WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Foreign And Domestic - July 19, 2006


The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. Today's show theme was "Foreign And Domestic" in which Mike played two versions of various well known songs from the 1960s back to back: first a foreign language version, followed by the original English version.

Notes:

  • In 1964, the Beatles' recorded a German version of "She Loves You" entitled "Sie Liebt Dich." This German version became a minor chart hit in the US for the Beatles that same year (peaking at only #97).

  • "She Loves You" topped the charts for the Beatles in 1964 and is one of their many signature songs from their early Beatlemania years. "She Loves You" topped the UK charts in Sept., 1963, i.e., about 5 months prior to making its way to the US.

  • The Supremes recorded an Italian version of "You Can't Hurry Love" entitled "L'Amore Verra (You Can't Hurry Love)." This noncharting song is included on the hard-to-find CDs, "Detroit Rare Tracks Vol. 4" and "Motown Around The World." The latter CD also includes other foreign language songs by the Supremes: "Come See About Me (Jonny Und Jo)" and "You Keep Me Hangin' On (Chi Mi Aiutera)."

  • The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" topped both R&B and Pop/Rock charts in 1966. Phil Collins later also had a hit with this song in 1982. The Supremes were a top Motown group led by Diana Ross. They started out as the Primettes and provided backing vocals for many top acts. The Supremes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

  • Over a period of about 1-2 years, Peggy March re-recorded her signature song, "I Will Follow Him," in Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and German, and the song then went on to top the charts in many foreign countries. The Japanese version as heard this morning is not sung entirely in Japanese but includes some snippets of English as part of the song's lyrics. Since the mid 1960s, Peggy March has enjoyed a long career as a major international recording star, especially in Germany. The Japanese version of "I Will Follow Him" as heard this morning is included on the CD, The Very Best of Little Peggy March.

  • "I Will Follow Him" by Little Peggy March, which was her chart debut song, topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts in 1963. This song is an upbeat adaptation of a slower and more soulful French song, "Chariot," previously recorded by Petula Clark ca. 1962.

  • Jimmy Ruffin recorded an Italian version of his famous "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted" entitled "Se Decidi Cosi (What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted)." "Se Decidi Cosi" was released as a single ca. 1966 (Tamla Motown TM 8009 b/w "I've Passed This Way Before"). This song is included on the Jimmy Ruffin CD, The Ultimate Motown Collection [IMPORT], and on the hard-to-find compilation CD, "Motown Around The World."

  • Jimmy Ruffin's smash hit, "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted," was his chart debut song in 1966. Many years later, this song also became a hit for Paul Young in 1992. Jimmy Ruffin had several hits from 1966-1980 that included one duet with brother David Ruffin (one of the lead singers of the Temptations), "Stand By Me" (1970).

  • In 1964, the Beatles' recorded a noncharting version of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" in German entitled "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" (translation: Come, Give Me Your Hand). "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" was one of only two songs the Beatles recorded entirely in a foreign language; the other song was "Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)" as also heard this morning. "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" was included on the 1964 album, "Something New" (Capitol T 2108 (mono) and ST 2108 (stereo)). Both German version songs are included on the CD, The Capitol Albums, Volume 1 [BOX SET].

  • "I Want To Hold Your Hand" topped the charts in 1964 and was the Beatles' US chart debut song. This song was one of several (which also included "She Loves You") performed by the Beatles' during their historic debut on the Ed Sullivan Show in February, 1964. The Boston Pops also charted with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" that same year, and many years later, Lakeside had a Top 10 R&B hit with this song in 1982. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" was the first of many chart toppers for the Beatles (20 total) in a very long string of hits.

  • The Temptations recorded an Italian version of "The Way You Do The Things You Do" entitled "Sei Solo Tu (The Way You Do The Things You Do)." This noncharting song is included on the hard-to-find CDs, "Detroit Rare Tracks Vol. 4" and "Motown Around The World." The latter CD also includes the Temptations' "My Girl" in both German and Italian (i.e., "Mein Girl (My Girl)" and "Solamente Lei (My Girl)").

  • "The Way You Do The Things You Do" was the Temptations' Pop/Rock chart debut song in 1964. This song was one of many Motown artist hits co-written by Smokey Robinson. The Temptations had many lead singers. Different singers were featured for different songs, and sometimes within a given song, they would take turns. In "The Way You Do The Things You Do, " Eddie Kendricks was the one who sang the lead. Rita Coolidge (1978), Hall & Oates with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick (1985, as a medley), and UB40 (1990) later also had a hit with this song. Diana Ross and the Supremes and the Temptations also recorded another version of this song which was the B-side of their 1969 hit, "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me."

  • Petula Clark recorded "Downtown" in late 1964 in English, French, Italian, and German and this song topped the charts in many countries. The French version, "Dans Le Temps," was released both as a single (Vogue V45 1262 ) and as an EP (Vogue EPL 8310 b/w "Puisque Tu Pars"; "Partir, Il Nous Faut"; 'Il N'y A Qu'une Femme"). This song is included on the CDs, Ses Plus Belles Chansons: Best of Petula Clark and Anthologie, Vol. 4: 1964-1965.

  • "Downtown" topped the charts for Petula Clark in 1965 and was her US chart debut song in late 1964. This song later also became a hit for Allan Sherman (1965, as "Crazy Downtown"), Mrs. Miller (1966), and Dolly Parton (1984).

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