Monday, July 31, 2017

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.
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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:

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:

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