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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Friday, April 7, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 4.3.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra launches this week’s offerings with “That’s Life!” Engelbert Humperdinck follows up with his hit version of “Spanish Eyes” and Barbra Streisand with a beautiful Andrew Lloyd Weber song from “Cats.” Enjoy a little good natured tate-a-tate between actress Judy Garland and Bing Crosby. Then Andy Williams follows with a vocal version of the 1963 hit, “More.” Enjoy some period instrumental selections with “the Peter Gunn Theme” by Ray Anthony, Leroy Anderson’s “Fiddle Faddle” and The Ventures with, “Walk Don’t Run.” You’ll hear Al Martino sing a WW1 and 2 favorite song about “the lady of the lamplight.” Listen to Al Wilson with his first major charting hit from 1973. Listen to a sultry piece from a 1950 review that drew a comment from Orson Wells that Eartha Kitt was the most exciting woman in the world. We’ll “Get Outta Town” with the Velvet Fog, “Mel Torme.” Dean Martin teams up with the EZ riders for his 1956 chart hit, “Memories are Made of This” followed with a film song from “Good Night and Good Luck” sung by Dianne Reeves. We’ll spin hit records by the Four Preps, Doris Day and Dick and Dee Dee. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week Jukebox 2: Sammy Davis Jr opens this set with “the Shelter of Your Arms.” Then listen to a wonderful Italian version of “Quando, Quando” performed by Connie Francis. Sam Cooke is next with “You Send Me.” We’ll remember the 1956 film “High Society” with a great Cole Porter song done by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Listen to a Harold Arlen song that Harold called one of his favorites, sung by Sarah Vaughan. We’ll team up the Raylettes with “Ray” for the song, “Hit the Road Jack” followed up with a soulful hit for Dusty Springfield, “Son of a Preacher Man.” Hear Bobby Vinton’s hit song, “Blue Velvet.” We’ll play a big sky western set with Hugo Montenegro’s, “The Good the Bad and the Ugly,” Frankie Laine’s “Moonlight Gambler,” and Peggy Lee’s version of “Riders in the Sky.” Hear a great male group from Indianapolis sing a 1956 hit recording, “Day by Day.” Hear a rare recording featuring Nat King Cole at the piano backed by the Ralph Carmichael Chorus doing, “Whatcha Gonna Do?” Then hear the iconic song from the film “Singing in the Rain” by Gene Kelly.” Leave comments, see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week Jukebox 3: Kay Starr kicks off JB3 with a jazzy version of “Up a Lazy River.” Then we’ll “get those stakes higher” at the roulette wheel for Elvis’s “Viva Las Vegas.” Hear the Gaylords with “the Isle of Capris.” We’ll track some great period instrumental selections with Les Baxter’s “Poor People of Paris,” Glenn Miller with “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” Omaha’s Roger Williams with “Autumn Leaves” and a film selection with Felix Slatkin directing the orchestra for “The Theme from the Sundowners.” Pack your bags for Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me.” Ella Fitzgerald takes on a great big band standard singing, “Begin the Beguine.” We’ll track one of Bobby Darin’s latter 1950’s hits, “Dream Lover,” followed with a fun romp with Doris Day’s “Ooo Bang Jiggly Jang.” We’ll team up Gene Kelly with Judy Garland for an MGM favorite, “For Me and My Gal.” Johnny Mathis performs the song, “Small World” followed by some Broadway music with the Four Lads. Hear Barbra Streisand, Glen Campbell, and the Association.
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The Neon Beat on Radio George - 3.27.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Jack Jones (Mister “Love Boat” launches into this hour with “Wives and Lovers.” Next we’ll track a lovely rendition of “Love Letters” sung by Eydie Gorme followed with husband, Steve Lawrence’s 1960 hit record, “Pretty Blue Eyes.” We’ll assemble the Ames Brothers with the RCA Orchestra for their 1955 smash hit, “the Naughty Lady of Shady Lane.” Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney team up for a trip to the big easy: “Come to the Mardis Gras.” Listen to a lineup of sentimental favorites including Nat King Cole and the Chorus with “That Sunday, That Summer,” and Kate Smith singing “Now Is the Hour.” Enjoy a 1956 favorite performed by Pearl Bailey, “Takes Two to Tango.” Hear film instrumentals with Andre Previn playing the hit song from “Lili” and Percy Faith’s theme From “A Summer Place.” We’ll spin the song “Blue Moon” by Dean Martin, followed with a song by The Mills Brothers and a Cole Porter standard by Roy Rogers. Hear Frank Sinatra’s performance of “Pennies from Heaven,” Ella Fitzgerald with a song from “Kiss me Kate,” and more. Listen today at http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Glenn Yarborough opens this hour with a hit song from a Steve McQueen film called, “Baby the Rain Must Fall.” Then enjoy a rousing song from the Marvelous Marilyn Maye singing, “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” We’ll spin the original standard, amoung many, for Mr. Tony Bennett as he sings that song about the “city by the bay.” Listen to the hit song recalling the crime story of Bonnie and Clyde sung by Brit singer, “Georgie Fame.” We’ll track great period groups like The Drifters, and the Kingston Trio. Rosemary Clooney performs a tender hit song with the Benny Goodman orchestra called, "Memories of You.” Great instrumentals with Joe Harnell, Horst Jankowski, and Elmer Bernstein’s theme From “The Magnificent Seven capping a western set with Nat King Cole’s “Rambling Rose” and Marty Robbins 1959 hit “El Paso.” Frankie Avalon performs his hit version of the song “Venus.” Hear Patti Page with her woman’s rendition of “Gentle on my Mind,” followed with Pat Boone’s film hit, “Friendly Persuasion.” See the lists and links or leave comments at: “http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Look out ol’ Mack is BACK! Bobby Darin kicks off this juke with his 1959 hit standard, “Mack the Knife.” Then get set for some honey in the horn with Al Hirt playing, “Fancy Pants.” Hear the sexy Julie London with a sultry rendition of “Black Coffee.” Listen to Frank Sinatra with “Strangers in the Night,” followed with an amorous song called “Do You Wanna Dance?” by Bette Midler. Turn up some great film music sung by the Four Lads as they sing a song from “Bus Stop,” Harry James with an instrumental version of a song heard in “Knickerbocker Holiday,” and the theme from “Where the Boys Are” by Connie Francis. Listen to a fun set with Phil Harris’s laugh romp, “the Thing,” The Four King Sisters with a big band era favorite, “Mairzy Doats,” and Bing Crosby with The Jesters singing, “Sioux City Sue.” Hear a soulful song performed by a man considered to be one of our great period song stylists, Frankie Laine’s “That’s My Desire.” We’ll track a jazzy Nat King Cole song, “Just You, Just me,” a velvet version of “You Go to my Head” by Keely Smith. Much more. Where? Here-- http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
Have a great week Kids !!

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 3.20.17

On The Neon Beat this weed, Jukebox 1: Tom Jones steams on stage to open this week’s sets with “She’s a Lady.” Next we’ll bring in Peggy Lee to sing “A Doodlin’ Song” followed up with some classic Mitch Miller as we spin “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” Listen to great period male groups like the Everly Brothers, and the Association. We’ll spin a song from the “South Pacific” sung by Margaret Whiting. Listen to the great Mario Lanza with his signature hit, “Be My Love.” Instrumental selections with Bert Kaempfert, Tommy Dorsey and Les Brown and his Band of Renown. Enjoy a beautiful song from 1956 with the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald. Sing along with a top ten hit for The Carpenters as they sing, “On Top of the World” followed up with a tender song by Robert Goulet. We’ll team up Frank Sinatra with Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra for “Makin’ Whoopie.” Hear Connie Francis with “Together,” Dean Martin’s “In the Misty Moonlight” and “So Long Dearie” by Louis Armstrong. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ Boom!

On The Neon Beat this week at Jukebox 2: We open this hour with a couple of film selections starting with Henry Mancini’s Orchestra and Chorus with “Darling Lili” followed by a Dino’s hit standard heard in the 1953 Martin and Lewis film, “The Caddy.” We’ll go to the MGM label for one of Joni James many early 1950’s hits, “I Still Get a Thrill.” Enjoy a hit remake of the old Don Cherry hit standard performed by Mel Carter, “Band of Gold” followed up with “Call Me” by Nancy Wilson, and some fine Hammond B3 organ music from Walter Wanderley. Listen to a fine rendition of an old Beatles hit sung masterfully by Mr. Tony Bennett. Then enjoy a sharp scat version of “Blue Skies” sung by Ella Fitzgerald. We’ll spin records by some of the great period male groups, The Lettermen singing “When I Fall in Love,” the Mills Brothers, and The Four Lads with Ray Conniff’s female chorus. Enjoy a fine period instrumental standard with Jackie Gleason’s Orchestra. Listen to Sammy Davis Jr with “Let There Be Love.” We’ll scale The Alps with Lawrence Welk and The McGuire Sisters. Songs with Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and more.
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On The Neon Beat this week Jukebox 3: Nat King Cole launches into this set with a great jazz standard, “Avalon.” Next we’ll sample a little “Taste of Honey” with Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass. Hear more period instrumentals with Harry James playing “A Sleepy Lagoon” and the Mantovani Orchestra with “A Swedish Rhapsody.” Enjoy the Chordettes with “Never on Sunday” and Steve Lawrence’s “Footsteps.” We’ll track some great Cole Porter music as Frank Sinatra sings, “Anything Goes” followed by Peggy Lee’s late 40’s hit song, “Tomorrow is Good Enough for Me.” We’ll spin a special track called, “I Don’t Know” sung by the woman who built Atlantic records: Ruth Brown. Georgia Gibbs gather’s round her “nibs” for her hit version of “Tweedle Dee.” The Four Freshmen blend their tight harmonies for the song, “Charmaine.” Enjoy Doris Day as she performs and standard from “Pal Joey” followed up with a “Melody of Love” by The Ames Brothers. Get set to “Jump Jive and Wail” with Louis Prima, go from “Rags to Riches” with Tony Bennett. Then hear a rare record by a man-of-a-thousand voices who was also the voice of Boris Badenov in Rocky and Bullwinkle. Listen today at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ And have a great week kids!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 3.15.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Marvelous Marilyn Maye opens this week’s offerings with her rousing signature hit song, “Step to the Rear.” Dean Martin takes the stage next with an Italian favorite, “Volare.” We’ll track some great period male groups such as The Hilltoppers (“From the Vine came the Grape”), The Ames Brothers with a great Tommy Dorsey standard, and The Four Preps (“Down by the Station”) We’ll revisit a charming period “white picket fence” song performed by Oklahoman Patti Page. Enjoy a rousing instrumental called “The Manhattan Spiritual” by Reg Owen followed with some George and Ira Gershwin music sung by Sarah Vaughan. We remember some Rodgers and Hammerstein music from “The King and I” sung by Perry Como. We’ll spin the pretty Kitty Kallen version of “Chapel in the Moonlight.” Listen to Lou Rawls with “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” followed up with Vikki Carr’s 1967 hit song, “It Must Be Him.” We’ll throw in a Charlie Brown standard performed brilliantly on the keyboard by jazz artist David Benoit. Hit records by Rick Nelson, Doris Day and Nancy Sinatra with Lee Hazelwood.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Les Brown directing his Band of Reknown with Doris Day slam into this hour with the song, “S’ Wonderful.” Then will enjoy some film music with the Four Aces singing, “Three Coins in the Fountain.” Frank Sinatra performs some great Cole Porter singing, “I Get a Kick Out of You” followed with some fine music carried off by the first lady of song: Ella Fitzgerald sings “I’ll Take Manhattan.” Billie Holiday takes the stage for “Pennies from Heaven” followed up with a jazzy rendition of “A Nightingale in Berkeley Square” by Bobby Darin and the Nat King Cole Trio with “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” We’ll team up the great Tony Bennett with jazz diva Diana Krall for the song, “the Best is Yet to Come.” Dean Martin croons the lovely song, “Innamorata.” Tap your toes to Dionne Warwick’s “Do You Know the Way to San Jose.” Then we’ll do a “Sophisticated Swing” with Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra. Lishttp://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/
ten to a signature performance with Lena Horne singing “Stormy Weather” followed up with Louis Armstrong doing “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” Hear Glen Campbell with the theme song from the film, “True Grit.” Solid gold hits by Elvis, Patti Page, and The McGuire Sisters.  Leave comments view the lists and links:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Patti Page launches this hour with a song from the 1954 play, “The Pajama Game.” A couple of chillers next with Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Winter World of Love” followed with The Lettermen’s version of “Our Winter Love.” Listen to the lovely Julie London with her amorous rendition of “The Good Life.” Enjoy some music of the cinema with Vikki Carr singing one from the film “Little Me,” Vic Damone with a standard from “West Side Story” and Dinah Shore with a song sung by Bob Hope in “The Paleface.” Dean Martin proposes a toast as a lonely country boy from Nashville singing “Little Ol’ Wine Drinker Me.” Hear Sarah Vaughan sing a great period hit used by Rosemary Clooney to open her TV show. Listen to Nat King Cole with the song “Too Young.” Enjoy a jazzy version of the song “Mississippi” by Oklahoman, Kay Starr and an instrumental favorite by The Village Stompers. We’ll spin hit records by Johnny Mathis (I’m Coming Home), Ray Conniff and the Chorus (Invisible Tears), and one of Loren Green’s tales of the Ponderosa, “Ringo.” Listen this week at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio Geoge - 2.27.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Perry Como gets down his soup and fish and opens this set with the Fontane Sisters for a Milton Delugg polka number, “Hoop De Doo.” Rosemary Clooney follows up with her 1951 hit, “Comon-a’ My House.” Enjoy some period film music with Pat Boone’s “April Love” and a song from a fun, period, teen flick with Annette Funicello and the Beach Boys. We’ll spin a lush memory off the MGM label as we hear Joni James with “Purple Shades.” Listen to Old Blue Eyes with “Old Devil Moon.” Instrumentals by Andre Previn with the theme from “Irma La Douce,” Bill Pursell’s beautiful and haunting, “Our Winter Love” and a toe tapper by the Al Casey Combo doing, “Jiving Around.” We’ll track a folk set with The Mills Brothers, Gale Garnett, and The Kingston Trio. Hear Dean Martin with “Mambo Italiano,” some great Broadway with Tony Bennett singing, “Taking a Chance on Love.” Songs by Sarah Vaughan, Gogi Grant, and a period early 1960’s hit record by Australian Rolf Harris. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Toys launch this hour with their 1965 hit, “A Lover’s Concerto.” Next we’ll play a song by The Mike Curb Congregation heard in the Clint Eastwood film Kelly’s Heroes. Nat King Cole follows with a lovely tune written by Charlie Chaplin. Hear film and Broadway selections by Bing Crosby singing, “Around the World,” Frank Sinatra’s, “Forget Domani,” The Four Lads with a song from “Gypsy,” and a lovely instrumental version of a song from “Godspell” by Raymond Lefevre. Hear Ella Fitzgerald with some great Cole Porter singing, “Let’s Do it, Let’s Fall in Love.” We’ll spin Bobby Vinton’s “Blue on Blue,” one of Petula Clark’s many charting hits, “I Know a Place,” and Al Martino with “Spanish Eyes.” Perry Como performs a lovely song from “Carousel.” We’ll team up Rosemary Clooney with Guy Mitchell singing “The House of Singing Bamboo” from Pagan Love Song. Turn it up for Elvis with “It’s Now or Never,” Kai Winding’s 1963 hit, “More” and Robert Goulet with “Mamselle.” See the lists, leave comments: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Frank Sinatra opens this hour with the theme from the Martin Scorcese production of “New York, New York.” Then we’ll stroll down lover’s lane with Nat King Cole “Walking My Baby Back Home.” Introducing New York’s Steven Maglio with “The Lady is a Tramp” ala bossa nova. You’ll hear Engelbert Humperdinck (good thing I don’t charge by the syllable) as we play one of his hits, “A Man Without Love.” Peggy Lee follows with a song of divine concession, “Alright, Ok, You Win” followed by The Kingston Trio with a gritty Hoyt Axton song called, “Greenback Dollar.” Then we tone it down for Johnny Mathis’ lovely rendition of “Misty.” We’ll track the Dean Martin hit single recorded with the Four Lads singing, “Standing on the Corner.” Hear Steve Lawrence with his 1963 hit written by Carole King. Listen to Barbra Streisand from her first Columbia album, “A Kid Again” and Sammy Davis Jr “Falling in Love.” You’ll hear Tennessee Ernie Ford with “Sixteen Tons,” a song from the film, “Oklahoma” sung by Vikki Carr, and we’ll throw in a little ‘Chug a Lug” by Roger Miller. Hits by Debbie Reynolds, the Fontane Sisters and Bert Kaempfert. Have a great week Kids!! Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 2.21.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Engelbert Humperdinck opens this hour with a hit song
heard in a 1968 British short film, “The Cyclist of Belsize Park.” Then get set to sail with Roger Whittaker listen to an overnight sensation in the mid 70’s called, “the Last Farewell.” Enjoy a little Dinah Shore with her snappy rendition of “Dear Hearts and Gentle People.” Peggy Lee sings “It’s All Over Now” followed with Dean Martin “Cryin’ Like a Baby.” Hear Bobby Goldsboro’s “Muddy Mississippi Line,” Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight” and Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman” sung with Al DeLory’s Capitol Records Orchestra. Enjoy some great film selections with The Four Lads, Tony Bennett, and Actress Judy Garland. We’ll track period instrumentals by Nelson Riddle, Billy May’s Orchestra, and a back of the rack request for “Mood Indigo” by the Norman Petty Trio. You’ll hear the signature hit for the iron voiced band leader Vaughn Monroe with “Racing with the Moon.” Records by the McGuire Sisters, and Rosemary Clooney. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Petula Clark launches this set with “It’s a Sign of the Times.” The Association is next with their tender hit, “Never My Love.” Enjoy some NY swing with Jerry Costanzo performing, “Can I Steal a Little Love.” We’ll track a lush rendition of “The
Good Life” sung by bombshell, Julie London. Listen to some great silver screen favorites by Bing Crosby singing “McNamara’s Band,” Vic Damone with “Younger than Springtime” from South Pacific, Henry Mancini’s “the Pink Panther,” and Dean Martin with Jerry Lewis singing “the Money Song.” You’ll hear some great big band with Benny Goodman’s orchestra playing, “Down South Camp Meeting.” Vic Dana sings the vocal version of the “Mondo carne” film theme from 1963, “More.” Hear the Carpenters with the old Sesame Street hit, “Sing,” Danny Williams hit record, “White on White,” and the alfredo crooning of Dean Martin with “Under The Bridges of Paris.” Songs by Jo Stafford, Perry Como and Frankie Laine.
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ON The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Robert Goulet kicks off this hour with those happy, “Summer Sounds.” Then listen to the theme from “Casino Royale” with Herb Alpert. We’ll team up Bing Crosby with Rosemary Clooney for an old Bunny Berigan big band standard. Hear the 1951 hit for Nat King Cole singing the signature song for the era, “Unforgettable.” Hear more film selections sung by Andy Williams with the “Days of Wine and Roses,” Barbra Streisand’s “People” from Funny Girl, and Jerry Vale with “Three Coins in the Fountain.” Listen to a hit for Harry Nilsson that “almost” was a film theme for the movie, “Midnight Cowboy.” Tap your feet to an early 1970’s hit for a male trio from Alberta called The Stampeders. Enjoy some swingin’ Sinatra as we go “Learning the Blues,” Johnny Mathis with Percy Faith’s Orchestra singing, “A Certain Smile,” and then we’ll get “Too Close for Comfort” with the gorgeous Peggy Lee. Snap your fingers with Kay Starr’s 1952 hit, “Side by Side.” We’ll pull in songwriter Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers for “Personality.” Hit songs by The Chordettes, Steve Lawrence and Glenn Miller.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 2.13.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Four Knights open this hour with “I Get So Lonely.” (Bass singer Oscar Broadway leading with “Oh Baby Mine.”) Then we’ll bring on our funny girl, Barbra Streisand with “Second Hand Rose.” Mister “shuck n’ jive,” Frankie Laine, performs the song, “Waiting for the End of the Road” followed up with some great swing by Glen Gray performing, “The King Porter Stomp.” Listen to one of the many Capitol Records hits for Nat King Cole, “A Blossom Fell.” Then sing along with Rosemary Clooney as she sings, “Shine on Harvest Moon.” We’ll team up the Brothers Four for the wistful, “Green Leaves of Summer” followed up with an Ian Tyson song, “Four Strong Winds” sung by Glenn Yarborough. Get a chuckle with Dinah Shore and the quartet singing a fun twisted song called, “Sweet Violets.” Frank Sinatra is next with one of his signature songs, “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Sumpthin’ Smith and the Redheads” singing, “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie.” Hear Andy Williams, Patti Page, Disney’s duck genius, Ludwig Van Drake (Paul Frees) and more. Listen at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: We open this hour with the lovely lilt of Jo Stafford singing a standard from “South Pacific.” Then we’ll track a song heard in the film, “The Sound of Music” sung by Mr. Tony Bennett. Hear more great music from the silver screen by the Mantovani Orchestra, Andy Williams, Debbie Reynolds, Doris Day, Dean Martin and Lena Horne. We’ll bring in Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme for a spirited version of “Besame Mucho” followed up with a sweeping version of “To the Ends of the Earth sung by Nat King Cole. Then we’ll enjoy a cuppa joe with Frank Sinatra and the swinging Nelson Riddle Orchestra for “The Coffee Song.” Vikki Carr performs her strong rendition of the song, “Cant’ Take My Eyes Off of You.” We’ll swing to the great Glenn Miller hit song, “In the Mood” followed up with The Ames Brothers and the big band era standard “On a Slow Boat to China.” Enjoy Les Paul and Mary Ford with “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise. “ Laugh with the great Phil Harris giving some dating advice from “44 Sycamore.” Leave comments see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Get set for a little honey in the horn with Al Hirt as we open with “Cotton Candy.” Then we’ll rise up on that great gettiin’ up morning with Pat Boone and “A Wonderful Time up There.” Tom Jones steams on stage next for “Help Yourself.” Enjoy some signature Frank Sinatra with “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” followed up with some swingin’ big band with Glen Gray’s rendition of “Topsy.” Enjoy some lovely music by Andy Williams remembering “The Summer of our Love.” Hear Dionne Warwick with some bouncy Broadway music with “Promises, Promises” and a little jazzy Bobby Darin with “Bill Bailey.” Omaha’s Roger Williams pounds the keyboard for some great film music from “Born Free.” You’ll hear the Four Preps with that song about the Isle of romance, and Connie Francis with her first big chart hit, “Who’s Sorry Now.” We’ll spin records with Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and a Canadian teen sensation named Nikki Yanofsky doing Ella’s “Airmail Special.” (hold on to your hat)
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 2.6.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Harry Belefonte launches into this great set with “Jump in the Line.” Then enjoy the shttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
ong “Too Marvelous for Words” sung by Rosemary Clooney followed by Frank Sinatra’s “Love and Marriage.” Listen to some great big band with Les Brown and his Band of Renown with “How Bout You?” and Billy May’s great rendition of “Pompton Turnpike.” Be sure to crank up Ella Fitzgerald for a swingin’ number from the play, “Kiss Me Kate.” Hear the tender “Shadow of Your Smile” performed by Mr. Tony Bennett. Hear great groups like The Mills Brothers, and The McGuire Sisters. Dean Martin taps on the ol’ coke bottle with guitar and orchestra for the song, “Houston.” Break out the umbrella for Eydie Gorme’s refreshing version of “April Showers” followed up with a rockin’ Pat Boone singing “At My Front Door.” We’ll team up Lee Hazelwood with Nancy Sinatra for the song “Jackson.” Listen to songs by Frankie Laine, Jo Stafford and film music by Elmer Bernstein. Listen now at:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Four Lads open this hour with their 1956 chart hit, “No Not Much.” Then we’ll take a little “vaca” amongst the monkeys and the palm trees with Tony Bennett. Enjoy a great Carole King song sung by Karen and Richard Carpenter, “It’s Going to Take Some Time.” Listen to some great period instrumentals with Andre Previn, Les Baxter, Frank Pourcell, and Duke Ellington with Arthur Fieldler and the Boston Pops. We’ll do some Rat Packin’ with Dean Martin’s version of the song, “Just in Time” and Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr with “Me and My Shadow.” We’ll fulfill a Kansas City request for a 1949 song by Evelyn Knight and the Stardusters. Hear a 1964 Grammy award winning song for Nancy Wilson. Jo Stafford sings a fun song from “My Fair Lady” followed up with some period folk by The Kingston Trio and a toe tapper by Perry Como called “Round and Round.” We’ll spin songs by Kay Starr, Ray Charles and Billie Holiday. Leave comments see the playlists and links at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Paul Anka takes the stage to open this set with “Goodnight My Love.” Then listen to Dionne Warwick with “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.” Button up your spring raincoat for a great 1970’s comeback hit for Neil Sedaka, “Laughter in the Rain.” Enjoy an amorous number from the play, “Kismet” sung by Kansas City’s own Marilyn Maye. We’ll spin some Glen Campbell singing, “Galveston,” The Carpenters with “Goodbye to Love,” and a comeback hit for Frankie Valli singing “My Eyes Adored You.” Frank Sinatra grabs the mic with Nelson Riddle’s orchestra doing a swinging version of “My Blue Heaven.” Enjoy instrumentals performed by Andre Previn, Walter Wanderley and Dave “Baby” Cortez. We’ll turn up the thermostat for Peggy Lee’s “Fever.” We’ll track Eydie Gorme’s 1963 hit, “Blame it on the Bossa Nova.” Great groups like The Vogues with “Till” and the Four Freshmen singing “Day by Day.” Songs with Michael Buble, Sarah Vaughan, and Matt Monro. To listen now, go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 1.30.17

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: The Ames Brothers launch this week’s set singing a great jazz standard, “Undecided.” Then Barbra Streisand takes the stage with a fine cut from her highly acclaimed “Broadway Album.” Enjoy some period instrumentals with Morris Stoloff’s “Theme from Picnic,” Bert Kaempfert with “Wonderland by Night” and a 1967 instrumental by The Brass Ring used as image music for Benson and Hedges cigarettes. We’ll remember a great British drama starring Sydney Poitier with the theme from “To Sir with Lohttp://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/
ve’ sung by Lulu. Frank Sinatra sings a snappy version of the song “S’posin. We’ll bring together Bing Crosby with Rosemary Clooney as we “Come to the Mardis Gras.” Hear Kansas City’s Marilyn Maye with a theme from the Broadway play, “Sherry.” Andy Williams sings his 1963 hit, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You.’ Then we’ll count the “Flowers on the Wall” with the Statler Brothers. Hear a sexy rendition the song, “Quiet Nights and Quiet Stars” with Sarah Vaughn, “Memories” by Elvis Presley, and a great old standard by The Casinos. Lots more! Listen at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Bobby Goldsboro begins this hour with his surprise hit. A song written by Mac Davis called “Watching Scotty Grow.” Then we’ll reunite the Association to sing two of their chart hits with Barry Manilow. “Cherish” and “Windy.” Listen to The Carpenters with “Rainy Days and Mondays.” We’ll remember the period film “the Graduate” as Simon and Garfunkel sing “Mrs.’ Robinson.” Listen to hit instrumentals by Herb Alpert and the TJB doing their first charting hit “The Lonely Bull,” Henry Mancini with the theme from “Charade” and David Rose with “the Stripper.” Here some 1950’s favorites with Terry Gilkyson and the EZ Riders singing, “Marianne,” Doris Day with “Everybody Loves a Lover,” and The Platters, “Only You.” We’ll enjoy a little Brit invasion music with that big hit by the New Vaudeville Band as we revisit “Winchester Cathedral.” Enjoy some more movie music with the Lettermen and the theme from “A Summer Place” and Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye from “Cat Ballou.” (Bites like the devil!!) Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Jo Stafford and more. Leave comments, see the lists at: http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Sammy Davis Jr takes the stage for one of his many hits off Broadway, “I’ve Gotta Be Me.” Then listen to a toe tapper by Kansas City’s “Rhumba Girl” Nicolette Larson. (by request) Tony Bennett sings with the Count Basie Orchestra a song about that windy city, and Wilburt Harrison sings one about that city of fountains. We’ll track a bluesy number by Perry Como called “Dream on Little Dreamer” followed up with a Cole Porter song from the film “High Society” with Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong. From the Neon Jazz collection, introducing Lisa Gary, with a tender rendition of “I’ll Be Seeing You.” We’ll step on the set of Stagedoor Canteen for Benny Goodman backing Peggy Lee for “Why Don’t You Do Right?” Listen to show instrumentals by Paul Mauriat and Henry Mancini. We’ll spin records like Patti Page’s “Old Cape Cod” and Johnny Mathis’s “What Will My Mary Say?” You’ll hear a back-of-the-rack selection by Earl Grant called “The End” followed by Oklahoman Kay Starr with “The Man Upstairs” and “The Reverend Mister Black” by The Kingston Trio. Listen now at: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/