January 1974: Al Wilson Hits #1 on the Hot 100 with "Show and Tell"

UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Al Wilson (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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There are songs, and there are songs. Al Wilson's version of "Show and Tell" is a song. The Jerry Fuller composition was first recorded by Johnny Mathis in 1972, as the tune made a respectable chart showing with a #36 peak on the Easy Listening chart.

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R&B stalwart Al Wilson got his hands on the song in 1973, making it the title track of his full-length studio effort that year. Wilson's version was a crossover smash, hitting pop and R&B radio with equal force all the way to the #1 spot for the week of January 19, 1974. The track peaked at #3 on the Easy Listening chart, and cruised to cool #10 showing on the Hot Soul Singles chart. It's a song and vocal performance for the ages, and one that simply gets better with time.

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