Anita Pointer, one of the Grammy-winning Pointer Sisters who had hits like “I’m So Excited,” “Jump (For My Love),” and “Fire” in the 1970s and 1980s, died of cancer on Saturday at the age of 74, her publicist said.
Roger Neal, a publicist, said that Pointer was with her family when she died at her home in Beverly Hills. Anita was the second oldest of four sisters.
In 1969, June and Bonnie started performing as a duo, and soon after, Anita quit her job as a secretary and joined the group, making it a trio.
Ruth is the only one of the original singing sisters who are still alive, so the Pointer Sisters became a quartet for a while. Bonnie left the group in the late 1970s, though, and they went back to being a trio.
I can’t believe we’re kicking off 2023 with yet another LEGENDARY light gone
One time for Anita Pointer
Phenomenal career, ICONIC group
— Eric Beignét (@FranciskoMayne) January 1, 2023
Fritz and Aaron are the sisters’ two brothers who are still alive. Anita’s daughter Jada died before her in 2003. At that time, Anita was taking care of her granddaughter Roxie McKain Pointer.
“We are very sad about Anita’s death, but it helps to know that she is now at peace with her daughter Jada and her sisters June and Bonnie. She was the one who kept us all together and close for a long time. We will all remember how much she loved our family” the family said.
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The sisters grew up singing in Oakland, California, where their father was a preacher. Their first hit song, “Yes We Can Can,” came from their first album, which came out in 1973.
“Fire” in 1978, “He’s So Shy” in 1980, “Slow Hand” in 1981, and “Neutron Dance,” “Automatic,” and “Jump” in 1983 were some of their biggest hits. “I’m So Excited,” which came out in 1982, is still a classic.
Ruth, her daughter Issa, and her granddaughter Sadako have all been singing with the group for the past few years.
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