WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Baby Songs - August 9, 2006

The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. Today's theme was Baby Songs in honor of the birth of Mike's first grandchild, Bradley Jordan Anstandig, on August 3, 2006. Mike kicked off this morning's show with two songs that include (either in the title or in the performing artist's name) the first and middle names of his grandson, i.e., "Mama Didn't Lie" by Jan Bradley and "Roll Jordan Roll" by Jack Scott.

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  • "Mama Didn't Lie" was written by Curtis Mayfield and it became a hit for soul singer Jan Bradley in 1963. The Fasinations also had a minor hit with this song that same year (peaking at only #108). Jan Bradley's "Mama Didn't Lie" is part of the soundtrack for the 1988 movie, "Hairspray."

  • Rockabilly-country singer Jack Scott was born in Ontario and moved to Hazel Park, MI, in 1946. His best known songs include "My True Love" (1958), "What In The World's Come Over You" (1960), and "Burning Bridges" (1960). His noncharting "Roll Jordan Roll" was included on his 1961 gospel album, "The Spirit Moves Me" (Top Rank RM-348, performed with the Chantones). "Roll Jordan Roll" is an old spiritual tune from ca. mid 1800s.

  • "Baby Talk" (1959) was one of many hits from 1958-1966 for Jan and Dean. Next to the Beach Boys, they were the most popular surf rock act of the mid 1960s.

  • Sal Mineo was a teen idol and actor who is best remembered for his role as John 'Plato' Crawford in the 1955 movie, "Rebel Without A Cause." He also had several chart hits from 1957-1958 that included "Start Movin' (In My Direction)" and "Lasting Love." Mineo's cover of "Baby Face" as played this morning was included on his 1957 album, "Sal" (Epic LN 3405). This old timey song dates back to 1926 when it first topped the charts for Jan Garber and His Orchestra. "Baby Face" was also a hit that same year for Ben Selvin, "Whispering" Jack Smith, and Ipana Troubadors. This song became a chart hit again in 1948 for many artists: Art Mooney, Sammy Kaye, Jack Smith, and Henry King. "Baby Face" later also charted for Little Richard (1958), Bobby Vee (1961), Bobby Darin (1962), and Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps (1976).

  • Jay and the Techniques was a late 1960s R&B-rock group led by Jay Proctor best remembered for "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" (1967). This group had several hits from 1967-1969 that also included the 1968 hit, "Baby Make Your Own Sweet Music." This song also became an R&B chart hit for Bandwagon that same year.

  • The Beatles originally recorded the Shirelles' "Baby It's You" in 1963 for their appearance on the BBC program,"Pop Go The Beatles," but this song did not officially chart until 1995. "Baby It's You" was a Top 10 hit for both the Shirelles (1962) and Smith (1969). Years later, this oldies classic became an R&B chart hit for the Masqueraders (1976) and Stacy, Lattisaw and Johnny Gill (1984). It also became a Country Chart hit for Pia Zadora in 1980.

  • "Baby, It's You" was the Spaniels' R&B chart debut song in 1953. (Note that this song, which is now considered to be a doo-wop classic, is completely unrelated to the Shirelles' song by the same name.) The Spaniels were led by tenor James "Pookie" Hudson. This acclaimed doo-wop group had a string of hits, mostly on the R&B charts, from 1953-1970, and had many personnel changes over the years. Besides "Baby, It's You," the Spaniels' best known songs include "Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite" (1954).

  • Buzz Clifford is best remembered for his 1961 smash hit, "Baby Sittin' Boogie" (1961). In this song, babies voices can be heard in the background.

  • The Toys were a girl group from NY with several hits from 1965-1966 that included their 1965 smash hit, "A Lover's Concerto," and "Baby Toys" (1966) as heard this morning.

  • The Jaguars were a West Coast-based doo-wop group led by Herman "Sonny" Chaney. Although they never charted nationally, their rendition of "The Way You Look Tonight" (1956) is today considered a doo-wop classic. This song was released as a single in 1956 (R-Dell 11) with two different B-sides; the first flip was "Moonlight And You" and the second was "Baby, Baby, Baby" as heard this morning.

  • The Tune Weavers were a late 1950s male-female doo-wop group from Boston. They had only one charted song, "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby," which became a Top 10 hit in 1957. This song later became a minor pop hit for Dolly Parton in 1965 (peaking at only #108) and a Country Chart hit for Sandy Posey (1972) and Ronnie Milsap (1986, topped the charts).

  • Both "For My Baby" and its flip side, "Think Twice," were hits for singer-songwriter Brook Benton in 1961. His many other hits also included "It's Just A Matter Of Time" (1959), "The Boll Weevil Song" (1961), and "Rainy Night In Georgia" (1970). "For My Baby" later became a Country Chart hit for Cal Smith in 1972.

  • The Echoes were a doo-wop trio from Brooklyn best known for "Baby Blue" which became a Top 40 hit in 1961. (Note: the Echoes' "Baby Blue" has nothing to do with the 1972 hit by Badfinger which has the same title.)

  • Both "Baby Don't You Weep" and its flip side, "For Your Precious Love," were Top 40 hits in 1963 for R&B-soul singer Garnet Mimms. He is best remembered for his 1963 smash hit "Cry Baby," a song later made famous by Janis Joplin.

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