May 11th – Al Wilson – Who Could Be Lovin’ You (Other Than Me)

Another largely unsung talent, Al Wilson was a member of The Jewels before signing to Soul City records in 1967. This was his first single and it went nowhere. Dusty knew a good song though and covered it on her Cameo album. Jimmy James and The Vagabonds and Jackie Ross also recorded credible versions but here’s the original.

The following year, Who Could Be Lovin’ You was featured on Wilson’s first album Searching for the Dolphins – which is glorious. He enjoyed some success with a cover of Oscar Brown Jr.s The Snake and one big hit (in 1973), Show and Tell, but his Soul City album remains his artistic peak.

Dolphins contains great covers of a couple of Jimmy Webb tunes (including a version of By The Time I Get To Phoenix that bears comparison with You Know Who). Webb also arranged Who Could Be Lovin’ You, Willie Hutch wrote it and it even has The Blossoms on backing vocals. How could that fail?