Anita Pointer1969- 2015
The Pointer Sisters are an American girl group from Oakland, California. They have released music in various genres, including pop, rock, jazz, funk, R&B, bebop, blues, northern soul and country, but are best known for their energetic and upbeat disco and dance-pop hits like "I'm So Excited
," "Jump (For My Love)
" and "Automatic
The Pointer Sisters originated when sisters June and Bonnie began performing in clubs in 1969 as "Pointers, a Pair." The lineup expanded to a trio later in the year when sister Anita quit her job as a secretary to join them. From then on, they called themselves The Pointer Sisters.
The trio grew to a quartet when sister Ruth joined in December 1972. The Pointer Sisters signed with Blue Thumb Records, and released their self-titled debut album, along with their first hit single, "Yes We Can Can," in 1973.
Their song "Fairytale," written by Anita and Bonnie, won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group in 1975. The success of "Fairytale" led to the Pointer Sisters becoming the first Black female group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on October 25, 1974.
Bonnie left The Pointers in 1977 to pursue a solo career. She scored several moderate solo hits, including a disco cover of the Elgins' "Heaven Must Have Sent You," which peaked at #11 in 1979.
Their greatest success came in the 1980s as the trio of June, Ruth, and Anita. They racked up six Hot 100 Top 10 hits between 1980 and 1984 and won Grammy Awards for "Automatic" and "Jump (For My Love)."
The Pointer Sisters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
June left the group in 2004 and Anita in 2015; both passed away from cancer, June in 2006 and Anita in 2022.
June, Ruth, Anita and Bonnie's older brother, Aaron Pointer, was a Major League Baseball player and later a referee in the National Football League.