Show Me the Way (Peter Frampton song)

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"Show Me the Way"
Single by Peter Frampton
from the album Frampton Comes Alive!
B-side"Shine On" (live)
ReleasedFebruary 1976
Format7-inch single
RecordedAugust 1975
VenueLong Island Arena, Commack, New York
  • 3:25 (single edit)
  • 4:42 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Peter Frampton
Producer(s)Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton singles chronology
"(I'll Give You) Money"
"Show Me the Way"
"Baby, I Love Your Way"
Alternative cover
Picture sleeve for the 1975 studio single
Picture sleeve for the 1975 studio single

"Show Me the Way" is a song written by Peter Frampton, which was originally released on his 1975 album Frampton and as a single, but gained its highest popularity as a song from his 1976 live album Frampton Comes Alive! The song reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his biggest hit until "I'm in You" in 1977.

The song was one of Frampton's earliest to feature the talk box effect, which would become one of his signature sounds.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
Australia (KMR)[1] 25
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 26
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[6] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[citation needed] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[citation needed] 6
US Cash Box Top 100[7] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Rank
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[8] 41
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 50
US Cash Box [10] 35

Later versions[edit]

American alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr recorded it as a bonus track on their 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. The song was also recorded in 2014 by Jake Kitchin[11] for use as background music television commercials for Uncle Ben's Beginners rice.


  1. ^ "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  2. ^ "[Live&cat=s – Peter Frampton – Show Me The Way [Live]"] (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Archived from the original on 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  4. ^ "[Live&cat=s – Peter Frampton – Show Me The Way [Live]"] (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  5. ^ "[Live&cat=s – Peter Frampton – Show Me The Way [Live]"]. Top 40 Singles.
  6. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1976/Top 100 Songs of 1976". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  11. ^ "Videos". Jake Kitchin. Retrieved 2016-10-10.

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