Song Lyric Sunday | “Show and Tell” – Al Wilson


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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is Different/Same.

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A man wanting the woman he loves to feel the same way about him is the theme of Show and Tell.

Written by Jerry Fuller and first recorded by Johnny Mathis in 1972, the song went to #36 on the Easy Listening chart.

Less than a year later in September of 1973, R & B singer Al Wilson released a cover of the song and took Show and Tell to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for one week on January 19, 1974; it sold over two million copies and was named a Cash Box Number One Single of the Year. Billboard ranked it as the No. 15 song for 1974. Wilson’s version also made No. 10 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.

FUN FACTS:

  • 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.
  • Jerry Fuller also wrote Travelin’ Man which was originally intended for Sam Cooke. Ricky Nelson recorded it instead and the record sold six million copies worldwide.
  • Fuller discovered Gary Puckett and The Union Gap  in a San Diego bowling alley lounge. He wrote and produced the group’s hits Young Girl (a UK No. 1), Lady Willpower, and Over You.
  • Al Wilson died on April 21, 2008, of kidney failure, in Fontana, California, at the age of 68. He was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Riverside, California.

The video is from one of Wilson’s appearances on Soul Train.

Enjoy!

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Show and Tell

by Al Wilson

Songwriters: Jerry Fuller

These are the eyes that never knew how to smile
Till you came into my life
And these are the arms that long to lock you inside
Every day and every night
Girl, and here is the soul of which you’ve taken control
Can’t you see I’m trying to show love is right
Oh, show and tell
Just a game I play, when I want to say
I love you
Girl, so show me, and tell me
That you feel the same way too
Say you do, baby
These are the hands that can’t help reaching for you
If you’re anywhere inside (anywhere inside)
And these are the lips that can’t help calling your name
In the middle of the night (middle of the night)
Oh, and here is the man that needs to know where you stand
Don’t you know I’ve done all I can, so decide
Oh, show and tell
It’s just a game I play, when I want to say
I love you
Girl, so show me, and tell me
That you feel the same way too
Say you do, say you do
Baby, baby, baby
Here is the soul of which you’ve taken control
Can’t you see I’m trying to show love is right
Ooh, girl
Show and tell
Just a game I play, when I want to say
Oh, I love you
Girl, so show me, and tell me
That you feel the same way too
Say you do, say you do, baby
Oh, show and tell
Just a game I play, when I want to say
Oh, I love you
Girl, so show me, and tell me
That you feel the same way too

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “MacArthur Park” – Donna Summer


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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is Baking/Bread/Cake/Pie/Picnic.

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After legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb wrote MacArthur Park, actor Richard Harris took the song to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and country music icon Waylon Jennings won a Grammy Award for his cover in 1969; but it was Disco Queen Donna Summer who introduced it to a new generation in the disco era and took the song to number one in November of 1978 and stayed there for three weeks. (This was yet another song that could be heard all over my college dorm! 😀  )

The Meaning of MacArthur Park

The inspiration for the song was Jimmy Webb’s relationship and breakup with Susie Horton. MacArthur Park, in Los Angeles, was where the couple would occasionally meet for lunch and spent their most enjoyable times together. In an interview with Newsday in October 2014, Webb explained:

Everything in the song was visible. There’s nothing in it that’s fabricated. The old men playing checkers by the trees, the cake that was left out in the rain, all of the things that are talked about in the song are things I actually saw. And so it’s a kind of musical collage of this whole love affair that kind of went down in MacArthur Park. … Back then, I was kind of like an emotional machine, like whatever was going on inside me would bubble out of the piano and onto paper.

 

FUN FACTS:

  • Jimmy Webb and Susie Horton remained friends, even after her marriage to another man. The breakup was also the primary influence for By the Time I Get to Phoenix, another song written and composed by Webb.
  • In 1967, producer Bones Howe had asked Webb to create a pop song with classical elements, different movements and changing time signatures. Webb delivered MacArthur Park to Howe with “everything he wanted”, but Howe did not care for the ambitious arrangement or unorthodox lyrics and the song was rejected by the group The Association, for whom it was originally intended.
  • The nearly 18-minute Donna Summer musical medley MacArthur Park Suite incorporated the original songs One of a Kind and Heaven Knows. This medley was also sold as a 12-inch (30 cm) vinyl recording, and it stayed at number one on Billboards Hot Dance Club Songs chart for five weeks in 1978.

The video is a live performance from VH1 Presents.

Enjoy!

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MacArthur Park

by Donna Summer

Songwriters: Jimmy Webb

Spring was never waiting for us, dear
It ran one step ahead
As we followed in the dance
MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
‘Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again
Oh, no
I recall the yellow cotton dress
Foaming like a wave
On the ground beneath your knees
The birds, like tender babies in your hands
And the old men playing Chinese checkers by the trees
MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
‘Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again
Oh, no
MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left my cake out in the rain
And I don’t think that I can take it
‘Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again
Oh, no, oh

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Boogie Wonderland” – Earth, Wind & Fire


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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is Air/Earth/Fire/Water.

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Of course, when I think of the elements, the first thing to come to mind is legendary music icons Earth, Wind & Fire.

The group released Boogie Wonderland, a collaboration with the group I featured last week–The Emotions–in April of 1979. The song peaked at number 14 on the dance chart, number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 2 on the Hot Soul Singles chart. Boogie Wonderland was certified Gold in the US by the RIAA and Gold in the UK by the BPI.

FUN FACTS:

  • Boogie Wonderland was Grammy nominated in the categories of Best R&B Instrumental Performance and Best Disco Recording.
  • The song was covered by Brittany Murphy for the soundtrack to the 2006 movie Happy Feet.
  • In November 1978, EWF issued a compilation album entitled The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1. It rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart and No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was certified Quintuple Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.
  • Considered one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, EWF has won numerous awards and honors including six Grammys, four American Music Awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the Kennedy Center Honors, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The official music video is just one big party! 😀

Enjoy!

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Boogie Wonderland

by Earth, Wind & Fire featuring The Emotions

Songwriters: Jon Lind / Allee Willis

Dance, boogie wonderland.
Ha, ha, dance
Boogie wonderland
Midnight creeps so slowly into hearts of men who need more than they get
Daylight deals a bad hand to a woman who has laid too many bets
The mirror stares you in the face and says, “Baby, uh, uh, it don’t work”
You say your prayers though you don’t care; you dance and shake the hurt
Dance, boogie wonderland
Ha, ha, dance
Boogie wonderland
Sounds fly through the night; I chase my vinyl dreams to Boogie Wonderland
I find romance when I start to dance in Boogie Wonderland
I find romance when I start to dance in Boogie Wonderland
All the love in the world can’t be gone
All the need to be loved can’t be wrong
All the records are playing and my heart keeps saying
“Boogie wonderland, wonderland”
Dance, boogie wonderland
Ha, ha, dance
Boogie wonderland
Ha, ha
I find romance when I start to dance in boogie wonderland
I find romance when I start to dance in boogie wonderland

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Best of My Love” – The Emotions


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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is Best/Better/Good/Great.

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I was 17 when I attended my first music concert in October of 1977–the Commodores World Tour at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan! Brick House was their current hit and their opening act was The Emotions. I had the keys to my Mom’s gold Pontiac Catalina station wagon and it was loaded to the brim with siblings and friends. 😀

The Emotions released their second album for Columbia Records, Rejoice, in June of 1977, and it spawned two hits, Don’t Ask My Neighbors and Best of My Love.

Best of My Love would go on to top the Billboard Pop and R&B charts and win Grammy for Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals, as well as an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single.

Oh, what a night! 😀 😀

FUN FACTS:

  • The group was originally a gospel outfit known as the Hutchinson Sunbeams who toured the gospel circuit with their father Joe Hutchinson. The Sunbeams sang on Jerry Van Dyke’s “Children’s Gospel” television show and also occasionally performed in the concert with Mahalia Jackson. They eventually became an R&B/Soul act with a popular following in their hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Soon being renamed as The Emotions, they signed with the Memphis-based Volt imprint of Stax Records in the late 60s.
  • Signing with Columbia Records led The Emotions to an association with Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire that would bring them their greatest level of success.
  • The Emotions originally consisted of three sisters Wanda, Jeanette and and Sheila Hutchinson, however, when Jeanette left for maternity leave in the late 70s, their youngest sister, Pamela, and cousin, Theresa Davis would join in turn.
  • The Emotions were named by VH1 as one of the 18 most influential girl groups of all time.

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection on Nesie’s Place.

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Best of My Love

by The Emotions

Songwriters: Al Mckay / Maurice White

Doesn’t take much to make me happy
And make me smile with glee
Never never will I feel discouraged
‘Cause our love’s no mystery
Demonstrating love and affection
That you give so openly, yeah
I like the way you make me feel about you, baby
Want the whole wide world to see
Oh oh, you’ve got the best of my love
Oh oh (oh), you’ve got the best of my love
Oh oh, you’ve got the best of my love
Oh oh (oh), you’ve got the best of my love
Flowing in and out of changes
Kind that come around each day
My life has a better meaning
Love has kissed me in a beautiful way
Oh, yeah
(My love, my love)
Oh, oh, oh, yeah
(My love, my love) ooh
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Oh, got the best of my love
Oh oh (yes you do), you’ve got the best of my love
Oh oh, you’ve got the best of my love
Oh oh, you’ve got the best of my love
Demonstrating free love and affection
That you give so openly, yeah
The way I feel about you baby
Can’t explain it
Want the whole wide world to see
Oh, but in my heart you’re all I need
You for me and me for you
Oh yeah, it’s growing everyday, baby
Oh, oh, oh
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo (ow)
Oh oh oh oh oh oh, you’ve got the best of my love
Oh oh oh oh oh oh you’ve got the best of my love
Oh, giving you the best of my love
My love (my love), my love (my love)
Oh, giving you the best of my love
My love (my love), oh yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh oh, you’ve got the best of my love
Oh oh oh oh oh oh, you’ve got the best of my love
Oh, giving you the best of my love
(You’ve got the best, you’ve got the best)
(You’ve got the best, you’ve got the best love)
Oh, giving you the best of my love

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.