WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Weather - December 1, 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 with a weather-related theme.


  • "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let Snow!" topped the charts in 1946 for baritone Vaughn Monroe who had a long string of pop hits from 1940-1959. This Christmas classic first hit the pop charts in late December of 1945.
  • There were two surf rock bands from the early 1960s named the Tornadoes, the better one being the one from Britain famous for the 1962 hit "Telstar." The "other" Tornadoes as played today were from California, and the band members included brothers Gerald and Norman Sanders. To avoid confusion, the Tornadoes from California later changed their name to the Hollywood Tornadoes. They had one song that peaked at #102 in 1962, "Bustin' Surfboards," which was later used as part of the soundtrack for the 1994 movie "Pulp Fiction." The popularity of that movie led to their reuniting and recording the album "Bustin' Surfboards '98," some 34 years after their first album. "The Tornado" was originally included on the (Hollywood) Tornadoes 1964 album "Bustin' Surfboards" and is on their CD, Bustin' Surfboards.
  • The Association's breezy "Windy," which topped the charts in 1967, also charted that same year for Wes Montgomery.
  • The laid-back "Sunny Afternoon" (1966) was one of many chart hits for the Kinks. Key members included brothers Ray and Dave Davies, and they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • The ominous "Lightning's Girl" (1967) was one in a string of hits for Nancy Sinatra from 1965-1969. "Lightning's Girl" was written by Lee Hazelwood with whom she collaborated extensively.
  • The refrain for Bobby Vinton's "Rain Rain Go Away" was taken from the well known nursery rhyme by the same name.
  • The instrumental hit, "Cast Your Fate To The Wind," by Sounds Orchestral made the Top 10 on the Pop/Rock charts and topped the Adult Contemporary charts in 1965. This song previously also charted for the Vince Guaraldi Trio in 1963 and later also charted for Steve Alaimo (sung version, 1965) and Shelby Flint (sung version, 1966).
  • Dee Clark's 1961 hit, "Raindrops," is his best known song. In this song, the sounds of pouring rain can be heard. Narvel Felts later also had a hit with "Raindrops" on the Country charts in 1974. Dee Clark was a male R&B singer (born Delecta Clark in Arkansas). Before going solo in 1957, Clark had been a member of the Kool Gents, a Chicago-based group that was famous locally.
  • Lou Christie's uncharted "Summer Snow" was included on his 1966 album, "Painter Of Hits" (MGM E-4394). Next to Frankie Valli, Lou Christie had the most recognizable falsetto voice of the 1960s.
  • "Thunder And Lightning" (1972) was Chi Coltrane's only Billboard Top 100 hit, making her a true "one hit wonder." She had only one other charted song, "Go Like Elijah," which peaked at only #107 in 1973. (Chi Coltrane's first name is pronounced: shy.)
  • The bluesy "Snow Is Falling" is one of a number of songs recorded by a young Ray Charles that never charted. This song was recorded as a single ca. 1951-1952 (78rpm, Swing Time 326, b/w "Misery In My Heart").
  • Johnny Rivers' "Summer Rain" was one in a very long string of hits from 1964-1977. The song makes mention of the Beatles' seminal "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album and briefly works in a guitar riff from this album's title song. Rivers' charted songs covered a variety of genres including R&B, soul, rockabilly, and soft rock. He later went on to record Christian rock music in the early 1980s.

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