If all you know about The Pointer Sisters is “I’m So Excited,” or “Jump (For My Love)” or even “He’s So Shy,” oh are you in for a treat today.
The group that gave us that great run of 80s singles (and so many more during the decade) was a trio—Anita, June and Ruth. But when they debuted in the 1970s, they were actually a quartet. Bonnie Pointer had left in 1978 to pursue a solo career. Coming out of Oakland, California in the early 1970s, the Pointer Sisters were lauded for their versatility, but began their recording career in a style nothing like what they would become a decade later. They wore vintage clothing and sang in a jazzy, be-bop type of style. Their songs ran the gamut as well—their first single, “Yes We Can Can” was a cover of a Lee Dorsey hit; they also covered “Wang Dang Doodle” by Willie Dixon and even made a country song called “Fairytale.” That song won a Grammy award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and was even covered by Elvis Presley. It was also nominated for Best Country Song.
For their third studio album, Steppin’, the Pointer Sisters decided to release their funkiest number yet as the first single. “How Long (Betcha Got A Chick On The Side)” was written by Anita & Bonnie Pointer with producer David Rubinson and it became the first and only song by the group to hit the #1 spot on the R&B chart. And it’s this number that is today’s Morning Groove.
It’s a song that is typical for 1975, but still sounds funky and fresh all these years later. Who would have guessed that calling out side chicks happened with the Pointer Sisters over 40 years ago? I suspect it goes back even further than that, but I can’t think of too many songs in that vein that sound this great even now.
I will also be fond of the great singles the Pointer Sisters had once they became a trio and their career took off in the 80s. But I will also have a special place for this song with its fantastically funky backing track and great singing.
Enjoy today’s Morning Groove, and as always thanks for reading and listening.