WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Artists Named Lee - January 12, 2005


The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. This morning, Mike played songs by artists with the name of Lee either as a first, middle, or last name. Today's show was in loving tribute to his father, Leo Anstandig, who in business went by the name of Bill Lee.

Notes:

  • The rare and uncharted "Little Lana" by Canadian artist Larry Lee was recorded in 1963 as a single (Genius 2100 b/w "Stood Up"). Backup vocals were provided by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. "Little Lana" is included on the hard-find CD, "The Four Seasons: The Fantastic First Years."
  • "Do-Re-Mi" is one of a string of Pop/Rock and R&B chart hits for Lee Dorsey. Lee Dorsey's best known songs include "Ya Ya" (chart debut song, 1961, topped the R&B charts) and "Working In The Coal Mine" (1966).
  • Both "Fool #1" and its flip side song, "Anybody But Me," were chart hits in 1961. Best known as one of the top female pop singers of the early to mid 1960s, Brenda Lee has a long and distinguished career which started at around age 5 and had numerous hits on all three major charts, i.e., Pop/Rock, Country, and R&B. Lee was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • "Pledge Of Love" was a chart hit in 1957 for Ken Copeland, Mitchell Tork, Dick Contino, and Johnny Janis. Curtis Lee's version, which came out in 1961, peaked at only #110 that year. Curtis Lee is best known for his 1961 chart debut song, "Pretty Little Angel Eyes."
  • Arthur Lee Maye was both a major league baseball player and an R&B singer. Over the years he sang the lead with various groups and in 1976 he had one R&B chart hit, "Forgetting Someone (Is Easier Said Than Done)" (as Country Boys & City Girls Featuring Lee Maye). In the 1950s he was a member of the doo wop group, the Crowns, whose members also included Richard Berry, Charles Colbert, Joe Moore and Johnny Coleman. The uncharted "Gloria" was released as a single in 1956 (Speciality 573 b/w "Oo-Rooba-Lee"). "Gloria" by Arthur Lee Maye & the Crowns is included on the CDs The Specialty Story [BOX SET] and Golden Groups.
  • Dickey Lee was a pop-country singer who, from around the late 1950s-early 1960s, specialized in teenage death songs which were in vogue back then. His "Laurie (Strange Things Happen)" is one such tune that is known as "the sweater song" at allbutforgottenoldies.net because people remember the sweater in the song's lyrics but cannot remember the title or artist. Dickey Lee later went country and had a string of Country charts hits from 1971-1982.
  • "Matchbox" was first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1956 and became a chart hit for the Beatles in 1964. Jerry Lee Lewis' cover of "Matchbox" was included on his 1958 album, "Jerry Lee Lewis" (Sun LP-1230). "Matchbox" was also the B-side song of his 1971 Country chart hit, "Love On Broadway," which was recorded in 1963. Although various personal and other setbacks temporarily curtailed his music career, Jerry Lee Lewis made a major comeback in country music in 1968 and had a long and uninterrupted string of hits on the Country charts from 1957-1989. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
  • "Some Velvet Morning" was one in a string of hits for Nancy Sinatra from 1965-1969. "Some Velvet Morning" was performed as a duet with Lee Hazelwood with whom she collaborated extensively.
  • "I Miss You So" was a chart hit for Chris Connor (1957), Paul Anka (1959), and Little Anthony & the Imperials (1965). Lee Andrew's cover of this song was recorded in 1960 (Swan 4065 b/w "I've Got To Cry"). Prior to recording "I Miss You So," Lee Andrews was part of Lee Andrews & the Hearts. They had three Billboard Hot 100 chart hits in the late 1950s, their best known being "Tear Drops" (1957). "I Miss You So" is included on the CD Lee Andrews & The Hearts For Collectors Only.
  • The rare and uncharted "Set Me Free" by Lee Alan and the Vandellas was recorded in 1963 as a single (promo, YMCA Summer WXYZ). Lee Alan was a DJ at WXYZ-Detroit.
  • "No Matter What Shape" as performed by Don Lee Wilson is a spoken/sung cover of the famous 1966 instrumental hit song by the T-Bones (which was the theme for the 1960s series of Alka Seltzer commercials).
  • Shirley and Lee were R&B duo Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee from New Orleans who are best known for their 1956 hit, "Let The Good Times Roll" (which topped the R&B charts and was their Pop/Rock chart debut song). Shirley Goodman later became a member of Shirley (And Company). This duo was known as the "Sweethearts of the Blues" because of their continuing saga of songs from the early-mid 1950s that played out a tumultuous romance. Their uncharted "Confessin'," one in a series of this saga, was recorded as a single in 1954 (Aladdin 3244). "Confessin'" is included on the CDs (Volume 1) The Legendary Master Series and Sweethearts of the Blues [BOX SET].
  • "It's A Good Day" was one of many in a long string of pop hits from 1945-1969 for sultry jazz singer Peggy Lee. Lee's long and distinguished career dates back to 1936 when she started singing at around the age of 10 with Jack Wardlow. Her best known pop songs include "Mr. Wonderful" (1956), the classic "Fever" (1958), and the burned out and cynical "Is That All There Is" (1969).

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