WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Two Oh Oh Six (2006) - January 4, 2006

The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. To usher in both the new year and Mike's return to the airwaves, today's theme was "Two Oh Oh Six (2006)" in which each song includes either two, oh, or six in the title - two oh oh six (2006). Happy New Year!!


  • Both "442 Glenwood Avenue" and its B-side song, "Cold Cold Winter," were hits for the Pixies Three in 1964. The Pixies Three was a trio from Pennsylvania whose members ranged in age from 14-16. Their best known songs include their 1963 chart debut song, "Birthday Party." One of the Pixies Three members, Debbie Swisher, replaced Peggy Santiglia as lead singer of the Angels from 1967-1968.
  • "Oh! Carol," which was written by Neil Sedaka about Carole King, became a chart hit in 1959. Carole King wrote an answer song shortly thereafter entitled "Oh! Neil" which was also played on this show.
  • The early and noncharting "Oh! Neil" by Carole King was released as a single in 1960 (Alpine-57 b/w "A Very Special Boy"). By the time her 1971 album, "Tapestry," was released, Carole King had long established herself as a songwriter. She and then-husband Gerry Goffin co-wrote numerous oldies classics including "One Fine Day," "Will You (Still) Love Me Tomorrow," and "The Locomotion." Carole King and Gerry Goffin were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • "Only Sixeen" was one of many hits for famed soul singer and songwriter Sam Cooke. "Only Sixteen" later also charted for Dr. Hook in 1976. Sam Cooke's best known songs include "You Send Me" (1957) and "Chain Gang" (1960). In 1986, Cooke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • The 1910 Fruitgum Company was a late 1960s bubblegum band with a string of yummy hits including "1, 2, 3, Red Light" (1968). Members of the Trade Winds provided backing vocals for this song.
  • "Oh! Darling," a 1950s-styled song, was written and recorded by the Beatles on their 1969 "Abbey Road" album. This song later became a chart hit for Robin Gibb in 1978.
  • Best known for appearing in and singing the title song for "To Sir With Love," Lulu had many other hits including "Oh Me Oh My" (1970). This soulful song later also charted for Aretha Franklin in 1972. Lulu also sang the title song for "The Man With The Golden Gun."
  • Roy Hamilton had a string of R&B and Pop/Rock chart hits including "You'll Never Walk Alone" (1954) and "Unchained Melody" (1955). His cover of "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66" is on his 1961 album, "Only You" (Epic 3807). "Route 66" later became a chart hit for the Manhattan Transfer (1982) and Depeche Mode as a medley (1988). An instrumental version of this song also charted as "Route 66 Theme" for Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra in 1962 and was the TV theme song for "Route 66" which co-starred Martin Milner and George Maharis.
  • Detroit-born Mary Wells was one of the top Motown artists of the 1960s. Besides her signature song, "My Guy" (1964), she had many other hits including "Two Lovers" (1963), "You Beat Me To The Punch" (1962) and "What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One" (1964) as played on this morning's show.
  • The exuberant "Oh, Boy!" (1958) was one of many hits for Buddy Holly and the Crickets. In 1959, Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash along with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. In 1986, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 1978 movie, "The Buddy Holly Story," starring Gary Busey in the title role, chronicles Holly's many innovations and contributions to rock and roll.
  • The Dells had a long string of hits on both the R&B (1956-1992) and Rock/Pop charts (1962-1974). "Oh What A Nite" was the Dells' R&B chart debut song in 1956. This song was later remade in 1969 as "Oh, What A Night" and this later version was a hit on both the Pop/Rock and R&B charts in 1969.
  • The Crests were a Manhattan-based doo-wop group whose members included Johnny Maestro. They are best remembered for the oldies classic, "16 Candles" (1959). Johnny Maestro went solo in 1960 and later became a member of the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Len Barry started as the lead singer of the Dovells then went solo in 1963. He is best remembered for his 1965 hit, "1-2-3." Ramsey Lewis later had an instrumental hit with this song in 1967.
  • Gino Washington is best remembered for "Gino Is A Coward" (1964) which is ranked at #938 by Dave Marsh in his book, The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made. "Gino Is A Coward" was one of only two nationally charted songs for this charismatic Detroit-based R&B singer whose music career was interrupted in 1964 by being drafted into the Army. He started recording again in 1967 and in the 1970s he hosted a local Detroit TV variety show. Washington's noncharting "Oh Not Me" was released as a single on various labels (e.g., Pride 4, Atac 2830, Atac 2878, Washpan 854); the first release may have been in 1970 (Pride 4 b/w "I'm So Happy"). This song is included on the hard-to-find CD, "Gino Washington - The Best Of A Detroit Legend" (Atac At 1943).

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