WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Mr. And Mrs. - June 8, 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 "Mr. and Mrs." in which every song included either "Mr." or "Mrs." in the title. "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel was played in memory of Oscar-winning actress Anne Bancroft who passed away yesterday.

Notes:

  • The Beatles' noncharting "Mean Mr. Mustard" was included on their "Abbey Road" album (1969). The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Paul McCartney was later inducted in 1999, making him one of very few performing artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, either individually or as part of a group.
  • "Mr. Bass Man" was Johnny Cymbal's chart debut song in 1963 and he had several other hits that year. He later changed his name to "Derek" and had a hit with "Cinnamon" in 1968 under that name. This Scottish born singer-songwriter also wrote songs for several other artists including Elvis Presley, Gene Pitney, and the Partridge Family.
  • "Mrs Robinson" topped the charts for Simon and Garfunkel in 1968 and was one of many songs included in the soundtrack for "The Graduate." "Mrs. Robinson" became a hit for Booker T. and the M.G.'s in 1969 and later also charted for the Lemonheads in 1993 (peaking at only #118). Simon and Garfunkel have a long history dating back to the late 1950s when they first recorded as Tom and Jerry. The duo was induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • "Please Mr. Postman" topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts in 1961 and was the Marvelettes' chart debut song. This song was followed shortly thereafter by a sequel, "Twistin' Postman." (1962). "Please Mr. Postman" later topped both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts for the Carpenters (in 1974 and 1975, respectively) and also charted for the Originals (1981, R&B charts, as a medley) and Gentle Persuasion (1983). The Marvelettes were from Inkster, MI, and were a leading Motown group throughout most of the 1960s.
  • Soupy Sales was a popular kiddie show host in the early 1960s and he had a hit with "The Mouse" in 1965. His noncharting "Mr. Cab Driver" was included on his 1965 album, "Soupy Sales Sez Do The Mouse" (ABC-Paramount ABC-517).
  • Bobby Day's "Mr. And Mrs. Rock-'N-Roll" was the B-side of his 1959 hit, "Gotta New Girl." Bobby Day (a.k.a. Bobby Byrd) is best known for his 1957 chart debut song, "Little Bitty Pretty One," and his 1958 smash hit, "Rock-In Robin." Bobby Day founded the Hollywood Flames and recorded several hits with this group up to 1958, then recorded solo and later became half of the Bob and Earl duo (of "Harlem Shuffle" fame).
  • As early as the late 1950s, people were already starting to wax nostalgic and refer to older pop music as "oldies." Anthony and the Sophomores' noncharting "Play Those Oldies, Mr. Dee Jay" was released as a single in 1963 (Mercury 72103 b/w "Clap Your Hands") and is one of a number of songs that pays tribute to the oldies. "Play Those Oldies, Mr. Dee Jay" is sung in a funny doo wop style and makes reference to a number of oldies classics including "Earth Angel" and "In The Still Of The Nite." Led by Anthony Maresco, Anthony and the Sophomores are best remembered for both "Play Those Oldies, Mr. Dee Jay" and "Embraceable You." Anthony Maresco (d. 1998) was also a member of Tony and The Dynamics, Fraternity, and Tony and The Twilighters.
  • "Mr. Tambourine Man" topped the charts for the Byrds in 1965 and was one of many landmark oldies and classic rock songs written by Bob Dylan. Dylan's noncharting version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" was included on his 1965 album, "Bringing It All Back Home" (Columbia KCS-9128 and CL-2328). Bob Dylan charted many hits up through 1984 and became a member of the Traveling Wilburys in the late 1980s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
  • The plucky "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" topped the charts in 1965 for Herman's Hermits and was one of many in a long string of hits from 1964-1968 for this British Invasion group.
  • "Mr. Lonely," which topped the charts for Bobby Vinton in 1964, was previously a hit for Buddy Greco (1962). Bobby Vinton's had a long string of pop hits from 1962-1980 that included "Roses Are Red (My Love)" (1962), "Blue Velvet" (1963), and "I Love How You Love Me" (1968). He also released several other songs in the 1980s that became Country chart hits and had his own TV variety show from 1975-1978.
  • "Mr. Sandman" first topped the charts for the Chordettes in 1954 and later also charted for the Four Aces (1955), the Fleetwoods (1964), Bert Kaempfert (1968, Adult Contemporary), and Emmylou Harris (1981). The Murmaids' noncharting version of "Mr. Sandman" was included on their LP, "The Murmaids Re-Surface" (Chattahoochee CHLP-628), the tracks of which were recorded around 1963. The Murmaids are best remembered for their 1964 hit, "Popsicles And Icicles." They have made a comeback on the oldies circuit and recently made an appearance at the Ford Community Performing Arts Center in Detroit.
  • The Detergents are best remembered for their parody songs which include their 1965 hits, "Leader Of The Laundromat" and "Double-O-Seven" Their noncharting "Mrs. Jones ('Ow About It?)" is a parody on "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" and sung in a pseudo Cockney accent. This song was written by Lee Pockriss and Paul Vance who produced the Detergents and wrote most of this group's songs. "Ms. Jones" was included on the Detergents' 1965 album, "The Many Faces Of The Detergents" (Roulette SR-25308). Key members of the Detergents included Ron Dante of the Archies and the Cuff Links. Click here to read an interview of Ron Dante by Amy Gold, webmaster of allbutforgottenoldies.net.
  • The noncharting "Mr. Webster" was written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart who wrote many of the Monkees' hit songs. "Mr. Webster" was included on the Monkees' 1967 album, "The Monkees' Headquarters" (Colgems COM-103 and COS-103). A made-for-TV band, the Monkees had many Top 40 hits and starred in 58 episodes of "The Monkees" from 1966-1968. After the Monkees disbanded in 1969, Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, and Mickey Dolentz all went on to record solo. The Monkees reunited briefly in 1987 (without Nesmith) and again in 1996.
  • Lou Christie's noncharting "Mr. Tenor Man" was included on his 1963 album, "Lou Christie" (Roulette 25208) Next to Frankie Valli, Lou Christie had the most recognizable falsetto voice of the 1960s. On "Mr. Tenor Man," however, he sang much of this song in a more normal range (hence the song title?). Lou Christie (born Lugee Sacco) mostly recorded solo but was also a member of the Classics and Lugee and the Lions. He later sang lead for the Cantina Band in the early 1980s.

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