WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Boys And Girls - January 11, 2006


The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. Today's theme was "boys and girls" in which each song includes any of "boy," "boys," "girl," or "girls" in the title. This show's program included two Beatles songs played back-to-back, an early (1966) song by David Bowie, and a very late (1982) song by the Capris. Mike also played "Love Is A Hurtin' Thing" in tribute to Lou Rawls who passed away last Friday.

Notes:

  • "Love Is A Hurtin' Thing" (1966) by Lou Rawls was played today in memory of his passing on Jan. 6, 2006. His many hits also included "Dead End Street" (1967), "A Natural Man" (1971) and "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" (1976). In the late 1970s, Rawls was a member of the Philadelphia International All Stars, an R&B supergroup. He was a versatile singer with a smooth and highly recognizable baritone and a range that spanned four octaves. He was first trained in gospel and began singing in his church's choir at age seven before eventually branching out to jazz, R&B, soul, blues and pop. His long and distinguished career continued until 2003 when he recorded his last album, "Rawls Sings Sinatra." Over the years, he also made many TV and movie appearances, did voice-overs for commercials and cartoons, and became well known as a philanthropist. In 1980, he founded the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars Telethon which has raised millions of dollars for the United Negro College Fund.
  • The Barbarians were a 1960s garage band from Provincetown, Massachusetts best remembered for their novelty tune, "Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl?" (1965). This band was somewhat unusual in that their drummer and founder, Victor "Moulty" Moulton, had lost his left hand at age 14 in an explosion from a homemade bomb and had a hook in its place. The Barbarians were regulars on the TV shows "Shindig" and "The T.A.M.I. Show."
  • Canadian-born R&B singer Shirley Matthews began her singing career in church and school. Her first single, "Big-Town Boy," was a smash hit in Canada in 1964 but peaked at only #104 in the US. "Big Town Boy" and other songs by Shirley Matthews are included on the CD Where The Girls Are, Vol. 4.
  • "The Girl Can't Help It" (1957) is one of many hits by famed rocker Little Richard. "The Girl Can't Help It" was the title song from the 1956 movie starring Jayne Mansfield in which Little Richard also appeared and performed. Little Richard is a rock and roll icon who successfully fused gospel and R&B into his own distinctive style. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
  • "Boys" is an early and lesser known song by the Beatles which was a minor hit in 1965 (peaking at only #102). This song was originally recorded in 1963 and was first recorded by the Shirelles as the B-side song of their 1961 hit, "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow."
  • The Beatles' noncharting "Girl" was included on their 1965 "Rubber Soul" album (Capitol T-2442). This song was a derogatory commentary about Christianity and the Catholic church. John Lennon said that the verse that includes "pain will lead to pleasure" was about "the Catholic/Christian concept - be tortured and then it'll be alright. I was trying to say something about Christianity, which I was opposed to at the time."
  • Gene and Debbe (Gene Thomas and Debbe Nevilles) are best remembered for their 1968 hit, "Playboy." From around 1965-1969, Gene recorded with Debbe and wrote songs for the two of them. Besides "Playboy," they had two other chart hits, "Go With Me" (1967) and "Lovin' Season" (1968). Before Gene and Debbe formed a duo, Gene Thomas had two solo hits with "Sometime" (1961) and "Baby's Gone" (1964) and was a songwriter for Acuff-Rose publishers. After Gene and Debbe split, Gene returned to Acuff-Rose publishers and Debbe went solo.
  • "Hey There Lonely Girl" (1970) by Eddie Holman is a perfect example of a song in keeping with today's "Boys And Girls" theme as it also has a boys' version, "Hey There Lonely Boy." This song first charted in 1963 for Ruby and the Romantics as "Hey There Lonely Boy" and later also charted as "Hey There Lonely Girl" for Robert John in 1980. "Hey There Lonely Girl/Boy" was also an R&B chart hit for the Flakes (1980), Stacy Lattislaw (1983), and Gerry Woo (1987).
  • The Capris are famous for "There's A Moon Out Tonight" (1961) and "Morse Code of Love" (1982). They are one of the few remaining original doo-wop groups from the 1950s-early 1960s that have continued performing over the years in the same style, some even to the present day. The version of "Boy Meets Girl" as heard today was originally recorded in 1982 on the Capris' "There's A Moon Out Again!" LP (Ambient Sound FZ 37714) and is included on the CD, Morse Code Of Love.
  • The noncharting "Good Morning Girl" (1966) is an interesting example of an early David Bowie before he became internationally famous with "Space Oddity." He was born David Robert Jones and first recorded under his real name (as David Jones) before changing his stage name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with the Monkees' Davy Jones. "Good Morning Girl" was originally recorded in 1966 as a single (Pye 7N 17079 b/w "Do Anything You Say") and is included on the CD, Early On (1964-1966). An eclectic and highly influential glam rock singer and performer, Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
  • Lesley Gore is best remembered for the chart topping 1963 hit, "It's My Party," and the sequel, "Judy's Turn To Cry" (1963). Gore had a string of hits in the early 1960s that also included "That's The Way Boys Are" (1964) as heard today.
  • Mike Douglas is best known as the longtime TV talk show host of "The Mike Douglas Show." The mostly spoken "The Men In My Little Girl's Life" was his only Billboard Hot 100 Hit. He began his show business career as a singer and sang with Kay Kyser's Band from 1945-1950. He has also made many guest appearances on TV and in the movies over the years.
  • "Calendar Girl" was one of many hits for singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka who was interviewed on this show Nov. 10, 2004.
  • Patty and the Emblems was a soul group formed in Camden, New Jersey with Patty Russell as the lead singer. This group is best remembered for their only Billboard Hot 100 chart hit, "Mixed-Up, Shook-Up, Girl," as heard on today's show. This song peaked at #37 in 1964, making Patty and the Emblems a true one-hit wonder.

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