Two For Tuesday: Al Wilson and Blues Image

Looking at the list of songs that reached the Top Ten during my high school years, I see a lot of artists that made it just once. They might have had several other hits before and after the period from June 1970 to September 1974, but only one in the period. I’ll devote this week’s Friday 5×2 to some of the more successful ones, but today I want to cover two songs that were among my favorites.

Al Wilson had a minor hit in 1968 with “The Snake,” which reached #27 on the pop chart and #32 on the R&B chart that year, then worked in relative obscurity until 1973, when “Show and Tell” reached #1 on the Pop chart, #10 on the R&B chart, and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

The other is “Ride, Captain, Ride,” by Florida-based Blues Image, a band that bbroke up shortly after the song was released. The members went their separate ways and worked with Iron Butterfly, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Steppenwolf, Alice Cooper, and Three Dog Night. This single was released in April 1970 from their third and last album, Red, White, and Blues Image, reached the Top Ten in June, and spent five weeks there, peaking at #4.

Al Wilson and Blues Image, your Two for Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

13 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Al Wilson and Blues Image

  1. John,

    “Show and Tell” is an excellent oldie. I like Al Wilson. It’s been ages since I’ve heard “Ride Captain Ride”. I couldn’t tell you who did it, so it was good to listen to this track and learn who did it. Thanks for the little dance party! πŸ™‚


    1. I forgot to tell the story about working at Atlanta City Hall and eating at the McDonald’s across the street. They would play old R&B hits over their speaker system. One day “Show and Tell” came on, and a homeless guy who was hanging around in there started singing along at the top of his lungs. I was ready to join him, then he was escorted out and I thought better of it.

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  2. Ride Captain Ride punctuated that summer before high school. Always wondered what happened to Blues Image. Too bad it was a one-hit wonder – great lyrics and message.

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    1. Right, by the time they had their one hit they had split up. I seem to remember someone saying it was inspired by the USS Pueblo incident, but that’s not the impression you get when you read about it elsewhere…

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