WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Cliches II - September 20, 2006

The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. This morning's theme was a continuation of last week in which Mike played songs with titles that are cliches, adages, or other well known expressions.

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  • Skip and Flip were, respectively, Clyde "Skip" Battin and Gary "Flip" Paxton (who later formed the Hollywood Argyes). They had several hits from 1959-1960 that included "It Was I" (1959) and "Cherry Pie" (1960). Their noncharting "Bury The Hatchet" was released as a single in 1959 (Shad 5015 b/w "One Hundred Baby") under the name "Chuck and Chuckles."

  • Frank Sinatra was not only a top singer but a highly acclaimed actor whose many credits included an Oscar for his supporting role in the 1953 movie, "From Here To Eternity." "That's Life," which was one in a very long string of hits going all the way back to 1942, topped the Adult Contemporary charts and made the Pop/Rock Top 10 in 1966. O.C. Smith later had a minor hit with this song in 1967 (peaking at only #127).

  • "Here We Go Again" by Jay and the Techniques was the B-side of their 1967 hit, "Keep The Ball Rollin'." This group had several other hits from 1967-1968 that included "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" (1967).

  • Soul singer Irma Thomas had a string of hits on the R&B and Pop/Rock charts from 1960-1968 that included "Don't Mess With My Man" (1960), "Wish Someone Would Care" (1964) and "Good To Me" (1968). She was also the first one to record "Time Is On My Side," a song later made famous by the Rolling Stones. Thomas' noncharting version was the B-side of her 1964 hit, "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)." The Rolling Stones' version became a Top 10 hit in late 1964 several months after Thomas' "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)" charted.

  • R&B singer and songwriter Chuck Willis had a string of hits on the pop and R&B charts from 1952-1958 that included "What Am I Living For" (1958) as heard this morning. This song later also charted for Ernest Tubb (1959, country), Conway Twitty (1960 pop, 1971 country), Percy Sledge (1967, pop), and Ray Charles (1972, pop).

  • The Monkees had a long string of hits from 1966-1970 (plus two more from 1986-1987 during their brief reunion). They also recorded many other songs that never made the charts that could be heard each week on their TV show. The Monkees' noncharting "This Just Doesn't Seem To Be My Day" was included on their 1966 debut album, "The Monkees" (Colgems COS-101; COM-101).

  • Singer-songwriter Marty Robbins had a long show business career that began in the 1940s and a long string of hits on both the Country (1952-1983) and Pop/Rock (1956-1970) charts. "The Story Of My Life" as heard this morning became a Top 40 pop hit in 1958 and topped the Country charts that same year.

  • The Beatles' noncharting "Think For Yourself," which was written by George Harrison, was from their 1965 "Rubber Soul" album (Capitol ST-2442).

  • Somethin' Smith and the Redheads was a mid-1950s pop group made up of three UCLA students who all had red hair. This group debuted on the charts in 1955 with "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie." This song first topped the charts for Fats Waller and became a Top 10 hit for Victor Young in 1936 and later also charted for Tony Bennett in 1964.

  • The Charts were a NY-based doo-wop group best remembered for their classic "Deserie" (1957). Their noncharting "I Told You So" was released as a single in 1958 (Everlast 5008 b/w "All Because Of Love").

  • Lou Stein is a jazz pianist with a long career as a studio musician who had one Billboard chart hit in 1957 with "Almost Paradise." Stein's noncharting "Got A Match?" was released as a single in 1958 (Mercury 71328 b/w "Who Slammed The Door?"). This song became a hit in 1958 for the Daddy-O's and Frank Gallop. Lou Stein's "Got A Match?" is included on the hard-to-find CD, "Hey! Look What I Found: Vol. 6."

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