The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit. This morning's theme was "cliches" in which the song title is a cliche or common expression.
- Beauty Is Only Skin Deep - The Temptations - 1966
- Got The Bull By The Horns - Johnny Horton - ca. 1958-1960
- Birds Of A Feather - The Raiders - 1971
- Easier Said Than Done - The Essex - 1963
- I Wish It Would Rain - The Temptations - 1968 (by request)
- The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener - Petula Clark - 1967
- You Better Know It - Jackie Wilson - 1959 (by request)
- Easy Come, Easy Go - Bobby Sherman - 1970
- What Goes Up Must Come Down - Holland & Dozier - 1963
- Needle In A Haystack - The Velvelettes - 1964
- Behind The 8 Ball - Lee Dorsey - 1962
- To Make A Long Story Short - Eddie And The Starlites - 1958
- Laugh And The World Laughs With You - Jack Scott - 1963
- Look Before You Leap - Dave Clark Five - 1966
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- "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" topped the R&B charts and became a Top 10 Pop/Rock hit for the Temptations in 1966. The Temptations were one of the top Motown groups of the 1960s and 1970s. "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" was followed shortly thereafter by another Temptations song, "I Wish It Would Rain." This song was a Top 10 hit for the Temptations in 1968 and also became a hit that same year for Gladys Knight and the Pips.
- Johnny Horton is best remembered for his epic "story" songs, e.g., "The Battle Of New Orleans" (1959) and "North To Alaska" (1960). From ca. 1958-1960, Horton recorded several versions of his noncharting "Got The Bull By The Horns," one of which was included on his 1959 album, "The Spectacular Johnny Horton" (Columbia CS-8167). The version played this morning is from the CD, The Essential Johnny Horton: Disc Two.
- Paul Revere and the Raiders had many hits from 1961-1973 that included "Kicks" (1966), "Hungry" (1966), and "Good Thing" (1967). They started to become known as the Raiders in 1970 and had several more hits under that name including the chart topping "Indian Reservation" (1971) and "Birds Of A Feather" (1971) as heard this morning. "Birds Of A Feather" previously charted for Joe South in 1969.
- The Essex was made up mostly of members of the U.S. Marine Corps and led by Anita Humes. This group is best remembered for "Easier Said Than Done" which topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts in 1963.
- Petula Clark was a top British Invasion singer with many hits from 1965-1982 that included "Downtown" (1965), "My Love" (1966), and "The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener" (1967) as played this morning. She was also an actress and co-starred in "Goodbye Mr. Chips."
- Jackie Wilson had many hits that included "Lonely Teardrops" (1959), "Baby Workout" (1963), and "You Better Know It" (1959) as played this morning. He was induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
- Singer, TV actor, and teen idol Bobby Sherman had many hits from 1969-1972 that included "Little Woman" (1969), "La La La (If I Had You)" (1970), and "Easy Come, Easy Go" (1970).
- "What Goes Up Must Come Down" was co-written by Eddie Holland, Brian Holland, and Lamont Dozier. This noncharting song was performed by Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier (under the name "Holland & Dozier") and released as a single in 1963 (Motown 1045 b/w "Come On Home"). Lamont Dozier and brothers Eddie and Brian Holland were the well-known Motown production trio known as Holland/Dozier/Holland. In addition, Eddie Holland wrote and produced numerous Motown hits for other artists and had several chart hits of his own that included "Jamie" (1962) and "Candy To Me" (1964). Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier also had several hits that they performed together under the "Holland & Dozier" name.
- The Velvelettes were an R&B girl group formed at Western Michigan State University in the early 1960s. They had several hits from 1964-1966 that included "Needle In A Haystack" (1964) as heard this morning.
- New Orleans-born R&B singer Lee Dorsey is best remembered for the smash hits "Ya Ya" (1961) and "Working In The Coal Mine" (1966). His noncharting "Behind The 8 Ball" was released as a single in 1962 (Fury 1061 b/w "Eenie Meenie Mini Mo").
- Eddie and the Starlites was a doo-wop group formed in Brooklyn in the late 1950s. Their rare and noncharting "To Make A Long Story Short" was released as a single in 1958 (Scepter 1202 b/w "Pretty Little Girl").
- Jack Scott had many hits from 1958-1961 on the Pop/Rock charts that included "My True Love" (1958) and "Burning Bridges" (1960). His noncharting "Laugh And The World Laughs With You" as heard this morning was released as a single in 1963 (Capitol 4903 b/w "Strangers").
- "Look Before You Leap" by the Dave Clark Five was the B-side of their 1966 top 40 hit, "Please Tell Me Why." "Look Before You Leap" became a minor hit that same year, peaking at only #101. Dave Clark Five was a top British Invasion band with many hits that included "Glad All Over" (1964), "Bits And Pieces" (1964), and "Over And Over" (1965).
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