WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Clock Songs - March 22, 2006


The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. Today's show kicked off with the Jive Five's "What Time Is It?" followed by songs which had in their title either "clock" or "o'clock."

Notes:

  • The Jive Five was a Brooklyn-based R&B group best remembered for "My True Story" (1961) and "I'm A Happy Man" (1965). Both songs were pop hits and "My True Story" topped the R&B charts. This group had several other hits, including "What Time Is It?" (1962) as played today. The Jive Five changed their name to Jyve Fyve after group member Norman Johnson died in 1970.
  • The Dovells were led by Leonard Borisoff who later recorded solo as Len Barry. The Dovells' best known songs include "Bristol Stomp" (1961) and "You Can't Sit Down" (1963). Several Dovells group members later formed the Magistrates and had a hit with "Here Come The Judge" in 1968. The Dovells' noncharting "The Clock" was included on their 1962 album, "'All The Hits' Of The Teen Groups" (Cameo-Parkway Records P-7010).
  • The Big Bopper is best remembered for his 1958 smash hit, "Chantilly Lace." He was a D.J. on KTRM radio in Beaumont, TX, and he wrote most of his own songs as well as several hit songs for other artists. He was killed in a plane crash in 1959 along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. His noncharting "The Clock" as played today was included on his album, "Chantilly Lace" (Mercury MG-20402).
  • The Beach Boys are the best known surf rock band of all time with numerous hits. Their noncharting "Cuckoo Clock" was included on their 1962 album, "Surfin' Safari" (Capitol T-1808; Capitol DT-1808). In this song, one of the Beach Boys can be heard imitating a cuckoo bird. Key members of the Beach Boys included brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson. The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
  • The Five Reasons were one of many little known doo-wop groups from the 1950s that never charted nationally. In 1958, this group released one single, "Go To School" (Cub 9006), and "Three O'Clock" as heard this morning was the B-side song. The Five Reasons' "Three O'Clock Rock" is included on the hard-to-find CDs, "Cub Vocal Groups, Vol. 1" and "It's About Time, Vol. 3."
  • The Vogues are famous for their 1966 smash hit, "Five O'Clock World," a song that celebrates the end of the workday. "Five O'Clock World" was used as one of the opening themes for the "Drew Carey Show."
  • The Lovin' Spoonful's "Six O'Clock" was one in a string of hits from 1965-1969 for this New York-based group. Key members included John Sebastian who wrote many of the group's songs and later went on to record solo. The Lovin' Spoonful was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
  • The "5" Royales have a long history starting in 1942 when they were originally formed as a gospel group known as the Royal Sons Quintet. In 1951, they started recording R&B music for Apollo as the Royals while continuing to record gospel music by their original group name. In 1952, they recorded for the first time as the "5" Royales to avoid confusion with two other groups also known as the Royals who were also recording at around that time. (The quotation marks around the "5" were because throughout most of their recording history to date, they had consisted of six members.) The "5" Royales best known songs include "Baby Don't Do It" and "Help Me Somebody/Crazy, Crazy, Crazy," both of which topped the R&B charts in 1953. Their noncharting "Six O'Clock In The Morning" was released as a single in 1955 (Apollo 467 b/w "With All Your Heart").
  • Simon and Garfunkel's noncharting "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night" was included on their 1966 album, "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme" (Columbia CS-9363; Columbia CL-2563 ). This unusual song consists mostly of a somber news broadcast of then-current events with "Silent Night" played in the background.
  • Edward ("Edd") Byrnes was a pop singer and an actor whose best known role was as "Kookie" on TV's "77 Sunset Strip." In 1959, Byrnes had a Top 10 hit with "Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)" which was sung as a duet with Connie Stevens. Byrnes recorded several other Kookie theme-related songs that included the noncharting "Kookie's Clock." This song was included on Byrnes' 1959 album, "Kookie" (Warner Bros. W-1309).
  • Bill Haley's "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" first topped the charts in 1955 and was featured in the movie, "Blackboard Jungle," starring Glenn Ford. This song was later used as the opening theme for the TV sitcom, "Happy Days." Due to its popularity from the show, "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" recharted as a Top 40 hit in 1974. It also recharted again as a minor hit in 1968 for both Bill Haley (#118) and Freddy Cannon (#121). Bill Haley was born in Highland Park, MI, and was a leading and pioneering figure in rock and roll history. He started out as a country music singer in the 1940s, gradually incorporated more R&B into his style, and by the early 1950s broke into rock and roll with "Crazy, Man, Crazy" (1953). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • Ral Donner was well known for his Elvis Presley sound-alike singing style. His best known songs include "You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)" and "Girl Of My Best Friend," both from 1961. Donner's noncharting "Turn Back The Clock" was included on his 1961 album, "Takin' Care Of Business" (Gone LP 5012).

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