Pointer Sistersare an American R&B group from Oakland, California who are an award winning group. They have gained their great success in the 1970's and the 1980's. They have been together for the past 4 decades and their music has been a variety of R&B, jazz, country, bebop, soul, funk, dance, new wave, and rock. Not many groups have had such diversity in their music. The group began with four sisters, Ruth, Anita, Bonnie, and June. They began as a quartet but Bonnie left the group to pursue an solo career. The trio that was left achieved their greatest success as a trio after Bonnie left the group.
The girls were encouraged to sing gospel music by their parents. Their dad was a Reverend. And in the household rock and roll and blues music was considered the devilís work. The group began as a pair when Bonnie nd June formed a duo, Pointers, A Pair. Then Anita quit her job to join them and they began touring and performing. They provided backup vocals for Grace Slick, Sylvester james, Boz Scaggs, and Elvin Bishop. Atlantic records discovered them while they were singing backup for Elvin Bishop in a nightclub and they signed a recording contract with them. In 1971. The singles that they released failed to draw much attention. Ruth joined them and they began to work on an album. The trio was now a quartet. They signed with David Rubinsonís Blue Thumb record label.
In 1972 they recorded Pinball Number Count which was a series of educational cartoons. The debut mad itís way to Sesame Street in 1977 and stayed there for many years. They made a debut performance at a nightclub called Troubador, in Los Angeles, in May, 1973 and they got a very good reaction from the crowd. Not too long after that they appeared on television on The Helen Reddy Show. They released their first album, The Pointer Sisters, in 1973 and they got positive reviews. Their single from the album, Yes we Can Can, reached number 11 on the Pop Charts. They released their second album the next year and it was called, Thatís A Plenty. The single from it, Fairytale, reached number 13 on the pop charts and also number 37 on the country charts. They were invited to Nashville to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. They won a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group. Anita and Bonnie were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song.
The group went on to release a total of 13 albums between 1973 and 1989/ In 2006, June died of lung cancer. Anita and Bonnie joined each other on the internet only Idol Radio Show in 2007.
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