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|Birth name||Anita Marie Pointer|
January 23, 1948 |
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Genres||R&B, soul, pop, dance, rock, jazz, country|
Pointer quit a job as a secretary to join her younger sisters Bonnie and June to form the Pointer Sisters in 1969. After two failed singles between 1971 and 1972 for Atlantic Records, the trio convinced their eldest sister Ruth to join the group in 1972. The sisters found fame with the Anita-led "Yes We Can Can" in 1973. 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.
After Bonnie left the Pointer Sisters in 1977, Ruth, Anita and June rose to higher levels of success with singles such as "Fire" (1978), "He's So Shy" (1980), "Slow Hand" (1981) and "I'm So Excited" (1982).
After the trio's Break Out reached multi-platinum status and won the group two Grammys, Anita ventured into a part-time solo career. She found chart success in 1986 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.
As of 2010, Anita still performs with the Pointer Sisters. The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994.
Love For What It Is (1987 RCA Records)
- "Overnight Success" (4:45)
- "Love Me Like You Do (5:25)
- "The Pledge" (duet with Philip Bailey) (3:16)
- "You Don't Scare Me" (3:40)
- "More Than a Memory" (4:45)
- "Have a Little Faith in Love" (5:56)
- "Love for What it Is" (5:05)
- "Beware of What You Want" (5:42)
- "Temporarily Blue" (4:20)
|1987||"Overnight Success"||41||Love for What It Is|
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|1986||"Too Many Times"||Earl Thomas Conley||2||3||Too Many Times|
- 1996: The Associate
- Further detail from the Encyclopedia of Arkansas: http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?search=1&entryID=4022
- Pointer Sisters fan page on Bebo: http://www.bebo.com/thepointersisters