Sammy Turner

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Sammy Turner (born Samuel Black, June 2, 1932, Paterson, New Jersey[1]) is an American singer, who was popular at the end of the 1950s.


He was signed to Bigtop Records late in the 1950s, and his releases featured production from Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.[1] He scored several hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959 and 1960; the biggest were "Lavender-Blue", a #3 chart record on the Billboard Hot 100, and originally a hit for Sammy Kaye in 1949, and "Always", a #1 hit for Vincent Lopez in 1926.[2] Later in the 1960s Turner recorded for Motown Records.[1]


Year Title Chart Positions[3][4]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. R&B Singles UK Singles Chart
1959 "Symphony" 82 - -
"Lavender-Blue" 3 14 -
"Always" 19 2 26
1960 "Paradise" 46 13 -


  1. ^ a b c Sammy Turner at Allmusic
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000
  3. ^ Billboard Singles,
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 569. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.