Monday, July 31, 2017

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.
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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:

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.
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