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Pointer Sisters

 

The Pointer Sisters is an american vocal group originally of four sisters out of the West Oakland Church of God where their father was a preacher. Under management & production of David Rubinson & later Richard Perry, the sisters became a hugely successful act throughout the ’70s & ’80s, creating a two-and-a-half decades long career. Amongst the many hit tracks included “Jump (For My Love)”, “He’s So Shy”, “Happiness”, “Fairytale” and “Neutron Dance”. They had many record labels starting with their first failed single on Atlantic on through to long periods with Blue Thumb, Planet, rca, and later Motown and even SBK.

Bonnie Pointer and June Pointer first formed a secular singing duo in the late ’60s and began performing in clubs around the San Francisco Bay area; Anita Pointer and Ruth Pointer later joined them. The Pointer Sisters hooked up with David Rubinson who was a record producer affiliated with Bill Graham. They would perform onstage with the flamboyant Sylvester of The Cockettes, and they’d done some work as background singers on recordings by Elvin Bishop, Boz Scaggs, Cold Blood and other San Francisco Bay Area groups.

Their big breakthrough was a cover of an Allen Toussaint composition originally recorded in 1970 by Lee Dorsey, the song was “Yes We Can Can” released by The Pointer Sisters in March 1973. The girls’ voices were added over funky backing tracks laid down with the help of Rubinson’s contacts like Tower of Power guitarist Willie Fulton.

The Pointer Sisters are an American R&B recording girl group from Oakland, California, that achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. Spanning over three decades, their repertoire has included such diverse genres as pop, disco, jazz, electronic music, bebop, blues, soul, funk, dance, country and rock. The Pointer Sisters have won three Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. The group had 13 US top 20 hits between 1973 and 1985.

The group had its early origins when sisters June and Bonnie Pointer began performing in clubs in 1969 as "Pointers, a Pair." The line-up grew to a trio when sister Anita Pointer joined them. They scored a record deal with Atlantic Records and released several unsuccessful singles. The trio grew to a quartet when sister Ruth joined in December 1972. They then signed with Blue Thumb Records, recorded their debut album, and began seeing more success, winning a Grammy Award in 1975 for Best Country Vocal Performance for "Fairytale" (1974). Bonnie left the group in 1978 to commence a solo career with only modest success.

The group achieved its greatest commercial success as a trio during the 1980s consisting of the line-up of June, Ruth, and Anita, winning two more Grammys for the top 10 hits "Jump (For My Love)" (1984) and "Automatic" (1984). The group's other U.S. top 10 hits are "Fire" (1979), "He's So Shy" (1980), "Slow Hand" (1981), the remixed version of "I'm So Excited" (1984) and "Neutron Dance" (1985). June Pointer, who left the group in 2004, died of cancer in 2006. She was replaced by Ruth's daughter Issa Pointer. This trio had a number two hit in Belgium in 2005, covering "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" with Belgian singer Natalia. Since 2009, the group has consisted of Anita, Ruth and Ruth's granddaughter Sadako Pointer.

The Pointer Sisters are known for their songs Slow Hand, He's So Shy, Automatic, Neutron Dance, Jump (For My Love), Dare Me, and I'm So Excited.
The Pointer Sisters were Bonnie, Ruth, Anita, and June. In 1977 Bonnie left the group to pursue a solo career.

 

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