When people think of the Pointer Sisters, I would imagine there are a few songs that come quickly to mind: “I’m So Excited” (not this version, though), “He’s So Shy”, “Fire”, and that pinball song from “Sesame Street” come to mind quickly for me.
But do you think of their 1982 hit “American Music”?
“American Music” was on the same album, So Excited!, as “I’m So Excited” (though that song was added to later releases of their next album, Break Out and re-released as a single in 1984).
(So Excited! peaked at #59 on the Billboard 200. Album ℗1982 Planet Records. Photo courtesy Wikipedia under Fair Use clause.)
The song entered Billboard’s Hot 100 at #73 for the week ending June 26, 1982 (chart | magazine). It peaked at #16 nine weeks later (chart | magazine) and stayed at that position for three straight weeks before dropping out of the top 40 the next week. Overall, it spent 14 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100, its last being the debut week of “I’m So Excited”.
I have heard this song on the radio exactly once since it was on the charts in 1982, and that was sometime around 2002 when my city of residence had an 80s station, and that station was airing what was then called “AT40 Flashback” programs. I’ve never heard it on the radio since.
Of course, the Pointer Sisters went on to much bigger successes with their aforementioned next album, which spawned several top 10 hits and went 3x platinum.
Just after Regina’s one big hit, “Baby Love”, made its way up both the Hot 100 and Hot Dance/Disco charts in 1986, Stacey Swain, better known as Stacey Q, followed with her one big hit, “Two of Hearts”, the debut single from her first album for Atlantic Records, Better Than Heaven.
(Better Than Heaven peaked at #59 on the Billboard 200. Album ℗1986 Atlantic Records. Photo courtesy Amazon.com.)
“Two of Hearts” entered Billboard’s Hot 100 at #89 the week ending July 12, 1986 (chart | magazine) and peaked at #3 the week of October 11 (chart | magazine). All in all, it remained on the Hot 100 for an impressive (for the time) 22 weeks. The single also peaked at #4 on the Hot Dance/Disco chart and was ranked the #51 biggest hit of 1986 by Billboard; it even got Stacey Q a gig singing the song on The Facts of Life as some character named “Cinnamon”. (Yeah, I didn’t watch it either.)
Stacey Q followed “Two of Hearts” up with “We Connect”, which also hit the Top 40, before she disappeared from the Top 40 entirely (though two other singles did hit the Hot 100 later in the 80s). These days, you might still catch her performing; she also maintains a public Facebook page, for those who want to drop her a line.