1982 Pointer Sisters – Should I Do It (US:#13 UK:#50)

“Should I Do It” is the title of a song composed by Layng Martine Jr. which in 1981 was a minor C&W hit for Tanya Tucker, becoming a Top 40 hit in 1982 for the Pointer Sisters.

“Should I Do It” was recorded in the first months of 1981 by both Tanya Tucker and the Pointer Sisters for their respective mid-year album releases: Tucker’s Should I Do It and the Pointers’ Black & White. Although written by veteran C&W composer Layng Martine Jr. – who’d recall “Should I Do It” as an example of how “sometimes…a song just appears in my brain and kind of writes itself fast” – even as recorded by C&W superstar songstress Tucker “Should I Do It” was not considered a standard C&W number: Cashbox magazine described Tucker’s version as a blend of “the girl group classic “(Please) Mr. Postman”, with a honky tonk piano and a brief doo wop bit”. As recorded by the Pointer Sisters the song was a more overt homage to the girl-group hit sound of the early 1960s. A chart disappointment for Tucker in the summer of 1981 – stalling at #50 C&W – ,”Should I Do It” as recorded by the Pointers would reach the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1982 although it would not rank among the group’s very biggest hits being a Top Ten shortfall.


Richard Perry



BassNathan Watts
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
GuitarTim May
PianoGreg Phillinganes
PianoJohn Barnes
SaxTrevor Lawrence
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa

Produced By

Richard Perry


Layng Martine Jr