Soul singer Al Wilson, whose voice was surely heard by every American of my generation, died Monday of kidney failure. He was 68.
Wilson had a No. 1 smash in 1973 with “Show and Tell” – a song originally recorded by (and written for) Johnny Mathis.
Al Wilson’s version sold three million copies.
This was not Wilson’s first hit record. Five years earlier, he’d cracked the Top 40 with a peculiar song called “The Snake.”
I first heard “The Snake” a few years ago in Las Vegas; Tom Jones made it a part of his repertoire. Click here to hear Al Wilson’s original.