Al Wilson, singer
birth name: Allen LaMar Wilson

Al Wilson

June 19, 1939, Meridian, MS ~ April 21, 2008, Fontana, CA

Smooth soul singer Al Wilson will forever be best known for his across-the-board smash hit, Show And Tell, but his career spanned over three decades and won for him fans around the world. ~ Soultracks: Al Wilson ~ retrieved April 20, 2014 © Soultracks

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He began his career at the age of twelve leading his own spiritual quartet and singing in the church choir, and performing covers of country and western hits. While he was in high school, Wilson and his family relocated to San Bernardino, California, where he worked odd jobs as a mail carrier, a janitor, and an office clerk, in addition to teaching himself to play drums. After graduation he spent four years touring with Johnny Harris and the Statesmen, before joining the U.S. Navy, and singing with an enlisted men's chorus. He also developed his stand-up comedy routine in case he did not succeed as a singer. After a two-year military stint, Wilson settled in Los Angeles, touring the local nightclub circuit before joining the R&B vocal group the Jewels; from there he landed with the Rollers, followed by a stint with the instrumental combo the Souls. ~ Wikipedia: Al Wilson ~ retrieved April 20, 2014 © Wikipedia

In 1966, Wilson signed with manager Marc Gordon, who quickly scored his client an a cappella audition for Johnny Rivers - the Secret Agent Man singer not only signed Wilson to his Soul City imprint, but also agreed to produce the sessions that yielded the 1968 R&B smash The Snake. ~ Allmusic: Al Wilson ~ retrieved April 20, 2014 © Allmusic

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