WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Welcome Back - February 02, 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 that include "welcome," "come," and/or "back" to commemorate his return home from vacation. "Wishing" by Buddy Holly was also played today in memorial on the eve of his death on 2/3/59 in a plane crash.


  • Singer-songwriter Eddie Holland was born in Detroit. With brother Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier he formed Holland-Dozier-Holland, a well known Motown hit production trio inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Eddie Holland had several chart hits, his best known being his 1962 chart debut song. "Jamie." His uncharted "Welcome Back" was recorded around 1963.
  • The Sham-Ettes (a.k.a. the Shamettes) were Loraine Genero, Jane Anderson, and Fran Curcio who acted as sidekicks for Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in his live Revue. After Sam the Sham had a hit with "Lil' Red Riding Hood" in 1966 they were called upon to record an answer song, "(Hey There) Big Bad Wolf," for which the Sham-Ettes are best remembered today. "You're Welcome Back" followed shortly thereafter, and the Sham-Ettess then quickly faded into obscurity as neither song charted nationally. This song was released as a single (MGM 13798 b/w "He'll Come Back"). "You're Welcome Back" by the Sham-Ettes is included on the CD Growin' Up Too Fast: The Girl Group Anthology.
  • "Baby, Come Back" was the Equals one and only Billboard chart hit, making this group a true one hit wonder. Members of the Equals included reggae singer and group founder Eddy Grant who later went solo and had several hits includng "Electric Avenue" (1983) and "Romancing The Stone" (1984) which was written for the movie of the same name but not included in the soundtrack.
  • Over the years, Glen Campbell charted numerous songs on the Pop/Rock, Country, and Adult Contemporary charts, including "Honey Come Back" from 1970. He began his music career as a session guitarist and recorded with many bands including the Champs and the Beach Boys. He had his own TV variety show from 1968-1972 and co-starred with John Wayne in the 1969 movie, "True Grit."
  • Teen idol Bobby Vee had a long string of hits from 1959-1970 that included "Come Back When You Grow Up" from 1967. He also appeared in a number of movies from the early-mid 1960s including "Swingin' Along," "Play It Cool," "Just For Fun," abd "C'mon, Let's Live A Little."
  • Both "Come Back" and its flip side song, "Wait," were chart hits for Jimmy Clanton in 1960. Jimmy Clanton had a string of hits from 1958-1969, his best known being "Just A Dream" (1958) and "Venus In Blue Jeans" (1962). Clanton starred in the movie, "Go, Johnny, Go!" in 1958.
  • "Beatles, Please Come Back" by Gigi Parker and the Lonelies was an early 1960s novelty tribute song to the Beatles. This song is included on the CD Growin' Up Too Fast: The Girl Group Anthology.
  • The Beatles uncharted "I'll Be Back" was included on their 1964 album, "A Hard Day's Night" (Parlophone PCS-3058) which provided the soundtrack for the movie of the same name in which they starred.
  • The West Coast-based Jaguars, led by Herman “Sonny” Chaney, were one of many doo wop groups that never charted nationally. They are best remembered for their performance of "The Way You Look Tonight" (1956) which is considered by many to be one of the best renditions of this song and a doo wop classic. "You Have Come Back" was recorded on R-Dell in 1957 but not released until many years later. This song is included on the CD The Very Best of the Jaguars: The Way You Look Tonight.
  • Both "Walk Right Back" and its flip side song, "Ebony Eyes," were Top 10 hits for the Everly Brothers in 1961. The Everly Brothers (Donald and Philip Everly) charted numerous hits from 1957-1967 on the Pop/Rock charts and also had a string of Country chart hits from 1984-1989. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
  • Little Anthony and the Imperials had a string of hits from 1958-1974 including "Take Me Back" from 1965. This group, let by falsetto Anthony Gourdine, first recorded as the Chesters, then changed their name to the Imperials in 1958.
  • Bob Seger was born in Dearborn, MI and raised in Detroit. He formed the Bob Seger System in 1968 and the Silver Bullet Band in 1976. Seger's more recent hits include "Old Time Rock & Roll," "Like A Rock" and the chart topping "Shakedown" as featured in the 1987 movie "Beverly Hills Cop." His uncharted "Back in '72" was included on his 1973 album, "Back in '72" (Palladium MS-2126).
  • Famed rocker Chuck Berry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and had a string of hits from 1955-1973 including "Back In The U.S.A." from 1959. "Back In The U.S.A." later also charted for Linda Ronstadt in 1978.
  • "Wishing" by Buddy Holly was played today in memorial on the eve of his death on 2/3/59 in a plane crash that also took the lives of several others, including Ritchie Valens. "Wishing" was the B-side song of "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" which peaked at only #113 in 1963. "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" was one of many Buddy Holly songs that charted after his death.

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