WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Dedications - June 1, 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 a dedication by Mike Sain to various people at WPON and elsewhere who have been involved in his program these past three years. The songs he played this morning are all by artists with first names that are the same as those to whom he paid tribute.

Notes:

  • Singer and songwriter Andy Kim (b. Andrew Joachim in Montreal) had a string of mostly bubblegum hits from 1968-1974. His noncharting "Mary Ann" was released as a single in 1975 (Capitol 4086 b/w "You Are My Everything"). In the early 1980s, Kim recorded under the name "Baron Longfellow" and released two albums. "Mary Ann" is included on the CD, Baby I Love You: Greatest Hits.
  • Al Martino had a long string of hits from 1952-1978 that included "I Love You Because" (1963) which topped the Adult Contemporary charts and became a Top 10 Pop/Rock hit. Leon Payne first topped the Country charts with "I Love You Because" in 1950, and this song became a Country chart hit for many other artists thereafter (Ernest Tubb (1950); Clyde Moody (1950); Johnny Cash (1960); Carl Smith (1969); Jim Reeves (1976); Don Gibson (1978); Roger Whittaker (1983)).
  • Larry Verne's "Mr. Custer" topped the charts in 1960. Shortly thereafter, Verne also charted with another novelty tune, "Mister Livingston."
  • Michael Parks is a singer and actor best remembered for his role as Jim Bronson on "Then Came Bronson." His 1970 hit, "Long Lonesome Highway," was part of the soundtrack for that early 1970s TV series.
  • Jimmie Rodgers' "Secretly" (1958) later also charted for the Lettermen (1965). Jimmie Rodgers recorded a new version of this song which became an Adult Contemporary chart hit in 1978. Rodgers is best known for his 1957 smash hit, "Honeycomb." He also had his own TV variety show in 1959 and starred in the movies "The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come" (1961) and "Back Door To Hell" (1964).
  • The noncharting "He's My Dream Boy" by Marie Antoinette was co-written by Stephen Schlaks who co-owned Bardell Records. "He's My Dream Boy" was released as a single ca. 1963 (Providence 405 b/w "Quiet Guy"). Stephen Schlaks discovered Alice Faye Henderson who soon after had one hit as "Alice Wonder Land" with "He's Mine" (1963). There is some speculation that Alice Faye Henderson (a.k.a. "Alice Wonder Land") was the singer who recorded as "Marie Antoinette." Marie Antoinette's "He's My Dream Boy" is included on the hard-to-find CD, "The Girl Group Sound: Volume 3."
  • The noncharting "Tell Me That You Love Me" by Ted E. James was recorded ca. late 1950s-early 1960s on Detroit's LuPine Records. (This is the same record label that released the first recordings of the Primettes who later became the Supremes.) "Tell Me That You Love Me" is included on the CD, Rarities of Detroit Soul Music.
  • Little Willie John wrote "Fever" and 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. Many other performing artists later also had a hit with this song including Peggy Lee (1958), 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 born in Arkansas and raised in Detroit. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
  • Nancy Sinatra's "Tony Rome" was the title song from the movie starring her father Frank Sinatra. Nancy Sinatra had a string of hits from 1965-1969 that also include the chart topping "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" (1966), "Somethin' Stupid'" (1967, duet with Frank Sinatra), and several duets with Lee Hazelwood with whom she collaborated extensively.
  • Detroit-born Mary Wells was a top Motown artist in the 1960s with many hits that included "Two Lovers" (1963) which topped the R&B charts and made the Pop/Rock Top 10. Her other best known songs include "You Beat Me To The Punch" (1962) and her signature song, "My Guy" (1964).
  • David Rose's brassy and bawdy "Stripper" topped both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts in 1962. David Rose also had several other chart hits going back to 1944, and he wrote scores for many movies and TV shows.
  • Little Caesar and the Romans are best remembered for their nostalgic "Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You)" (1961). LA-based DJ Art Laboe is the one who coined the phrase, "oldies but goodies."

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