The daughter of bandleader / trumpeter Bobby Booker, Alyson Williams began her career by singing background vocals for various artists including, Curtis Hairston, Melba Moore (“Love’s Coming At Ya”), B. B. & Q. Band, Cashflow, Unlimited Touch, Bobby Brown and Barbara Mitchell before joining the group High Fashion, which also featured Meli’sa Morgan. After they disbanded, Alyson sang with the group The Affair before moving onto a solo career.
Her first single, “Yes We Can Can”, was first released on Profile Records in 1986; a release on the Def Jam label followed in 1987. At the label, she established herself as an in demand vocalist, duetting with many of her label mates including Chuck Stanley (“Make You Mine Tonight”) and Oran “Juice” Jones (“How To Love Again”).
“Yes We Can Can” was originally recorded as “Yes We Can”, by Lee Dorsey on his album Yes We Can, released by Polydor in 1970, it was covered in 1973 by the American R&B girl group the Pointer Sisters and released on the Blue Thumb record label.
Released in February 1973, the song became the Pointers’ first hit single, reaching number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number twelve on the Hot Soul Songs chart.
The 1986 version by Alyson Williams was produced by Russell Simmons and mixed by Shep Pettibone.
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Yes We Can Can (Dub Version) 6:25