ames Brothers singing, “Moonlight Serenade,” and Benny Goodman with, “The Jersey Bounce. We'll spin some great folk music with Peter Paul and Mary and Jimmie Rodgers. Hold on to your hat as we give it the gas with the Playmates and their story of The Little Nash Rambler. Hear some great movie music with Doris Day singing “Que Sera Sera” from The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Judy Garland with “Meet Me in St Louis, Louis.” Listen to a 1950 song by Tony Martin sporting a melody that was to be used in another song that would be a hit for Elvis Presley. Hear the song that became the name for a popular game show, “Wheel of Fortune” by Kay Starr. More songs with The Mills Brothers and Wayne Newton. Like? To listen. ... go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat.htm

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Fifth Dimension kick off this juke with the lively, “Wedding Bell Blues.” Then we'll track a bluesy little number sung by Perry Como called, “Dream on Little Dreamer'” followed with Dinah Washington's 1959 hit song, “What a Difference a Day Makes.” Next, hear a TV personality and virtuoso violin player with his 1951 hit song, “the Hot Canary.” Along with that we'll track other period instrumentals including Percy Faith with, “The Rain in Spain,” Germany's own Horst Jankowski plays a classy jazz version of “Canadian Sunset,” and Jerry Murad and his Harmonicats perform a rollicking version of “Galloping Comedians.” Then “Make Yourself Comfortable” with Sarah Vaughan followed naturally with “A Certain Smile” by Johnny Mathis. Frank Sinatra performs a fine Harold Arlen song, “Let's Fall in Love,” followed with Patti Page's lovely version of “Gentle on My Mind.” We'll spin great hits by period groups like, The McGuire Sisters, Chad and Jeremy, Harper's Bizarre, and a “See Ya Later” with Bill Haley and the Comets. Hear Dean Martin with “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On,” Wishin' and Hopin' with Dusty Springfield, and “Just in Time by Mister Tony Bennett.
Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat.htm And have a great week kids!


Monday, September 18, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 9.18.17

ON The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Kentucky’s own, Rosemary Clooney slams into this set with a rousing rendition of “Everything’s Coming up Roses.” Then enjoy a hit standard by the Drifters “Up on the Roof. Turn up more great groups in this hour including The Ames Brothers, The New Seekers, and a back of the rack hit for “the Kirby Stone Four.” Enjoy Broadway and film selections with Tony Bennett singing one from “Bye Bye Birdie,” and Henry Mancini with a lovely song from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” We’ll “Sing in the Sunshine” with Gale Garnett. Listen to Dean Martin with “The Door is Still Open to my Heart.” We’ll go “Swinging on a Rainbow” with Frankie Avalon followed up with Jane Morgan’s “The Day the Rains Came.” Hear Bing Crosby sing a song created ala Stephen Foster as he performs, “Dear Hearts and Gentle People.” Get ready to polka as Perry Como takes the dance floor with The Fontane Sisters for “Hoop De Doo.” Then enjoy a hit instrumental with the Moe Koffman Septet with “The Swinging Shephard Blues. Songs by Johnny Mathis, Engelbert Humperdinck and more. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Barbra Streisand kicks off with a single she was convinced would never fly as a hit: “Stoney End.” Next we’ll spin a Broadway selection from “Stop the World I Wanna Get Off” sung by Sammy Davis Jr. Listen to a lovely rendition of “Day by Day” sung by the lovely Eydie Gorme. Listen to one of the many million selling hits of Neil Diamond as we spin, “Sweet Caroline.” Enjoy a Frank Sinatra selection that received an award for best original song for the year 1957. Tap your toes to a fun Cole Porter song from “Kiss me Kate” sung by Ella Fitzgerald followed with “Little old’ Wine Drinker Me” by Dean Martin. We’ll track some film hits with Andre Previn at the piano for a song from “Lili,” Big Crosby and Bob Hope with a fun song from “Road to Morocco,” and actress Marilyn Monroe with Irving Berlin’s “You’d Be Surprised.” Hear Nat King Cole with a smooth rendition of “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons.” Enjoy a million seller for the late Glen Campbell with “Gentle on my Mind,” followed up with some great folk by Peter Paul and Mary, and an instrumental hit for Young Holt Unlimited. Songs with Bobby Sherman, Dionne Warwick and more. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Perry Como teams up with The Ramblers as we open this hour with “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes.” Then Sammy Davis Jr and Count Basie team up with a stunning version of a great old Peggy Lee hit, followed with Peggy Lee herself singing “Pass Me By.” We’ll track songs performed by great period groups like The Lettermen, and The Kingston Trio. We’ll spin song standards sung by Robert Goulet, “The Nearness of You,” Tony Bennett with “Rags to Riches,” and “Softly as I Leave You” by Frank Sinatra. Listen to a Henry Mancini piece heard in the television mini-series, “The Thornbirds.” Hear some great big band with Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra doing “the King Porter Stomp.” We’ll spin what was to be one of many RCA hit songs for Elvis Presley, “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” Chicago’s own, Lou Rawls sings, “Nobody but Me,” followed with Patti Page’s rendition of “Changing Partners.” Hear Andy William’s with his 1963 hit song, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You.” We’ll track a fun 1954 tate-a-tate between Bing Crosby and actress Judy Garland called, “Ya-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta. (Like it sounds) More songs with Sarah Vaughan and Georgia Gibbs. To listen, go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/


The Neon Beat on Radio George - 9.11.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Nat King Cole opens up this session with The Ralph Carmichael Chorus for “Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer.” Then we’ll enjoy some film music as we whistle along with Mitch for “The Col. Bogey March.” We’ll track some one hit wonder selections with Nino Tempo and April Stevens singing, “Deep Purple” and The Poni Tails with “Born Too Late.” Laugh a little with Allen Sherman’s 1963 hit record “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.” We’ll hook up Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney to sing, “Come to the Mardis Gras.” Enjoy a film selection with Vic Damone performing a song from My Fair Lady. Listen to Frank Sinatra from his Swingin’ Session album do a rousing rendition of “My Blue Heaven” followed up by his daughter Nancy with “How’s That Grab You Darlin’. Kay Starr sings her toe tappin’ version of “Side by Side,” followed with a lush rendition of Tony Bennett’s “Because of You.” Instrumentals by Michel Legrand and Walter Wanderley. Enjoy a country western lineup with Johnny Horton, Tom T Hall, and the Silver Screen Orchestra. Much more. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Vogues start up this musical lineup with one of their 1960’s hit records, “You’re the One.” Then enjoy a classic with Louis Armstrong from “Hello Dolly!” Enjoy more great film and stage songs this hour including, Matt Monro singing, “From Russia with Love,” Henry Mancini with “The Baby Elephant Walk” from the film Hatari, Dinah Washington with a song from “Guys and Dolls.” Hear “Something’s Gotta Give” by the McGuire Sisters, Frank Sinatra from “Pocketful of Miracles,” and Ed Ames from the play “I do, I do:” “My Cup Runneth Over.” Listen to a Willie Nelson standard sung by Patsy Cline, “Crazy.” Then we’ll “Watch the World Go By” with Dean Martin. Listen to some great big band with Glenn Miller and Bert Kaempfert’s Orchestra. Brook Benton loads the gospel gun for his hit song, “Shadrach.” Pucker up for Georgia Gibbs’, “Kiss of Fire,” followed up with a smooth version of “There, I’ve Said it Again” sung by Vic Damone. Caterina Valente steams on stage for “The Breeze and I” followed with “To the Ends of the Earth” by Nat King Cole and Les Baxter’s Orchestra. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: We launch this hour with a couple of singing Pisano’s. Dean Martin kicks this thing off with a “Kick in the Head.” Vic Damone is next with a song heard in the production of “West Side Story.” Hear Kitty Kallen with her hit version of “Chapel in the Moonlight.” Tom Jones steams on stage for his first great chart hit, “It’s Not Unusual.” Then hear some movie music from “The Thomas Crown Affair” sung by Dusty Springfield. Frank Sinatra sings his rendition of the song, “April in Paris.” We’ll track good period instrumentals with Leroy Anderson’s “the Syncopated Clock,” The T-Bones with “No Matter What Shape,” and Roger Williams with “Autumn Leaves.” We’ll hear some big band with Woody Herman’s “The Woodchopper’s Ball.” Listen to an early 1950’s hit song for Nat King Cole, “Nature Boy,” and a 1958 hit song for The Chordettes, “Lollipop.” Hear the Mills Brothers with their vocal version of a great Tommy Dorsey song. Listen to Barbra Streisand with a song adapted by Milton Berle. More with Louis Armstrong, Andy Williams, and Frankie Laine. Listen anytime at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/


The Neon Beat on Radio George - 9.5.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra launches this week’s selection of great period tunes with an ol’ Les Brown hit, “How Bout’ You?” The Four Lads follow up with a great Frank Loesser song from “A Most Happy Fella.” Nancy Sinatra sweetens things up with her mid 1960’s hit song, “Sugar Town.” Listen to great period “country crossover” artists like Brenda Lee with “Too Many Rivers,” Charlie Rich with “the Most Beautiful Girl,” and Marty Robbins’ “Big Iron” from his album Tales of the Western Gunfighter. Enjoy a film selection from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid sung by BJ Thomas. Enjoy period instrumentals with the Bob Crewe Generation, Hugo Winterhalter, and The Boston Pops. Listen to a couple of hits by Dion. One with the Belmonts and another Dion hit after he left the group: “Runaround Sue.” We’ll enjoy “An Evening in Rome” with Dean Martin. Do a little “Walkin’ After Midnight” with Patsy Cline. Hear songs with Dionne Warwick, Guy Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Pat Boone gets this segment underway with one of two number one charting hits he enjoyed from 1957, “Love Letters in the Sand.” Next, Nat King Cole does a great Duke Ellington song, followed up with Eydie Gorme’s “Blame it on the Bossa Nova.” Enjoy some movie selections with Dick Haymes singing “How Are Things in Glocca Mora,” The Theme from “Picnic” by Morris Stoloff, and Tony Bennett with the love theme from “The Sandpiper.” We’ll spin songs by great period groups like, The Kingston Trio, Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66, and The Mills Brothers. Hear great period instrumentals with Booker T and the MG’s, Morris Stoloff, Raymond Lefevre, and Michel Legrand. Listen to great standards with Frank Sinatra singing, “Blue Moon,” and “Up a Lazy river” by Bobby Darin. Peggy Lee goes for broke with the orchestra singing a rousing version of “Come Back to Me.” We’ll track hit records by Neil Diamond, Connie Francis and a one hit wonder named, Leapy Lee from 1968. Listen and enjoy at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Michael Buble storms into the hour with an up-tempo rendition of “Foggy Day in London Town.” Then we’ll surrender the microphone to Frank Sinatra for “I’ve Got the World on a String.” We’ll play with Eartha Kitt’s purring version of “Cest Si Bon.” Listen to fine instrumental selections with Henry Mancini’s “Theme from Charade,” George Shearing with, “Jumpin’ with Symphony Sid,” and Eddie Heywood’s “Soft Summer Breeze.” Hear great standards with Dean Martin singing, “You Belong to Me,” Bobby Darin with “I Got Rhythm,” Denver’s Dianne Reeves with “O Lady Be Good,” and Rosemary Clooney with “April in Paris.” Listen to hit songs by period groups like, The New Christy Minstrels, Terry Gilkyson and The EZ Riders, and The Beatles with Paul McCartney’s charming hit song, “When I’m 64.” Listen to Marty Robbins, “A White Sportcoat,” Rick Nelson’s “Traveling Man,” and Mama Cass with “A New World Coming.” More with Nat King Cole and Dinah Washington. Go to this here site: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ And have a great week kids.



Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.28.17

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Kay Starr launches this set with a toe tapping song “Mississippi.” Tony Bennett takes the stage with one of his signature songs, “The Good Life” followed up with a swingin’ version of a great Tommy Dorsey standard, “Opus One.” Then we listen to the lovely crooning of Nat King Cole with the song, “When I Fall in Love.” We’ll hear, what was, a great comeback hit for Engelbert Humperdinck, followed up with Bobby Goldsboro’s hit rendition of the Mac Davis song, “Watching Scotty Grow,” and some film music sung by Patti Page from “Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte.” Listen to a western set featuring “Yellow Rose of Texas” with Mitch Miller, Dinah Shore’s version of a hit song from “The Paleface,” and Al Caiola with the theme from the hit TV series, “Bonanza.” Dean Martin sets aside the mozzarella for “Mambo Italiano.” Listen to the Ray Conniff singers with “Invisible Tears,” and a little “Sophisticated Swing,” with Jimmy Dorsey. Hear Kansan, Chuck Miller with his mid-50’s hit song, “House of Blue Lights.” More with Margaret Whiting and Frank Sinatra. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Tom Jones opens up this hour with a heartbreaker, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.” Then we pick up the tempo with Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas,” and a fine scat version of “Blue Skies” by Ella Fitzgerald.” We’ll track a sentimental favorite by Al Martino, “I Love you Because.” Listen to a jazzy version of a film hit for Fred Astaire sung by Sarah Vaughan, and a pretty, instrumental movie theme performed by Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra. Then enjoy a danceable 1963 hit song by Ruby and the Romantics. Paul Anka sings a song used as the imaging for Eastman Kodak. We’ll savor “The Summer Wind” with Frank Sinatra. We’ll spin a sweet song called “A Special Kind of Love’ sung by actress Debbie Reynolds, take a “Slow Boat to ‘China” with the Ames Brothers, and swing to a fun salsa number by Caterina Valente, “Boom!” Hear Stevie Wonder with “My Cheri Amour,” Barbra Lewis with “Hello Stranger,” and a little Disney fun with Burl Ives. Instrumentals with the String-a-Longs and Bill Justice.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Paul Anka kicks off this set with “Goodnight My Love.” Then enjoy some close harmony with the youngest of the male groups at the time, The Four Preps. Hear Petula Clark with “Kiss Me Goodbye.” Enjoy period instrumentals with Pee Wee Hunt,” Andre Previn and his orchestra, Raymond Lefevre’s “Soul Coaxing,” and “Sail on Silvery Moon” by Billy Vaughn. Tony Bennett sings that 1962 hit about “the city by the bay,” followed with Patti Page’s early 1950’s hit song, “Mockingbird Hill.” Then hear “Something Stupid” with Frank and Nancy Sinatra. Nat King Cole begins a segment with a rousing version of “Avalon.” Then bring your umbrella for “April Showers” by Eydie Gorme. Listen to a sensual rendition of “Ebb Tide” by Matt Monro. We’ll spin The Mills Brothers with an old Les Brown hit, “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong for a fun tate-a-tate tween’ these old pros, “Gone Fishin.” Hear Jo Stafford with her 1951 hit song, “Shrimp Boats,” and Sammy Davis Jr. with “The People Tree.” Enjoy today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ 
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The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.21.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The McGuire Sisters open this hour with their version of “Volare” followed up with a Frank Sinatra favorite, “The Lady is a Tramp.” Sarah Vaughan takes it next with a song from “Damn Yankees.” Then listen to a 1959 hit single for Lloyd Price. Doris Day sings one from 42nd Street as we remember that “Lullaby of Broadway.” The Ames Brothers do a swing favorite called “Dancing in the Dark” followed up with the song that defined the era, Nat King Cole’s, “Unforgettable.” Listen to Buddy Clark’s sweeping rendition of “Ballerina.” Rosemary Clooney performs a snappy version of “Give Me the Simple Life.” Then enjoy a Harry Belafonte number that proves especially popular during an election year. We’ll play a movie set starting with The Statler Brothers, “The Movies.” Then listen to the theme from “True Grit” by Glen Campbell, and Henry Mancini’s, “The Pink Panther Theme.” Enjoy a selection with Johnny Mathis singing, “What Will My Mary Say,” and a “Song for a Summer Evening” by Mitch Miller. Fine songs with Keely Smith, and Vic Dana. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Dianne Reeves launches this set with a song heard in the period film, “Good Night and Good Luck.” Sammy Davis Jr sweetens the airwaves next with the Mike Curb Congregation singing “the Candy Man.” Hear great instrumental content as we track Paul Mauriat’s 1968 hit, “Love is Blue,” and the theme from “The Last Tango in Paris” by Gato Barbieri. Listen to Johnny Mathis with his treatment of a 1970’s “Stylistics” hit song. We’ll spin records with great male groups like The Lettermen, Neon Philharmonic, The Four Freshmen, and The Kingston Trio. Enjoy a fine rendition of “Night of My Nights” from “Kismet” by The Marvelous Marilyn Maye, a selection from “Little Me” by Vikki Carr, and the “Love Theme from The Godfather” by Andy Williams. “Get your Kicks on Route 66” with the Nat King Cole Trio. Enjoy a sweeping version of the song “Suddenly There’s a Valley” by Jo Stafford. More songs with Russ Morgan, and Annette Funicello. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Start spreadin’ the news! Frank Sinatra kicks things off in this set with the theme from Martin Scorcese’s “New York, New York.” Lena Horne takes the stage next for the hit standard, “Stormy Weather,” followed up with Ray Charles as we “Hit the Road Jack,” and The Ames Brothers with a great Tommy Dorsey hit song. We’ll team up Nat King Cole with the great George Shearing for the song, “Let There Be Love.” Tony Bennett sings the lovely song, “Stranger in Paradise.” Then listen to the great comeback hit for Peggy Lee as she teams up with Randy Newman directing the orchestra for “Is That All There Is?” Enjoy some great big band with Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra for “Take the “A” Train” and more instrumentals with Henry Mancini and Leroy Anderson. We’ll enjoy a little salsa with Dean Martin’s rendition of “Sway.” Hear some songs of heavenly bodies with Eydie Gorme singing, “Fly Me to the Moon” and Johnny Mathis with “Venus.” More songs with Patti Page, Perry Como, and a sentimental memory from The Kingston Trio. Listen on Radio George at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/


The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.14.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Marvelous Marilyn Maye opens up this week’s offerings with her great rendition of “Cabaret.” The English Gentleman, Roger Whittaker, takes it next with the song, “New World in the Morning,” followed up with some Burt Bacharach/Hal David music sung by Dionne Warwick. We’ll remember that night in London’s west end as “A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square” with Bobby Darin. The first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald, performs a great Cole Porter selection. Listen to some Broadway with Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “April in Paris,” and a couple of songs from “Gypsy” sung by Mel Torme and Tony Bennett. We’ll track a 1962 hit single for Nat King Cole, “Rambling Rose,” followed up with Brenda Lee’s “the Grass is Greener,” and a sprite version of “Cab Driver” by the Mills Brothers. Enjoy a set starting with Barbra Streisand from “Funny Girl,” Dean Martin singing with the Easy Riders with “Memories are Made of This.” Then laugh a little with Phil Harris’s “44 Sycamore.” Instrumentals with Horst Jankowsky and Glenn Miller. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: We launch this hour with a theme from a Marilyn Monroe movie called, “Bus Stop” sung by the Four Lads. Then we let Connie Francis take the stage with her amorous version of “Quando, Quando.” Listen to Engelbert Humperdinck sing “A Man Without Love.” Enjoy some period instrumentals with Ferrante and Teicher performing a film theme from, “Lisa,” and Bert Kaempfert’s “A Swinging Safari.” We’ll spin the 1958 hit single by Art and Dotty Todd, “Chanson D’ Amour,” and Dean Martin with “Powder Your Face with Sunshine.” Hear Robert Goulet belt out a song “Fortissimo.” Listen to more great period groups like, the Four Knights with “I Get So Lonely,” The Mills Brothers with “Across the Alley from the Alamo,” The McGuire Sisters, and a little ditty from “Somethin’ Smith and the Redheads.” We’ll team up Dinah Washington with Brook Benton for, “Baby You’ve Got What it Takes.” Listen to Tony Bennett with his 1963 hit recording, “I Wanna Be Around,” and Dinah Shore with a naughty rendition of “So Nice to Have a Man Around the House.” More with Frankie Laine, and Kay Starr.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Four Lads launch another set with their 1955 hit, “No Not Much.” Then we pick up the tempo with some wonderful Dixieland: “The Bourbon Street Parade” with Al Hirt. We’ll jump back to 1957 for a rousing version of a great Fats Waller standard by Billy Williams. Then feel the “Fever” with Peggy Lee. We’ll team up two Irish comrades in song: Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby singing, “I Can’t Get Started.” Enjoy a great set as Frank Sinatra sings, “Too Marvelous for Words,” actress Julie London sings her sultry version of “Black Coffee,” and Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra with a great version of the consummate swing standard, “In the Mood.” Listen to another set of “four” fellows performing a song from the film, “the Harvey Girls.” Tap your feet with Perry Como’s, “Catch a Falling Star,” and Nat King Cole’s “Send for Me.” Hear our great Brit 60’s hit maker Petula Clark with “This is my song” followed up with a lush instrumental version of “Lara’s Theme” by James Last. We’ll go to church with Helen Reddy singing a song from “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and an instrumental version of a song from “Godspell.” More songs with Helen O’Connell and the group, Womenfolk. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ Have a great week kids!


The Neon Beat on Radio George - 8.7.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Si Zentner opens this week’s lineup with a rousing version of a jazz standard in double time, “Up a Lazy River.” The English gentleman, Matt Monro takes the stage next with his 1961 hit song, “My Kind of Girl,” followed with Judy Collins sweet version of “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Then we’ll “Try a Little Kindness” with the Arkansas sensation, Glen Campbell. Hear more great big band selections with Perez Prado and his orchestra, and Les Brown with his band of renown. Then we’ll slip in snappy 1958 hit record for Doris Day. Listen to Nat King Cole’s smooth rendition of the song, “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons.” Enjoy hit songs by great period groups like, The Platters and Harper’s Bazaar.” We’ll track a rat pack set with Dean Martin’s “Everybody Loves Somebody” and pal-lie Frank Sinatra with a torch standard, “The Wee Small Hours.” Robert Goulet performs a lovely song remembering “The Green Years of Our Love.” Then enjoy a little Irish folk with Roger Whittaker singing, “Star of the County Down.” More songs with Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, and Herb Alpert. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Tom Jones launches this hour with some film music from “What’s New Pussycat?” Followed up with another film/Broadway selection from “Promises, Promises” by Dionne Warwick. You’ll hear hit songs by period male groups like The Lettermen with “Hurts So Bad,” The Ames Brothers with “Destination Moon,” and The Fortunes. Listen to period instrumentals with New Orleans trumpeter, Al Hirt, some TV music with Ray Anthony’s Orchestra, and a lovely rendition of the song “Till” by pianist Roger Williams. Frank Sinatra does a little “Swinging Down the Lane” with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra, followed up with Helen Forrest singing with the Harry James Orchestra for “I’m Beginning to See the Light.” Hear more period film music with Vic Damone from the “Sound Of Music,” Patti Page from “The Pajama Game,” and Andy Williams singing one from, “State Fair.” Enjoy Nat King Cole with the song, “LOVE,” “The Best is Yet to Come” with Tony Bennett and more. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: We open with a cut with Count Basie and his Orchestra with Joe Williams “Smack Dab in the Middle” of the Vegas strip. Then we go to the DOT records label for the song, “Marianne” sung by The Hilltoppers. Listen to Eydie Gorme with a Ben Oakland/ Oscar Hammerstein song, “I’ll Take Romance,” followed up with a number one hit song for Jim Croce, “Time in a Bottle.” Hear Nat King Cole with the Ralph Carmichael Chorus with “That Sunday That Summer.” Bobby Goldsboro succumbs to a little wanderlust with the song, “The Straight Life,” followed with Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66 singing a Paul McCartney standard. We’ll “Put a Little Love in our Hearts” with Jackie Deshannon. We’ll track instrumentals with jazz pianist, Andre Previn, session groupThe Islanders, and Leroy Anderson and his orchestra. Dean Martin sings, “In the Misty Moonlight,” followed up again with Frank Sinatra “Stealin’ a Little Love.” Hear the Four Lads, The Ames Brothers, and Oklahoman Kay Starr. More with Louis Armstrong, and actor Richard Burton from “Camelot.” Hear em’ today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/


Monday, July 31, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.31.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Oklahoman Kay Starr launches into this week’s offerings with a toe tappin’ jazzy version of the song, “Night Train.” Then we’ll track a fun film song sung by Brit artist, Georgie Fame, “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.” Louis Armstrong follows with a song from “Hello Dolly.” Rosemary Clooney teams up with the Harry James Orchestra “In the Cool Cool of the Evening.” Vic Damone sings a song heard in The Music Man. Enjoy some great period groups like, the Lettermen, Peter Paul and Mary, and the Platters. Hear Nancy Wilson sing her 1964 Grammy award winning song, “How Glad I Am.” Hear a 1950’s set with Pat Boone singing “Sugar Moon” followed with Perry Como singing with the Ray Charles Singers for, “Papa Loves Mambo.” Swing with Benny Goodman as we go “Jumpin’ at the Woodside.” We’ll track hit singles by Frank Sinatra singing “Come Fly with Me,” Steve Lawrence with “Pretty Blue Eyes,” and wife Eydie Gorme with a song from “Holiday Inn.” Listen now: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Jack Jones starts this segment with his hit song, “Wives and Lovers.” Then listen to Bobby Darin with his hit standard from 1959, “Mack the Knife.” Hear a little salsa with Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66 with “Mas Que Nada.” Then enjoy an amorous hit record from 1974 sung by Roberta Flack.” Andy Williams sings a film selection from a 1972 Paul Newman movie “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.” Hear more great film music with The Sandpipers from “The Sterile Cuckoo” and Shirley Bassey from the James Bond movie, “Diamonds are Forever.” Listen to Frank Sinatra brewing up a little “Witchcraft,” and Dean Martin with the song, “Houston.” We’ll track a Perry Como standard, “No Other Love Have I” followed up with some period big band with Harry James backing Helen Forrest for, “It’s Been a Long Long Time.” Enjoy instrumentals with Frank Mills one hit wonder, “The Music Box Dancer,” and the Jackie Gleason Orchestra with a dreamy version of “I Got it Bad.” We’ll wrap up the set with some group hits including, The Association, The Murmaids, and the Hollywood Argyles.
Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Brenda Lee opens this hour with “Comin’ on Strong.” Toronto, Canada’s, The Crew Cuts take the stage next for “Sh Boom,” followed with a big band selection from Harry James, “Willow Weep for Me.” Segment two of this juke starts with Vaughn Monroe’s “Racing with the Moon,” then we’ll track a lovely version of the song, “Symphony” by Jo Stafford, “Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango,” and Frank Sinatra singing “You Do Something To Me.” Hear the Les Baxter Orchestra and chorus with, “I Love Paris,” followed with a snappy oldie by Guy Mitchell, Buddy Clark performing, “Peg O’ My Heart,” and Connie Stevens with “Sixteen Reasons.” Patti Page belts out a fun song of redemption from The Pajama Game called, “Cross over the Bridge,” followed with Vaudeville’s own Eddie Cantor with “Making Whoopie.” Enjoy Louis Armstrong with his version of the hit song, “Blueberry Hill,” and Barbra Streisand with a charming song heard in the Disney film, “Pinocchio.” Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/




The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.25.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Ames Brothers kick off this week’s offerings with a smokin’ version of the Ralph Flanagan hit, “Ragg Mopp.” Then we track a smash hit for Petula Clark, “Downtown.” Sing along with The New Christy Minstrels with “Green Green,” and Nat King Cole’s lovely, “Mona Lisa.” Hear Frank Sinatra with his signature version of the Paul Anka standard, “My Way.” Listen to some great film songs with Herb Alpert’s “Zorba the Greek,” Don Costa with the theme from “Never on Sunday,” Al Martino with a song from “Romeo and Juliet,” and Felix Slatkin conducting the orchestra for “the Theme from The Sundowners.” We’ll put Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney together singing from the Big EZ about the Mardis Gras. Dinah Shore performs a song created ala Stephen Foster called “Dear Hearts and Gentle People.” We’ll hear one of the Association’s biggest chart hits, “Windy.” Listen to a 1955 selection by Pat Boone taking a stab at that new sound called rock and roll and a tender song written by Kenny Loggins sung by Anne Murray. Songs by Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick and more.
Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Peggy Lee takes the mic to open this hour with “Big Spender.” Then listen to Vic Damone with a song from “Pal Joey” followed up with a number featuring Nat King Cole singing with The Four Knights.” Hear some period instrumentals with Henry Mancini’s “Mister Lucky,” Roger Williams with “Born Free,” and Horst Jankowski performing “Play a Simple Melody.” We’ll track a little soul and Motown with Ruth Brown, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and a 1963 smash hit for Lenny Welch. Frank Sinatra sings his great charting hit, “Strangers in the Night,” followed with bombshell Julie London singing “The Good Life.” Listen to great period male groups like the Lettermen, and the Brothers Four. Tony Bennett does some interpretive Cole Porter singing “Night and Day,” and we’ll team up Rosemary Clooney with Guy Mitchell with a charming number from the film, Pagan Love Songs. Enjoy a live selection with Louis Prima and Keely Smith as they romp thru two songs for the price of one. Then take a “Slow Boat to China” with Oklahoman Kay Starr. Leave comments, find links, see the playlists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Polish Prince, Bobby Vinton launches this set with “Every Day of My Life.” We follow Bobby with Bette Midler doing a song from her album dedicated to Peggy Lee hits. Hear Engelbert Humperdinck with a hit from a British movie short film, and Frank Sinatra with “Hidden Persuasion.” Listen to some 1960’s hit records with Tom Jones, “Daughter of Darkness,” Nancy Wilson singing “Call Me,” and The New Colony Six, “Things I’d Like to Say.” Hang on to your hat thru two breezy selections with Johnny Mathis and Sounds Orchestral. We’ll team up Johnny Ray with the Four Lads in the Columbia studio for “Walking in the Rain,” followed by a Cole Porter number sung by Ella Fitzgerald. We’ll take a “Dreamer’s Holiday” with Perry Como and hear Petula Clark with a charming diddy called, “the Cat in the Window.” We’ll “OH NO” thru a father’s lament about those “Rhythm and Blues” by the McGuire Sisters. Hear Nat King Cole’s “Walking My Baby Back Home.” Then we’ll walk it on out with Les Baxter’s Capitol Records Orchestra and Herb Alpert’s “Taste of Honey.” To listen, go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/


The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.17.17

Jukebox 1: On the Neon Beat this week: This hour opens with a Frank Loesser standard sung by Dean Martin and the Four Lads, “Standing On the Corner.” Peggy Lee takes the mic next for a fun little ditty called, “A Doodling Song.” Enjoy a lively version of a Harold Arlen favorite sung by the Four Aces. Hear great period instrumentals with Ferrante and Teicher, Ralph Flanagan, Benny Goodman, Hugo Winterhalter with jazz pianist Eddie Heywood, and New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. We’ll track some 1950’s favorites with Eddie Fisher singing “Oh Mein Papa,” Joni James with “Purple Shades,” Guy Mitchell singing “The Roving Kind” with the Mitch Miller gang and Frankie Laine’s “Waiting for the End of the Road.” Enjoy a sentimental favorite with Nat King Cole and the Ralph Carmichael Chorus “All Over the World.” We’ll team up Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby for a Cole Porter selection from “High Society.” These and more including Anita O’Day and Leroy Anderson. All new shows! Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Jukebox 2: On the Neon Beat this week: We open this hour with a Cole Porter standard as Frank Sinatra sings, “Anything Goes.” Sammy Davis Jr. owns the stage next with a hit Broadway song, “What Kind of Fool Am I,” followed up with Harry James and his orchestra with Helen Forrest singing “I’ve Heard that Song Before.” Hear more great big band selections with Anita O’Day singing with Gene Krupa’s Orchestra and Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra doing a great Artie Shaw hit. Break out the hankies for Dean Martin’s version of “Cry Like a Baby” followed up with some more Cole Porter sung by Ella Fitzgerald. Listen to a lush recording of the standard “Misty” sung by Johnny Mathis. Enjoy some silver screen favorites as Doris Day sings a song from “Pal Joey” and hear the iconic performance by Gene Kelly with “Singing in the Rain.” Listen to some great period groups including the Everly Brothers, The Four Preps and The Sunnysiders. Hear a smooth 1956 favorite by Nelson Riddle playing “Lisbon Antigua,” the lovely Jo Stafford with the song “You Belong to Me,” and Tony Bennett and Count Basie with a song about that “toddlin’ town.”
See past playlists, links and leave a comment at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

Jukebox 3: On the Neon Beat this week: Englishman, Danny Williams, opens up this segment with his international hit, “White on White.” Then listen to a Broadway hit from “Gypsy” as the Four Lads sing, “Together Wherever We Go.” Listen to Peggy Lee’s 1958 hit standard, “Fever” followed up with a period TV theme by Spencer Ross called “Tracy’s Theme.” Here more fine instrumentals with Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra doing “Topsy,” Marvin Hamlisch with “The Entertainer,” and the BBC Concert Orchestra with the “Theme from Lawrence of Arabia.” Hang on to your hat for a slam dunk performance of a great Jerome Kern song sung by The Marvelous Marilyn Maye heard on The Tonight Show. We’ll team up Louis Armstrong and actor Danny Kaye for a romp on a standard from the film, “the Five Pennies” followed with a song called “S’posin” by actress Debbie Reynolds. We’ll track some Rat Pack with Dean Martin’s “In the Chapel in the Moonlight” and “Learning the Blues” with Frank Sinatra. Enjoy the Nat King Cole Trio with “Sweet Lorraine.” Hear songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Al Martino, and The Four Aces. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/


The Neon Beat on Radio George - 7.3.17

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Rosemary Clooney slams into this fine hour with a rousing version of a great song, “April in Paris.” A heavy hitter follows as Frank Sinatra sings “Strangers in the Night.” Nancy Wilson performs her 1964 Grammy award winner, “How Glad I Am” followed up with a selection by Tony Bennett from “The Flower Drum Song.” Enjoy some great period groups with songs by Chad and Jeremy, The Ames Brothers, and The Rooftop Singers. We’ll team up Doris Day and Buddy Clark for a late forties tease called, “Love Somebody But I Won’t Say Who.” We’ll spin instrumental selections by Morris Stoloff from “Picnic,” Bill Pursell’s lovely “Winter Love,” Benny Goodman’s Orchestra swingin’ with “the Jersey Bounce” and “Wheels” by The String a Longs.” Lou Rawls sings “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine,”
followed up with Vikki Carr’s 1967 hit, “It Must Be Him’, and a lush rendition of “the Very Thought of You” by the great Nat King Cole. Hear hit songs by Glenn Campbell, Laurie London, and more.
Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Pat Boone starts this hour wielding the gospel gun singing bout’ “That Wonderful Time Up There.” Connie Francis sings her first major hit song on the MGM label, “Who’s Sorry Now,” followed up with a 1950’s favorite by The Four Lads. Hear great female hit makers like Nancy Wilson singing “Call Me,” Petula Clark with “Happy Heart,” Jaye P. Morgan with “Danger, Heartbreak Ahead,” and Helen Ward swingin’ with Benny Goodman’s Orchestra doing a great Johnny Mercer song. Hear some fine Cole Porter music as Frank Sinatra sings, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” Then listen to a 1958 classic Perez Prado hit, “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White,” followed up with some great Kansas City Neon Jazz with Myra Taylor. We’ll play the song that defined the era, Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters for another Johnny Mercer song, “Accentuate the Positive.” Hear Vic Damone with some film music from “South Pacific.” More songs with The Ames Brothers, Julias LaRosa, and Andy Williams. See the lists and links. Leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Oklahoman Patti Page launches this segment with the female answer to the John Harford song, “Gentle on My Mind.” Next we’ll track a 1961 hit from the English gentleman, Matt Monro, followed up with Nat King Cole and the Trio with the Bobby Troup hit song about “the mother road.” We’ll spin a beautiful song that came out in the mid 1970’s during the heyday of rock and roll “hair” bands. A surprise hit, across the pond, for Roger Whittaker. We’ll spin a couple of film hits back to back with The Brothers Four (from The Alamo) and Ferrante and Teicher’s, “Theme from Exodus.” Listen to Carly Simon with “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain.” Enjoy a hit song from a Bowling Green, Kentucky group “the Hilltoppers.” Steve Lawrence and wife Eydie Gorme sing a big band standard, “I’ve Got a Gal In Kalamazoo.” Hear Ray Charles with “Hallelujah, I Love Her So.” The next set we’ll track Shelly Fabares with “Johnny Angel,” Perry Como with the Fontane Sisters with “Hoop De Doo,” and some big band with Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra. Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, and Eddy Arnold.
Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ Have a great week!

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.26.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Jack Jones launches this week’s offerings with a Steve Allen song, “This Could Be the Start of Something Big.” Dionne Warwick follows up with one of her many hit recordings, “Walk On By.” Listen to Nat King Cole croon a lush version of a great Hoagy Carmichael standard. Dean Martin graces the stage with one of his signature standards, “That’s Amore.” Then break out your umbrella for a little cloudburst with Eydie Gorme followed by Tom Jones with “Help Yourself.” Hear the popular big band hit most associated with The Swing Era as Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra does, “In the Mood.” Grab a cuppa Joe with Frank Sinatra as he sings “The Coffee Song.” Listen to Judy Collins with her lovely hit, “Both Sides Now.” Hear a sweep with Al Martino’s “Mary in the Morning,” some film music with The Four Lads and Henry Mancini. We’ll spin a set with Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons,” Anne Murray with her first major chart hit, “Snowbird,” and The Vogues with “Turn Around Look at Me.” More with Petula Clark and a great film theme from a movie starring George C. Scott.
Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Nat King Cole does a strollin’ number with Les Baxter’s Orchestra singing, “Walking My Baby Back Home.” Then we’re “Comin’ Home Baby Now” with Mel Torme. Enjoy some cinema and Broadway selections with Judy Garland, Ferrante and Teicher, Robert Goulet’s signature hit from “Camelot,” Connie Francis with the theme from “Where the Boys Are” and Kai Winding’s “Mondo Movie” theme, “More.” Perry Como croons a hit song written by Don McLean, “And I Love You So.” Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye storms on stage for her rousing signature hit, “Step to the Rear.” Hear one of Bobby Darin’s many hit records, “Beyond the Sea. Then we sing along with Mitch Miller and the Gang doing, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” followed up with a beautiful song by Sarah Vaughan, “Eternally.” We’ll track hits by The Platters, Barbra Streisand with a song heard on her TV show and on her first album, and Al Martino’s version of “Volare.” Songs with Johnny Mathis, The Four Freshmen, and Michel Legrand.
See the lists, links, and leave comments: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Dean Martin kicks off this set with “Mambo Italiano.” Next, we’ll gather up a “Pocketful of Miracles” with Frank Sinatra. Listen for Gale Garnett’s 1963 hit song, “We’ll Sing In the Sunshine” and enjoy the beautiful weather with Sammy Davis Jr singing, “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.” We’ll track great period instrumentals with Lawrence Welk, Michel Legrand, Ray Anthony with the Theme from “Dragnet” and some more TV music from The Silver Screen Orchestra. We’ll spin some singles with The Lettermen singing, “The Way You Look Tonight,” a tribute song to Peggy Lee sung by Bette Midler, and a fine Broadway selection by Vic Damone from “West Side Story.” Enjoy some great big band with Harry James and Helen Forrest performing, “I’m Beginning to See the Light”, some classic doo-wop with The Duprees, and Patti Page with a good old country hit, “The Green Green Grass of Home.” More songs with Sarah Vaughan, and Tony Bennett. Turn us on at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.19.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Bing Crosby and The Williams Brothers Quartet (including Andy) open this hour with “Swing on a Star.” Then we let one of our current divas of jazz take the mic. Diana Krall sings a great Harold Arlen song from an album recorded live in Paris. Listen to film classics such as Jo Stafford signing a song from “South Pacific,” Anita O’Day with a song from “Pal Joey,” Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby from the 1956 film, “High Society,” and Ferrante and Teicher from “One Eyed Jacks.” Hear Nat King Cole with a great Duke Ellington favorite, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” We’ll spin some great big band with Harry James and Jimmy Dorsey. Enjoy a great set with Sarah Vaughan performing, “How High the Moon,” Tony Bennett with “Once Upon a Time,” and Helen O’Connell with a signature hit, “Green Eyes.” We’ll remember the last of the Weavers, who passed recently, Fred Hellerman, as we track a latter 40’s cut with the Weavers and the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra. Eddie Fisher sings his 1952 hit, “Anytime” followed up with The Four Lads. More songs with The Classics Four, and Diana Ross. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Ella Fitzgerald launches this hour with a rousing song from “Kiss Me Kate.” Andy Williams takes it next with his 1963 hit record, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You.” Rosemary Clooney sings one “Too Marvelous for Words” followed up with a chart topper from the Four Freshmen. Enjoy the Ames Brothers with their 1955 hit song, “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” and a mid 50s hit song for Joni James, “How Important Can It Be.” Then Tom Jones finishes the set with his rendition of an old Mel Tillis song, “Detroit City.’ The great Tony Martin launches a set with “La Vie En Rose.” Then enjoy a fun song by Doris Day, “Why Did I Tell Ya I Was Going to Shanghai?” You’ll hear great big band by Benny Goodman, a salsa version of “Lemon Tree” by Trini Lopez, and one of the many hit songs for Dusty Springfield. We’ll hiking to New Orleans with Fats Domino, enjoy a little attitude song with Peggy Lee, and spin a 1962 hit song for Bobby Vee. More songs from Johnny Horton, and Al De Lory. See the lists, links and leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Sachmo, Louis Armstrong starts things up with a romp called, “the Dummy Song.” We team up Frank Sinatra with Keely Smith for “How ya Fixed for Love?” We’ll remember the great New Orleans Dixieland master, Pete Fountain, with “Basin Street Blues.” Peggy Lee pops in with the orchestra with “Manana is Good Enough for Me” followed with a standard by Phil and Don Everly with “Bye Bye Love.” Then hear Glen Campbell with one of his most endearing songs, “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife.” Enjoy a good set with Bing Crosby and the Jesters with “Sioux City Sue,” Les Brown with Doris Day with “S’ Wonderful” and Pearl Bailey’s “Takes Two to Tango.” Anita Bryant performs one of her 1960 hits, “My Little Corner of the World,” Hugo Winterhalter with his 1956 treatment of Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango,” and a hit from the back of rack by Don Cherry, “Thinking of You.” Listen to Kay Starr with the song, “Indiana.” Enjoy hit songs by Adam Wade, “Take Good Care of Her,” and The Beatles, “When I’m 64.” More from Perry Como, and Les Paul. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ And have a great week kids!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.13.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Sarah Vaughan launches another great week of listening with her 1959 hit, “Broken Hearted Melody.” Then get set for a razzy jazzy version of “I’ve Got the World on a String” with Louis Prima. Sing along with Frank Sinatra as he performs a swinging’ version of the ol’ standard, “When You’re Smiling.” Enjoy a sprite little recording by Jill Corey called “Love Me to Pieces” and another forgotten hit for a group called, “Sumpthin’ Smith and the Redheads.” Nat King Cole performs a sweeping number with the Les Baxter Orchestra “To the Ends of the Earth,” followed with “A Doodling Song” by Peggy Lee, and a choon from the “auld” country sung by The Ames Brothers. We’ll track some period hits with Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick and Al Hirt. Bing Crosby sings the lovely song, “Galway Bay.” Hear the tender 1961 hit for the Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Cast Your Fate to the Wind.” Songs with Johnny Mathis, Kay Starr, and Jimmie Rodgers. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Frank Sinatra opens this set with a film theme from, “The Tender Trap.” The Fontane Sisters are next with their 1955 hit song, “Hearts of Stone.” Then we’ll sing “In the Chapel in the Moonlight” with Dean Martin. We’ll line up some great women of song such as, Kitty Kallen with her number one 1954 hit, “Little Things Mean a Lot,” Connie Francis with “Amoung My Souvenirs,” Cathy Carr’s “Ivory Tower,” and Bette Midler with “He’s a Tramp.” Get your kicks on “Route 66” with Nat King Cole. We’ll “Jump Jive and Wail” with the horn of Louis Prima with Sam Butera and The Witnesses. Enjoy fine period instrumentals with Lawrence Welk, Michel Legrand, and The Silver Screen Orchestra. We’ll spin some songs by great period groups like The Mills Brothers with “Cab Driver,” The Fortunes with “Here Come’s That Rainy Day Feeling,” and the Four Lads with “the Mockingbird.” Enjoy songs by Steve Lawrence, Sonny James, and The Sunnysiders. See the lists, drop a line at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: We open this hour with a fun Jimmie Rodgers hit called, “Uh Oh, I’m Falling in Love Again.” The Carpenters follow up with a song that serves as one of our show’s mantras, “Its Yesterday Once More.” Hear one of the hit instrumentals from the 1960’s coming out of France. Raymond Lefevre’s “Soul Coaxing.” We’ll drop in a little Fab Four from 1969 for a hit song written by George Harrison, “Something,” Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye sings a great Dave Brubeck standard, “Take Five,” followed up with some great big band with Glen Gray. Nat King Cole grabs the stage for a rousing version of “Avalon.” Frank Sinatra takes it next for the song, “Witchcraft.” We’ll team up Jo Stafford and Gordon McCrae for a witty little number called, “A” You’re Adorable.” We turn up the room temperature for Ella Fitzgerald singing, “Its Too Darned Hot,” then take to the floor in Vegas for Count Basie and Joe Williams, “Smack Dab in the Middle.” Patti Page sings a tender version of “Little Green Apples.” We’ll “Go Fishin” with Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby. Hear songs by Doris Day, Robert Goulet, and Perry Como.
Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/


The Neon Beat on Radio George - 6.5.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: We open this hour with the man, always light on his feet. Fred Astaire performs a signature song from “Top Hat.” Then will listen to some great Cole Porter with Ella Fitzgerald followed with a Harold Arlen song sung by the Four Aces. Connie Francis will lift your spirits with an amorous version of “Quando, Quando.” Tony Bennett will sing a song with Count Basie's Orchestra. A song about that “Toddlin' Town.” We'll do a little rat packin' with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr followed up with a song by Dean Martin. Enjoy a period 1950's sweep with The Four Preps singing bout' that isle of romance, The Dixie Cups with “Chapel of Love” and a “wonderful”chart breaker by Johnny Mathis. Can't have a show of this genre' without great instrumental content including, Big Band selections with Benny Goodman, Harry James, and Nelson Riddle backing Ol' Blue Eyes. We'll track a 1962 standard called “Ramblin' Rose” by Nat King Cole followed by “A Cottage for Sale” by Dinah Washington. Listen to hit songs by The Islanders, Vic Damone, and a little salza with Caterina Valente. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat.htm

On The Neon Beat thihs week, Jukebox 2: The Lettermen launch this segment with a glorious remake of a 1950's hit by the Four Coins: “Shangri La.” (Or “Really La” as Louis Armstrong joked once.) Eydie Gorme takes the micfor her 1963 Columbia hit, “Blame it on the Bossa Nova.” Glen Campbell performs a song listed as one of the top 500 songs of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. This is followed by a 1966 film hit for The Seekers and a rousing back of the rack hit by L.A.'s Bobby Sherman. Barbra Streisand sings some great Stephen Sondheim from her Broadway album. Set back and enjoy some period instrumental hits by Paul Mauriat, Dave Baby Cortez, and Glenn Miller. We'll track a signature hit for Dean Martin followed up with a steamy number by actress Marilyn Monroe. Listen to Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66 with “Fool on the Hill”, a neat skat version of “Blue Skies” by Ella Fitzgerald and a jazzy uptempo arrangement of “Camptown Races” showcasing the extensive vocal ranges of the “Hi Lo's.” More with Engelbert Humperdinck, Tony Bennett, and Tony Orlando and Dawn. See the lists, links, leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Sammy Davis Jr begins this hour with his stirring 1969 hit song from the Broadway play, Golden Rainbow: “I've Gotta Be Me.” Then we'll drop in on the Johnny Carson show for the man's NBC television theme performed by Henry Mancini. Nat King Cole croons a smooth rendition of a great Fats Waller standard. Listen to some great period groups like The McGuire Sisters, The Four Lads with a sprite number from “Gypsy,” Jo Stafford and The Pied Pipers with “Dream,” a Les Brown favorite sung by the Ames Brothers, and a back-o-the-rack hit for The Essex.. “Easier Said than Done.” Oklahoman Patti Page jumps in this set with a lush 1956 favorite about “Old Cape Cod,” then we're “Just in Time” for a song with Dean Martin. We'll team up Louis Armstrong with actor Danny Kaye from the film “The Five Pennies” to do a fun tongue twisting version of “When the Saints.” Hear instrumentals like Andre Previn's “Like Young” and Harry James and his Orchestra with “Cherry.” You'll hear hits by Frankie Laine, Perry Como, and Dinah Washington. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat.htm


Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.30.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The McGuire Sisters launch this week’s offerings with their 1955 hit single, “Sugartime!” Then we’ll keep the airwaves sweetened up with Sammy Davis Jr. as “The Candyman” with the Mike Curb Congregation. Sergio Mendez takes the stage next with Brazil for “Mas Que Nada.” Then listen to the first of a passel-load of fine instrumentals starting with Al Casey’s “Jiving Around.” Others include Percy Faith’s “A Summer Place,” Acker Bilk’s 1960 standard, “Stanger on the Shore” and Sounds Orchestral with “Cast Your Fate to the Wind.” Nat King Cole performs a live standard from The Sands in Vegas, “The Continental.” Hear the sultry Julie London with “Cry Me a River.” Then we’ll bring on Harry Connick Jr with a “Recipe for Makin’ Love.” America’s Sweetheart, Annette Funicello, sings one from the islands called “Pineapple Princess.” Listen for one of Kay Starr’s 1950’s favorites as she sings the song “Wheel of Fortune” followed with a film favorite by Andy Williams. Hear Ella Fitzgerald “From This Moment On” and the song “if” by Dean Martin. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ And have a great week kids!!

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Armando “Buddy” Greco opens this set with a snappy version of the Victor Young song, “Around the World.” (You’ll like it, you’ll like it..!) Then we bring in Frank Sinatra and the kids for the 1959 hit, “High Hopes.” Listen to Doris Day with one of her biggest charting hits, “Again.” You’ll hear some great big band as we swing “the Mole” with Harry James. Enjoy a rousing cha-cha with Georgia Gibbs version of “Sweet and Gentle.” Nat King Cole performs his lovely hit song, “Pretend,” followed with a film song from a Marilyn Monroe movie sung by the Four Lads. Turn up your speaker for a neat folk set. We’ll play Glen Campbell and Bobby Gentry’s version of “All I Have to Do is Dream,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Faire,” The Seekers with “A World Of Our Own” and a chart fav by Peter and Gordon. We’ll track some more film music with Perry Como from “South Pacific” and Henry Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk.” The Chordettes do “Mister Sandman” and we’ll pull a fun back-o-the-rack memory from Jim Nabors. More songs with Jim Reeves and BJ Thomas. See the lists and feel free to leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: G.I. Joe Stafford kicks off this hour with a rousing version of “the Gentleman Is a Dope.” Then we’ll listen to the vocal version of “A Summer Place” sung by The Lettermen. Listen to the charming seasonal song performed by Nat King Cole and The Ralph Carmichael Chorus, “All Over the World.” We’ll yank a number of great hits from the rack including Bobby Darin’s “Dream Lover,” Five O’clock World” with the Vogues and Peggy Lee’s 1958 standard, “Fever.” Dean Martin performs a Frank Loesser standard from “A Most Happy Fella” with the Four Lads. Peter and Gordon sing that song about that “Nekkid girl on a horse.” Listen to Petula Clark with a record she wasn’t too crazy about recording cuz’ it was outside her “style” and was sure it wouldn’t fly. “My Love.” Hear some great movie music with Mario Lanza. Frank and Nancy Sinatra sing “Something Stupid.’’ Enjoy some great Tommy Dorsey swing with the song, “Opus One.” Al Martino performs his hit rendition of “Spanish Eyes” followed by a song called “Forever” by The Little Dippers and Elvis with “Good Luck Charm.”Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/



Monday, May 22, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.22.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Dean Martin opens this round of great listening with “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On.” Then we’ll pair up Bing Crosby with his son Gary for a fun rendition of “Sam’s Song.” Enjoy a lovely song by Gogi Grant, “Somewhere There’s a Valley.” Nat King Cole sings one of his early 50’s hit songs, “Nature Boy.” Some film songs including Matt Monro singing a Johnny Mercer song from a 1945 movie starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. Margaret Whiting sings a song from “South Pacific” and Ed Ames performs one from “Man of La Mancha.” Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood share a microphone for the song, “Jackson.” Hear some Burt Bacharach/Hal David music sung by Dionne Warwick. Hear period instrumentals by Glen Gray with “Song of India,” Bent Fabric’s “Alley Cat,” and “A Summer Samba” with Stan Getz. Tony Bennett does his lovely interpretation of “Blue Velvet.” Enjoy a song of the islands with Harry Belafonte and a little surprise “exotica” number from Yma Sumac. Songs by Doris Day, and Mel Torme. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Herb Alpert and the TJB launch this hour with the title track to his first hit album, “the Lonely Bull.” Then we’ll take it “Nice and Easy” with Frank Sinatra. We’ll listen to Ella Fitzgerald and her pro rendition of “I Got Rhythm.” Nat King Cole performs a favorite version of “Autumn Leaves” and daughter Natalie sings a great Ella stan
dard, “Tisket Taskit.” Enjoy Engelbert Humperdinck’s 1978 comeback hit, “After the Loving,” followed up with a beautiful 1954 hit for the Ames Brothers with Hugo Winterhalter’s RCA Orchestra. We’ll track some great big band with Si Zentner’s rousing version of “Up a Lazy River” and Glenn Miller’s “St Louis Blues.” Hear the Leroy Anderson standard that became the TV theme for The Late Show. Peggy Lee kicks it into high gear with the orchestra for the song, “Come Back to Me,” followed with Tony Bennet’s performance of a song from “the Sound of Music.” Perry Como sings a song from the film, “South Pacific.” More songs from Ray Charles, Etta James and The Browns. See the lists, leave comments if ya like at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, on Jukebox 3: Dinah Washington kicks it off with “Is You Is, Or Is You Aint.” Then hear Paul Anka with a song that became the image theme for Eastman Kodak. Listen to Julie Rogers with her lovely hit, “The Wedding.” We’ll track an award winning song for Frank Sinatra and the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra, “It Was a Very Good Year.” Brook Benton takes the pulpit and loads the gospel gun for “Shadrach.” Enjoy some hit songs recorded on the tails of the folk revival, Peter Paul and Mary with, “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” Bread with “Make it With You,” and Harry Nilsson with a song from “Midnight Cowboy.” You’ll hear The Lovin’ Spoonful with “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind.” And, of course, we’ll track those period instrumental hits including, Herb Alpert with “Zorba the Greek,” Al Hirt with “the Bourbon Street Parade,” Kenny Ball with “Midnight in Moscow,” and Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra. We’ll spin Ketty Lester’s 1962 hit record, “Love Letters.” Hear songs with Barbra Streisand, Rosemary Clooney, and Bobby Sherman. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.15.17

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Perry Como kicks off this week’s selections with his 1956 hit record, “Hot Diggity.” Dean Martin follows up with “An Evening in Roma.” Listen to a song performed by one of the most distinctive voices of her genre and period. Sarah Vaughan sings, “Seranda.” Frank Sinatra sings one “Too Marvelous for Words.” Nat King Cole joins up with the Ralph Carmichael Orchestra and Chorus for, “Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer.” Enjoy some great single hits by period groups like, The Ames Brothers, The Mills Brothers,, The Everly Brothers, and The Fleetwoods. We’ll spin a hit record from the 1967 lark spy film, “Casino Royale” sung by Dusty Springfield. Laugh a little with television writer, producer, and standup comedian, Allen Sherman with, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah.” Listen to a snappy west coast jazz rendition of “Taking a Chance on Love” performed by Anita O’Day. Frankie
Laine sings a come-from-behind “B” side hit, called “Rose, Rose I Love You” followed by the lovely Jo Stafford singing “Symphony.” Listen for a “requested” song for the one hit wonder by The Murmaids. Instrumentals by Leroy Anderson, Les Baxter, and the Rochester Pops.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Mel Carter launches into this set with “Hold Me, Thrill Me.” Then we light up the evening with Tony Bennett singing, “Firefly.” Enjoy some period film selections such as, “Moulin Rouge” with Percy Faith, “The Theme from “Cat Ballou” with Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye, and Barbra Streisand performing a beautiful song from “House of Flowers” written in part by Truman Capote. We’ll team up Brook Benton and Dinah Washington for “Baby You’ve Got What it Takes.” We’ll take the microphone live to the French Quarter for some lively Dixieland with Al Hirt. Listen to Eydie Gorme as she sings the lovely standard, “Fly Me to the Moon,” and Frank Sinatra with “S’posing” from his “Swingin” session album with Nelson Riddle. Enjoy some great big band with The Glenn Miller Orchestra. Then you better sell your old machines as we hear Brook Benton with his hit version of “The Boll Weevil Song.” Here the one hit record from Britain’s own, Russ Hamilton as he sings “Rainbow.” We’ll spin songs by Debbie Reynolds, Bruce Channel, and Gene Pitney. See the lists, leave comments at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Petula Clark opens this hour with her 1967 hit single, “Don’t Sleep in the Subway.” Then we’re “Just in Time” to track some more Tony Bennett. We’ll recall the golden days of MGM as we listen to “I Got Rhythm” by actress Judy Garland. We’ll track the golden voice of Mr. Vic Damone with his stirring version of ‘You’re Breaking My Heart.” You’ll hear some Big Band selections with Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman. Get set for hit records by great period groups like, The Four Freshmen, The Sandpipers, The Fontaine Sisters, and the Everly Brothers. Hop aboard the “Tijuana Taxi” with Herb Alpert and the TJB, then enjoy a song from a period film called “The Happening” by The Supremes. We’ll meld a little salsa and swing with Frank Sinatra as we go “South of the Border.” We’ll spin Jerry Wallace’s 1958 hit, “Primrose Lane” Patti Page with “Just a Simple Melody” and a single standout hit record from 1963 performed by “The Singing Nun.” Listen to Elvis Presley’s tender song with the Jordanaires, “Crying in the Chapel.”
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The Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.8.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Tony Bennett and Diana Krall team up for a song serving as one of our show’s mantras, “The Best is Yet to Come.” The Four Lads pop in there next for some great Broadway music, “Standing on the Corner.” Then listen to Frank Sinatra with the tender hit song, “Young at Heart” followed up with the 1968 hit record for Merrilee Rush, “Angel of the Morning.” We’ll turn up the room temperature with Robert Goulet’s “Summer Sounds” then spin the 1964 chart hit for The Ray Charles Singers, “Love Me With all your Heart.” We’ll pull out the Pan Am TV Soundtrack for Ella Fitzgerald’s great rendition of “Blue Skies” followed with a big band standard for Benny Goodman. We’ll spin period hit songs like Ben E. King with “Save the Last Dance for Me,” Johnny Mathis with “Venus” and Doris Day with her 1958 toe tapper, “Everybody Loves a Lover.” Listen to a period TV instrumental hit for Al De Lory as he plays, “The Theme from MASH.” Hear Diana Ross sing the “Theme from Mahogany” and Roger Miller’s “King of the Road.” Songs with Buddy Clark, Art Mooney, and Linda Ronstadt.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Louis Jordon launches this hour on track number 1 for “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie.” Lena Horne takes the stage next for her signature performance of “The Lady is a Tramp.” Then hear the smooth alfredo croon of Vic Damone with “There I’ve Said it Again.” We’ll team up Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney for a fun Cole Porter romp called, “Cherry Pies Outta Be You.” We’ll spin great period instrumentals with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra, Glenn Miller, and Bert Kaempfert. Jazz diva Dianne Reeves performs a smooth jazzy rendition of “Lady Be Good.” Listen to period groups like Ruby and the Romantics with “Our Day Will Come,” get “Smack Dab in the Middle” with the Mills Brothers, and Sing Along with Mitch Miller. Enjoy some period movie music as Henry Mancini’s Orchestra and chorus do, “The Theme from Charade.” Dean Martin sings, “Somewhere There’s a Someone” followed up with Petula Clark’s rendition of a Charlie Chaplin song from “Countess from Hong Kong.” Hear Louis Armstrong with “Hello Dolly.” Records by Rosemary Clooney and Bette Midler. See the lists and leave comments: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Les Baxter’s Orchestra and Chorus kick off this set with “Wake the Town and Tell the People!” Eddie Fisher takes the mic next wearing his high school letter jacket to sing, “Dungaree Doll.” The first lady of swing performs a great Cole Porter song: Ella Fitzgerald sings “I Get a Kick Out of You.” We’ll track period hits featuring Nat King Cole with “Mona Lisa,” Doris Day’s lively, “Lullaby of Broadway,” and Dean Martin with, “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You.” Hear Kansas City’s own Marilyn Maye with “Cabaret!” Enjoy period instrumental hits as we track Henry Mancini’s, “Mister Lucky,” Al Hirt’s 1964 hit record, “Java,” and John Williams and the Boston Pops with “Green Eyes.” We’ll spin a sassy jazzy version of “Up a Lazy River” performed by Bobby Darin followed by Petula Clark singing “Kiss me Goodbye” and Guy Mitchell with a 1950’s memory called “The Roving Kind.” Hear Frank Sinatra with “Hidden Persuasion,” MGM’s Joni James with “Purple Shades,” and Tony Bennett with the Count Basie Orchestra. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 5.1.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Hi Lo’s launch out with this week’s offerings with a rousing showcase version of “Keep Your Sunnyside Up.” Sarah Vaughan takes the stage next for a great Broadway song from “Damn Yankees.” Here more Broadway/film music with Robert Goulet from “Little Me” and Lucille Ball from “Wildcat.” You’ll hear period instrumental selections with Frank Mills, Bert Kaempfert, and a lovely hit song originally an imaging tune for Salada Tea performed by Hagood Hardy. Frank Sinatra sings a song called “There used to be a Ballpark.” Enjoy period groups like The Poni Tails with “Born Too Late” the Crew Cuts with “Sh Boom,” and one by Herman’s Hermits. We’ll track a 1950’s hit for Perry Como “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” followed up with a big band number by Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman right off Stagedoor Canteen. Listen to the great Tony Martin with the old Eddie Howard hit from the 1940’s, “To Each His Own.” Then listen to Rosemary Clooney with “Give Me the Simple Life.” Enjoy a salsa version of “If I Had a Hammer” by Trini Lopez. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Tom Jones kicks off this set with his 1965 hit that catapulted the man to stardom, “Its Not Unusual.” Hear a 1956 film theme from “Picnic” sung by the McGuire Sisters. We’ll team up Les Brown and his Band of Renown with the Ames Brothers for “Sentimental Journey.” Hear more great big band with the Glenn Miller Orchestra remembering “Tuxedo Junction.” Hear Louis Prima, Keely Smith with Sam Butera and the band as they cut up on stage for “Baby Wont You Please Come Home.” Frank Sinatra is next with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra as Frank sings, “It Happened in Monterrey.” Enjoy some smooth Cole Po
rter music sung by Ella Fitzgerald, “In the Still of the Night.” Kay Starr performs a jazzy rendition of “Bonaparte’s Retreat” followed up with Dean Martin’s silky alfredo version of “Return to Me,” and the Errol Garner standard, “Misty.” Enjoy Connie Francis with her sultry version of “My Happiness” and a jazzy performance of “Clementine” by Bobby Darin. Hear songs by The Lettermen, Brook Benton, and Anne Murray’s tender rendition of “Danny’s Song.”
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Art and Dotty Todd open this hour with their hit song, “Chanson D’ Amour.” Bobby Darin slams on to the stage next with a swinging version of “I Got Rhythm” followed up with some classic MGM music with actress Judy Garland. Sonny Boy, (Eddie Fisher) sings one of his early 1950’s hit songs, “I Need You Now.” Then listen to Mel Torme with some great Broadway music, “All I Need Is the Girl.” We’ll spin a 1956 hit record for Oklahoman Patti Page, “Allegheny Moon.” Kay Starr performs an up-tempo rendition of “Swinging Down the Lane” from one her most celebrated albums.” Hear Lou Rawls with the song, “Nobody but Me” and a lovely song by Doris Day, “I’ll Never Stop Loving You.” Listen to instrumentals by DOT records, Billy Vaughn, some great polka with Frankie Yankovic, and a smooth standard with Jackie Gleason’s Orchestra. Hear songs by The Andrews Sisters, Andy Williams and The Mitch Miller gang.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 4.24.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Dinah Washington kicks off this week’s offerings with a jazzy song from “Guys and Dolls.” Next we turn the mic over to Lou Rawls for a smooth thang called, “Lady Love.” We’ll recall those “Moments to Remember” with the Four Lads. Followed up with an old pop hit for Dion and the Belmonts, “Ruby Baby.” Enjoy a fun Disney memory with Phil Harris as Ballou the Bear from “The Jungle Book.” We’ll track some great big band with Harry James and his Orchestra with Helen Forest singing, “It’s Been a Long Long Time.” Two old smoothies follow up Helen with Frank Sinatra singing a Harold Arlen standard. Then hear Tony Bennett with some classic film music. Ella Fitzgerald picks it up with a rousing Irving Berlin song followed with Perez Prado’s “Rock-a-mambo Baby!. We’ll spin Nat King Cole’s hit, “LOVE.” Listen to Johnny Mathis’s 1957 smash hit record “Chnaces Are” and a back of the rack hit for Bryan Hyland. Hang out for Petula Clark’s 1965 standard, “Downtown” and some music sung by Ed Ames from “Man of La Mancha.” Hit songs by Nelson Riddle and Bobby Goldsboro.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: We begin this hour teaming up Rosemary and Betty Clooney with Harry James and his orchestra for the song, “Sisters.” Pat Boone steps on stage next for his 1957 hit song, “Love Letters in the Sand.” From Bowling Green, Kentucky hear The Hilltoppers with their version of the hit song, “Marianne.” (don’t rush me!) En
joy some great film, Broadway, and TV music by Sammy Davis Jr, (Stop the World I Wanna Get Off) “Midnight Lace” with Ray Conniff, “The Colonel Bogey March” by The Mitch Miller Gang, “The Theme from Mission Impossible” by Lalo Schfrin and Henry Mancini with “Dear Heart.” Ray Charles sings a great Hoagy Carmichael song, “Georgia on my Mind,” followed with a steamy number by Jo Stafford entitled, “Make Love to Me.” Hear more Hoagy Carmichael with Nat King Cole singing a lush version of Hoagy’s signature song, “Stardust.” We’ll “Breeze Along With the Breeze” with the Four Lads. Listen to a great Cole Porter song performed by Roy Rogers, “Don’t Fence Me In.” Hear hit records by Patti Page, Dionne Warwick, Les Paul and Mary Ford and more.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Tony Bennett launches this hour with “The Good Life.” Frank Sinatra is next with a good ol’ Les Brown hit. Doris Day sings one of her most requested hits from 1952, “If I Give My Heart to You.” Enjoy a 1958 hit for The Platters “Twilight Time.” We’ll spin some fine period instrumentals by Hugo Winterhalter with jazz pianist Eddie Heywood playing “Canadian Sunset,” Tommy Dorsey’s “Tea for Two Cha Cha” and The Mantovani Orchestra with their 1951 hit, “Charmaine.” We’ll go “South of the Border” with Perry Como, then play a great jazz standard called “Undecided” sung by the Ames Brothers, and spin the song “Golden Earrings” by Peggy Lee. We’ll bring back The Mills Brothers for their rendition of “the Glow Worm.” Enjoy some lush Nat King Cole showcasing his multilingual skills with the song, “Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup.” Connie Stevens gives “Sixteen Reasons.” (Sixteen Excuses on the “B” side. KIDDING) Hear Claude King’s “Wolverton Mountain” followed up with Tom Jones with a good old country hit, “The Green Green Grass of Home. Hear songs by Shirley Bassey, Rosemary Clooney and Chet Atkins. See the lists leave a comment at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 4.17.17

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Climb aboard The Fifth Dimension’s big beautiful balloon as we fly “Up Up and Away.” Then let Louis Armstrong bring a smile with his version of “Takes 2 to Tango.” We’ll track Dinah Washington’s 1959 smash hit, “What A Difference a Day Makes,” followed up with a little Brit invasion music with Chad and Jeremy. Enjoy a big band classic sung by Peggy Lee, “Happiness is a thing called Joe.” You’ll hear film music from “Top Hat” performed by Fred Astaire, and some James Bond music by Shirley Bassey. Listen to Dean Martin with “I Will,” Frank Sinatra singing “Over and Over,” and some TV funk with Sammy Davis Jr singing the “Theme From Baretta.” Will spin the Lee Hazelwood song and arrangement that became a signature hit for Nancy Sinatra. “Boots.” Enjoy some classic Stevie Wonder with “My Cheri Amour” and a little salsa with Sergio Mendez and Brazil with “Pretty World.” We’ll team up Dino and Sammy again for a fun live tate-a-tate of “Sam’s Song.” Hits by Bobby Goldsboro, Herb Alpert and Johnny Mathis.
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On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: the New Christy Minstrels launch into this set with the lead voice of Barry McGuire singing “Green Green.” Then Frank Sinatra sings “Love and Marriage” (in the same sentence) with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra. Hear the Ames Brothers with Les Brown and his Band of Renown followed up with an enjoyable back-of-the-rack memory by Carly Simon. We’ll enjoy some fun pairings including Steve and Eydie, Bing Crosby with Louis Armstrong, and Paul and Paula. Hear some great period groups including The Association with “Cherish” and The Lettermen with “Put Your Head on My Shoulder.” Tony Bennett will croon lovely song, the melody, taken from an opera classic. Ella Fitzgerald performs a great Cole Porter selection. Also, hear Andy Williams with his lush rendition of “April in Paris.” We’ll spin a period TV theme by the man known as the Don of film and television music in the 1960’s and 70’s. Hear the Henry Mancini Orchestra with the “Theme from Charlie’s Angels.” Listen to Nat King Cole’s Version of “Paper Moon.” More hit songs by Bobby Vinton and Barbra Streisand. http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/ Pic: Mister George. (Of Radio George!)

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Marvelous Marilyn Maye storms on stage to open this hour with her rousing version of the Jerome kern standard, “The Song is You.” Frank Sinatra is next with a jazzy swing version of “Blue Moon.” Listen to the Lettermen with their rendition of “Where or When” and Mama Cass Elliot singing “Make Your Own Kind Of Music.” We’ll team up Lee Hazelwood with Nancy Sinatra with a fun country song called, The Tennessee Birdwalk.” Glen Campbell sings a great Jimmy Webb song, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” Then “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” as we listen to Jackie DeShannon. Enjoy a lovely recording of Nat King Cole’s version of the song, “Tenderly.” We’ll spin fine instrumentals by Horst Jankowski, a period TV theme by Valjean and some great Broadway music with Erick Kunzel and the Rochester Pops. We’ll track a song from the 1967 film, “Valley of the Dolls” sung by Dionne Warwick. Enjoy a great standard and signature hit for Jane Morgan, “Fascination.” Dean Martin sings his signature song, “Everybody Loves Somebody.” Songs with Al Martino, Dinah Shore, and Louis Prima.
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The Neon Beat on Radio George - 4.10.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: “Love the Second Time Around” sung by Frank Sinatra with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra launches this week’s neat offerings. Sammy Davis Jr takes the mic next with the Mike Curb Congregation for “The People Tree.” Enjoy a little Burt Bacharach/Hal David music sung by Dionne Warwick. Hear the classic hit by Arlo Guthrie as we cradle ourselves aboard “The City of New Orleans.” We’ll team up the great George Shearing with Nat King Cole for “Let There Be Love.” Perry Como belts out a mid-fifties sock hop hit called “Tina Marie.” Get two songs for the price of one with the Letterman performing, “Traces and Memories.” Kansas City’s own Marilyn Maye sings a song about that Midwest City of fountains. We’ll spin some movie music from the James Bond film “From Russia with Love” by Matt Monro then follow it with a saucy signature hit for Mary Martin. Listen to Frankie Avalon with the song, “Why” followed up with beach blanket buddie, Annette Funicello singing “O Dio Mio.” Hear the 1957 hit, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” sung by Mister “Oh YEh,” Billy Williams. Songs by Robert Goulet, Ed Ames, Anita Bryant and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Rosemary Clooney and The Harry James Orchestra open this hour with “In the Cool Cool of the Evening.” Then let Dean Martin “Lay Some Happiness on Ya.” You’ll hear some great period groups like, the Seekers with “A World of Our Own,” The Fontane Sisters with “Daddy O!” And the Mills Brothers singing “Cab Driver.” We’ll spin some British invasion groups like Herman’s Hermits and Chad and Jeremy. Barbra Streisand sings one of many great songs heard in the film “Funny Girl.” Prepare yourself for an amorous number from the exciting Eartha Kitt as she purrs, “Let’s Misbehave. Hear instr
umentals by David Rose, the Bob Crewe Generation, and Herb Alpert. We’ll play a fine 1970 comeback hit for Perry Como, “It’s Impossible.” Enjoy an Andy Williams rendition of a sentimental favorite from a 1964 movie starring Glenn Ford and Geraldine Page. We’ll cook up some BBQ ribs and chicken as we go dancing at “The House of Blue Lights” with Chuck Miller. Listen to Doris Day sing a song from her 1953 film Calamity Jane, and Al Martino with his 1967 hit, “Mary in the Morning.” See the lists and leave comments by visiting our blogger: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Jimmie Rodgers leads off this set with “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.” Then listen to a great 1960’s solo hit for Jersey Boy, Frankie Valli, as he performs, “Can’t Take My Eyes off Of You.” Rosemary Clooney belts out a romping version of “Everything’s Coming up Roses.” Listen to some great period hit groups like The Limeliters with “Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week,” The Carpenters with “For All We Know” and The Four Knights with “I Get So Lonely.” Enjoy the great cinematic rendition of the Theme from Antony and Cleopatra performed by the arpeggio kings of the keyboards, Ferrante and Teicher. We’ll do a 1950’s run with The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and The Chordettes. We’ll line up the Four Knights with Nat King Cole with the song “If I May.” The first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald, performs “I’ll Take Manhattan.” Frank Sinatra does a jazzy rendition of “Same Old Saturday Night” followed by some honey in the horn with Al Hirt playing “Sugar Lips.” Then hear Barbra Streisand with the tender song, “He Touched Me.” Songs by Andy Williams, Sarah Vaughan, and Harry James with Dick Haymes.
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