The Spiders (2)

Profile:
New Orleans R&B vocal group from 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
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Albums

The Spiders (2) - I Didn't Wanna Do It album art The Spiders (2) I Didn't Wanna Do It Imperial US 1961 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Spiders (2) - I Didn't Want To Do It / You're The One album art The Spiders (2) I Didn't Want To Do It / You're The One Imperial US 1953 Sell This Version
The Spiders (2) - I'm Slippin' In / I'm Searching album art The Spiders (2) I'm Slippin' In / I'm Searching (Single) Imperial US 1954 Sell This Version
The Spiders (2) - Mmm Mmm Baby / The Real Thing album art The Spiders (2) Mmm Mmm Baby / The Real Thing Imperial US 1954 Sell This Version
The Spiders (2) - Tears Began To Flow / I'll Stop Crying album art The Spiders (2) Tears Began To Flow / I'll Stop Crying (Single) Imperial US 1954 Sell This Version
The Spiders (2) - "21" / She Keeps Me Wondering album art The Spiders (2) "21" / She Keeps Me Wondering (Single) Imperial US 1954 Sell This Version
The Spiders (2) - Bells In My Heart album art The Spiders (2) Bells In My Heart Imperial US 1955 Sell This Version
The Spiders (2) - Witchcraft  album art The Spiders (2) Witchcraft (Single) Imperial US 1955 Sell This Version
5331 The Spiders (2) - Lost And Bewildered / That's Enough album art The Spiders (2) Lost And Bewildered / That's Enough(Shellac, 10") Imperial 5331 US 1955 Sell This Version
X5344 The Spiders (2) - Sukey, Sukey, Sukey / Am I The One album art The Spiders (2) Sukey, Sukey, Sukey / Am I The One(7") Imperial X5344 US 1955 Sell This Version
X5331 The Spiders (2) - Lost And Bewildered / That's Enough album art The Spiders (2) Lost And Bewildered / That's Enough(7") Imperial X5331 US 1955 Sell This Version
The Spiders (2) - Don't Pity Me / How I Feel album art Chuck Carbo And The Spiders (2) Chuck Carbo And The Spiders (2) - Don't Pity Me / How I Feel (Single) Imperial US 1956 Sell This Version
The Spiders (2) - Dear Mary album art The Spiders (2) Dear Mary (Single) Quality US 1956 Sell This Version
X5405 The Spiders (2) - Goodbye / That's The Way To Win My Heart album art The Spiders (2) With Chuck Carbo The Spiders (2) With Chuck Carbo - Goodbye / That's The Way To Win My Heart(7", Single) Imperial X5405 US 1956 Sell This Version
X5423 The Spiders (2) - That's My Desire / Honey Bee album art The Spiders (2) With Chuck Carbo The Spiders (2) With Chuck Carbo - That's My Desire / Honey Bee(7", Single) Imperial X5423 US 1957 Sell This Version
5618 The Spiders (2) - You're The One / I Didn't Want To Do It album art The Spiders (2) You're The One / I Didn't Want To Do It(7", Single) Imperial 5618 US 1959 Sell This Version
The Spiders (2) - You're The One / Tennessee Slim  album art The Spiders (2) You're The One / Tennessee Slim (Single) Imperial US 1960 Sell This Version
X5739 The Spiders (2) - Witchcraft / (True) You Don't Love Me album art The Spiders (2) Witchcraft / (True) You Don't Love Me(7", Single, Promo) Imperial X5739 US 1961 Sell This Version
334 The Spiders (2) - Don't Knock / For Sentimental Reasons album art The Spiders (2) / Chocolateers The Spiders (2) / Chocolateers - Don't Knock / For Sentimental Reasons(7", Single) Owl Records (15) 334 US 1974 Sell This Version
COL 6223 The Spiders (2) - I'm Slippin' In / Witchcraft album art The Spiders (2) I'm Slippin' In / Witchcraft(7", Single) Collectables COL 6223 US 1994 Sell This Version
X5354 The Spiders (2) Bells In My Heart(7") Imperial X5354 US Unknown Sell This Version
OL-66 The Spiders (2) -  Run, Baby, Run/I'm Slippin' In album art The Newbeats, The Spiders (2) The Newbeats, The Spiders (2) - Run, Baby, Run/I'm Slippin' In(7", RE) Oldies 45 OL-66 US Unknown Sell This Version
Record #559 The Bees (14) / The Spiders (2) The Bees (14) / The Spiders (2) - Toy Bell / The Real Thing(7") Golden Time Machine of Oldies Record #559 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

The Spiders (2) - The Best Of The Spiders Vol. 2 album art The Spiders (2) The Best Of The Spiders Vol. 2 (Comp) K.C. Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
The Spiders (2) - The Best Of The Spiders Vol. 1 album art The Spiders (2) The Best Of The Spiders Vol. 1 (Comp) K.C. Records UK 1985 Sell This Version