Throwback: R.I.P. Anita Pointer

The Pointer Sisters can trace their origins when sisters June and Bonnie Pointer began performing in clubs in 1969 as Pointers, a Pair.” The group expanded into a trio with their other sister Anita joined them. As a trio, they signed with Atlantic Records, who released a batch of singles that didn’t catch much attention.

The group expanded into a quarter with the addition of their sister Ruth. As a quartet, the group signed to Blue Thumb Records, who released their full-length debut. Between 1973 and 1985, the Pointer Sisters — whether as a trio or a quartet — were among one of the most commercially successful acts of their day with the act having 13 US Top 20 hits, including 1979’s “Fire,” 1980’s “He’s So Shy,” 1981’s “Slow Hand,” 1984’s “Automatic” and “Jump (For My Love)” and 1985’s “Neutron Dance.” They also won three Grammys, including one in 1975 for Best Country Vocal Performance for “Fairytale.”

Certainly, if you were a child of the 70s or the 80s, you’d likely have some fond memories of The Pointer Sisters. They were played everywhere — and all the time. So finding out right after the ball dropped that The Pointer Sisters’ Anita Pointer was pretty upsetting.

Rest in peace, Anita.