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Show You the Way to Go

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B-side  "Blues Away"
Format  7" vinyl
Length  5:30
Released  January 6, 1977
Genre  Soul
Label  Epic, Philadelphia International

"Show You the Way to Go" is a song written by Gamble and Huff and released as a single in 1977 by The Jacksons on their CBS debut album, The Jacksons. It was the only number-one song for the group in the UK. It was later covered by Dannii Minogue.


The Jacksons version

"Show You the Way to Go" became a 1977 hit for The Jacksons, (formerly known as "The Jackson 5") after their departure from Motown nearly two years prior. The move made it easy for the brothers to write and produce their own material. They spent a couple of years under the production and direction of Gamble and Huff and was signed to Philadelphia International Records. This was one of the songs that the producers wrote for the brothers.

This song was released after "Enjoy Yourself," released a year earlier. Michael sang lead and background vocals. Marlon Jackson, and the rest of the brothers (without Jermaine Jackson) had backup parts. The song reached No. 6 US Billboard R&B chart, No. 28 US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. After recording the album Goin' Places in 1977, The Jacksons left Philadelphia International for Epic.

The single's B-side was "Blues Away", which was the first song Michael Jackson wrote entirely himself.


  • Lead vocals by Michael Jackson
  • Background vocals by Michael Jackson, Tito Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jackie Jackson and Randy Jackson
  • Instruments by Tito Jackson, Randy Jackson, MFSB
  • Dannii Minogue version

    Dannii Minogue's version was produced by Bruce Forest and Andy Whitmore and was the first song released from her second album, Get into You. In 1992 it appeared on the NME charity album Ruby Trax, and subsequently released as a single, reaching No. 30 on the UK Singles Chart in August of that year.

    Formats and track listings

    These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Show You the Way to Go".

    UK CD single

    1. "Show You the Way to Go" (7" version)
    2. "Success" (E-Smoove Groovy 12")
    3. "Show You the Way to Go" (Extended version)
    4. "Success" (Maurice's dub)

    Australian Cassingle (C16040)

    1. "Show You the Way to Go" (7" version)
    2. "Success" (E-Smoove Groovy 12")

    Australian CD single (D16040)

    1. "Show You the Way to Go" (7" version)
    2. "Success" (E-Smoove Groovy 12")
    3. "Show You the Way to Go" (Extended version)

    UK Cassette single

    1. "Show You the Way to Go" (7" version)
    2. "Show You the Way to Go" (Dub)

    Ruby Trax (Disc one, track 9)

    1. "Show You the Way to Go" (This is a different version to the album or CD version)


    Show You the Way to Go Wikipedia