Yes We Can Can

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This article is about the Allen Toussaint song. For other uses, see Yes we can.
"Yes We Can Can"
Single by the Pointer Sisters
from the album The Pointer Sisters
Released February, 1973
Recorded Pacific Recording,
Wally Heider Recording/ Studio A [?]
San Francisco[1]
Genre Funk, soul, disco
Length 6:02
3:54 (7" version)
Label Blue Thumb
Writer(s) Allen Toussaint
Producer(s) David Rubinson

"Yes We Can Can" is a 1973 funk classic recorded by the American R&B girl group the Pointer Sisters and released on the Blue Thumb record label.

The song, written by Allen Toussaint is a socially conscious one, featuring intricate background vocals by three of the sisters while Anita Pointer handled lead vocal duties.

Background[edit]

"Yes We Can Can" was originally recorded as "Yes We Can" by Lee Dorsey on his album Yes We Can, released by Polydor in 1970.[2] It was producer David Rubinson suggestion that the Pointer Sisters record the song - Rubinson: "I loved almost everything Allen Toussaint ever wrote" - and "Yes We Can Can" was one of the songs the Pointer Sisters recorded as a demo while they were seeking a label deal.[1]

When the group began recording their debut album in the autumn of 1972 "Yes We Can Can" was one of the first tracks recorded, its basic track being cut at Pacific Recording Studio in San Francisco: the recording locale for The Pointer Sisters sessions was eventually moved to Studio A of Wally Heider Recording Studio in San Francisco and Rubinson is unclear as to whether or not recording for "Yes We Can Can" was also done there.[1]

Released in February 1973, the song became the Pointers' first hit single, reaching number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number twelve on the Hot Soul Songs chart.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 11
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 12
Australian Singles Chart 86
Canadian Singles Chart 58
French Singles Chart 59
Italian Singles Chart 30
Dutch Singles Chart (the Netherlands) 25

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