WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Telephone Songs - March 29, 2006

The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. Today's theme was "telephone songs" in which every song played this morning was somehow telephone-related, e.g., telephone numbers, phone conversations, operators, chit chat, etc.


  • Chris Montez started out as a Latino rocker with his 1962 smash hit, "Let's Dance," then switched to a more mellow traditional pop style around the mid 1960s. Montez's other hits include "The More I See You" (1966) and "Call Me" (1966) as heard this morning.
  • The Partridge Family's noncharting "Echo Valley 2-6809" was included on the 1971 album, "The Partridge Family Sound Magazine" (Bell 6064). "Echo Valley 2-6809" was written by Kathy Cooper and Rupert Holmes (famous for "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)"), and this song later turned up on the B-side of Wayne Newton's "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" (1972). The Partridge Family was an early 1970s made-for-TV family pop group whose key members included David Cassidy and stepmother Shirley Jones.
  • Marcie Blane made a splash in 1962 with her smash hit, "Bobby's Girl." This song was so popular that it inspired two answer songs, i.e., the Sherry Sisters' "Stay Away From Bobby" and Dickey Lee's "She Wants To Be Bobby's Girl." Blane had one other chart hit with "What Does A Girl Do?" (1963). Her noncharting "You Gave My Number To Billy" was released in 1963 as a single (Seville 128 b/w "Told You So").
  • Frankie Avalon's "Call Me Anytime" was a minor hit in 1961 (peaking at only #102). It was the B-side of "All Of Everything" which peaked at #70 that same year. Avalon was an actor, pop singer, and teen idol. He co-starred with Annette Funicello in many early 1960s beach movies.
  • The Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" topped the charts in 1967 and was the flip-side of "I Am The Walrus." Both songs were included on the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album.
  • John D. Loudermilk had several hits from 1957-1962 that included the novelty tune, "Callin' Doctor Casey" (1962), which was a take-off on the well known TV show, "Ben Casey." For his 1957 chart debut song, "Sittin' In The Balcony," he recorded under the name Johnny Dee. Loudermilk also wrote hit songs for other artists that included "Tobacco Road" and "Indian Reservation."
  • Lesley Gore's noncharting "Don't Call Me (I'll Call You)" was included on her 1964 album, "Boys Boys Boys" (Mercury MG-20901; Mercury SR-60901). Gore is best remembered for "It's My Party" (1963) and its sequel, "Judy's Turn To Cry" (1963). Her lesser known "You Don't Own Me" (1964) was featured in the 1996 movie, "The First Wives Club," starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton.
  • "Kissin' On The Phone" (1961) was one of many hits from 1957-1983 for Paul Anka. His best known songs include "Diana" (1957), "Lonely Boy" (1959) and "You're Having My Baby" (1974), all of which topped the charts. Anka is a highly acclaimed songwriter who not only wrote most of his own material but also hit songs for other artists including Tom Jones' "She's A Lady."
  • Mary Wells' "Operator" was the B-side of her 1963 smash hit, "Two Lovers." "Operator" was written by Smokey Robinson who wrote and produced many of her hits. Brenda Holloway later charted with "Operator" in 1965.
  • Burl Ives was a folk singer who also had a long career as a Broadway and movie actor. His best known songs include "A Little Bitty Tear" (1962) and the jovial "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (1964). His noncharting "Royal Telephone" was included on his 1961 album, "The Versatile Burl Ives" (Decca DL 74152).
  • Jimmy Norman's "I Don't Love You No More (I Don't Care About You)" starts off with a telephone ring and a brief spoken conversation. This song, which was the inspiration for today's show, was Jimmy Norman's only pop hit (he had one other song on the R&B charts in 1966, "Can You Blame Me.") Jimmy Norman was a member of the Chargers and the Dyna-Sores. "I Don't Love You No More" is included on the CD, Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 8.

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