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Another gorgeous and hard to find 45 in great shape…..

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Spider Turner – I’ve got to get myself together / When I see you baby – Good Time 1019 Ex+ £850


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Although Spider was raised in Beckley, West Virginia it was in the Motor City that this gifted and versatile vocalist performed with local doo-wop groups including the El Domingo’s.  By 1966 Spider’s distribution of demo recordings and appearances on the Detroit club scene opened the door for Arnold Geller (TV producer) and Cliff Goroy (MGM executive) to sign him to the major label where he cut the “Stand by Me” album in 67.


In April 67 the Indianapolis Recorder, ran a column on the industry bow of New York’s Julmar and Good Time labels citing new releases from Marva Josie, and Spider Turner respectively.  These sister labels were owned and run by Julius Dixon, a 20-year veteran of the music industry and his partner ex-attorney and supreme court judge Erich Reisch.


The Good Time release was reported by the newspaper to have “taken off with great rapidity and success in Baltimore, Md. New Jersey and Pittsburgh, Pa”.  This duo of bright, talented young artists were no newcomers to the disc industry though, with Miss Josie, a native of Clairton, Pa. enjoying a nationwide hit with her 1966 smash “Crazy Stockings” whereas Spider, now a fully-fledged Detroit boy was still high up on the charts with his epic “Stand by Me” on MGM. 


Dixon acquired Spider’s contract from Ruth and Charles Stokes (Mother and Son business associates) who were Spiders agents up to October 1965.  This enabled Dixon to launch a recording session that resulted in them cutting a series of tracks yet to be released.  So, Spider seems to have recorded “I’ve got to get myself together” and “When I see you baby” for Julius Dixon after Oct 65, prior to his hook up with MGM in 66.


It still doesn’t answer the question of what version of “Together” came first, was it Kenny Carter’s on RCA, Spider’s on Good Time or Miki Stokes and Spider on Sound of Soul?  The Good Time 45 was recorded in 65 or early 66 but only released on the launch of Julmar and Good Time in 67, whilst Kenny’s track on RCA, mastered in Nov 65 and released mid-66.  The Charles Stokes influence on the Miki Stokes version may still throw things up in the air though because that relationship with Spider pre-existed the Dixon acquisition in Oct 65!


This northern anthem is in great shape, with only a couple of small light marks, so only a short way off M-


PayPal as friends or add 4% or bank transfer please.



£8.50 - Special Delivery

Overseas on Request


Cheers, Lee

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