Show You the Way to Go

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"Show You the Way to Go"
Single by The Jacksons
from the album The Jacksons
B-side "Blues Away"
Released January 6, 1977
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Soul
Length 5:30
Label Epic, Philadelphia International
Songwriter(s) Gamble and Huff
Producer(s) Gamble and Huff
The Jacksons singles chronology
"Enjoy Yourself"
"Show You the Way to Go"

"Show You the Way to Go" is a song written by Gamble and Huff and released as a single in 1977 by The Jacksons on their CBS debut album, The Jacksons. It was the only number-one song for the group in the UK. It was later covered by Dannii Minogue.

The Jacksons version[edit]

"Show You the Way to Go" became a 1977 hit for The Jacksons, (formerly known as "The Jackson 5") after their departure from Motown nearly two years prior. The move made it easy for the brothers to write and produce their own material. They spent a couple of years under the production and direction of Gamble and Huff and was signed to Philadelphia International Records. This was one of the songs that the producers wrote for the brothers.

This song was released after "Enjoy Yourself," released a year earlier. Michael sang lead and background vocals. Marlon Jackson, and the rest of the brothers (without Jermaine Jackson) had backup parts. The song reached No. 6 US Billboard R&B chart, No. 28 US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] After recording the album Goin' Places in 1977, The Jacksons left Philadelphia International for Epic.

The single's B-side was "Blues Away", which was the first song Michael Jackson wrote entirely himself.

Chart performance[edit]


Dannii Minogue version[edit]

"Show You the Way to Go"
Single by Dannii Minogue
from the album Get into You
Released July 20, 1992
Format CD single: Australia
Vinyl single: Worldwide
Cassette single: UK
Recorded 1992
Length 4:21
Label MCA
Universal Records
Mushroom Records
Songwriter(s) Kenny Gamble
Leon Huff
Producer(s) Bruce Forest
Andy Whitmore
Dannii Minogue singles chronology
"I Don't Wanna Take This Pain"
"Show You the Way to Go"
"Love's on Every Corner"

Dannii Minogue's version was produced by Bruce Forest and Andy Whitmore and was the first single released from her second album, Get into You. In 1992 it appeared on the NME charity album Ruby Trax, before being remixed and released as a single, reaching No. 30 on the UK Singles Chart in August of that year.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Show You the Way to Go".

UK CD single

  1. "Show You the Way to Go" (7" version)
  2. "Success" (E-Smoove Groovy 12")
  3. "Show You the Way to Go" (Extended version)
  4. "Success" (Maurice's dub)

Australian Cassingle (C16040)

  1. "Show You the Way to Go" (7" version)
  2. "Success" (E-Smoove Groovy 12")

Australian CD single (D16040)

  1. "Show You the Way to Go" (7" version)
  2. "Success" (E-Smoove Groovy 12")
  3. "Show You the Way to Go" (Extended version)

UK Cassette single

  1. "Show You the Way to Go" (7" version)
  2. "Show You the Way to Go" (Dub)

Ruby Trax (Disc one, track 9)

  1. "Show You the Way to Go" (Eron Irving Remix)


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 341. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  3. ^ "Top 100 1977 - UK Music Charts". Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  4. ^ "1977 Year End". Retrieved 2016-10-12.

Other sources[edit]

  • "". Comprehensive listing of all Dannii Minogue releases and song information. Archived from the original on May 14, 2006. Retrieved June 30, 2006.
  • "". Comprehensive listing of all Dannii Minogue releases, including commercial and promo items. Retrieved June 30, 2006.

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