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Pointer Sisters

Band, *1969 US, Oakland, California
R&B/Soul and Electronic
A.k.a. The Girls (31)

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. 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. In December 2017, Billboard magazine ranked them as the 93rd most successful Hot 100 Artist of all-time and as the 32nd most successful Hot 100 Women Artist of all-time.

        
Members
PortraitBonnie Pointer
bvoc, voc *1950 US
PortraitIssa Pointer
bvoc *1978 US
PortraitAnita Pointer
voc, bvoc *1948 US
PortraitJune Pointer
voc 1953-2006 US
PortraitRuth Pointer
voc, bvoc *1946 US

Band Membership
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Send Him Back / You Got To Pay Your DuesPointer Sisters / The Drifters2018Single
The Pointer Sisters / That's A PlentyPointer Sisters2018Album
Automatic (The Best Of Pointer Sisters)Pointer Sisters2017Compil.
Don't It Drive You Crazy / E-CarnivalPointer Sisters / Tania Maria2016Compil.
Send Him BackPointer Sisters2013Single
Live in Montana: 2004Pointer Sisters2011Album
Don't It Make You Crazy / Send Him BackPointer Sisters2010Album
Goldmine: The Best Of The Pointer SistersPointer Sisters2010Compil.
Playlist: The Very Best Of The Pointer SistersPointer Sisters2009Compil.
Priority + Black & WhitePointer Sisters2009Compil.
Greatest Hits LivePointer Sisters2008Compil.
Pointer SistersPointer Sisters2007Compil.
The Very Best Of The Pointer Sisters & The Weather GirlsPointer Sisters, The Weather Girls2007Compil.
Dance Vault RemixesPointer Sisters2006Album
Natalia Meets The Pointer Sisters - Live 01-14-2006Natalia Meets Pointer Sisters2006Album
Concert LivePointer Sisters2006Album
Największe PrzebojePointer Sisters2005Compil.
Sisters Are Doing It For ThemselvesNatalia Meets Pointer Sisters2005Single
Greatest HitsPointer Sisters2005Compil.
I'm So ExcitedPointer Sisters2005Compil.
In Concert!!!Pointer Sisters2005Album
Live In ConcertPointer Sisters2004Album
The Best Of The Pointer SistersPointer Sisters2004Compil.
Platinum & Gold CollectionPointer Sisters2004Compil.
So ExcitedPointer Sisters2004Compil.
Het Beste VanPointer Sisters2004Compil.
I'm So Excited - The Very Best Of The Pointer SistersPointer Sisters2003Compil.
The Very Best OfPointer Sisters2003Compil.
C Is For Cookie / Pinball Number CountCookie Monster & The Girls / Pointer Sisters2003Album
Love SongsPointer Sisters2002Compil.
The Ultimate CollectionPointer Sisters2002Compil.
Slow Hand vs. Forgot About DrePointer Sisters vs. Dr. Dre2002Album
Legendary Pointer SistersPointer Sisters2001Compil.
Hits!Pointer Sisters2001Compil.
The Best Of The Pointer SistersPointer Sisters2000Compil.
The CollectionPointer Sisters1998Compil.
The Very Best Of The Pointer SistersPointer Sisters1997Compil.
Dare Me / Hold TightPointer Sisters / Vicki Sue Robinson1997Single
Greatest HitsPointer Sisters1997Compil.
Yes We Can Can (The Best Of The Blue Thumb Recordings)Pointer Sisters1997Compil.
The Very Best Of Pointer SistersPointer Sisters1997Compil.
Back To BackPointer Sisters, Evelyn King1997Compil.
Fire: The Very Best Of The Pointer SistersPointer Sisters1996Compil.
The New Cast Recording - Highlights From "Ain't Misbehavin'", The Fats Waller MusicalPointer Sisters1996Album
Best Of The Pointer SistersPointer Sisters1995Compil.
So Excited & Break OutPointer Sisters1995Compil.
Only Sisters Can Do ThatPointer Sisters1993Album
Don't Walk AwayPointer Sisters1993Single
The Best Of The Pointer Sisters 1978-1981Pointer Sisters1993Compil.
The ★ CollectionPointer Sisters1993Compil.
We're So ExcitedPointer Sisters1993Compil.
Automatic / Jump (For My Love) / I'm So ExcitedPointer Sisters1992Single
Sweet & SoulfulPointer Sisters1992Compil.
The Very Best of Bananarama and the Pointer SistersBananarama / Pointer Sisters1991Compil.
From The Pointer Sisters With LovePointer Sisters1990Compil.
Yes We Can Can / Free Me From My FreedomPointer Sisters, Bonnie Pointer1990Single
Right RhythmPointer Sisters1990Album
InsanityPointer Sisters1990Single
Friends' Advice (Don't Take It)Pointer Sisters1990Album
After YouPointer Sisters1990Single
Live In AfricaPointer Sisters1990Album
Jump The Best Of The Pointer SistersPointer Sisters1989Compil.
I'm So Excited / Can't Fake The FeelingPointer Sisters / Geraldine Hunt1989Album
The Pointer Sisters Greatest HitsPointer Sisters1989Compil.
Greatest HitsPointer Sisters1989Compil.
Triple ThreatPointer Sisters1988Compil.
Serious Slammin'Pointer Sisters1988Album
Power Of PersuasionPointer Sisters1988Album
He Turned Me OutPointer Sisters1988Album
I'm In LovePointer Sisters1988Single
The CollectionPointer Sisters1987Compil.
Slow Hand / Fire / Everybody Is A StarPointer Sisters1987Album
Be TherePointer Sisters1987Single
All I Know Is The Way I FeelPointer Sisters1987Single
GoldminePointer Sisters1986Album
Mercury RisingPointer Sisters1986Album
Hot TogetherPointer Sisters1986Album
So ExcitedPointer Sisters1986Album
Back In My ArmsPointer Sisters1986Single
Baby Come And Get ItPointer Sisters1985Album
Neutron Dance / We Close Our EyesPointer Sisters / Go West1985Album
Dare MePointer Sisters1985Album
The Concert HourPointer Sisters1985Album
ContactPointer Sisters1985Album
Twist My ArmPointer Sisters1985Single
Dare Me = AtrevetePointer Sisters1985Single
FreedomPointer Sisters1985Album
I'm So Excited / Dance ElectricPointer Sisters1984Single
Adult Education (Special Club Mix) / Automatic (Long Version)Daryl Hall & John Oates / Pointer Sisters1984Album
Neutron DancePointer Sisters1984Album
So ExcitedPointer Sisters1984Album
If You Wanna Get Back Your Lady / I Need YouPointer Sisters1984Single
Jump (For My Love)Pointer Sisters1984Single
I Want A New Drug (Called Love) / AutomaticHuey Lewis & The News / Pointer Sisters1984Single
Automatic / Jump (For My Love)Pointer Sisters1983Single
Break OutPointer Sisters1983Album
AutomaticPointer Sisters1983Single
I Can't Shake Loose / Jump / Say It Isn't So / The Heat Is OnAgnetha Fältskog / Pointer Sisters / Daryl Hall & John Oates1983Single
I Need You / OperatorPointer Sisters1983Single
Slow Hand / Should I Do ItPointer Sisters1982Single
American Music / I Want To Do It With YouPointer Sisters1982Single
What's It All About?Pointer Sisters / Journey1982Single
Pointer Sisters' Greatest HitsPointer Sisters1982Compil.
I'm So ExcitedPointer Sisters1982Single
I'm So Excited / Nothin' But A HeartachePointer Sisters1982Single
If You Wanna Get Back Your Lady / I'm So ExcitedPointer Sisters1982Album
Heart To HeartPointer Sisters1982Single
If You Wanna Get Back Your LadyPointer Sisters1982Single
So Excited!Pointer Sisters1982Album
Should I Do It / Take My Heart, Take My SoulPointer Sisters1981Single
Should I Do It? / Sweet Lover ManPointer Sisters1981Single
Sweet Lover ManPointer Sisters1981Single
InterviewPointer Sisters / Lou Rawls1981Single
What A SurprisePointer Sisters1981Single
RetrospectPointer Sisters1981Compil.
Black & WhitePointer Sisters1981Album
Slow HandPointer Sisters1981Single
Someday We'll Be TogetherPointer Sisters1981Single
Top ThirtyPointer Sisters, The Alan Parsons Project, Foreigner1981Album
Should I Do ItPointer Sisters1981Single
He's So Shy / Movin' OnPointer Sisters1980Single
Could I Be DreamingPointer Sisters1980Single
We've Got The Power / Es Tan TimidoPointer Sisters1980Single
Save This Night For LovePointer Sisters1980Single
Where Did The Time Go?Pointer Sisters1980Single
Special ThingsPointer Sisters1980Album
Angry Eyes / FirePointer Sisters1979Single
Who Do You LovePointer Sisters1979Single
Blind Faith / The Shape I'm InPointer Sisters1979Single
All Your LovePointer Sisters1979Single
Everybody Is A StarPointer Sisters1979Single
PriorityPointer Sisters1979Album
Happy / The Shape I'm InPointer Sisters1979Single
Dirty Work / Everybody Is A StarPointer Sisters1978Single
EnergyPointer Sisters1978Album
Their Greatest RecordingsPointer Sisters1978Compil.
FirePointer Sisters1978Single
HappinessPointer Sisters1978Album
Top Tracks From The LP EnergyPointer Sisters1978Album
Happiness / Lay It On The LinePointer Sisters1978Single
Having A Party / Lonely GalPointer Sisters1977Single
Four Tracks From The Pointer SistersPointer Sisters1977Compil.
Having A PartyPointer Sisters1977Album
New Soul Greatest Hits 14Pointer Sisters1976Compil.
You Gotta BelievePointer Sisters1976Single
The Best Of The Pointer SistersPointer Sisters1976Compil.
I Need A ManPointer Sisters1976Single
How Long (Betcha' Got A Chick On The Side)Pointer Sisters1975Single
Live Your Life Before You DiePointer Sisters1975Single
Going Down SlowlyPointer Sisters1975Single
Steppin'Pointer Sisters1975Album
That's A Plenty / Surfeit U.S.APointer Sisters1974Single
That's A PlentyPointer Sisters1974Album
Steam HeatPointer Sisters1974Single
The Pointer Sisters Live At The Opera HousePointer Sisters1974Album
Love In Them There HillsPointer Sisters1974Single
Let It Be MePointer Sisters1974Single
FairytalePointer Sisters1974Single
The Pointer SistersPointer Sisters1973Album
Yes We Can CanPointer Sisters1973Single
Wang Dang Doodle / CloudburstPointer Sisters1973Single
The Pointer SistersPointer Sisters1973Album
Destination No More Heartaches / Send Him BackPointer Sisters1972Single
Don't Try To Take The FifthPointer Sisters1971Single
Send Him Back / My World Is On FirePointer Sisters ,/ Jimmy MackSingle
All Night LongPointer SistersAlbum
Neutron Dance / Baby Come And Get ItPointer SistersSingle
How Long (Betcha Got A Chick On The Side) / Wang Dang DoodlePointer SistersSingle
I'm So Excited / Can't Fake The Feeling / No WayPointer Sisters / Geraldine HuntAlbum
Send Him Back / Man Of ValuePointer Sisters, Tyrone BarkleySingle
He's So Shy / FirePointer SistersSingle
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