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.

Album

Richard Perry

Video

Musicians

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

Produced By

Richard Perry

Songwriters

Layng Martine Jr

Charts

US:#13
UK:#50