Bonnie Pointer, Founding Member Of The Pointer Sisters, Dies At 69 – Bonnie Pointer, a Grammy-winning founding members of the group “The Pointer Sisters,” died Monday, according to her sister, Anita Pointer. She was 69.
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Bonnie Pointer died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles on Monday (June 8), aged 69, according to her publicist, Roger Neal.
“It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of the Pointer Sisters that my sister, Bonnie died this morning,” sister Anita Pointer said in a statement. “Our family is devastated, on behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time.”
The four Pointer sisters, Ruth, Anita, Bonnie and June, grew up singing together in their father’s West Oakland Church of God in Oakland, California.
It was Bonnie Pointer, who first wanted to move out of church and into clubs to pursue a professional singing career, formed the band in 1969, initially as a duo with youngest sister June, before elder siblings Anita and Ruth joined.
After Anita joined the duo that same year, they changed their name to “The Pointer Sisters” and recorded several singles for Atlantic Records between 1971 and 1972.
In December 1972, the oldest sister Ruth joined the band and released their debut album as “The Pointer Sisters” in 1973.
“The Pointer Sisters” yielded the hit “Yes We Can Can,” a funky anthem calling for unity and tolerance, became their breakout hit.
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Anita and Bonnie wrote the group’s crossover country hit, “Fairytale,” a song inspired in equal part by Jackson Browne and the country songs they remembered being sung by their older relatives, who had moved from Arkansas to California.
“Fairytale” became a Top 20 pop hit and won the group their first Grammy for Best Vocal by a Duo or Group, Country, in 1974.
Anita and Bonnie also were nominated for Best Country Song at the same ceremony.
Bonnie Pointer would leave for a short and modest solo career in 1977 as her sisters went on to have several mega-hits without her from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s and had a major breakthrough with their 1983 album Break Out.
Bonnie Pointer married Temptations and Chairmen of the Board producer Jeffrey Bowen in 1978, and was spirited away for a solo career on Motown, under his aegis.
“We were devastated,” Anita Pointer told The Associated Press in 1990. “We did a show the night she left, but after that, we just stopped. We thought it wasn’t going to work without Bonnie.”
Bonnie Pointer’s biggest hit was “Heaven Must Have Sent You,” a 1979 disco cover of an earlier Motown hit by the Elgins. “Heaven Must Have Sent You” reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979.
She released three solo albums, including two self-titled albums for Motown, before stepping back a bit from the spotlight, though she still performed periodically over the years.
Bonnie twice reunited with her sisters for public appearances. Once in 1994, when they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and again in 1996 at a show in Las Vegas.
“She had always told me, mother, I want something for myself,” Bonnie Pointer’s mother Sarah Pointer told Ebony in 1974. “I want to be somebody in this world.”
Bonnie Pointer and her husband Jeffrey Bowen separated in 2004 and after 10 years of separation, Bonnie filed for divorce which was finalized in 2016.
June Pointer, the youngest of the sisters, died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, on April 11, 2006, at the age of 52 after she was diagnosed with cancer, which had metastasized in her breast, colon, liver and bones.
A family statement said June died “in the arms of her sisters Ruth and Anita and [with] her brothers Aaron and Fritz by her side. Although her sister Bonnie was unable to be present, she was with her in spirit.”
Bonnie Pointer is survived by her two sisters Ruth and Anita and her two older brothers, Aaron and Fritz.