WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - All But Forgotten Oldies Recent Top Picks - October 13, 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's show consisted entirely of some of this website's recently most clicked-on songs.


  • "Draggin' The Line" was one of a number of hits for Tommy James who left the Shondells to record solo in 1971. After Tommy James left the group, they went on to record as Hog Heaven. "Draggin' The Line" can be heard in a Mitsubishi TV commercial.
  • "I'm On The Outside (Looking In)" was one of several heartbreaking ballads (all written by Terry Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein) that were chart hits for Little Anthony and the Imperials. The group first recorded as the Chesters, then changed their name to the Imperials in 1958.
  • "Sunny" was Bobby Hebb's chart debut song which he wrote in memory of his brother Hal. Hebb later recorded a disco version of "Sunny" (entitled "Sunny '76") which became an R&B chart hit in 1976.
  • "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" by Cass Elliot previously topped the charts for Wayne King in 1931.
  • Arthur Brown's "Fire," which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Pop/Rock charts, topped the UK charts in 1968. Arthur Brown was a psychedelic rock singer-performer from Britain well known for his dramatic onstage performances in which he wore helmets of fire and outlandish costumes.
  • "Sukiyaki," which topped the charts for Kyu Sakamoto in 1963, is sung entirely in Japanese and was released in Japan as "Ue O Muite Aruko" (I Look Up When I Walk). "Sukiyaki" also charted for Taste of Honey in 1981.
  • "I Say A Little Prayer For You" was previously a chart hit for Dionne Warwick in 1967, and it later also charted for Glen Campbell & Anne Murray as a medley in 1971. This song is being used in parodied form in a TV commercial for "International Delights" coffee creamer, and both the Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin versions have been regular Top Picks at allbutforgottenoldies.net.
  • "Build Me Up Buttercup," a Top 10 hit from 1969, is the best known song for this British-based pop-soul-bubblegum group.
  • "Classical Gas" was Mason William's chart debut song in 1968 and it topped the Adult Contemporary charts that same year.
  • Thunderclap Newman was a British rock band featuring Andy Newman on honky-tonk piano. This band is best remembered for its one Billboard Pop/Rock hit, "Something In The Air," which made the Top 40 in 1969.
  • Hot Butter was Stan Free playing a Moog synthesizer. Hot Butter's best known song was the 1972 Top 10 hit "Popcorn," which sounds very much like its name.
  • "Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean was so popular that it topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary, Country, and Pop/Rock charts in 1961. Dean had originally recorded "Big Bad John" with the spoken passage "At the bottom of this mine lies one hell of a man ..." but this created such a stink that Dean rush-recorded the song, substituting "At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man ..."

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