WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Soul - June 22, 2005

The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. This morning, Mike played songs in which the title includes the word "soul." He kicked off today's show with the Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer In The City" to celebrate the first day of summer which was yesterday (June 21, 2005).


  • The Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer In The City" topped the charts during the summer of 1966 and was one of many hits for this New York-based group. Key members included John Sebastian who wrote many of the group's songs and later went on to record solo. The Lovin' Spoonful was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
  • "Agent Double-O-Soul" was Edwin Starr's chart debut song in 1965. Starr's best known songs also include "Twenty-Five Miles" (1969) and the gritty anti-war anthem, "War" (1970).
  • The 1961 hit, "Heart And Soul," was one in a long string of hits from 1958-1966 for Jan and Dean. "Heart And Soul" first topped the charts for Larry Clinton in 1938 and was also a hit for Johnny Maddox (1956) and the Cleftones (1961). Next to the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean was the most popular surf rock act of the mid 1960s. Jan Berry and Dean Torrance started out in a group they founded in high school known as the Barons that also included Arnie Ginsburg. In 1958, Jan, Dean, and Arnie recorded two songs that became chart hits that same year. Dean then left for a six month stint in the Army and Jan signed up with Arwin records and released the two songs as being by "Jan and Arnie." Upon Dean's return, Arnie joined the Navy and Jan and Dean then signed up with the Dore label and thereafter remained a duo.
  • Sam and Dave's 1967 smash hit, "Soul Man," was one in a string of hits from 1966-1969. "Soul Man" later also charted for Ramsey Lewis (1967) and the Blues Brothers (1979) and was used as the title theme song for the short-lived 1997 ABC sitcom starring Dan Aykroyd. Sam and Dave's best known songs also include "Hold On! I'm A Comin'" (1966) and "I Thank You" (1968). The duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
  • The 5th Dimension's 1969 hit, "California Soul," later also charted for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1970. The 5th Dimension was formed in LA in 1966 and this group was first known as the Versatiles. The 5th Dimension's best known songs include "Up - Up And Away" (1967), "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In" (1969, from the musical "Hair"), and "(Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All" (1972). Group members Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., who married in 1969, later started recording as a duo and had several hits in the late 1970s.
  • The Music Explosion is best remembered for the 1967 smash hit, "Little Bit O' Soul," which was this group's chart debut song. "Little Bit O' Soul" later became a minor hit for Bullet in 1972 (peaking at only #107). The Music Explosion was formed in Ohio and this band had only one other Billboard Hot 100 chart hit with "Sunshine Games" (1967).
  • Both "Save My Soul" and its flip-side, "Goodbye Baby," were hits in 1959 for country-rockabilly singer Jack Scott. He was born in Ontario and moved to Hazel Park, MI, in 1946. He had a string of hits on the Pop/Rock charts from 1958-1961 and many years later had one Country chart hit with "You're Just Getting Better" (1974). His best known songs include "My True Love" (1958) and "What In The World's Come Over You" (1960).
  • "(You're My) Soul And Inspiration" topped the charts for the Righteous Brothers in 1966 and later also charted for Donny and Marie in 1978. The Righteous Brothers were duo Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield (d. Nov., 2003). As the story goes, the Righteous Brothers began as members of a group known as the Paramours. Performing in a local bar, a black marine in the audience shouted out after one of their duets, "That was righteous, brothers!" which inspired the duo's new moniker. The Righteous Brothers' many hits also include "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (1965) and "Unchained Melody" (1965, 1990 remake featured in the movie "Ghosts"). The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
  • "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)" was one of many hits for singer-songwriter Wilson Pickett. His best known songs include "In The Midnight Hour" (1965), "Funky Broadway" (1967), and "Don't Knock My Love - Part 1" (1971). Prior to going solo, he had been a member of the Falcons. Pickett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
  • "Soul Deep" (1969) was one of many hits for the Memphis-based Box Tops. The Box Tops' best known songs include their chart topping debut song, "The Letter" (1967), and "Cry Like A Baby" (1968).
  • Parisian conductor, flutist and pianist Raymond LeFevre had a Top 40 hit in 1968 with the easy listening instrumental, "Ame Caline (Soul Coaxing)" (The song's subtitle, "Soul Coaxing" is a translation of the original French title, "Ame Caline.") LeFevre debuted on the charts in 1958 with "The Day The Rains Came" and had one other hit in 1968 with "La La La (He Gives Me Love)." LeFevre is often compared to Paul Mauriat, another French pop instrumentalist who also had several hits in the late 1960s (most notably "Love Is Blue").
  • Young-Holt Unlimited's 1969 smash hit, "Soulful Strut," was the instrumental track for Barbara Acklin's 1969 hit, "Am I The Same Girl." Young-Holt Unlimited first recorded as the Young-Holt Trio and had one hit in 1967 with "Wack Wack." Young-Holt Unlimited/Trio members included Eldee Young and Issac "Red" Holt, both formerly with the Ramsey Lewis Trio. Don Walker was a member until 1968.
  • Arthur Conley's 1967 smash hit, "Sweet Soul Music," also charted that same year for the Magnificent Men as a medley. Arthur Conley's best known songs also include "Shake, Rattle And Roll" (1967) and "Funky Street" (1968). In 1968, Conley became a member of the Soul Clan, a short-lived soul "supergroup" that also included Solomon Burke, Don Covay, Ben E. King, and Joe Tex. The Soul Clan had one hit in 1968 with "Soul Meeting."
  • Cameroon-born jazz saxophonist Manu Dibango made a splash on the pop charts with 1973 instrumental hit, "Soul Makossa." This song also charted in 1973 for the jazz band Afrique. Dibango has a long career dating back to the 1950s and a large international following and is considered to be Africa's top jazz saxophonist.

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