The 101 number one song of the day was supposed to be the “B” side of a single. The “A” side was “Queen of the Jungle.” The public made a different choice.
Both songs were sung by a guy who decided on a singing career while in the Navy. Growing up in Meridian, Miss. He sang in his church choir, and formed a quartet to sing spirituals and Country and Western, as well. After the service, he worked as a dishwasher, mail carrier and janitor while picking up music gigs here and there. His first big break came in 1966 when he met Marc Gordon, manager of the Fifth Dimension. But success was still several years away. In the early 70s, Gordon formed his own label, Carousel Records and on January 18, 1974 the label had its one and only number one hit – today’s 101 number one song of the day: for Al Wilson and “Show and Tell.”