BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Anita Pointer, one in every of 4 singing siblings who achieved pop success and important acclaim as The Pointer Sisters, died Saturday on the age of 74, her publicist mentioned.
The Grammy winner died whereas he was with members of the family, publicist Roger Neal mentioned in an announcement. The reason for demise was not instantly revealed.
“Whereas we’re deeply saddened by the lack of Anita, we’re comforted to know that she is now at peace along with her daughter Jada and her sisters June and Bonnie. He was the one who stored us all shut and collectively for therefore lengthy,” his sister Ruth, brothers Aaron and Fritz and granddaughter Roxy McCain Pointer mentioned in an announcement.
Anita Pointer’s solely daughter, Jada Pointer, died in 2003.
Anita, Ruth, Bonnie and June Poynter, daughters of a minister, grew up singing of their father’s church in Oakland, California.
The band’s 1973 debut album included the hit single “Sure We Can Can”. Identified for his or her 1977 hit Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Fireplace’ and ’80s hits together with ‘He is So Shy’, ‘Automated’, ‘I am So Excited’, ‘Sluggish Hand’, ‘Neutron Dance’ and ‘Bounce (For My). Love)”, the singers received a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame in 1994.
The 1983 album Break Out went triple platinum and gained two American Music Awards. The band gained three Grammy Awards and had 13 US High 20 hits between 1973 and 1985, Neal mentioned.
The Pointer Sisters had been additionally the primary African-American group to carry out on the Grand Ole Opry program and the primary trendy act to carry out on the San Francisco Opera Home, Neal mentioned.
Bonnie Pointer left the group in 1977, signing a solo take care of Motown Data, however having fun with solely modest success. “We had been devastated,” Anita Pointer mentioned of the 1990 departure. “We placed on a present the evening he left, however after that we simply stopped. We thought it would not work with out Bonnie.”
The band, with varied lineups together with youthful members of the family, continued to document till 1993.
June Poynter died of most cancers on the age of 52 in 2006.
In 2020, Anita Poynter introduced the demise of Bonnie Poynter of cardiac arrest on the age of 69. “The Pointer Sisters would by no means have existed with out Bonnie,” she mentioned in an announcement.
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