WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Halloween - October 27, 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 Halloween and other spine-tingling oldies (wa ha ha ha ha ...!).

Note: Many of the songs that were played on today's program are included on the CD Monster Rock 'n Roll Show.

  • "Bo Meets The Monster" is an uncharted scary number by the famed rock & roller who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. "Bo Meets The Monster" was performed with Jerome Green and released as a single (Checker Records, 1958, b/w "Willie And Lillie").
  • The Inspirations were a lesser known doo wop group who recorded a number of uncharted songs for Gone Records including "Angel In Disguise." "Angel In Disguise" was released as a single ca. 1959 (Al-Brite 1651, b/w "Stool Pigeon") and is included on the CDs George Goldner Presents: Gone Story 1957-63 [IMPORT] and Gone Records, Vol. 2.
  • "Monster Mash Party" was the B-side of the goulish "Monster Mash" which first topped the charts in 1962 and recharted a couple of times thereafter. Vincent Price once said of Pickett, "Bobby Pickett looks and sounds so lifelike. It's amazing!"
  • The Tarantulas first recorded as the Spyders and had some personnel changes before changing their name. Band members included Bobby Tucker, Fred Crook, Dan Rains, Sammy Creason, and Bill English. The Tarantulas' best known song is "Tarantula," and they recorded several other songs including "Like Spellbound" and "Kaw Liga." "Tarantula" was recorded at Fernwood studio in Memphis ca. 1960 and was released as a single (Atlantic-2102 b/w "Black Widow"). This song is included on the CD Fernwood Rock N Roll. After Bill Black passed away in 1965, Bobby Tucker became the lead for the Bill Black Combo and the group, which incorporated other Tarantulas members, recorded until the 1970s.
  • The instrumental hit "Frankenstein" topped the charts in 1973 for the Edgar Winter Group whose other best known songs include "Free Ride." Key members included brothers Edgar and Johnny Winter.
  • "The Mummy" was inspired by the 1959 movie of the same name and was the only song to chart for comedian Bob McFadden.
  • Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Wolfbane" is included on the CD The Original Monster Mash, a CD re-release of Pickett's 1962 album (Garpax 57001; Parrot 71063 re-release).
  • "Trick Or Treat" is one of a number of lesser-known and uncharted Otis Redding songs. "Trick Or Treat" is included on the CD Remember Me.
  • "Spooky" was the chart debut song in 1968 for the Classics IV. An instrumental version of "Spooky" previously charted for Mike Sharpe in 1967, and the song later also charted for the Atlanta Rhythm Section in 1979.
  • David Seville was actually Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. who is best remembered as the creator of the Chipmunks. Bagdasarian created the voices for Theodore, Simon, and Alvin by recording normal voices and speeding up the playback on a tape machine. The Chipmunks made a big splash on the charts in the late 1950s with "Witch Doctor" which topped the charts in 1958. Prior to the Chipmunks, Bagdasarian had appeared in several movies and debuted on the charts with "The Trouble With Harry" (1956, recorded as Alfi & Harry). He also charted with several solo songs as David Seville, including "Armen's Theme" (1957).
  • "The Blob" by the Five Blobs was written for the movie of the same name starring Steve McQueen. "The Blob" was the only song that charted for the Five Blobs, a studio concoction made by overdubbing the voice of Bernie Nee. "The Blob" was written by Burt Bacharach (!) and Mack David (brother of Hal David, Bacharach's future long-time collaborator). This song is included on the CD The Look Of Love - The Burt Bacharach Collection.
  • "That Old Black Magic," which is from the movie "Star-Spangled Rhythm," first topped the charts for Glenn Miller in 1943 and was a chart hit for several others artists thereafter including Freddie Slack (1943), Hoarce Heidt (1943), Sammy Davis, Jr. (1955), Louis Prima & Keely Smith (1958), and Bobby Rydell (1961). Spike Jones and His City Slickers was a zany band which used a lot of bells and whistles. This ensemble's best known songs include the 1949 chart topping hit "All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)." Spike Jones' version of "That Old Black Magic" dates from around the mid-late 1940s.
  • Oklahoma-born Sheb Wooley is a singer, songwriter, and actor who has over the years appeared in a number of TV shows including "Rawhide." He had a string of hits, mostly novelty songs, from 1955-1968, his best known being "The Purple People Eater" which topped the charts in 1958.

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