How Long (Betcha Got A Chick On The Side)

Album: Steppin' (1975)
Charted: 20


  • This funky track was the Pointer Sisters' only #1 R&B hit. Co-written by Anita and Bonnie Pointer along with David Rubinson, the song introduced the catchphrase "Chick on the side" to a mass audience.
  • "How Long" was the last Top 40 pop hit for the Pointer Sisters during their "nostalgic" period. Three years later, they ditched the 1940s dresses and became a more successful mainstream pop act. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    John - Nashville, TN, for above 2

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 13th 1975, "How Long (Betcha' Got A Chick On The Side)" by the Pointer Sisters entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #90; and on September 28th, 1975 it peaked at #20 (for 1 week) and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on August 31st, 1975 it reached #1 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1973 and 1987 the 'Sisters' had twenty-seven Top 100 records, seven made the Top 10 with two reaching #2, "Fire" for 2 weeks in 1979 and "Slow Hand" for 3 weeks in 1981...
    R.I.P. June Pointer (1953 - 2006).
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