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". A year later, Anita's writing talents helped the group make music history: "Fairytale," co-written by Bonnie, became a hit on the country charts and won the group its first Grammy for Best Country Performance by a duo or group; in addition, Anita and Bonnie earned a Grammy nod for the best country song of the year in 1975. The single's success also enabled The Pointer Sisters to become the first black female group to ever perform at the Grand Ole Opry. 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 Awards.

In 1986, Anita found chart success with country superstar 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. A second single, "More Than A Memory," also charted.

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]

Though Anita was born in California, her parents were natives of Arkansas. As a result, the family traveled by car almost yearly from California to Arkansas to visit Pointer’s grandparents who lived in Prescott. During that time, her mother allowed her to stay with her grandparents in order to attend fifth grade at McRae Elementary, seventh grade at McRae Jr. High, and tenth grade at McRae High School. While in high school, she played alto sax as a member of the McRae High School Band.[4]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2015, Pointer has been married four times; each union ended in divorce. She had one child, Jada, who inspired one of the Pointer Sisters' most popular songs ("Jada," written by the group and released on their debut album). Jada died of cancer in June of 2003.



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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