Show And Tell

Album: Dynamite (1973)
Charted: 1

Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Wilson baring his soul to prove how much he loves his lady. Show and Tell might be just a game for some, but it's his way of saying "I love you."
  • 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)."
  • This was written and produced by Jerry Fuller, who also wrote Rick Nelson's "Travelin' Man" and a few hits for Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, including "Young Girl."
  • 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. When Jerry Fuller brought Wilson in to record the song, he offered to play the Mathis version for him, but Wilson refused.
  • On the 2002 "Forbidden Girlfriend" episode of Malcolm In The Middle, a naked Hal (Bryan Cranston) sings along to Wilson's version.

Comments: 8

  • Hotskel from Philadelphia, Pa.CKLW broke this one. By the time it entered the Billboard chart on October 14, 1973, it was less than a week away from reaching #1 at CKLW on October 30th, in its 7th charted week on The Big 30, since Billboard was post dated by 11 days. I remember buying the single at a record store outside Philly. It was #1 at CK and the store received a single copy. Nobody in the store ever heard of the song, but a couple of months later couldn't keep it in stock. Also the lyrics are wrong. "These are the hands that can't help reaching for you If you're anywhere inside (anywhere inside)" It should be anywhere IN SIGHT.
  • S. Scagnetti from Studio City, CaDoes anyone know who’s playin the tubs on this track?
  • Mike from South CarolinaI KNEW that had to be Jameson laying down that bass line. His stuff is iconic.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn 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).
  • Sante from Windsor, OnThe reason this song became a hit is because famous "Motown Bassist" James Jamerson layed down a fantastic bassline on this song.
  • Alene from L.a., CaLook Him up again- he was actually in the business for a long time and had many hits of various degrees of success.
  • Malinda from Bay Area, Cacool ol jam forgot who sang it.... one hit wonder type of stuff I guess.... thanks for helping me get this solved!

    Good Job!

    Malinda
  • Farrah from Elon, NcThis song is fabulous!! Al Wilson sings this with such feeling.
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