Jaded ears may be crying over hearing this warhorse again. This horse can still kick however in the hands of a master. Case in point – Detroit vocalist Spyder Turner’s version.
This novelty take of “Stand By Me” includes impersonations of Jackie Wilson, David Ruffin, Billy Stewart, Chuck Jackson and Smokey Robinson and comes from Turner’s audition tape to MGM. The phrasing in the beginning demonstrates that Turner is a great singer in his own right. The masses agreed and in ’67 “Stand by Me” hit #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Soul charts.
If you have seen veteran R&B performers live they often include a song in which they mimic other performer’s vocals and moves. They may have even done it to this song. Chalk another one up for Spyder Turner.
Spyder Turner performs at the Detroit Breakdown in NYC on July 31, 2010.
Flyer for the Detroit Breakdown – 7/31/10 in NYC. Plus The Gories song that inspired the name.
Before the Stooges, MC5 and the Nuge there was Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels Early in 1967, Mitch Ryder’s prototypical, riff-rockin “Sock It To Me-Baby!” became Ryder’s final Top 10 single, despite being banned on several stations for being too sexually suggestive. Mitch and the boys will take Manhattan this Saturday at the Detroit … Continue reading Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels – Sock it to Me, Baby! – Song of the Day
The Death story. Three brothers from Detroit, Bobby (bass, vocals), David (guitar), and Dannis (drums) Hackney form funk/r&b band in 1972. Convert to rock n’ roll after witnessing Alice Cooper concert in 1973. Rename themselves “Death.” Put out 500 copies of a self released 7” in 1976: “Politicians in My Eyes” b/w “Keep on Knocking,” … Continue reading Death – Keep on Knocking – Song of the Day
Next up in our Detroit Breakdown countdown to NYC, a Fortune 45 from Melvin Davis. Stomp architect/musician/writer Michael Hurtt chronicled the prolific, inspiring and enduring career of the Detroit soul survivor in a 2009 Metro Times Feature. The story of Melvin Davis is emblematic of Detroit. A working man in a working man’s town, he … Continue reading Melvin Davis – I Won’t Be Your Fool – Song of the Day