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"Show You the Way to Go" is a song written by Gamble and Huff and recorded by The Jacksons for their 1976 CBS debut album, The Jacksons. Released as a single in early 1977, it was the only number-one song for the group in the UK. It was later covered by Dannii Minogue.

"Show You the Way to Go"
Single by The Jacksons
from the album The Jacksons
B-side"Blues Away"
ReleasedJanuary 6, 1977
Format7" vinyl
LabelEpic, Philadelphia International
Songwriter(s)Gamble and Huff
Producer(s)Gamble and Huff
The Jacksons singles chronology
"Enjoy Yourself"
"Show You the Way to Go"


The Jacksons versionEdit

"Show You the Way to Go" became a 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 (with Randy replacing Jermaine) 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.[1] 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.

Chart performanceEdit


Dannii Minogue versionEdit

"Show You the Way to Go"
Single by Dannii Minogue
from the album Get into You
ReleasedJuly 20, 1992
FormatCD single: Australia
Vinyl single: Worldwide
Cassette single: UK
Universal Records
Mushroom Records
Songwriter(s)Kenny Gamble
Leon Huff
Producer(s)Bruce Forest
Andy Whitmore
Dannii Minogue singles chronology
"I Don't Wanna Take This Pain"
"Show You the Way to Go"
"Love's on Every Corner"

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

Formats and track listingsEdit

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" (Eron Irving Remix)


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 341. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  3. ^ "Top 100 1977 - UK Music Charts". Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  4. ^ "1977 Year End". Retrieved 2016-10-12.

Other sourcesEdit

  • "". Comprehensive listing of all Dannii Minogue releases and song information. Archived from the original on May 14, 2006. Retrieved June 30, 2006.
  • "". Comprehensive listing of all Dannii Minogue releases, including commercial and promo items. Retrieved June 30, 2006.

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