Al Wilson Biography

Allen LaMar Wilson, 19 June 1939, Meridian, Mississippi, USA, d. 21 April 2008, Fontana, California, USA. Wilson was a former member of the Jewels, and also the Rollers, a San Bernardino, California-based quartet who scored a hit in 1961 with ‘The Continental Walk’. He was later signed as a solo act to Soul City, a short-lived label owned by singer Johnny Rivers. ‘Do What You Gotta Do’ and ‘The Snake’ reached the R&B chart in 1968, but it was not until the mid-70s that Al achieved a more consistent success. ‘Show And Tell’ was a US mainstream number 1 single in 1974 while ‘I’ve Got A Feeling (We’ll Be Seeing Each Other Again)’ reached number 3 in the R&B lists two years later. Wilson’s subsequent releases were less fortunate and his last chart appearance was in 1979 with ‘Count The Days’. He remained a popular performer on the club circuit up until his death from kidney failure in April 2008.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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