Friday, March 11, 2011

"The Spiders" : THE WEEKEND MIX

It's not my usual modus operandi to post an album proper for "The Weekend Mix," but this one is just too good, and it usually fetches a c-note in this form.

Led by brothers Chuck and Chick Carbo, The Spiders started out singing gospel in New Orleans but later became one of the top R&B vocal groups of the time. Produced by Dave Bartholomew somewhere around 1954, this LP was released on Imperial in 1961 and it's a killer.

Here it is in detail, courtesy of AMG:

New Orleans R&B was best known for its solo artists, but the Spiders rank among the Crescent City's pre-eminent vocal groups, and were certainly the best the city produced during the '50s. The Spiders actually began life circa 1947 as a gospel group called the Zion City Harmonizers; they later changed their name to the Delta Southernaires, and made a few recordings and radio appearances from 1952-1953. With encouragement from legendary New Orleans studio head Cosimo Matassa, the group switched to secular R&B and signed with Imperial in late 1953. The newly christened Spiders were centered around brothers Hayward "Chuck" Carbo and Leonard "Chick" Carbo, the latter a bass singer who sometimes split lead vocals with his brother; the other members of the quintet were Joe Maxon, Matthew West, and Oliver Howard. Their first single, "I Didn't Want to Do It," went to number three on the R&B charts in early 1954, and other sides like "You're the One," "Tears Begin to Flow," and "I'm Slippin' In" were top sellers as well, making the Spiders a hot concert draw. Maxon and West both left the group in 1955 and were replaced by Bill Moore and Issacher Gordon. The Spiders' string of R&B Top Tens continued that year with "21" and the Dave Bartholomew-penned "Witchcraft," their second Top Five hit and biggest overall seller (it was later covered by Elvis Presley). Imperial began grooming Chuck Carbo for a solo career in 1956, which caused dissent within the group; by the end of the year, Chick Carbo had signed to Atlantic as a solo artist himself, and the Spiders effectively dissolved. A final single in 1957, "That's My Desire," failed to catch on, as did a posthumous from-the-vaults release in 1960, "Tennessee Slim." Neither of the Carbo brothers scored any significant chart hits, although Chuck did return in the late '80s and early '90s, cutting an album for Rounder in 1993. Chick passed away in 1998.

I see good moods in your future.

I Didn't Want To Do It
You're The One
I'm Slippin' In
Mmm Mmm Baby
Walkin' Around In Circles
I'm Searching
That's Enough
Sukey, Sukey, Sukey
Am I The One
Don't Knock
(True) You Don't Love Me



J. Loslo said...

Thank you, thank you! I'd never heard of The Spiders, but I'm four songs into it & I'm loving it.

Jonnie Miles said...

"The Spiders" (from?)...a vintage gem. thanks Sal

steve simels said...

This seems designed, as they say, with my mind in mind.


soundsource said...

finger popping good, thanks mr. wooe

Nawlins said...

OH yeah, now we're talkin' -- great share. Thanks Sal!

James A. Gardner said...

Thank you, I think we can all use a good mood about now.