Oakland, California was home for the Pointer Sisters, Anita, Bonnie, June and Ruth, children to minister parents Reverend Elton and Sarah Pointer, would become Grammy Award winners and one of the top Pop and R&B recording artists of the 1970’s and early 80’s. Starting out as background singers and touring with Boz Scaggs, Elvin Bishop and Grace Slick, in the summer of 1973 the Pointer Sisters created a sensation at the famed Troubador nightclub in Los Angeles and received national exposure on the Helen Reddy television show, launching a very successful recording career.
Landing on the Hit Parade in 1973 with “Yes We Can Can,” “Fairytale” would follow in 1974 and “How Long (Betcha’ Got A Chick On The Side) in 1975. “Fire,” would be their first million selling single in 1978. “He’s So Shy,” had similar success in 1980 with “Slow Hand” also earning them gold in 1981. Four more million sellers, “Automatic,” “Jump,” “I’m So Excited” and “Neutron Dance” followed in 1984.
“Fairytale,” a pop and country music hit written by Anita and Bonnie gave the group an invitation to appear on the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, where they achieved the rare distinction of being the first black female singers to perform on that stage.
June Pointer died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on April 11, 2006 at the age of 52 of cancer.
In 1994 the Pointer Sisters were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame in 2005 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2011.