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:

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. 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:

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:

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:

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:

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

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: “

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--
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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: 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: And have a great week kids!