WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Better Health - May 3, 2006


The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. This morning's theme was "Better Health" in which Mike played songs related to doctors (not only MDs but also witch doctors), ailments, and cures.

Notes:

  • "The Cure" by Smitty Williams is one of a number of doctor spoof songs that came out in the early 1960s inspired by the then-popular TV shows, "Ben Casey" and "Dr. Kildare." This rare and noncharting song was released as a single (MGM 13083 b/w "Oh, Seymour (I'd Like To See More Of You)") and is included on the hard-to-find CD, "The Girl Group Sound: Volume 1." Smitty Williams was a female singer who never charted nationally.
  • The Chiffons were one of the top girl groups of the early 1960s. They are best remembered for their chart topping 1963 hit, "He's So Fine." Their noncharting "Doctor Of Hearts" was released in 1962 as a single (Reprise 20103 b/w "After Last Night"). The Chiffons are one of a number of oldies groups that continue to perform to this day.
  • "Chills And Fever" was a minor hit for Tom Jones in 1965 (peaking at only #125). This song previously charted for Ronnie Love in 1961. Tom Jones had a long string of pop hits from 1965-1973 that included "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" (1969), "Without Love (There Is Nothing)" (1970), and "She's A Lady" (1971). From 1969-1971, he hosted his own TV variety show. In the mid 1970s, he went country and topped the Country charts in 1976 with "Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow."
  • The Big Bopper's "Purple People Eater Meets Witch Doctor" as heard today was the B-side of his 1958 smash hit, "Chantilly Lace," the song for which he is best remembered. "Purple People Eater Meets Witch Doctor" was one of many songs written by the Big Bopper, and it became a chart hit for Joe South in 1958. The Big Bopper (born Jiles Perry Richardson) was a deejay on KTRM radio in Beaumont, TX. In 1959, he was killed in the same plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.
  • The T-Bones are best remembered for their 1966 smash instrumental hit, "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)." This song's melody is from the famous Alka Seltzer TV commercials from the late 1960s. Don Lee Wilson also performed a sung cover version of this song at around the same time.
  • The Detergents specialized in parodies of well known songs and they are best remembered for their 1965 hits, "Leader Of The Laundromat" and "Double-O-Seven." The Detergents noncharting "The Little Old Doctor From Ipanema" was included on their 1965 album, "The Many Faces Of The Detergents" (Roulette SR-25308). Both parts 1 and 2 of this song were played this morning.
  • Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler is best remembered for his chart topping "The Ballad Of The Green Berets" (1966). His noncharting "Salute To The Nurses" was included on his 1966 album, "Ballads of the Green Berets" (RCA Victor LPM-3547 and RCA Victor LSP-3547) which includes mostly songs he wrote about his days in the armed forces and in Vietnam.
  • Gary Puckett and the Union Gap's noncharting "The Common Cold" was included on their 1968 album, "Incredible" (Columbia CS-9715). This group was formed in 1967 and named after the town, Union Gap, Washington. The Union Gap had a string of hits from 1968-1970 including "Woman, Woman," "Young Girl," and "Lady Willpower" (1968). In 1970, Gary Puckett went solo.
  • The Dave Clark Five's "Doctor Rhythm" was the B-side of their 1967 hit, "You Got What It Takes." They had a long string of hits that also included "Glad All Over" (1964) and "Catch Us If You Can" (1965). By 1968, the Dave Clark Five had stopped touring and their long string of hits ended in the U.S. The Dave Clark Five continued to be extremely popular in Europe through 1970 when the band finally broke-up.
  • "Rockin' Pheumonia And The Boogie Woogie Blues" was one of many in a long string of hits from 1964-1968 for Johnny Rivers. This song was previously a hit for Huey (Piano) Smith and the Clowns (1957).
  • Little Willie John was the one who wrote "Fever" and he was the first to make it a chart hit. His version of "Fever" topped the R&B charts and it was also his Pop/Rock chart debut song in 1956. This song was later made famous by Peggy Lee (1958), and it also charted for the McCoys (1965) and Rita Coolidge (1973). "Fever" was also a minor hit for Pete Bennett and the Embers (1961) and Alvin Robinson (1964). Willie John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

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