Al Wilson

Love Me Gentle, Love Me Blind

We turn now to the Show And Tell album and the song Love Me Tender, Love Me Blind. Show and Tell had been a No. 1 American hit for Al Wilson in 1973, pretty much unknown in the UK. Touch & Go and Show and Tell fit the Modern Soul groove nicely. The album again produced by Ferry Fuller and two of the three songs mentioned were penned by himself, although Leave Me Gentle was Annette Fuller's, Jerry's wife of 40 years. Show and Tell was wriiten for Johnny Mathis but Columbia where Fuller was the staff writter dropped the song, so he gave it to Al Wilson.

Fuller's accomplishments to date speak for themselves, including 28 gold/platinum records, over 40 Top Ten hits, more than 250 national chart records, and a host of awards and accolades, including 12 BMI achievement awards and 5 BMI "Million-Air Awards." His songs and productions have been responsible for the sale of over 120 million records, tapes and CDs to date. Jerry is also know to the UK Northern crowd for his 'blue-eyed' classics; The Killer; Double Life and Stafford classic I Get Carried Away.

On 12th March 2007, a fire broke out at Al Wilson's home studio in San Bernardino, California. Damage included the loss of a number of master tapes and other valuable recordings. Wilson and his wife escaped unharmed. Just 12 Months later Wilson dies, 21st April 2008, Fontana, Nr. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. He was 68. Reports state that he died due to kidney failure in a hospital in Fontana, a city about 50 miles east of Los Angeles. Al Wilson was not only a talented vocalist, he was also a drummer. He will be missed!

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