WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - St. Patrick's Day - March 16, 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 "green" theme in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day tomorrow. "When A Man Loves A Woman" was also played in honor of Percy Sledge who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this week.


  • Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves" A Woman," which topped the charts in 1966, was played in honor of this highly acclaimed soul singer who was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this week. This song also charted in 1966 for Esther Phillips and later also charted in 1980 for Bette Medler. "When A Man Loves A Woman" later also topped the charts for Michael Bolton in 1991.
  • "The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine" by Simon and Garfunkel was the B-side song of their 1966 hit, "The Dangling Conversation." Simon and Garfunkel have a long history dating back to the late 1950s when they first recorded as Tom and Jerry. They had a long string of hits that started in 1966 with the chart topping "The Sounds Of Silence." This and many of their other songs were made famous in the 1967 movie, "The Graduate." The duo was induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • Skip and Flip were the duo Gary "Flip" Paxton and Clyde "Skip" Battin who are best remembered for their 1960 hit, "Cherry Pie." Their noncharting "Green Door" was released as a single in 1960 (Brent 7017 b/w "Willow Tree").
  • "Green-Eyed Lady" was the chart debut song for Sugarloaf, a Denver-based band named after Sugarloaf mountain.
  • Gary Lewis and the Playboys had a string of hits in the late 1960s that included "Green Grass" (1966). Gary Lewis is the son of comedian Jerry Lewis.
  • The instrumental hit, "Green Onions," was Booker T. & the M.G.'s chart debut song in 1962 and it also topped the R&B charts that same year. Dick Hyman later had a minor hit with this song in 1969 which peaked at only #109. Booker T. and the MG's were a highly acclaimed R&B-soul instrumental group with a long string of hits throughout most of the 1960s. They were inducted into the Rock and Rol Hall of Fame in 1992.
  • The chart-topping "Green Tambourine" was the chart debut song for this psychedelic-bubblegum pop group.
  • "Green, Green" by the New Christy Minstrels features the gruff and gravelly vocals of Barry ("Eve Of Destruction") McGuire.
  • "Green, Green Grass Of Home" by Tom Jones was previously a hit for Porter Wagoner on the Country charts in 1965. Skitch Henderson later had an instrumental version that was a minor hit in 1968 (peaking at only #110). Tom Jones' best known songs include "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" (1969), "Without Love (There Is Nothing)" (1970), and "She's A Lady" (1971). Jones hosted his own TV variety show from 1969-1971. He had a long string of pop hits from 1965-1973, then switched to mostly country music around the mid 1970s.
  • "Greenback Dollar" (1963) was one of many hits for this famous San Francisco-based folk trio. The Kingston Trio's best known songs include their chart topping debut song, "Tom Dooley" (1958), "Tijuana Jail" (1959), and "M.T.A." (1959).
  • The lyrics for "Jolly Green Giant" by the Kingsmen were inspired by the "Green Giant" vegetable TV commercials. This song has the same tune as the Olympics "Big Boy Pete." The Kingsmen are best remembered for their 1963 smash hit, "Louie Louie." "The Jolly Green Giant" was the last song by the Kingsmen to reach the Top 40.
  • The Texans were Dorsey and Johnny ("Your Sixteen") Burnette. "Green Grass Of Texas" was their only charted song and it just barely made the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking at only #100 in 1961).
  • The George Baker Selection was a pop group from Holland led by Johannes Bouwens. "Little Green Bag" was this group's chart debut song.

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