Pointer Sisters

Pointer Sisters

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The Pointer Sisters are an American R&B singing group from Oakland, California, who achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. Spanning over four 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 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 got 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, the youngest sister, struggled with drug addiction for much of her career, leaving the group in April 2004 and dying from extensive cancer in April 2006, at the age of 52.[1] 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, Issa, and Ruth's granddaughter Sadako Pointer. While all four women remain in the group, they most often perform as a trio rotating the lineup as needed.

In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked them as the 80th most successful dance artists of all-time.[2] In December 2017, Billboard magazine ranked them as the 93rd most successful Hot 100 Artist of all-time[3] and as the 32nd most successful Hot 100 Women Artist of all-time.[4]
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Pointer Sisters Discography Tracks

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Pointer Sisters The Pointer Sisters (Album) Blue Thumb Records US 1973 Sell This Version
The Pointer Sisters* That's A Plenty (Album) Blue Thumb Records US 1974 Sell This Version
The Pointer Sisters* The Pointer Sisters Live At The Opera House (Album) Blue Thumb Records Japan 1974 Sell This Version
Pointer Sisters Steppin' (Album) ABC Blue Thumb France 1975 Sell This Version
The Pointer Sisters* Having A Party (Album) ABC Blue Thumb Spain 1977 Sell This Version
Pointer Sisters Energy (Album) Planet Records (5) Germany 1978 Sell This Version
P1 Pointer Sisters Energy(LP) Planet Records (5) P1 US 1978 Sell This Version
Pointer Sisters Priority (Album) Planet Records (5) Greece 1979 Sell This Version
Pointer Sisters Special Things (Album) Planet Records (5) Australia 1980 Sell This Version
Pointer Sisters Black & White (Album) Planet Records (5) Canada 1981 Sell This Version
Pointer Sisters So Excited! (Album) Planet Records (5) Canada 1982 Sell This Version
Pointer Sisters Break Out (Album) Planet Records (5) US 1983 Sell This Version
Pointer Sisters Contact (Album) RCA Victor, RCA Australia 1985 Sell This Version
Pointer Sisters Hot Together (Album) RCA Greece 1986 Sell This Version
Pointer Sisters Serious Slammin' (Album) RCA, RCA Victor Japan 1988 Sell This Version
The Pointer Sisters* Right Rhythm (Album) Motown US 1990 Sell This Version
Pointer Sisters Only Sisters Can Do That (Album) SBK Records Canada 1993 Sell This Version
Fats Waller, Pointer Sisters Fats Waller, Pointer Sisters - The New Cast Recording - Highlights From "Ain't Misbehavin'", The Fats Waller Musical (Album) RCA Victor, BMG Classics US 1996 Sell This Version
Natalia (3) Meets The Pointer Sisters* Natalia (3) Meets The Pointer Sisters* - Natalia Meets The Pointer Sisters - Live 01-14-2006 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Belgium 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Pointer Sisters Don't Try To Take The Fifth Atlantic US 1971 Sell This Version
Pointer Sisters Destination No More Heartaches / Send Him Back (Single) Atlantic US 1972 Sell This Version
The Pointer Sisters* Wang Dang Doodle / Cloudburst (Single) Blue Thumb Records Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
The Pointer Sisters* Yes We Can Can (Single) Blue Thumb Records Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
CBS 2183 Taj Mahal Featuring The Pointer Sisters* Taj Mahal Featuring The Pointer Sisters* - Little Red Hen(7", Single) CBS CBS 2183 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
Pointer Sisters Fairytale (Single) Goldies 45 US 1974 Sell This Version