Show and Tell (song)

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This article is about the 1972 popular song. For other songs with the same title, see Show and tell (disambiguation).
"Show And Tell"
Single by Al Wilson
from the album Show and Tell
B-side "Listen to Me"
Released 1973
Format 45 RPM
Recorded 1973
Genre Soul, pop
Length 3:28
Label Rocky Road
Writer(s) Jerry Fuller
Certification Gold (U.S.)
Al Wilson singles chronology
"Show And Tell"
"Touch And Go"

"Show and Tell" is a popular song written by Jerry Fuller and first recorded by Johnny Mathis in 1972. A 1973 recording of the song by Al Wilson reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week on January 19, 1974; it sold over two million copies and was named a Cashbox Magazine Number One Single of the Year. Billboard ranked it as the No. 15 song for 1974.[1] Wilson's version also made No. 10 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.

Peabo Bryson had a No. 1 R&B hit with his version of the song in 1989. Bryson's version did not chart on the Hot 100.[2]

The song is often played by Paul Schaffer and The CBS Orchestra on the Late Show with David Letterman for the segment "Show & Tell".

Wilson's version can be heard on TV show Malcolm in the Middle's episode Forbidden Girlfriend.


  1. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1974
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 90. 
Preceded by
"The Joker" by Steve Miller Band
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Al Wilson version)
January 19, 1974 (one week)
Succeeded by
"You're Sixteen" by Ringo Starr
Preceded by
"Have You Had Your Love Today" by The O'Jays
Billboard's Hot R&B Songs number-one single (Peabo Bryson version)
July 1, 1989 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Keep on Movin'" by Soul II Soul