WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Labor Day - September 8, 2004

The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit both on the air and on the Internet. To celebrate last weekend's holiday, today's theme was Labor Day in which Mike played songs with "work" or "working" in the title.


  • "We Can Work It Out" by the Beatles topped the charts in 1966 and later became a hit for Stevie Wonder (1971).
  • "Work With Me Annie" by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters topped the R&B charts in 1954, and a revised pop version of this song was made shortly thereafter entitled "Dance With Me Henry." Formed in 1952, Hank Balland and the Midnighters has a long history with many group name and personnel changes over the years. Detroit-born Hank Ballard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • Lee Dorsey's "Working In The Coal Mine" later became a hit for Devo (1981) and was used in a recent Walmart TV commercial.
  • "Working My Way Back To You" by the 4 Seasons later became a hit for the Spinners (1980, as a medley). The 4 Seasons had a long history with many name and personnel changes since their founding in 1955. First known as the Variatones, the group changed its name to the Four Lovers in 1956, and finally to the 4 Seasons in 1961. "The Wonder Who?" was also another name under which the 4 Seasons recorded.
  • Roy Orbison's "Working For The Man" was included on his 1964 album "More Of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits" (Monument MLP-8024).
  • Patti Drew's "Workin' On A Groovy Thing" from 1968 became a Top 40 hit for the 5th Dimension that same year. Patti Drew was the lead singer of the Drew-Vels who had a number of minor hits including "Tell Him" (1964; re-recorded by Patti Drew in 1967).
  • Detroit-born Jackie Wilson had a long solo musical career with a long string of hits including "Baby Workout." Wilson served for several years as lead singer of Bill Ward and His Dominoes in the mid 1950s and in 1987 was induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • "Got My Mojo Working" by Manfred Mann was included on his 1964 album, "The Manfred Mann Album" (Ascot AM 13015).
  • The Dave Clark Five had a long string of hits in the U.S. from 1964-1968. "Best Day's Work" was released in 1969 as a single (b/w "If Somebody Loves You" EPIC 10509).
  • "Hard Working Man" by Dorsey Burnette was included on his 1960 album, "Tall Oak Tree" (Era Records ELP-102).
  • Mickey and Sylvia provided backing vocals for Ike and Tina Turner's "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" in which Ike Turner can be heard from time to time answering Tina as if in spoken dialog.
  • "Let's Work Together" by Wilbert Harrison from 1970 was also a hit for Canned Heat that same year. This song was first released as "Let's Stick Together" in 1962.
  • "Workin' Hard" by the Olympics was the B-side song of the 1960 hit, "Shimmy Like Kate."

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