Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters Dies at 69

June 8, 2020

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Bonnie Pointer of the legendary American vocal group The Pointer Sisters has died at the age of 69.

In a statement to TMZ, Bonnie Pointer’s sister Anita said, "It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of The Pointer Sisters that my sister, Bonnie died this morning. Our family is devastated, on behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time."

Bonnie and her sister June started the group back in 1969 as a duo in their hometown of Oakland, California. Later in the year, their sister Anita joined the group as they changed their name to The Pointer Sisters. The trio began touring and provided backing vocals for artists such as Elvin Bishop, Grace Slick, Sylvester James, and Boz Scaggs. In 1972, their sister Ruth joined the group marking the beginning of the famous period of their work.

While she was with The Pointer Sisters, she won a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for their Country crossover hit “Fairytale.”

Bonnie left The Pointer Sisters in 1977 to pursue a career as a solo artist. She signed with Motown Records in 1978 and released her self-titled debut studio album the same year. The album yielded her best known hit “Heaven Must Have Sent You,” which reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Pointer would release two more solo albums in 1979 and 1984 before taking an extended break from recorded music. She reemerged in 2011 when she released the album Like a Picasso.

She reunited with her sisters on two separate occasions. Once in 1994 when the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 1996 when she joined them during a Las Vegas performance.

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