Spyder Turner – I Can’t Make It Any More

26th July 2023 · 1960s, 1967, Music, Soul

If you were a black kid growing up in postwar Detroit, there’s a good chance you would sing in the school choir and the church, and end up in a doo wop group before graduating to RnB and soul.

That’s the path Dwight Turner took, eventually winning a contest at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, which earned him a recording session.

A gifted impressionist, he sent a record label a demo of himself singing Stand By Me in the style of variouss soul greats from Ben E King to Smokey Robinson.

It ended up being released – under the new name Spyder Turner – and went straight into the singles chart.

This was the follow-up single, I Can’t Make It Anymore – and it’s become a Northern Soul classic.

In the 1970s Turner began working with Norman Whitfield and wrote the hit single Do Your Dance for Rose Royce and has sporadically recorded solo records over the years.

Most recently he made a 2010 single, I’m Gonna Miss You, to raise funds for the Haiti Recovery Fund.