Anita Pointer dead: Pointer sister dies aged 74
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Anita Pointer, one of four sibling singers who achieved pop success and critical acclaim as The Pointer Sisters, died Saturday at the age of 74, her publicist announced.
The Grammy winner died while she was with family members, publicist Roger Neal said in a statement. A cause of death was not immediately announced.
“While we are deeply saddened by the loss of Anita, we are comforted to know that she is now with her daughter Jada and sisters June and Bonnie and at peace. She was the one who kept us all close and together for so long,” her sister Ruth, brothers Aaron and Fritz, and granddaughter Roxie McKain Pointer said in the statement.
Anita Pointer’s only daughter, Jada Pointer, died in 2003.
Born to a minister, Anita, Ruth, Bonnie and June Pointer grew up singing in their father’s church in Oakland, California.
The group’s 1973 self-titled debut album featured the breakout hit “Yes We Can Can.” Known for hits like “I’m So Excited”, “Slow Hand”, “Neutron Dance” and “Jump (For My Love)”, the singers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994.
The 1983 album Break Out went triple platinum and won two American Music Awards. The group won three Grammy Awards and had 13 US Top 20 hits between 1973 and 1985, Neal said.
The Pointer Sisters were also the first African American group to perform on the Grand Ole Opry program and the first contemporary act to perform at the San Francisco Opera House, Neal said.
Bonnie Pointer left the group in 1977 and signed a solo deal with Motown Records, but had only modest success. “We were devastated,” Anita Pointer said of the 1990 departure. “We did a show the night she left, but after that we just quit. We thought it wouldn’t work without Bonnie.”
The group continued to record in various line-ups, including younger family members, until 1993.
June Pointer died of cancer in 2006 at the age of 52.
Anita Pointer announced the death of Bonnie Pointer from complications from cardiac arrest in 2020 at the age of 69. “The Pointer Sisters would never have happened if it wasn’t for Bonnie,” she said in a statement.