WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Days Of The Week - August 30, 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 "Days Of The Week" in which Mike played a very eclectic collection of songs with titles that include the name of a day of the week. (Since "Thursday" titled songs were not available, Mike improvised by playing songs that include "Tomorrow" - since tomorrow is Thursday.)

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  • "Sunday Morning Coming Down" topped the Country charts for Johnny Cash in 1970 and also became a pop hit that same year. This song previous charted on both the Country and Pop/Rock charts for Ray Stevens in 1969. Johnny Cash had a long string of hits on both the pop and country charts that also included "I Walk The Line" (1956), "Ring Of Fire" (1963), and "A Boy Named Sue" (1969). He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

  • Mrs. Elva Miller was a tone deaf singer who carved her own niche in oldies music history with her unusual interpretations of various well known pop hits by other artists. She had two chart hits, both in 1966, with "Downtown" and its B-side, "A Lover's Concerto." Her rare and noncharting rendition of the Mamas and the Papas' "Monday, Monday" is included on her 1966 album, "Will Success Spoil Mrs. Miller" (Capitol T-2579).

  • The ethereal "Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)" (1968) was one in a long string of hits from 1965-1988 for the Moody Blues. Their hits also included "Nights In White Satin"(1972), "I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)" (1973), and "Your Wildest Dreams" (1986).

  • The Royal Guardsmen are best remembered for their Snoopy epic story songs, e.g., "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" (1966), "The Return Of The Red Baron" (1967), and "Snoopy's Christmas" (1967). They also had several other non-Snoopy songs that included "Wednesday" as played this morning. This song became a minor hit in 1967 (peaking at only #97).

  • Jay Dee Bryant and the Magic Knights were one of a number of obscure doo-wop groups that recorded with Everlast Records, a New York-based label from the 1950s whose other artists also included the highly acclaimed Charts (of "Deserie" fame). Jay Dee Bryant and the Magic Knights' rare and noncharting "Searching For Tomorrow" was released as a single ca. 1960 (Cee Jay 577 (CJ 8164) b/w "I Need Someone"). Both this song and its B-side are included on the hard-to-find CD, "The Golden Era of Doo Wop - Everlast Records."

  • Doug Brown and the Omens were a Detroit garage band whose members included a young Bob Seger. "T.G.I.F. (Thank Goodness It's Friday)" as heard this morning was released as a single ca. 1965-1966 (Punch Records b/w "First Girl") and is believed to be Seger's first recording. Although Doug Brown and the Omens never charted nationally, they played a key role in oldies music history as they were very instrumental in launching Bob Seger's career. In 1966, Doug Brown produced Seger's first album, "East Side Story," and then went on to produce other albums for Seger as well as for other artists. Other songs by Doug Brown and the Omens include "Youth and Experience" and "Norwest Lounge Radio Spot." These rare oldies are included on the CD, Friday At The Hideout (Boss Detroit Garage 1964-67).

  • The Drifters had a long string of hits on both the R&B and pop charts from 1953-1974 that included "Money Honey" (1953), "Save The Last Dance For Me" (1959), "There Goes My Baby" (1959), and "Saturday Night At The Movies" (1964) as played this morning. The Drifters had many personnel changes over the years and three different lead singers served at various times including Ben E. King. The Drifters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

  • Chairmen of the Board had several hits from 1970-1973 that included their 1970 chart debut smash hit, "Give Me Just A Little More Time," and "Everything's Tuesday" as heard this morning. This Detroit-based R&B group was led by "General" Norman Johnson.

  • Simon and Garfunkel's early and noncharting "Wednesday Morning, 3 AM" was included on their 1964 album, "Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.: Exciting New Sounds In The Folk Tradition" (Columbia CS-9049). Their early work also included "Hey, Schoolgirl" (1958) which they recorded under the name of "Tom and Jerry." Simon and Garfunkel are famous for "The Sounds Of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson," and several other hits from "The Graduate" movie soundtrack. They were induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

  • The Beatles noncharting "Tomorrow Never Knows" was included on their "Revolver" album.

  • The Hideout Club in Harper Woods, MI was a major hub in the 1960s for many Detroit area garage bands and artists including the Underdogs, Doug Brown and the Omens, the Fugitives, Suzi Quatro, Ted Nugent, and Bob Seger. Dave Leone and Ed "Punch" Andrews ran the Hideout and had their own record label, Hideout Records, on which these and many other bands and artists recorded. The Underdogs' "Friday At The Hideout (Judy Be Mine)" as heard this morning was the flip side of their first record, "Man in the Glass," released in 1965 (Hideout 1001; Reprise 0422). The Underdogs released several other songs that included "Love's Gone Bad" which charted nationally (#122/1967).

  • Fats Domino's 1957 smash hit, "Blue Monday," was part of the soundtrack for the movie, "The Girl Can't Help It," starring Jayne Mansfield. Domino, who is famous for his rolling piano style, had a long string of both R&B and pop chart hits that also included "The Fat Man" (1950), "Ain't It A Shame" (1955), "Blueberry Hill" (1957), and "I'm Walkin'" (1957). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

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