1967 Spyder Turner – Stand By Me
Dwight David Turner was born in West Virginia and grew up in Detroit. He sang in high school groups and a few doo wop groups. He competed in a contest at the Apollo Theater and won, which led to some solo recordings using the stage name Spyder Turner. He also sang background vocals for at least two groups.
In 1966, Spyder signed with MGM Records. He recorded a version of Ben E. King’s Stand By Me that features Spyder’s imitation of the original song followed by imitations of the singing styles of five prominent soul singers. By the end of the song, he drops to his knees and ends the song pleading as himself.
The record reached #12 on the Hot 100 and peaked at #3 on the R&B chart in early 1967. His next single, I Can’t Make It Anymore stopped at #95 on the pop chart and he never reached the Hot 100 again.
Spyder left MGM Records and toured mostly in the Southern US. He wrote a top ten R&B single for Rose Royce in 1977 that also barely snuck into the top forty on the Hot 100. He also recorded a song for the 1985 film The Last Dragon. He recorded his most recent CD in 2006.
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