Al Wilson – 1973 – Show and Tell
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A classic bit of LA crossover soul, with the huge hit “Show & Tell” that broke Al Wilson from being a strange showy performer into a brief standard on 70s AM radio. Arrangements are by H.B. Barnum, so you can expect a nice bit of soul in with Al’s more theatrical performance style and other cuts include “Queen Of The Ghetto“, “What You See“, “Moonlightin“, and “For Cryin’ Out Loud“.
A classic soul tune, this is a [email protected] rip of my original vinyl.
Although it was released in 1995 on cd, it can’t be found. Probably is deleted.
A1 Show And Tell (3:28)
A2 I’m Out To Get You (3:39)
A3 Queen Of The Ghetto (2:53)
A4 Touch And Go (3:09)
A5 My Song (3:43)
A6 Broken Home (3:43)
B1 What You See (3:46)
B2 Love Me Gentle, Love Me Blind (4:00)
B3 Moonlightn’ (3:40)
B4 For Cryin’ Out Loud (3:37)
B5 A Song For You (5:42)
Best remembered for the soul classic “Show and Tell“, singer Al Wilson was born June 19, 1939 in Meridian, Mississippi. From childhood forward he was singing professionally, and by the age of 12 was leading his own spiritual quartet and singing in the church choir, even performing covers of country and western hits as circumstances dictated. After a two-year military stint, Wilson settled in Los Angeles, touring the local nightclub circuit before joining the R&B vocal group the Jewels; from there he landed with the Rollers, followed by a stint with the instrumental combo the Souls. In 1966, Wilson signed with manager Marc Gordon, who quickly scored his client an a cappella audition for Johnny Rivers — the “Secret Agent Man” singer not only signed Wilson to his Soul City imprint, but also agreed to produce the sessions that yielded the 1968 R&B smash “The Snake” which is perhaps THE most played Northern Soul oldie ever!.
The minor hit “Do What You Gotta Do” appeared that same year, but Wilson then largely disappeared from sight until 1973, when he issued the platinum-selling Weighing In — the album’s success was spurred by the shimmering “Show and Tell,” a Johnny Mathis castoff that sold well over a million copies. Today he is best known for this 1973 platinum selling album “Show And Tell”, which was considered a certified soul masterpiece! Al’s endearing style captured fans on both sides of the Atlantic and he continued to make great soul music throughout the decade
1974’s “The La La Peace Song” proved another major hit, and two years later, “I’ve Got a Feeling We’ll Be Seeing Each Other Again” cracked the R&B Top Three. With 1979’s “Count the Days” Wilson scored his final chart hit, however, and he spent the next two decades touring clubs and lounges; in 2001 he re-recorded his classic hits for the album Spice of Life.
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