Monday, December 18, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.18.17

On The Neon Beat this week: Enjoy a Christmas pageant of great holiday selections performed by the artists we know and love. Artists like Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Harry Belafonte, Dean Martin, Vikki Carr, Peggy Lee, Brenda Lee, Gene Autry, Robert Goulet, Jim Nabors, Jose Feliciano, Rosemary Clooney and more. Great groups and instrumental selections with Leroy Anderson, the Harry Simeon Chorus, Percy Faith, Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians, The Ray Conniff Singers, Morton Gould and his Orchestra, and The Carpenters. All of it capped off with fun selections with Jimmy Durante, Allen Sherman, and Stan Freeburg. Like a wonderful holiday reunion we’ve wrapped up these great memories and laid em’ out under the tree for you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from myself, John Christopher my wife Gail and the kids, George and Nancy Kaywood of Radio George and Will Sterrett of Rockcastle Media Group! Listen today at:

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.12.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra begins this hour backed with the kid chorus singing a charming movie theme from “Pocketful of Miracles.” Next we listen to a fun pairing of Louis Armstrong and Danny Kaye from “The Five Pennies.” Then enjoy one of our many fine Christmas selections this hour with The Cincinnati Pops. You’ll hear Tom Paxton with “The Marvelous Toy,” The Christmas Song” sung by Nat King Cole, Bette Midler with a holiday song from the Islands, and a holiday standard by Tony Bennett. Sammy Davis Jr performs a Broadway hit called, “What Kind of Fool am I” followed up with one of Brenda Lee’s many charting hit songs, “Coming on Strong.” Jack Jones sings a Grammy Award winning song, “Wives and Lovers,” followed with some big band with Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman from “Stagedoor Canteen.” We’ll track some period instrumentals with Al Hirt’s “Cotton Candy, Harry James with “The Mole” and Les Baxter’s Orchestra with “The Poor People of Paris.” Hear more Broadway/film songs with Ella Fitzgerald and Eydie Gorme. Listen today online at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Ella Fitzgerald launches this set with some toe-tappin’ Irving Berlin music, “Let Yourself Go.” Frank Sinatra chimes in after Ella with some “Mistletoe and Holly,” to begin this hour’s Christmas offerings. Hear a great Harold Arlen song with the Four Aces singing “Let’s Fall in Love” followed with Rosemary Clooney singing, “Aren’t You Glad You’re You?” Listen to more Christmas songs with Ed Ames, “Christmas is the Warmest Time of the Year,” The New Christy Minstrels, Pearl Bailey with “The Five Pound Box” and Stan Freeburg’s “I’m Getting Nuttin’ for Christmas.” We’ll spin a 1950’s hit single playing Lou Monte’s “Lazy Mary.” Hear some great big band selections with Glenn Miller and Harry James’s Orchestra backing Helen Forrest. Perry Como and the Ray Charles Singers do the song, “Papa Loves Mambo” followed up with Doris Day’s 1958 hit song, “Everybody Loves a Lover.” Then hear Buddy Clark’s lovely rendition of “Peg O’ My Heart.” Listen to Nat King Cole backed by The Les Baxter Orchestra for the song “To the Ends of the Earth.” More with Burl Ives, “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” “Message to Michael” with Dionne Warwick, and a 1957 smash hit for Mister “Oh Yeh!” (Billy Williams)
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The Polish Prince, Bobby Vinton takes the mic to open this hour with “Every Day of My Life.” Then we’ll track Hugo Winterhalter’s RCA Orchestra backing jazz pianist Eddie Heywood for “Canadian Sunset.” We’ll follow with the signature hit, forever to be associated with Mr. Tony Bennett, “I Left My Heart in SF.” Oklahoman Kay Starr launches this hour’s Christmas selections with her jazzy rendition of “The Man with the Bag.” You’ll hear actress Judy Garland with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters, The Carpenters with “No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” and the iconic “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson. Get set to “Leap Frog” with Les Brown and his Band of Renown.” Dean Martin follows with one of his signature favorites, “Everybody Loves Somebody.” Then enjoy a set with Frank Sinatra from the Swingin’ Session album, Eydie Gorme singing “And the Angels Sing,” and O.C. Smith with a 1968 sentimental standard written by country artist Roger Miller “Little Green Apples.” Enjoy hit keyboard standards with Berlin born, Horst Jankowski, and “the Music Box Dancer” with Frank Mills. Listen to Dinah Shore’s hit version of “Dear Hearts and Gentle People.”
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Monday, December 4, 2017

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 12.4.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra kicks off this week’s selections with a film theme from The Yellow Rolls Royce, “Forget Domani.” Next we uphold the tempo with Kay Starr’s rousing version of the song, “Mississippi.” Then enjoy of couple of smooth selections with Engelbert Humperdinck and Roberta Flack. Listen to some more film selections with Andre Previn directing the orchestra for the, “Theme from Irma La Douce,” and Debbie Reynolds with a hit song from “Tammy and the Bachelor.” Enjoy a fun set starting with the Ames Brothers’ 1955 hit song, “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” followed with Pearl Bailey singing, “Takes Two to Tango.” Hear Al Martino with “Spanish Eyes.” We’ll spin a track “Too Close for Comfort” with Peggy Lee and then Dean Martin’s “Mambo Italiano.” Hear fine period instrumentals with Les Paul, Glenn Miller, and Les Brown. Perry Como sings “Catch a Falling Star.” Listen to a set with Tony Bennett and Diana Krall doing, “The Best is yet to Come,” and Connie Francis singing “Together.”
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The Marvelous Marilyn Maye opens this set with her rousing signature song, “Step to the Rear.” Vic Damone takes it next with a popular song from “My Fair Lady.” We’ll play records by fine period groups like The McGuire Sisters, The Mills Brothers, The Vogues, and some classic folk by The Kingston Trio. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney team up for a festive song about The Mardis Gras, followed by a great Dixieland horn tooter from the Big Easy. Louis Armstrong sings, “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” Then listen to Johnny Mathis with “What Will Mary Say,” followed with “New World in the Morning” by Roger Whittaker. We’ll track some great instrumental selections by jazz pianist, Eddie Heywood, Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra with “Let’s Dance!” and Bert Kaempfert with Duke Ellington’s “Take the “A” Train.” Tony Bennett takes on another great Duke E song with “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Listen to Rosemary Clooney with Perez Prado doing “Sway,” and Nat King Cole with an old Harry James standard. Go to:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Ray Charles begins the hour with his 1962 hit song “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” The Dixie Cups follow up with “The Chapel of Love.” Dean Martin takes the mic next for “Volare” followed by Ed Ames singing the lovely, “Time Time.” We’ll bask in a little summer sun with Robert Goulet’s “Summer Sounds,” then “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine” with Eydie Gorme. We’ll ride the range as Roy Rogers sings a Cole Porter song called, “Don’t Fence Me In.” Hear another great Cole Porter selection with Frank Sinatra singing “I Get a Kick Out of You.” We’ll track more great period groups with songs sung by, The Lettermen, and The Carpenters. Listen to actress Mary Martin with, what was, a Disney song heard in the film “Cinderella.” Ella Fitzgerald performs the song, “I’ll Take Manhattan.” Enjoy at set with Rick Nelson singing, “Young World,” Annette Funicello with The Beach Boys, and a hit instrumental by Jorgen Ingamann called, “Apache.” More with Danny Williams and Herb Alpert and the TJB.
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The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.27.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Omaha native, Roger Williams, launches this hour with the theme from the 1966 film, “Born Free.” Engelbert Humperdinck takes the stage next for a theme from a British short film called, “Le Bicyclettes De Belsize. Hear more film and Broadway favorites with Dionne Warwick, Jo Stafford, and Doris Day. Enjoy what was the last chart buster for Brook Benton: “A Rainy Night in Georgia.” Enjoy some smooth selections from our period crooners including Frank Sinatra’s signature, “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” Nat King Cole’s “A Blossom Fell,” and Perry Como with the bluesy, “Dream on Little Dreamer.” We’ll team up Bing Crosby with his son Gary for “Play a Simple Melody.” Tap your feet to Harry Belafonte with “Jump in the Line.” Hear some great period instrumentals with Dave “Baby” Cortez, and Ralph Marterie’s Orchestra. Listen to a set with Rosemary Clooney singing “From This Moment On,” Benny Goodman with a great Johnny Mercer standard, and The Ames Brothers with “Mood Indigo.” And introducing, Lisa Gary, with “I’ll Be Seeing You.” Listen today at:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Ella Fitzgerald kicks off this set with some great Cole Porter: “Anything Goes.” Then listen to the song that defined the era. Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” We’ll spin Petula Clark’s sweet hit song “Kiss Me Goodbye.” Listen to a set with Rosemary Clooney singing, “Too Marvelous for Words,” and Frankie Laine with Terry Gilkyson and the EZ Riders. We’ll light one up with Jimmy Dean, and enjoy some fun word-play with Dinah Shore. We’ll track some period instrumental hits with Andre Previn, Walter Wanderley, and the swing era standard “In the Mood” with Glen Gray’s Orchestra. We’ll check into “Hotel Happiness” with Brook Benton then listen to a tender song with Patti Page, “I’ll Remember Today.” Hear Frankie Valli with his comeback hit song, “My Eyes Adored You,” and Lena Horne performing her signature hit song, “The Lady is A Tramp.” Bobby Darin sings a rousing version of “Bill Bailey,” followed up with a steamy rendition of, “Teach Me Tonight” by G.I. Jo Stafford. Then we’ll wrap up the hour with Henry Mancini’s “Pink Panther Theme.” Go to:

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Glen Campbell begins our third juke with the 1969 hit ballad, “Galveston.” The Carpenters follow up with their hit song, “Top of the World,” followed with Bobby Goldsboro singing “I’m a Drifter.” We’ll spin one of Roberta Flack’s Grammy award winning songs, “Killing Me Softly with His Song.” Enjoy Eydie Gorme’s hit song from 1963, “Blame it on the Bossa Nova,” and Andy Williams hit version of “Happy Heart.” Our instrumental content this hour includes Herb Alpert and the TJB with “Whipped Cream,” Frank Pourcel with “Only You,” and the Theme from the TV show “Ben Casey” by Valjean.” We’ll team up Dean Martin with the Four Lads for Frank Loesser’s “Standing on the Corner, followed with Julie London’s version of “The Good Life.” We’ll bring back The Four Lads with “Istanbul,” followed with a film piece sung by Judy Garland, and Phil Harris with a fun romp called “44 Sycamore.” Listen to Les Paul and wife Mary Ford with “Waiting for the Sunrise. Then hear Nat King Cole with his lush version of the song “Lush Life.” Dig it:

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.20.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Barbra Streisand starts things off with her rousing performance of “Second Hand Rose.” The Ames Brothers follow up with a toe tapping version of a great jazz standard, “On a Slow Boat to China.” Also hear another fine period group as the McGuire Sisters sing another great jazz number, “The Muskrat Ramble.” Dean Martin sings a lovely song from the 1951 film, “Anna.” Listen to Glenn Yarborough with a tender song about those, “Warm and Gentle Girls,” followed with touch of Irish as Roger Whittaker sings “The Star of the County Down.” We'll track an early 70's hit song for the Goddess of Pop: Cher sings, 'The Way of Love.” We'll spin a set beginning with Kay Starr's breakthrough hit, “the Rock and Roll Waltz.” Perry Como is next with “Round and Round,” followed with some great big band with Glen Gray. Pat Boone loads the gospel gun with “A Wonderful Time Up There.” We'll do a bit of “Learning the Blues” with Frank Sinatra. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney team up for a big band standard. Listen to Vic Dana with the vocal version of the song, “More.” More songs with Sarah Vaughan, Paul Mauriat, and Johnny Mercer. To listen, go to:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: The iron voiced band leader Vaughn Monroe leads off this set with his signature hit song, “Racing With the Moon.” Then we'll do the stroll with Patsy Cline's “Walking After Midnight.” Listen to The Association with “Never My Love.” More pop groups of the day including The Brothers Four, Jerry Murad and his Harmonicats, the Four Lads and The Everly Brothers. Enjoy a jazzy set with Frank Sinatra with “My Blue Heaven,” Peggy Lee's 1958 hit song, “Fever,” Bobby Darin with a swingin' version of “Clementine,” and Canada's Diana Krall with “Deed I Do” from her acclaimed “Live in Paris” album. Listen to some light jazz with pianist Eddie Heywood playing, “Soft Summer Breeze.” Tony Bennett joins up with Count Basie to sing a song about that “toddlin' town.” Listen to KC's Marilyn Maye with a song from “Kismet,” Ray Charles with “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” and Nancy Sinatra sings a country song with Lee Hazelwood called, “Jackson.” Listen to a back-of-the-rack hit song for Earl Grant called “The End.” Pat Boone does a rockin' version of “At My Front Door.” Go to:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Frank Sinatra launches this hour's offerings with his 1955 hit song “Love and Marriage.” Vikki Carr takes the stage next for her cover of a Frankie Valli hit, “Can't Take My Eyes Off of You.” Listen to the dixieland horn of Al Hirt as he toots out, “Cotton Candy.” We'll track more great instrumentals with Andre Previn's, “Like Young,” a film track from “Casino Royale” by Herb Alpert, and a sweeping piece by Leroy Anderson called “Serenada.” We'll track Canadian Paul Anka's “Goodnight My Love” followed by a Carole King song sung by the Carpenters. Hear more great groups like The Four Freshmen, and Gerry and the Pacemakers. Listen to Bobby Goldsboro with one of his early solo hit songs, “See the Funny Little Clown.” We'll spin some great Broadway and film selections with Vic Damone singing, “Younger Than Springtime,” Debbie Reynolds with “Moonglow,” Tony Bennett with a seasonal song from “The Sound of Music,” and Andy Williams from the Paul Newman film, “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.” Hear Dean Martin's “Cry Like a Baby,” and Glen Campbell's hit standard “Wichita Lineman.”
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The Neon Beat on Radio George - 11.13.17

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Frank Sinatra kicks off this week’s selections with a great standard from the album, the Capitol Years, called, “I’ve Got the World on a String.” Andy Williams grabs the stage mic next for “Music to Watch Girls By.” Hear great Broadway and film selections with Eydie Gorme singing, “April Showers,” Nat King Cole with “Just You Just Me,” Sammy Davis Jr singing “I’ve Gotta Be Me,” and Doris Day with a song from the film, “Calamity Jane.” We’ll spin Brit crooner Matt Monro with a fine rendition of “When Sunny Get’s Blue,” followed with one of the many charting hit songs for Burt Bacharach sung by Dionne Warwick. Listen to great period groups like The Mills Brothers with “Across the Alley from the Alamo, The Carpenters with “Rainy Days and Mondays,” and some classic folk from The Kingston Trio. Enjoy some great Big Band with Les Brown and his Band of Renown, and instrumental hit songs performed by Henry Mancini, Herb Alpert, and Bert Kaempfert. Elvis Presley sings a tender version of the song, “Memories.” More songs from Terry Gilkyson with the EZ Riders and Steve and Eydie. To listen, go to:

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong team up to open this hour with a great Cole Porter song from the 1956 film, “High Society.” The Four Knights follow up with their hit song, “I Get So Lonely.” Another great group, The Four Lads, will sing a film song from 1955: ”Love is a Many Splendored Thing.” Enjoy a great Hank Williams standard sung by Jo Stafford, “Jambalya.” Enjoy this hours instrumental content including “theme from The Summer of 42” by Peter Nero, and Nelson Riddle’s Orchestra with “Lisbon Antigua.” Hear Tom Jones with his 1969 hit record, “Help Yourself,” Connie Francis with her first major charting hit, “Who’s Sorry Now,” and New York’s own Jerry Costanzo and his fine swing orchestra doing “Can I Steal a Little Love.” We’ll track great big band selections with the Benny Goodman Orchestra with “Down South Camp Meeting,” then Benny backing Peggy Lee singing her great renditon of “Why Don’t You Do Right?” We’ll do some Rat Packin’ with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. and team up Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis for “the Money Song.” Listen to Dinah Shore with “Dear Hearts and Gentle People.” More with Ella Fitzgerald and Vic Damone.
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On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Roger Whittaker launches this hour with his beautiful song from the mid 1970’s called “The Last Farewell.” This hour includes great Broadway and movie classic themes and songs including Barbara Streisand singing “Taking a Chance on Love,” Vic Damone with a song from “Pal Joey,” Jerry Vale’s lovely rendition of the theme from “Three Coins in the Fountain,” and Tony Bennett with The Mitch Miller gang with a hit song from “Bye Bye Birdie.” Listen to Carly Simon with her early 70’s catsup hit, “Anticipation.” Enjoy hit songs from groups like The Kingston Trio and The Chordettes. Enjoy an Irish romp with Bing Crosby singing about “MacNamara’s Band,” followed with Kay Starr’s 1953 rendition of “Side by Side.” Instrumentals this hour include the big band of Harry James with “Carnival,” and some perod exotica with Arthur Lymon performing “Yellow Bird.” We’ll go Bob Ross on ya with “A Portait of My Love” sung by Steve Lawrence. Listen to a jazzy verison of the song, Waiting for the end of the Road” by Frankie Laine. Then sing along with Rosy as she sings “Shine on Harvest Moon,” More with Mitch Miller and Patti Page. Listen today at: