WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Falsettos - May 19, 2004

The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit both on the air and on the Internet. On today's program Mike played songs performed by falsetto bands and artists.


  • Led by falsetto Frankie Valli, the 4 Seasons had a long history with many name and personnel changes since their founding in 1955. First known as the Variatones, the group changed its name to the Four Lovers in 1956, and finally to the 4 Seasons in 1961. "The Wonder Who?" was also another name under which the 4 Seasons recorded. "Marlena," which peaked at #36 in 1963, was the B-side song of the bigger hit, "Candy Girl."
  • Eddie Holman's best known song, "Hey There Lonely Girl," was previously recorded as "Hey There Lonely Boy" by Ruby & the Romantics in 1963 and later recorded by Robert John in 1980.
  • Famous falsetto Lou Christie (born Lugee Sacco) mostly recorded solo but was also a member of the Classics, Lugee & the Lions, and the Cantina Band.
  • The chart topping "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" as performed by the Tokens was originally recorded as "Mbube" in 1939 by Solomon Linda & the Evening Birds, a South African Zulu group. "Lion" was also recorded as "Wimoweh" by the Weavers and charted in 1952. The Tokens version of "Lion" recharted in 1994 and was featured in "The Lion King." "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was also a chart hit for Robert John in 1972.
  • "Peanuts" as performed by Little Joe & the Thrillers was also a minor chart hit in 1961 for Rick & the Keens.
  • Led by Larry Henley, the Newbeats made their first appearance on the Billboard Pop/Rock charts with the catchy "Bread And Butter" in 1964. "Bread And Butter" was also a minor hit for Robert John in 1983.
  • Simon & Garfunkel's chart topping "Bridge Over Troubled Water" showcased the ethereal vocals of Art Garfunkel. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was also a chart hit for Aretha Franklin (1971) and a minor chart hit for Linda Clifford (1979). In 1970, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was released as a single in January and the album was released in February. Both the single and the album topped the charts in both the US and the UK. Although "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has since been re-recorded over 200 times by various artists, it is Art Garfunkel's rendition that, to this day, is considered a classic. In March, 1971, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" won a slew of Grammy Awards, including: Best Song, Best Record, Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists, and Best Album of the Year.

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