WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Mellow Soul - April 6, 2005

The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. Today's theme was "mellow soul" in which Mike played many Motown and non-Motown mellow soul favorites.


  • The Stylistics were a Philly soul group led by Russell Thompkins, Jr., that specialized in smooth, slow ballads. Their 1972 hit, "I'm Stone In Love With You," is one in a long string of hits that started in 1971 on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts and continued all the way up through 1992 on the R&B charts.
  • "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," which topped the charts for Marvin Gaye in 1968, was also a hit for numerous other artists including Gladys Knight and the Pips (1967), King Curtis (1968), Creedence Clearwater Revival (1976), Roger/Zapp (1981), and the California Raisins (1988). Marvin Gaye was a highly acclaimed smooth soul singer with a very long string of hits from 1962-1983 who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • "Love On A Two-Way Street" by the Moments, which in 1970 topped the R&B charts and was a Top 10 pop hit, later also charted for Stacy Lattisaw in 1981. The Moments had a string of pop hits from 1969-1980. In 1978, they changed their name to Ray, Goodman and Brown and continued to have many hits, mostly on the R&B charts, until 1989.
  • "La La Means I Love You" by the Delfonics, which was their chart debut song, later also charted for Tierra in 1981. "La La Means I Love You" was also an R&B chart hit for the L.A. Boppers in 1981. The Delfonics were first known as the Four Gents and had several personnel changes. They had a string of hits from 1968-1973.
  • "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted" by Jimmy Ruffin, which was his chart debut song in 1966, later also charted for Paul Young (1992). Jimmy Ruffin was the brother of David Ruffin who was a lead singer for the Temptations. Jimmy Ruffin had a string of hits from 1966-1980 including one duet with brother David in 1970, "Stand By Me."
  • "Baby, I'm Yours" by Barbara Lewis later also charted for Jody Miller (1971) and Debby Boone (1978). Barbara Lewis is originally from South Lyon, MI, and her other hits include her chart debut song, "Hello Stranger" (1963).
  • "Sweet Inspiration" by the Sweet Inspirations later also charted for Barbra Streisand as a medley in 1972. Members of the Sweet Inspirations included Cissy Houston who is Whitney Houston's mother and Dionne Warwick's aunt.
  • "Hey There Lonely Girl" by falsetto soul singer Eddie Holman first charted in 1963 for Ruby and the Romantics as "Hey There Lonely Boy" and later also charted for Robert John (1980). "Hey There Lonely Girl/Boy" was also an R&B chart hit for the Flakes (1980), Stacy Lattislaw (1983), and Gerry Woo (1987).
  • "Oo Baby Baby" by the Miracles later also charted for the Five Stairsteps (1967) and Linda Ronstadt (1979). This song was also an R&B chart hit for Shalamar (1977), Romeo (1987), and Zapp (1989). The Miracles were led by Smokey Robinson and they had a long string of hits from 1959-1976. In 1972, Robinson went solo and in 1987, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He wrote many hits songs for the Miracles as well as for many other Motown artists.
  • "I'm Your Puppet" by James and Bobby Purify was later a minor hit for Dionne Warwick (1972, #113). The 1991 Hi-C hit, "I'm Not Your Puppet," includes samples of James and Bobby Purify's "I'm Your Puppet." James and Bobby Purify were cousins James Purify and Robert Lee Dickey, and this duo had a string of hits from 1966-1968.
  • "Take Time To Know Her" is one in a string of hits for Percy Sledge who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month. He is best known for his chart debut song, "When A Man Loves A Woman," which topped the charts in 1966.
  • "Anyone Who Had A Heart" by Dionne Warwick is one of many in a long string of hits that began in 1963 and continued nonstop through 1987 (her last chart hit to date, "What The World Needs Now Is Love," was in 1998). She is best remembered for her long artistic collaboration with Burt Bacharach in the 1960s that led to "Anyone Who Had A Heart" and many other hits.

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