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Anita Pointer, a founder of the Pointer Sisters, dead at age 74

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Anita Poynter, founding member of the genre-spanning pop group The Poynter Sisters, died Saturday at the age of 74.

The Pointer Sisters helped define the sound of the early 1980s with their moist, sultry electronic sound and brassy R&B approach. The group showed its range with recordings like the original “I’m So Excited” and Bruce Springsteen’s cover of “Fire.” Anita Poynter was integral to the group’s success, having written and performed many of its most famous songs.Her fingerprints are all over the group’s work, including her debut song on her album was named after her daughter, Jada, who died in 2003.

With Anita’s death, Ruth Pointer is the last living member of the four brothers who made up the original Pointer Sisters.

Ruth, along with her brothers Aaron and Fritz and granddaughter Roxy McCain Poynter, released a posthumous statement. It’s comforting to know that she’s resting in peace with Bonnie.”She was the one who kept us all close and together for so long. Her love for our family , lives on in each of us. Please respect our privacy during this period of grief and loss. Heaven with Anita is a more loving and beautiful place.”

The Pointer Sisters have won three Grammy Awards. first time, According to the Grammy Awards websitewas the award for best country vocal performance by a duo or group for the 1974 “Fairy Tale” written by Anita and Bonnie Poynter.

Country tunes gave them enough credibility for the Pointer Sisters to become the first black women’s group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Biography of the group’s websiteElvis Presley cut a version of “Fairytale” on one of his last albums, Today.

Like Elvis, the sisters learned to sing on Sundays. They attended their father’s church in Oakland, California.

The group’s 1983 album Break Out won two other Grammy Awards. His best vocal arrangement on “Automatic” and his best pop performance on “Jump (For My Love).” According to the Grammy website.

Anita Poynter’s singing career began in 1969 after quitting her job as a secretary at a law firm. group websiteShe retired from touring in 2015.

She was an African-American art and memorabilia collector. According to her publicist, she’s amassed such a collection that her entire second floor at the Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles is used for the “Ever After” exhibition of The Pointer Sisters. The last photos of Bonnie (who passed away in 2020), Anita, and Ruth were taken at the exhibition.

Her publicist, Neil, said Anita Poynter died at 6:27 p.m. at her Beverly Hills home surrounded by Fritz, Roxy, and Ruth.

Neal said no arrangements have been made. He provided a copy of a handwritten statement written by Ruth Pointer to all who love her sister.

“The pain is so deep,” she wrote. “I have no words other than the beautiful song ‘Freedom’ that you sang as the lead.”

The song is the cap of the group’s 1985 album Contact, which contains the verse:

I want to take you (Freedom)

I’m talking freedom everywhere (freedom)

Freedom but you, freedom but me

Oh, freedom, freedom (oh-oh-oh)

let it go, let it go, let it go

i want it now i want it now

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