Several surviving family members released a statement, according to Variety. “While we are deeply saddened by the loss of Anita, we are comforted in knowing she is now with her daughter, Jada, and her sisters June and Bonnie, and at peace,” said the statement from her sister, Ruth, brothers Aaron and Fritz, and her granddaughter Roxie McKain Pointer. “She was the one that kept all of us close and together for so long. Her love of our family will live on in each of us. Please respect our privacy during this period of grief and loss. Heaven is a more loving beautiful place with Anita there.”
I can’t believe we’re kicking off 2023 with yet another LEGENDARY light goneOne time for Anita Pointer Phenomenal career, ICONIC group RIP Queen 🕊 #ThePointerSisters pic.twitter.com/L47SAESbN0 — Eric Beignét (@FranciskoMayne) January 1, 2023
Variety cited a 1969 interview in which Pointer said she had never planned to make music her career. “I was planning on continuing to being a secretary in a law office, like I was doing, when I heard Bonnie and June singing in the Northern California State Youth Choir, performing ‘Oh Happy Day,’ with Edwin Hawkins and Dorothy Morrison, and I just loved it. So I quit my job and said that I had to do this too,” she said. The trio became a quartet when their sister Ruth joined the group in 1970, but then returned to being a trio again when Bonnie left the group. The Pointer Sisters had their first No. 1 R&B chart hit in 1975 with “How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side).” In 1978, their version of the Bruce Springsteen song “Fire” reached No. 2 on the pop music charts. Several other songs made the Top 20 until the group’s late hit “Dare Me” in 1985.
Will always love The Pointer Sisters. Rest in Peace to Anita Pointer. 💔(01.23. 1948 🕊️ 12.31.2022) pic.twitter.com/OPLqkGKmm2 — Jermaine (@JermaineWatkins) January 1, 2023
1/2 My deepest condolences to Anita Pointer’s family. Whilst on tour in 1985 with Wham! The Pointer Sisters & Chaka Khan, Anita was so kind & generous with her friendship & guidance to me. I learned a lot standing side of stage every night watching her amaze and excite the crowd. pic.twitter.com/4mQTr5mrXO— Katrina formerly of Katrina & The Waves (@KatrinasWeb) January 1, 2023
In 1974, after the release of their country single “Fairytale,” the Pointer Sisters became the first black female group to make an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, according to People magazine. The song later won a 1975 Grammy Award for best country performance by a duo or group. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
2/2 While watching Wham! she told me something I will never forget. “It’s all about energy” Thank you for your energy and passion and the music that makes me and the world love you so much. pic.twitter.com/KoV3kUy1cF— Katrina formerly of Katrina & The Waves (@KatrinasWeb) January 1, 2023