That's a Plenty (album)

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That's a Plenty
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 13, 1974
RecordedWally Heider Studios (San Francisco)
Quadraphonic Studios (Nashville, Tennessee)
United Western Studios (Los Angeles)
LabelBlue Thumb
ProducerDavid Rubinson & Friends, Inc.
The Pointer Sisters chronology
The Pointer Sisters
That's a Plenty
Live at the Opera House
Singles from That's a Plenty
  1. "Fairytale"
    Released: June 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]
The New Rolling Stone Record Guide[3]

That's a Plenty is the second studio album by the American female vocal group The Pointer Sisters.[4] It was released in 1974 on Blue Thumb Records.[5]

The album peaked at No. 82 on the Billboard 200.[6]


Mixing the Pointers' brand of soul with rollicking blues numbers and jazz covers, the album also included the country-flavored "Fairytale", their second Top 40 hit. The song crossed over to the country charts, enabling the group to become the first African-American vocal group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.[7] The group won the Grammy Award for "Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group".[8]

The album was the second by the group to be certified gold. The album was remastered and issued on CD in 2006 by Hip-O Select.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Bangin' on the Pipes" / "Steam Heat" (Medley)Bruce Good, Jeffrey Cohen / Richard Adler, Jerry Ross5:39
2."Salt Peanuts"Good, Cohen / Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Clarke5:10
3."Grinning in Your Face"Son House4:49
4."Shaky Flat Blues"June Pointer, Anita Pointer, Bonnie Pointer4:41
5."That's a Plenty" / "Surfeit, U.S.A." (Medley)Ray Gilbert, Lew Pollack / Good, Cohen3:42
Side two
6."Little Pony"Neal Hefti, Jon Hendricks, Dave Lambert4:43
7."Fairytale"A. Pointer, B. Pointer5:04
8."Black Coffee"Paul Francis Webster, Sonny Burke6:07
9."Love in Them There Hills"Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, Roland Chambers8:30




  • David Rubinson & Friends, Inc. – producer
  • Tom Salisbury, Jeffrey Cohen, Bruce Good – associate producers
  • Jeremy Zatkin, Fred Catero, David Rubinson – recording engineers
  • George Horn, Phil Brown – mastering engineers
  • David Rubinson – arrangements on "Grinning in Your Face" and "Black Coffee"
  • Norman Landsberg, Jeffrey Cohen, Bruce Good – vocal arrangement on "Salt Peanuts"
  • Randy Tuten – cover art
  • Herb Greene – art direction, photography

Chart positions[edit]

Chart performance for That's a Plenty
Chart (1974) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[9] 79
US Billboard Top LPs & Tape[10] 82
US Billboard Top Soul LPs[11] 33


  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. That's a Plenty review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 6. MUZE. p. 580.
  3. ^ The New Rolling Stone Record Guide. Random House. 1983. p. 392.
  4. ^ Heim, Chris (6 Aug 1988). "POINTER SISTERS CAUGHT IN POINT OF NO RETURN". Chicago Tribune. WEEKEND CHICAGO. p. 13.
  5. ^ "The Pointer Sisters | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  6. ^ "The Pointer Sisters". Billboard.
  7. ^ Dalton, Andrew. "Bonnie Pointer, early member of Pointer Sisters, dies at 69". The Detroit News.
  8. ^ "Pointer Sisters". Recording Academy: Grammy Awards. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 235. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  10. ^ "The Pointer Sisters Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  11. ^ "The Pointer Sisters Chart History: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2022.

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