WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Twist And Shout - June 15, 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 "Twist And Shout," and this morning's show featured many songs from the well known early 1960s Twist dance craze.


  • The Dovell's 1962 hit, "Twistin' Bristol Annie," paid tribute to both Bristol (a town near Philadelphia) and the then-popular dance known as the Twist. The Dovells were led by Leonard Borisoff who later recorded solo as Len Barry (of "1-2-3" fame). The Dovells' best known songs include "Bristol Stomp" (1961) and "You Can't Sit Down" (1963). Several Dovells group members later formed the Magistrates and had a hit with "Here Come The Judge" in 1968.
  • "Twistin' All Night Long" (1962) was one of a number of hits for Danny and the Juniors who are best remembered for their 1958 smash hit, "At The Hop." "Twistin' All Night Long" incorporates parts of the melodies from "When The Saints Go Marching In" and other well known songs.
  • The Isley Brothers' "Shout - Part 1" was their chart debut song in 1959 and it recharted in 1962. "Shout" later also charted for Joey Dee and the Starliters (1962), Lulu and the Luvers (1964, 1967), and the Chambers Brothers (1969). Dion also had a minor hit with this song in 1964. The Isley Brothers had a long string of hits on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts spanning many years (from 1959-1997). Their best known songs include "It's Your Thing" (1969), "That Lady (Part 1)" (1973), and "Fight The Power Part 1" (1975). The Isley Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
  • The Marvelettes' "Twistin' Postman" (1962) was a follow-up to their 1961 smash hit, "Please Mr. Postman." The Marvelettes were from Inkster, MI, and were a leading Motown group throughout most of the 1960s.
  • Gary (U.S.) Bonds' 1962 hit, "Dear Lady Twist," was another early 1960s song that was influenced by the Twist dance craze. Bonds' best known songs include his 1960 chart debut song, "New Orleans," the chart topping "Quarter To Three" (1961), and also "School Is Out" and "School Is In," the latter two of which debutted in July and October, respectively, of 1961.
  • "Peppermint Twist - Part II" by Joey Dee and the Starliters topped the charts in 1962 and was this group's chart debut song. Joey Dee followed this song with a string of hits that included a version of "Shout," another song that was also played on this morning's show (the Isley Brothers' version).
  • The Beatles version of "Twist and Shout" first charted in 1964 and recharted in 1986 after being featured in a number of movies, including "Back To School." "Twist And Shout" was originally recorded by the Top Notes in 1961 and was first charted by the Isley Brothers in 1962. This song later also became an R&B chart hit for Salt-N-Pepa in 1989.
  • Hank Ballard was the one who wrote the oldies dance classic, "The Twist," which started the then-new Twist dance craze, but it was Chubby Checker's version that topped the charts (in both 1960 and 1962). Ballard's version of "The Twist" also charted in 1960 and this song later also charted for Ernie Freeman in 1962. The Fat Boys/Chubby Checker also had a hit with this song in 1988 (as "Yo, Twist!"). Formed in 1952 in Detroit, Hank Balland and the Midnighters had a long history with many group name and personnel changes over the years. Hank Ballard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • Chubby Checker's 1963 hit, "Twist It Up," was one of many hit songs with a "twist" or dance theme that was a follow-up to his smash hit, "The Twist." The flip side of "Twist It Up" ("Surf Party") was also a chart hit in 1963.
  • Ernie Maresca is best remembered as the songwriter for "Runaround Sue," "The Wanderer," and other Dion hit songs. As a performer, Maresca had only one chart hit with "Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)" which made the Top 10 in 1962.
  • Bobby "Boris" Pickett is best known for the perennial Halloween classic, "Monster Mash" (1962, 1970, 1973). His noncharting "Transylvania Twist" is included on the CD The Original Monster Mash, a CD re-release of Pickett's 1962 album (Garpax 57001; Parrot XPAS-71063 1973 re-release).
  • Bill Haley's noncharting "Spanish Twist" was released as a single in 1961 (Gone Records 5111 b/w "My Kind Of Woman") when he started becoming popular in Mexico as well as overseas. Born in Highland Park, MI, Bill Haley was a leading and pioneering figure in rock and roll history. He started out as a country music singer in the 1940s, gradually incorporated more R&B into his style, and by the early 1950s broke into rock and roll with "Crazy, Man, Crazy" (1953) and other songs. Bill Haley's best known songs include "Shake, Rattle And Roll" (1954), "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" (1955, 1974 re-release) and "See You Later, Alligator" (1956). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • Sam Cooke's 1962 hit, "Twistin' The Night Away," topped the R&B charts and was one of many hits for this famed singer and songwriter. "Twistin' The Night Away" later also became a hit for Rod Stewart (1973, 1987). Sam Cooke's version of "Twistin' The Night Away" was one of a number of oldies songs featured in the 1978 movie, "Animal House." Cooke's best known songs also include "You Send Me" (1957) and "Chain Gang" (1960). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
  • Soul-R&B tenor saxophonist King Curtis had a string of all-instrumental hits from 1962-1972 on the R&B and Pop/Rock charts that included "Soul Twist." This song was his chart debut song in 1961 and it topped the R&B charts. King Curtis' best known songs also include "Memphis Soul Stew" (1967), and "Ode To Billy Joe" (1967, with the Kingpins). Curtis can be heard in many rock and roll classics including the Coasters' "Yakety Sax." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000.

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