WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Artists Within A Song- February 8, 2006

The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. All songs played this morning make mention of at least one band, artist, or other song.


  • "Creeque Alley" (1967) is a short bio of the Mamas and the Papas group members set to music. This song, which was named after the street they lived on in the Virgin Islands, chronicles the group's tumultuous history from the beginning to the bitter end with each verse ending in "No one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass."
  • Gino Washington's "Gino Is A Coward" (1964), a song about the singer's cowardice when it comes to love, was one of only two nationally charted songs for this dynamic Detroit R&B singer whose 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. In 1988 while on tour, Bruce Springsteen covered his own rewritten version of "Gino Is A Coward" which was retitled as "I'm A Coward (When It Comes To Love)."
  • "Say You" was Ronnie Dove's chart debut song in 1964. In this song, he refers to himself once as "say you over there, my name is Ronnie." Ronnie Dove had a string of hits on the pop charts from 1964-1969. He later went country and had several hits on the country charts from 1972-1987.
  • Johnny Rivers had many pop hits from 1964-1978, which included "Summer Rain" (1968), before going on to record Christian country rock in the early 1980s. In "Summer Rain," there are two mentions of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album which are accompanied by the famous guitar riff from this album's title song.
  • The Righteous Brothers' 1974 smash hit, "Rock And Roll Heaven," pays tribute to a number of singers who died young: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Jim Morrison, Jim Croce, and Bobby Darin. In this song, all singers are referred to by their first names only.
  • Fats Domino's "The Fat Man," which features his characteristic rolling piano throughout, was his R&B chart debut song in 1950. This song reportedly sold over a million copies and launched his career. Domino's best known songs also include "Ain't It A Shame" (1955), "Blueberry Hill" (1957), "I'm Walkin'" (1957), and "Walking To New Orleans" (1960). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
  • Arthur Conley's smash hit, "Sweet Soul Music," was his chart debut song in 1967. This song pays tribute to soul artists Lou Rawls, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, and James Brown. The Magnificent Men also had a hit with this song (as a medley) later that same year.
  • Peter, Paul and Mary's 1967 hit, "I Dig Rock And Roll Music," is a tribute to rock and roll but with some reservations. This songs makes mention of the Mamas and the Papas, Donovan, and the Beatles.
  • The Animals' "Monterey" (1968) mentions many artists that played at the famous Monterey Pop Festival (June 16-18, 1967): the Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shankar, the Who, Hugh Masekela, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince Jones.
  • "Tall Paul" (1959), which was a Top 10 hit, was Annette Funicello's chart debut song. Funicello was a Mouseketeer and co-starred with Frankie Avalon in a number of early 1960s beach movies. Although some have speculated that "Tall Paul" was about Paul Anka, there is some uncertainty regarding this song and the debate still rages on.
  • The Cadillacs were a Harlem doo wop group formed in 1953 led by Earl "Speedoo" Carroll. "Speedoo," which was about the Cadillacs' lead singer, was this group's chart debut song in 1956. Carroll later joined the Coasters in 1961.

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