WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Summer - March 2, 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 with a summer theme to take the chill out of the winter cold weather.


  • "I'll Think Of Summer" was a minor hit for Ronny and the Daytonas, peaking at only #133 in 1966. Ronny and the Daytonas were a surf rock band from Nashville best known for their 1964 hot rod hit, "G.T.O."
  • Steve Lawrence's "Can't Wait For Summer" and its flip side song, "Fabulous," were both chart hits in 1957. Lawrence had a long string of hits from 1957-1972, several of which were recorded with wife Eydie Gorme. His best known songs include the original version of "Go Away Little Girl" which topped both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts in 1963. Steve Lawrence has made numerous TV and movie appearances over the years and was the host of his own TV variety show in 1958 (with Eydie Gorme) and in 1965.
  • "The Long Hot Summer" by Jimmie Rodgers was the title song from the 1958 movie. Both "The Long Hot Summer" and its flip side song, "Oh-Oh, I'm Falling In Love Again," were chart hits in 1958. Jimmie Rodgers is best known for his 1957 smash hit, "Honeycomb," which was the first in a long string of hits that lasted until 1967. He also had his own TV variety show in 1959 and starred in the movies "The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come" (1961) and "Back Door To Hell" (1964).
  • The Swinging Blue Jeans were a British Invasion band from Liverpool best known in the US for their 1964 chart debut song, "Hippy Hippy Shake." This group also had a hit in the UK with Betty Everett's "You're No Good" (1964). Their noncharting ballad, "Now The Summer's Gone," was released as a single in 1966 (Imperial 66225 (Promo) and HMV Pop 1564 b/w "Rumors, Gossip, Words Untrue"). "Now The Summer's Gone" is included on the CD Hippy Hippy Shake: the Definitive Collection.
  • The Partridge Family was an early 1970s made-for-TV family pop-rock group led by David Cassidy whose key members also included stepmom Shirley Jones. Their best known songs include their 1970 chart topping debut song, "I Think I Love You". Their noncharting "Summer Days" was included on their 1971 album, "The Partridge Family Sound Magazine" (Bell 6064) and is also on this album's CD re-release.
  • "Here Comes Summer" by the Dave Clark Five was released in 1970 (b/w "Break Down And Cry," Columbia DB 8689). "Here Comes Summer" never charted in the U.S. but it reached #44 in the U.K. By 1968, the Dave Clark Five had stopped touring and their long string of hits ended in the U.S. The Dave Clark Five continued to be extremely popular in Europe through 1970 when the band finally broke-up.
  • "Summertime, Summertime" was the Jamies only chart hit, making them a true one hit wonder. "Summertime, Summertime" made the Top 40 in both 1958 and 1962.
  • Robin Ward's 1963 hit, "Wonderful Summer," opens with the sounds of pounding ocean waves. Since around the early 1960s, Ward has been a prolific studio singer whose many credits include numerous commercial jingles, TV show themes, and movie voice-over dubs. She has recorded under several first names including Jackie (her real name), Robin (for "Wonderful Summer"), and Dale (for the 1964 Top 40 hit, "Letter From Sherry").
  • "Lonely Summer" was one of several hits for the Detroit-based Shades Of Blue who are best known for "Oh How Happy" (1966). Shades of Blues was a guest on the Insane World Of Mike Sain on March 17, 2004.
  • TV and movie actress Shelley Fabares had several hits from 1962-1963, her best known being her chart topping debut song, "Johnny Angel," and the sequel, "Johnny Loves Me." She also charted in 1962 with "The Things We Did Last Summer" which was previously a hit for Jo Stafford in 1946. Fabares has made numerous TV and movie appearances and she is best known for her roles on "The Donna Reed Show" and "Coach."
  • "It's Summer Time U.S.A." by the Pixies Three peaked at only #116 in 1964. The Pixies Three were a teenage trio from Pennsylvania with several hits from 1963-1964. Their best known songs include "Birthday Party" which was their chart debut song. One of the Pixie Three members, Debbie Swisher, replaced Peggy Santiglia as lead singer of the Angels from 1967-1968. "It's Summer Time U.S.A." is included on the CD Growin' Up Too Fast: The Girl Group Anthology.
  • Johnny Rivers had many hits from 1964-1978 which included "Summer Rain" (1968). This song makes reference to the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album and briefly works in a guitar riff from the album's title song. Rivers was a versatile singer who covered a wide variety of genres including R&B, soul, rockabilly, and soft rock. He went on to record Christian rock music in the early 1980s.
  • "Hot Fun In The Summertime" by Sly and the Family Stone later also charted for Dayton in 1982.

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