The Original “Yes We Can (Can)”

The web is abuzz (guilty as charged) with the will.i.am dedication to Obama. But I wanted to show you the original Yes We Can Can! The Pointer Sisters recorded this Allen Toussaint song in 1973, and represented a political optimism that was mostly gone in the Black community by this point in the 1970s.

For you skeptics, who think, as my friend Donald said, the Pointer Sisters began with “I’m So Excited”–think again! Watch the clip. No group since has touched their harmony, and moved so easily from soul and funk, to pop, jazz and country as the Pointer Sisters did throughout their career.