WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Big And Little - June 9, 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. Today, Mike played songs in which either "big" or "little" is one of the main words in the song title

Next week's theme: One word titles


  • The Ink Spots were a forerunner to the doo wop era of the 1950s. They date back to 1932 when the group started as the Four Ink Spots. Formed in Indianapolis, the Ink Spots' original lineup consisted of Deek Watson, Charles Fuqua, Orville "Hoppy" Jones and Jerry Daniels, and over the years, they had many group name and personnel changes. In search of a recording contract, the Ink Spots headed to New York City where they met up with singer Bill Kenny who replaced Daniels as the group's lead tenor in 1936. Three years later, the Ink Spots had their first big hit, "If I Didn't Care." From 1939 through 1951, the Ink Spots had many other chart hits, including the upbeat "Your Feet's Too Big" (1939). The Ink Spots were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1989.
  • "Three Little Words" by the Murmaids was included on their LP, "The Murmaids Re-Surface" (Chattahoochee CHLP-628), the tracks of which were recorded around 1963. The Murmaids are best known for their chart debut song, "Popsicles And Icicles" (1964) which was written by David Gates of Bread. The Murmaids had one other minor chart hit that peaked at only #116, "Heartbreak Ahead" (1964), which was also written by David Gates.
  • "Big Bad John" is Jimmy Dean's best known song and it topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary, Country, and Pop/Rock charts in 1961. The original version of "Big Bad John" had the lyrics, "At the bottom of this mine lies one hell of a man" but this created such a big stink that a new version had to be rush recorded. The new version substituted "At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man" for "... hell of a man." The original and highly sought-after "hell version" of "Big Bad John" is included on the CD Big Bad John.
  • "Shabby Little Hut" was a minor hit for the Reflections in 1965, peaking at only #121. The Reflections are best known for their chart debut song, "(Just Like) Romeo & Juliet" (1964).
  • Beginning her singing career in church and school, Canadian-born Shirley Matthews' first single, "Big-Town Boy," was a big hit in Canada in 1964 but peaked at only #104 in the US. "Big Town Boy" and other songs by Shirley Matthews are included on the CD Where The Girls Are, Vol. 4.
  • "Little Child" by the Beatles was included on their 1963 album "With The Beatles" (Parlophone PCS-3045).
  • "My Little Red Book" was a chart hit for Love (#52/1966) and only a minor hit for Manfred Mann (#124/1965). "My Little Red Book" was part of the 1965 movie "What's New Pussycat" soundtrack.

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