WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Can't Forget The Motor City Reunion - April 26, 2006

The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. In anticipation of the up-and-coming "Can't Forget The Motor City" Reunion 2006 to be held on July 19-22, today's show featured songs related to Detroit, summer, and celebrating. Today's guests were Eileen Trombley Glick, reunion coordinator and webmaster of detroitmemories.com, and Johnny Ginger, legendary Detroit TV personality and host of WXYZ-TV's "Curtain Time Theater."


  • Today's program began and ended with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas' 1964 smash hit, "Dancing In The Street." In this song, reference is made to Detroit as "don't forget the Motor City" and "can't forget the Motor City." "Dancing In The Street" later also charted for the Mamas and the Papas (1967), Ramsey Lewis (1967), Teri DeSario with K.C. (1980), and Mick Jagger/David Bowie (1985). The Dovells also had a minor hit with this song in 1974 (peaking at only #105). In 1995, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Last year, Reeves ran for and won a seat on the Detroit City Council.
  • Smokey Robinson and the Miracles rare and noncharting "I Care About Detroit" (written by Jimmy Clark and Jack Combs) was recorded in 1968 for the city of Detroit and released as a one-sided promo single (Standard Groove 13090). This song was reportedly recorded to lift the spirits of the African-American community after the Detroit Riot of 1967.
  • "Here Comes Summer" by the Dave Clark Five was released in 1970 (b/w "Break Down And Cry," Columbia DB 8689). "Here Comes Summer" never charted in the U.S. but it reached #44 in the U.K. In this song's refrain is a short melodic excerpt from Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home."
  • The Earls (a.k.a. Larry Chance and the Earls) are best remembered for "Remember Then" (1963). The Earls still tour and perform actively and they are one of the more sought-after original doo-wop groups performing on the contemporary doo-wop circuit.

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