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Al Wilson

Best remembered for the number one pop hit "Show and Tell," soul 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 & western hits as circumstances dictated. While he was in high school, Wilson and his family relocated to San Bernardino, California, where he worked odd jobs as a mail carrier, a janitor, and an office clerk, in addition to teaching himself to play drums. After graduation he spent four years touring with Johnny Harris & the Statesmen before joining the U.S. Navy and singing with an enlisted men's chorus. 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." 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. "The La La Peace Song," released in 1974, proved another major hit, and two years later, "I've Got a Feeling We'll Be Seeing Each Other Again" peaked at number three on the R&B chart. 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. Kidney failure took his life on April 21, 2008. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Best Of Al Wilson

2. Born On The Bayou

3. Show And Tell

4. Listen To Me

5. Touch And Go

6. Settle Me Down

7. La La Peace Song

8. Keep On Lovin' You

9. I Won't Last A Day Without You/Let Me Be The One

10. Willoughby Brook Road

11. Amen Brother

12. Magic Of Your Mind

13. You Do The Right Things

14. I'm Out To Get You

15. Queen Of The Ghetto

16. Goin' Through The Motions

17. I'm A Weak Man

18. Longer We Stay Together

19. Passport

20. A Stones Throw

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That's a cool cat, Al Wilson.His namesake, Al Wild
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I'm show and tell I'll see you at unsung.
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As a military brat living in England in the 70's, "Show and Tell " is packed with memories for me.
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Show and tell my husband played this to me every time I hear it, I think of him.
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this is a cut
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Show and tell me dammit lol
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aestrada223
Show and Tell was my sister's favorite song when it came out. I think she played the 45 rpm (that's vinyl record for you young'uns) till it played the B side at the same time as the A side, Ha Ha.
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love
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The music from this time is the best because it comes from the heart.
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This reminds me of my era 70's ...they just don't make music like this anymore
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The songs hit the heart strings! WoW!!!
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wa6vuf0
Close your eyes and soak it in. Defined the teen hopes for romance in the 70's.
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mstoshie1
Too my boo
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WHAT A VOICE!!! HE LEFT US WAY TOO SOON...RIP BROTHER.
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day.boule
Love it
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sondbird2
Great singer love me some Show and Tell
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Al Wilson one of the great artist:
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Ditto to all the good comments here! It was a better time them guys. I love Al Wilson and you all. You will notice that Al had a Spiritual group - Amen.

From Bruce A So CA.
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Saw him first on "Soul Train" pure talent!
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Brings back good memories!
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Show & Tell...class i c . . . g o t me groovin
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Yes...show and tell
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1972 Okla City, classic!
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nursehuggs
This is true music!!
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We were just loving people back in them days nothing like today.
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I used to here this song growing up
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I love this song; it is one of the best from the 70's.
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Awesome side
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Love the oldies
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lizycor5
How can I see the lyrics on Pandora like before?
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There are the best with Maurice white.
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Here is the soul of which u taken control
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Love it..
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Wish he would have done more with his talent but this song is a great reminder of my youth and first love! Sing it brother!
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The song was such s success, it coined the phrase. ,"Show and Tell,"
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robertskenne t h 9 9
Old school nice
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209ricm
These are the arms that lock you inside
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Show And Tell....this is my jam!!! Al Wilson....cl a s s i c
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Old School music good it get
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Great Music for all times.RIP Mr.Wilson we still love your music.U R Missed.!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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My uncle al was the greatest singer ever to me . He is truly missed. He's still singing in heavenly voice, sing on uncle!!!! Love your Neice Gloria
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Love this song.
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Check out Al Wilson, you are going to really like him.
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JUST SHOW ME
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OMG!!!! One of the best jams freakin ever!!!!! GEEYEAAHHHH!
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Al had a voice like velvet!!!
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This was my song
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Great Song!!!!
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One of the all time best of the one-hit wonders.
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This is way better than the crap on radio today
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