BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Anita Pointer, one among 4 sibling singers who gained widespread success and demanding acclaim as The Pointer Sisters, died Saturday at age 74, her publicist introduced.
The Grammy winner handed away whereas she was with relations, publicist Roger Neal mentioned in a press release. A explanation for demise was not instantly disclosed.
“Whereas we’re deeply saddened by the lack of Anita, we’re comforted figuring out that she is now together with her daughter Jada and her sisters June & Bonnie and at peace. She was the one who saved us all shut and collectively for therefore lengthy,” her sister Ruth, brothers Aaron and Fritz and granddaughter Roxie McKain Pointer mentioned within the assertion.
Anita Pointer’s solely daughter, Jada Pointer, died in 2003.
Anita, Ruth, Bonnie and June Pointer, born the daughters of a minister, 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 Can.” Recognized for hits together with “I am So Excited,” “Gradual Hand,” “Neutron Dance” and “Leap (For My Love),” the singers earned a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame in 1994.
The album “Break Out” (1983) went triple platinum and garnered two American Music Awards. The group gained three Grammy Awards and had 13 US prime 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 departure in 1990. “We did a present the evening she left, however after that, we simply stopped. We thought it would not work with out Bonnie.”
The group, in varied lineups together with youthful relations, continued to file by way of 1993.
June Pointer died of most cancers on the age of 52 in 2006.
Anita Pointer introduced the demise of Bonnie Pointer on account of cardiac arrest on the age of 69 in 2020. “The Pointer Sisters would by no means have occurred if it weren’t for Bonnie,” she mentioned in a press release.