WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - April Fools - March 30, 2005


The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. Today's show was in honor of the up-and-coming April Fools Day in which Mike took call-in requests and tried to pull the wool over his listeners eyes by deliberately introducing mistakes in his song announcements (e.g., artist name, title, year) and offering prizes to whomever could identify them.

Notes:

  • Lesley Gore is best remembered for the chart topping 1963 hit, "It's My Party," and the sequel, "Judy's Turn To Cry" (1963). "She's A Fool" charted shortly thereafter and is one in a series of hits that lasted until 1967.
  • "Angel On My Shoulder" (1961) was the chart debut song for singer-songwriter Shelby Flint who later charted in 1966 with a sung version of the well known instrumental hit, "Cast Your Fate To The Wind." "Angel On My Shoulder" was also a minor hit for Merrilee Rush in 1970, peaking at only #122.
  • The Tams were an R&B-soul group with several hits from 1962-1968. They are best remembered for their 1964 hit, "What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)," which later also charted for Bill Deal (1969).
  • Both Bad To Me" and its flip side, "Little Children," were chart hits for Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas. These songs were the first to chart in the US for this British Invasion band. The lead singer was born William Howard Ashton near Liverpool, and early in his singing career he performed under the stage name of Billy Kramer (he chose the Kramer surname at random from the telephone directory).
  • The Shirelles are one of the most highly acclaimed girl groups of the late 1950s-early 1960s. "Foolish Little Girl" was one in a long string of hits from 1958-1967. The Shirelles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
  • "Easier Said Than Done" by the Essex topped the charts in 1963. The Essex was made up of members of the U.S. Marine Corps. with Anita Humes as the lead singer.
  • "In The Misty Moonlight" was one in a long string of hits on both the Country (1965-1980) and Pop/Rock charts (1958-1972) for singer-songwriter Jerry Wallace. "In The Misty Moonlight" later also charted for Dean Martin (1967) and George Morgan (1975, Country charts).
  • The Beatles' "Fool On The Hill" was included on their 1967 album, "Magical Mystery Tour." This well known cover of "Fool On The Hill" was one of several famous Beatles-penned songs as performed by the Beatles that never officially charted (other songs that fall into that category are "Michelle"). Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66 remake of "Fool On The Hill" was the only version of this song to chart (in 1968).
  • Best known for his novelty songs, country singer-songwriter Ray Stevens (b. Ray Ragsdale) got his start in show business by becoming a DJ for a local radio station at age 15. His 1969 hit, "Gitarzan," is one of his best known in a long string of hits on both the Country (1969-2001) and Pop/Rock charts (1961-1979).
  • "A Fool In Love" was Ike and Tina Turner's chart debut song. This (then) husband-wife duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) became a top solo recording artist in the 1980s.
  • The 4 Seasons were led by falsetto singer Frankie Valli and have a long history with many name and personnel changes since their founding in 1955. "Marlena" (1963) was one in a long series of hits that ended in 1994 with their remake of their 1976 hit, "December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)." The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • Both "Fool #1" and its flip side, "Anybody But Me," were chart hits in 1961. Best known as one of the top female pop singers of the early to mid 1960s, Brenda Lee has a long and distinguished career which started at around age 5 with many hits on the pop, country, and R&B charts. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • "Shabby Little Hut" was a minor hit for the Reflections in 1965, peaking at only #121. This Detroit-based doo wop group was lead by Tony "Spaghetti" Micale and they are best remembered for their 1964 chart debut song, "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet" (1964).
  • "Fool At The Wheel" is a rare, early, and noncharting song by Little Richard before he started having hits on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts in 1955. "Fool At The Wheel" was released in 1953 as a single (Peacock 1616 b/w "Ain't That Good News"). This song is included on the CD The Formative Years: 1951-1953. Little Richard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

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