WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Beverages - March 9, 2005

The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. This morning, Mike put us all in good spirits with his mouthwatering concoctions of both alcoholic and nonalcoholic concoctions. So, pull up a bar stool, take a load off, and have a drink on us!


  • Rhinoceros was a short-lived late 1960s R&B-rock "supergroup" from LA that included Danny Weis, Doug Hastings, and Billy Mundi. Their 1969 instrumental hit, "Apricot Brandy," was the only song that made the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking at #46).
  • Johnny Rivers' noncharting "Whiskey A Go-Go" was recorded live at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood ca. 1965-1967. This song is included on the CD Live At The Whiskey A-Go-Go/Here We A-Go-Go Again [2 on 1]. The version heard today was on the hard-to-find CD "20 Rock & Roll Hits."
  • The Shells were led by Nate Bouknight and are best remembered for their 1961 hit, "Baby Oh Baby." The Shells noncharting "Sippin' Soda' was first released in 1958 as a single (Ables 00162 and Roulette GG59 b/w "Pretty Little Girl"). "Sippin' Soda" is also included on the CD Golden Classics.
  • Both "Rockin' Through The Rye" and its flip side song, "Hot Dog Buddy Buddy," were hits in 1956 for Bill Haley and His Comets. "Rockin' Through The Rye" is based on a well known Scottish folk song, "Comin' Thro' The Rye." Bill Haley's best known songs include "Rock Around The Clock" (1955, 1974) and "Shake, Rattle And Roll" (1954). He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • "Scotch And Soda" was originally released on the Kingston Trio's 1958 debut album, "The Kingston Trio" (Capitol T-996), but it did not chart until 1962. A new version of this song charted in 1969 which peaked at only #124. The Kingston Trio's best known songs include their chart topping debut song, "Tom Dooley" (1958), "Tijuana Jail" (1959), and "M.T.A." (1959).
  • Herman's Hermits "No Milk Today" was the flip side song of "There's A Kind Of Hush," both of which were chart hits in 1967.
  • "Sugar Shack" by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs topped the charts in 1963. This song makes mention of espresso coffee in keeping with today's theme.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis' noncharting "Milkshake Madamoiselle" was recorded ca. 1957-1958 on Sun Records and was included on his album, "Rockin' Up A Storm" (Sun 6641162). "Milkshake Madamoiselle" is also included on the CDs Pt. 1 - Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On and The Very Best of Jerry Lee Lewis [Collectables]. Although various personal and other setbacks temporarily curtailed his 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. In 1986, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
  • The instrumental hit, "Percolator (Twist)" by Billy Joe and the Checkmates is based on the old Maxwell coffee TV commercial in keeping with today's theme.
  • The Bee Gees have a long recording career dating back to when they were teenagers in Australia where they charted several songs that included "Wine And Women." "Wine And Women" was recorded as a single in 1965 (Australia: Leedon LK 1070 b/w "Follow The Wind") and it is included on the CD Brilliant From Birth.
  • "W-P-L-J" by the Four Deuces is considered to be an R&B classic although it never charted nationally. WPLJ (which stands for "white port and lemon juice") is an acronym for a wine cooler-type drink that was popular in the 1940s and 1950s. The Four Deuces' "WPLJ" was released as a single in 1955 (Music City 790). "WPLJ" was later covered by Frank Zappa/Mothers Of Invention on the 1970 album, "Burnt Weeny Sandwich" (Bizarre RS-6370). Members of the West Cost-based Four Deuces included Luther McDaniels.
  • "The Land Of Milk And Honey" was one of many in a long string of hit by the Vogues from 1965-1969. The Vogues are famous for "Five O'Clock World" which was used as an opening theme on the Drew Carey Show.
  • The Champs' smash instrumental hit, "Tequila," topped both the R&B and Pop/Rick charts in 1958 and later also charted for Eddie Plant (1958), Bill Black's Combo (1964), and A.L.T. and the Lost Civilization (1992). A remade version of this song, "Tequila Twist," later also charted for the Champs in 1962.

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