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Show And Tell


Al Wilson

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Johnny Mathis originally recorded this in 1973 but his version flopped. Later that year, Wilson recorded it with a stronger bass line and more powerful vocals, and it became a hit.
Wilson is a Soul singer and drummer who was a member of The Rollers in the early '60s before going solo. His first solo hit was "The Snake" in 1968. His other hits were "La La Peace Song" and "I've Got a Feeling (We'll Be Seeing Each Other Again)." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2)
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On February 9th 1974, Al Wilson performed "Show and Tell" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
Four months earlier on October 14th, 1973 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at #96; and on January 13th, 1974 it peaked at #1 (for 1 week) and spent 22 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 7 of those 22 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
It reached #10 on Billboard's R&B Singles and #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary tracks charts...
Was composed by Jerry Fuller; he wrote another record that reached #1; Ricky Nelson's "Travelin' Man" in 1961; and also composed three songs for Gary Puckett & the Union Gap that made the Top 10 ("Young Girl" made #2, "Lady Willpower" also made #2, and "Over You" at #7...
R.I.P. Mr. Wilson, born Allen LaMar Wilson, (1939 - 2008).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
The reason this song became a hit is because famous "Motown Bassist" James Jamerson layed down a fantastic bassline on this song.
- Sante, Windsor, ON
Look Him up again- he was actually in the business for a long time and had many hits of various degrees of success.
- alene, L.A., CA
cool ol jam forgot who sang it.... one hit wonder type of stuff I guess.... thanks for helping me get this solved!

Good Job!

- Malinda, Bay Area, CA
This song is fabulous!! Al Wilson sings this with such feeling.
- Farrah, Elon, NC
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