Anita Pointer, singer of The Pointer Sisters, has died aged 74
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Anita Pointer, one in every of 4 sibling singers who achieved pop success and important acclaim as The Pointer Sisters, died Saturday at age 74, her publicist introduced.
The Grammy winner died whereas surrounded by members of the family, publicist Roger Neill mentioned in a press release. The reason for loss of life was not instantly recognized.
“Whereas we’re deeply saddened by the lack of Anita, we’re comforted to know that she is now along with her daughter Jada and her sisters June and Bonnie and at peace. She’s what stored us all shut and collectively for thus lengthy,” her sisters Ruth, Aaron and Fritz and granddaughter Roxy McCain Pointer mentioned within the assertion.
Jada Pointer, Anita Pointer’s solely daughter, died in 2003.
Anita, Ruth, Bonnie and June Pointer, born to a minister’s daughter, grew up singing of their father’s church in Oakland, California.
The group’s 1973 self-titled debut album included the breakout hit, “Sure We Can.” Recognized for hits together with “I am So Excited,” “Gradual Hand,” “Neutron Dance” and “Soar (For My Love),” the singer acquired a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame in 1994.
The 1983 album “Break Out” went triple platinum and received two American Music Awards. The group received three Grammy Awards and had 13 U.S. 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 up to date 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 transfer in 1990. “We did a present the evening she left, however after that, we stopped. We thought it would not work with out Bonnie.”
The group, in numerous lineups together with youthful members of the family, continued recording till 1993.
June Pointer died of most cancers in 2006 on the age of 52.
Anita Pointer introduced Bonnie Pointer’s loss of life from cardiac arrest in 2020 on the age of 69. “The Pointer Sisters would by no means have occurred with out Bonnie,” he mentioned in a press release
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