WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Country Rock And Roll - February 18, 2004

The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit both on the air and on the Internet. This morning, Mike played mostly country rock & roll songs of all types ranging in mood from smooth country to rockabilly. Mike's playlist includes several lesser-known gems by famous artists.

Next week's show theme: Little known record labels


  • Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight" (Decca 30221), which originally peaked at #12 (pop/rock) in 1957, was reissued in 1963 (Everest 2020) and recharted at #108.
  • "Rawhide" was written by Ned Washington and Dimitri Tiomkin and was the theme for the TV show "Rawhide" which was performed by Frankie Laine. Frankie Laine's distinctive manly baritone can be heard in the opening theme songs of many Westerns, including the farcical "Blazing Saddles" (1974).
  • One of a number of non-charting songs by Buddy Holly, "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" was the B-side of "Peggy Sue Got Married" (Coral 62134) which was released in the summer of 1959. Buddy Holly died in a plane crash in February, 1959.
  • The country classic, "Detroit City," written by Mel Tillis and Danny Dill, was a pop chart hit for Bobby Bare (1963), Ben Colder (1963), and Tom Jones (1967).
  • Carl Perkins wrote and, along with Elvis Presley, made "Blue Suede Shoes" a mega hit in 1956. "Blue Suede Shoes" simultaneously topped the pop, country and R&B charts. Carl Perkin's version was the first to hit the charts, and Elvis Presley's and Boyd Bennett's versions both followed shortly thereafter. In 1973, Johnny Rivers also had a pop chart hit with this song.
  • The original melody on which Johnny Horton's "Battle Of New Orleans" is based on an old fiddle tune, "The Eighth of January," which was written in celebration of Jackson's victory in the final battle of the War of 1812. High school principal James Morris (a.k.a. Jimmy Driftwood) wrote lyrics to "The Eighth of January" and called his song "The Battle of New Orleans" which he used as an aid to teaching his students history. In 1959, Johnny Horton recorded a version of Driftwood's song which topped both the country and pop charts.
  • "Hello Josephine" by Jerry Lee Lewis was on his 1961 album "Jerry Lee's Greatest" (Sun SLP-1265). "Hello Josephine" was also the B-side of "Cold Cold Heart (Sun SI-1141) released in 1979 and credited to Jerry Lee Lewis and "Friend."
  • Elvis Presley's "Memphis, Tennessee" was on his 1965 album "Elvis For Everyone!" (RCA Victor 3450). "Memphis, Tennessee" is included on the CDs Studio B: Nashville Outtakes [IMPORT], Special Collectors Edition [IMPORT], and For the Asking-The Lost Album [IMPORT].

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