The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. To kick off the first day of summer, which is today, Mike played songs with a summertime theme. This morning's program included many oldies summertime standards plus a few one-hit wonders and some rare and noncharting songs.
- Summer (The First Tme) - Bobby Goldsboro - 1973
- Happy Summer Days - Ronnie Dove - 1966
- Tell Him No - Travis And Bob - 1959 (by request)
- A Summer Song - Chad And Jeremy - 1964 (by request)
- Summertime - Billy Stewart - 1966 (by request)
- Summer Rain - Johnny Rivers - 1968 (by request)
- Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran - 1958 (by request)
- Now That Summer Is Here - The Videls - 1960 (by request)
- One Summer Night - The Danleers - 1958
- Indian Summer - Larry Gatlin And Roy Orbison - 1985
- Summer Job - The Dovells - 1962
- Summer Wine - Nancy Sinatra And Lee Hazlewood - 1967 (by request)
- Bobby Goldsboro's evocative 1973 hit, "Summer (The First Time)," opens with the sound of lapping ocean waves.
- Ronnie Dove had a string of hits on the pop charts from 1964-1969 that included the upbeat "Happy Summer Days" (1966). He later went country and had several hits on the country charts from 1972-1987.
- Travis & Bob were the singing duo Travis Pritchett and Bob Weaver whose sound is often compared to that of the Everly Brothers. Their smash 1959 hit, "Tell Him No," as heard this morning was their only Billboard Hot 100 hit. "Tell Him No" also charted that same year for Dean & Marc. Travis & Bob also had a minor hit in 1959 with "Little Bitty Johnny" (which peaked at only #114) which was their only other charted song.
- Chad & Jeremy were British invasion duo Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde. They had many hits from 1964-1966 that included the smash 1964 hit, "A Summer Song," as heard this morning.
- Billy Stewart's 1966 smash hit, "Summertime," is a snappy remake of the famous George Gershwin song of the same name from "Porgy and Bess" (1935). "Summertime" also charted for Billie Holiday (1936), Sam Cooke (1957), the Marcels (1961), Rick Nelson (1962), and the Chris Columbo Quintet (1963).
- Johnny Rivers' 1968 hit, "Summer Rain," includes a snippet of a guitar riff from the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
- Eddie Cochran was an up-and-comin rock and roller who was killed in 1960 at age 21 in an auto accident that also injured Gene Vincent. He is best remembered for his smash 1958 hit, "Summertime Blues." This song later became a hit for Blue Cheer (1968), the Who (1970), and Alan Jackson (1994). Eddie Cochran was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
- The Videls had only one charted song, "Mister Lonely" (1960). The Videls were from Providence, RI, and this group's members included Pete Anders and Vinnie Poncia. This duo later recorded as the Trade Winds (of "New York's A Lonely Town" fame) and then as the Innocence (of "There's Got To Be A Word!" fame). The Videls' "Now That Summer Is Here" was written by Anders and Poncia and was released as a single in 1960 (JDS 5005 b/w "She's Not Coming Home"). Although it never charted nationally, this song was played on WABC-New York in July of 1960.
- The Danleers had only one song that made the charts which was the 1958 smash hit, "One Summer Night," as heard this morning. This song later also became a hit for the Diamonds in 1961. The Danleers were a doo-wop group from Brooklyn and they got their name from their manager, Danny Webb, who wrote "One Summer Night."
- The rare and noncharting "Indian Summer" was co-written by Barry Gibb and country music singer Larry Gatlin and performed by Gatlin and Roy Orbison as a duet, with Barry Gibb providing backing vocals. "Indian Summer" was included on Larry Gatlin's 1985 LP, "Smile" (US: Columbia 40068 and UK: CBS 26621) and is on the Roy Orbison CD, The Legendary Roy Orbison. Larry Gatlin was the leader of the Gatlin Brothers with a very long string of hits on the Country charts from 1973-1990.
- The Dovells were led by Leonard Borisoff who later recorded solo as Len Barry. The Dovells are best remembered for "Bristol Stomp" (1961) and "You Can't Sit Down" (1963). The Dovells' noncharting "Summer Job" was included on their 1962 album, "You Can't Sit Down" (Parkway P-7025).
- "Summer Wine" by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood was a hit in 1967 along with its flip side, the smash hit "Sugartown."
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