Anita Pointer, a member of the Pointer Sisters, passed away on Saturday at the age of 74. The cause of death was not disclosed, but her publicist said she died surrounded by her family. Anita’s sister Ruth, brothers Aaron & Fritz and granddaughter Roxie McKain Pointer released the following statemen: “While we are deeply saddened by the loss of Anita, we are comforted in knowing she is now with her daughter, Jada and her sisters June & Bonnie and at peace.
She was the one that kept all of us close and together for so long. Her love of our family will live on in each of us. Please respect our privacy during this period of grief and loss. Heaven is a more loving beautiful place with Anita there”.
The Pointer Sisters
The Pointer Sisters, an Oakland-based group, rose to fame in the 1970s with hits such as "Yes We Can Can" and "How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side)." The group also appeared in the film "Car Wash" and had success on Broadway with "Ain't Misbehavin'" Anita was with the group from its formation in 1969 until her retirement in 2015 due to health issues.
The Pointer Sisters had a hit album right out of the gate in 1973 with their self-titled debut release, which reached No. 13 on the album chart. Their first major hit single was a recording of Allen Toussaint's "Yes We Can Can," which narrowly missed the top 10, peaking at No.
11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 12 on the R&B chart. In 1975, the group had their first and only No. 1 R&B chart hit with "How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side)." It would be a few more years before they cracked the top 10 of the Hot 100, but once they did, their pop success took off.
In 1978, their version of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire" reached No. 2 on the pop chart. The Pointer Sisters' pop hit streak came to an end in the mid-1980s, as the 1985 single "Dare Me" marked the last time the group reached the top 20.
After being off the charts entirely since the early 1990s, the group had one last chart hit in 2005 with "Christmas in New York," which reached No. 21 on the adult contemporary chart. Despite not reaching the top of the charts, the Pointer Sisters did have a brush with No.
1 as featured participants in the all-star "We Are the World" charity single in 1985. Their biggest single album was 1983's "Break Out," which was certified three-times platinum and included hits such as "Neutron Dance," "Jump," and "Automatic." In 1984, it was reissued with the new version of "I'm So Excited" added to the lineup.
The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994 and won three Grammy awards, including one in the country category for the 1974 song "Fairytale." Anita Pointer's impact on the music industry will not be forgotten.
Anita's talent and contributions to the group will be remembered and her love of family will continue to inspire those she leaves behind.