WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Brother Groups - September 29, 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. Today, Mike played songs by groups consisting of brothers, either actual or made up.


  • The Isley Brothers were a trio of brothers O'Kelly, Ronald, and Rudolph Isley. "Twist And Shout" by the Isley Brothers was also a hit by the Beatles in 1964, and in 1986, the song was featured in the Rodney Dangerfield movie, "Back To School." "Twist And Shout" was first recorded by the Top Notes in 1961.
  • "Let It Be Me" by the Every Brothers charted numerous times by various other artists including Jill Corey (1957), Betty Everett & Jerry Butler (1964), the Sweet Inspirations (1967), Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry (1969), and Willie Nelson. "Let It Be Me" is based on a French song from around 1955, "Je T'Appartiens," by Gilbert Becaud and Pierre Delanoe (English lyrics by Mann Curtis). The Everly Brothers (Donald and Philip Everly) charted numerous hits from 1957-1967 on the Pop/Rock charts and also had a string of Country chart hits from 1984-1989. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
  • The B-side of the Everly Brothers 1961 hit "Walk Right Back" was "Ebony Eyes" which was also a hit that same year.
  • "Some Kind Of Wonderful" was written by John Ellison, lead singer of the R&B group, the Soul Brothers Six. Their version, which became a minor chart hit in 1967, was followed in 1968 by that of the Fantastic Johnny C which also charted. Ellison's song was later made famous by Grand Funk Railroad in their late 1974 remake, and Huey Lewis & the News later also charted with "Some Kind Of Wonderful" in 1994. Note that this song is not to be confused with the Carole King and Gerry Goffin-penned "Some Kind Of Wonderful" which was a hit for the Drifters in 1961.
  • The Righteous Brothers were duo Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield (d. Nov., 2003). "Unchained Melody" was a hit for numerous artists both before and after the Righteous Brothers whose version is today regarded as an oldies classic. The Righteous Brothers "Unchained Melody" was featured in the 1990 movie "Ghost" and topped the Adult Contemporary charts that same year. The Righteous Brothers re-recorded a new version of this song in 1990 which also charted.
  • The Ames Brothers consisted of brothers Ed, Gene, Joe, and Vic Urick, with Ed Ames as lead singer. They had their own TV show in 1955 and Ed Ames also recorded solo. "You Were Meant For Me" was on the Ames Brothers' 1956 album, "Exactly Like You" (RCA Victor LPM-1142).
  • The Chambers Brothers were a family soul-pop group who broke out in 1968 with the apocalyptic "Time Has Come Today," a powerful oldies classic that really captured the mood of the turbulent late 1960s.
  • "You Always Hurt The One You Love" topped the charts for the Mills Brothers in 1944 and also charted for Clarence "Frog Man" Henry in 1961. The Mills Brothers were a unique family vocal group with a long and distinguished career dating from the late 1920s. In the 1930s, the Mills Brothers made their first big splash with "Tiger Rag," "St. Louis Blues," and "Dinah." In the 1940s, they hit it big with "Paper Doll" and "You'll Always Hurt the One You Love." More recent hits include "Glow Worm" (1952), "Queen Of The Senior Prom" (1957), "Get A Job" (1958), and "Cab Driver" (1968).
  • The Addrisi Brothers consisted of Dick and Don Addrisi. Most of their chart hits, including "We've Got To Get It On Again," were charted between 1972-1979, but they also had one song dating from 1959, "Cherrystone."
  • The Blues Brothers included John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd from "Saturday Night Live." The Blues Brothers starred in their own movie by the same name and had several chart hits from 1978-1981. "Peter Gunn" is based on the title theme by Henry Mancini from the TV show and was previously a hit for Ray Anthony (1959), Duane Eddy (1960), Deodato (1976), and the Art of Noise Featuring Duane Eddy (1986). The Blues Brothers version of "Peter Gunn" is part of the soundtrack for "The Blues Brothers" movie.
  • The Burt Bacharach-penned "Make It Easy On Yourself" was the Walker Brothers chart debut song in 1965. "Make It Easy On Yourself" was previously a hit for Jerry Butler (1962) and later charted for Dionne Warwick (1970). The Walker Brothers consisted of Scott Engel, Gary Leeds, and John Maus.

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