Show Me the Way (Peter Frampton song)

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"Show Me the Way"
Show Me the Way by Peter Frampton UK vinyl side-A.png
Side A of 1976 UK live single
Single by Peter Frampton
from the album Frampton and Frampton Comes Alive!
B-side"The Crying Clown"
"Shine On" (live)
ReleasedJune 1975
February 1976 (live)
RecordedAugust 1975 (live)
VenueLong Island Arena, Commack, New York
GenreRock
Length
  • 4:02 (album version)
  • 3:25 (single edit)
  • 4:42 (1976 live version)
LabelA&M
Songwriter(s)Peter Frampton
Producer(s)Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton singles chronology
"Baby (Somethin's Happening)"
(1974)
"Show Me the Way"
(1975)
"Baby, I Love Your Way"
(1975)

(I'll Give You) Money
(1975)


Baby, I Love Your Way
(1976)

"Show Me the Way" is a song by the English rock musician Peter Frampton. Originally released in June 1975 as the lead single from his fourth studio album Frampton, it gained popularity after being recorded live and released in February 1976 as the lead single from his live album Frampton Comes Alive! In the US, the song reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his biggest US hit until "I'm in You" in 1977.

Cash Box said of the studio single that "Peter turns in a dynamic performance both instrumentally and vocally" and that "his highly emotive vocals are matched by some of his usually dexterous guitar playing".[1] Like "Do You Feel Like We Do," another single from the Frampton Comes Alive! album, the song prominently features a talk box effects pedal.

Track listing[edit]

1975 release[edit]

7" vinyl - United States (1975)
  1. "Show Me the Way" - 3:18
  2. "The Crying Clown" - 4:05

Live version[edit]

7" vinyl - United States (1976)
  1. "Show Me the Way" - 3:25
  2. "Shine On" - 3:35

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1975–2017) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 25
Belgium (HUMO)[3] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 5
Belgium (Ultratop Back Catalogue Flanders)[6] 34
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 2
France (IFOP)[8] 8
Netherlands (Single Tip 100)[9] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 26
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[12] 11
UK Singles (OCC)[13] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 6
US Rock Singles Best Sellers (Billboard)[15] 11
US Top 100 Singles (Cash Box)[16] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 99
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[17] 41
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 50
US Top 100 Singles (Cash Box)[19] 35

Later versions[edit]

The American alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr recorded it as a bonus track on the 1987 album You're Living All Over Me. In May 2000, Peter Frampton revisited it in a performance with the Foo Fighters, on Late Show with David Letterman. It was also recorded in 2014 by Jake Kitchin[20] for use as background music television commercials for Uncle Ben's Beginners rice. Frampton recorded the song again as a version for acoustic guitar for his 2016 CD Acoustic Classics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CashBox Record Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. May 24, 1975. p. 24. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard Magazine. 24 July 1976. p. 72. Retrieved 9 November 2020 – via W orld Radio History.
  4. ^ "ultratop.be – Peter Frampton – Show Me The Way (Live)". Ultratop 50 (in Dutch). Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Peter Frampton – Show Me the Way" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  6. ^ "ultratop.be – Back Catalogue Singles". Ultratop 50 (in Dutch). 25 February 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collections Canada. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Accès direct à ces Artistes : F". Institut français d'opinion publique (in French). Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Dutch Single Tip 05/06/1976". Dutch Charts (in Dutch). 5 June 1976. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Peter Frampton – Show Me The Way (Live)". Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Peter Frampton – Show Me The Way (Live)". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  12. ^ "SA Charts 1965–1989 – Acts F". Springbok Radio. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  14. ^ "Peter Frampton Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  15. ^ "Rock Singles Best Sellers" (PDF). Billboard Magazine. 24 April 1976. p. 24. Retrieved 9 November 2020 – via World Radio History.
  16. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles". Cash Box. 8 May 1976. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  17. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collections Canada. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1976/Top 100 Songs of 1976". Music Outfitters. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  19. ^ "Top 100 Year End Charts: 1976". Cashbox. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Videos". Jake Kitchin. Retrieved 10 October 2016.

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