Spyder Turner

Stand by Me

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Dwight "Spyder" Turner's only hit came with a song he didn't like and one he never expected to released as a single -- his remake of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," which included vocal impressions of David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, James Brown, Chuck Jackson, Billy Stewart and others. The demo was intended to show how others would sing King's classic. Executives at MGM disagreed with Turner's assessment and released an edited version that zoomed to #12 pop in February of 1967. The novelty really wasn't that good; Spyder's impressions were weak and the production was poor, yet record buyers loved it. MGM followed with the very ordinary "I Can't Make It Anymore," a below-average song that only managed to dent the Pop 100 chart at #95. The rest of the songs are weak remakes and even weaker fillers. Turner sings in his natural voice throughout the LP; his second tenor lacks bite, however, and becomes unbelievably boring after a few songs.