Anita Pointer

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Anita Pointer
Birth name Anita Marie Pointer
Born (1948-01-23) January 23, 1948 (age 67)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Genres R&B, soul, pop, dance, rock, jazz, country
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1969–present
Labels Atlantic
Blue Thumb
Website Official Website of the Pointer Sisters

Anita Marie Pointer (born January 23, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and a member of The Pointer Sisters.


Anita was born in Oakland, California, United States. In 1969.[1] She quit her job as a secretary to join her younger sisters Bonnie and June to form The Pointer Sisters. After two failed singles between 1971 and 1972 for Atlantic Records, the trio convinced their eldest sister Ruth to join the group in 1972.

In 1973, the sisters found fame with the Anita-led "Yes We Can Can" and it was Anita's co-writing duties for their 1974 hit, "Fairytale", that helped the group make music history when the song hit the country charts, winning the group its first Grammy for Best Country Performance by a duo or group and Anita and Bonnie a Grammy nod for the best country song of the year in 1975. Bonnie left The Pointer Sisters in 1977, but Ruth, Anita and June rose to even higher levels of success with singles such as "Fire" (1978), "He's So Shy" (1980), "Slow Hand" (1981) and "I'm So Excited" (1982). The trio's 1983 album Break Out reached multi-platinum status and won the group two more Grammy Award's.

In 1986, Anita ventured into a part-time solo career and she found chart success with Earl Thomas Conley on the song "Too Many Times", which reached No. 2 on the country chart. In 1987, she released her first solo album Love For What It Is. The album's first single, "Overnight Success", reached No. 41 on the Billboard R&B chart.

In 1994, Anita and her sisters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,[2] and in 1998, Anita was singularly inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.[3] Anita is a native of California, but she spent many summers with relatives in Prescott, Arkansas during her youth.[4]

As of 2014, Anita still performs with The Pointer Sisters.

Personal life[edit]

Pointer married David Harper on December 11, 1965 and had one child, Jada. They divorced in 1966. She married Richard Gonzalez on October 25, 1981, but that marriage also resulted in divorce.[5]



Love For What It Is (1987 RCA Records)

  1. "Overnight Success" (4:45)
  2. "Love Me Like You Do (5:25)
  3. "The Pledge" (duet with Philip Bailey) (3:16)
  4. "You Don't Scare Me" (3:40)
  5. "More Than a Memory" (4:45)
  6. "Have a Little Faith in Love" (5:56)
  7. "Love for What it Is" (5:05)
  8. "Beware of What You Want" (5:42)
  9. "Temporarily Blue" (4:20)


Year Single US R&B Album
1987 "Overnight Success" 41 Love for What It Is

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1986 "Too Many Times" Earl Thomas Conley 2 3 Too Many Times


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