WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Today, Tonight, And Tomorrow - December 15, 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 in which at least one of these words, "today," "tonight," and "tomorrow," is included in the song title. Today's program includes many songs by various artists, some famous and some obscure, that never charted nationally. Some of these uncharted gems later went on to become oldies classics.

Notes:

  • "No Milk Today" by Herman's Hermits was the flip side of "There's A Kind Of Hush," both of which were chart hits in 1967.
  • The West Coast-based Jaguars, led by Herman “Sonny” Chaney, were one of many doo wop groups that never charted nationally. They are best remembered for their performance of "The Way You Look Tonight" (written by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields) which is considered by many to be one of the best renditions of this song and a doo wop classic. "The Way You Look Tonight," which was from the movie "Swing Time," topped the charts for Fred Astaire in 1936 and charted for several other artists thereafter including Guy Lombardo (1936), Teddy Wilson with Billy Holiday (1936), Benny Goodman (1942), and the Lettermen (1961). The Jaguar's version of this song was released as a single in 1956 with two different B-side songs (R-Dell 11, b/w "Moonlight And You." The reissue was b/w "Baby, Baby, Baby" ).
  • The Beatles' uncharted and psychedelic "Tomorrow Never Knows" was included on their 1966 album, "Revolver" (Apple EAS-80556).
  • The Spaniels were founded ca. 1953 and led by tenor James "Pookie" Hudson. This acclaimed doo wop group had a string of hits, mostly on the R&B charts, from 1953-1970, and had many personnel changes over the years. The Spaniels' best known songs include "Baby, It's You" (1953) and "Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite" (1954). Their uncharted "100 Years Ago Today" was released as a single in 1959 (Vee Jay 328 b/w "These Three Words").
  • The Guess Who's "No Sugar Tonight" was the flip side of "American Woman," both of which topped the charts in 1970.
  • A made-for-TV band, the Monkees had many Top 40 hits and starred in 58 episodes of "The Monkees" from 1966-1968. The Monkees' uncharted "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" is included on Monkees, a CD reissue of their 1966 debut album (Colgems COS-101; COM-101).
  • "On A Day Like Today" by Lesley Gore was the B-side song of her 1967 hit, "Brink Of Disaster."
  • The rare and uncharted "I Wish I Wasn't Me Tonight" by famed rocker Del Shannon was released as a single in 1966 in both the UK and the US (Amy 947 and Stateside SS 494, b/w "I Can't Believe My Ears"). Del Shannon is best remembered for his 1961 chart topping debut song, "Runaway." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • The Laredos' a capella version of the classic Carole King/Gerry Goffin-penned "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" is an example of the doo wop revival movement that continues to the present day. This uncharted song was released in 1980 as a single (Madog b/w "You Didn't Care"). The Laredos were originally formed in Detroit in 1955. Group members included, at various times, Tommy Hust, Rick Benko, Bob Broderick, Gary Banovetz, Don Davenport, Bernie Turnbull, and Ron Morris. The Lorados, who were famous locally, were together for about 5 years and during that time they released one single, "Now the Parting Begins," (1957, Fox Records b/w "Bad Bad Guitar Man"). The Larados' disbanded in 1960 and regrouped in 1977. Shortly thereafter, they merged with some of the Reflections' ("(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet") group members. "Will You Still Love Me" and other Laredos' songs, both old and new, are included on the hard-to-find CD, "Larados: The Lost Tapes 1957-Present."
  • "The Time It Is Today" by the Association was the B-side song of their 1969 hit, "Goodbye Columbus."
  • The Three Chuckles (who named themselves after the Chuckles candy bar) are best remembered for their 1954 hit, "Runaround." The Three Chuckles 1953 lineup consisted of Tommy Romano, Tommy "Russ" Gilberto And Teddy Randazzo. The group recorded about 20 songs, their last one in 1956. The uncharted "We're Gonna Rock Tonight" was part of the soundtrack for the 1956 movie, "Rock, Rock, Rock". This song was also released as a single in 1956 (Vik 0244 b/w "Won't You Give Me A Chance").
  • Jay Dee Bryant & the Magic Knights was one of many New York-based doo wop groups that never charted nationally. Their little known "Searching For Tomorrow" is included on the hard-to-find CD, "The Golden Era of Doo Wop - Everlast Records." Everlast Records was a New York record label from around the late 1950s-early 1960s.
  • The Cadillacs were a Harlem-based doo wop group formed in 1953 led by Earl "Speedoo" Carroll. Their best known songs include "Speedoo" (1956) and "Peek-A-Boo" (1959). They had a number of personnel changes and Carroll left the group to join the Coasters in 1961. The Cadillacs' uncharted "Tell Me Today" was released as a single in 1960 (Josie 876 b/w "It's Love").

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