Anita Pointer

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Anita Pointer
Pointer in 1974.
Pointer in 1974.
Background information
Birth nameAnita Marie Pointer
Born (1948-01-23) January 23, 1948 (age 74)[1][2]
Oakland, California, U.S.
Years active1969–2015

Anita Marie Pointer (born January 23, 1948)[3][4] is an American singer–songwriter, best known as a founding member of the vocal group the Pointer Sisters.

Early life and family[edit]

Pointer was born in Oakland, California, United States, the fourth of six children to Sarah Elizabeth (née Silas; 1924–2000) and Reverend Elton Pointer (1901–1979).[1] Though she was born in California, Pointer's parents were natives of Arkansas. As a result, her 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 to attend fifth grade at McRae Elementary, seventh grade at McRae Jr. High, and tenth grade at McRae High School. While in Prescott, she played alto sax as a member of the McRae High School band.[5] In 1969, Pointer quit her job as a secretary to join her younger sisters Bonnie and June to form The Pointer Sisters.[6]


She and her sisters found fame in 1973, when the Anita-led "Yes We Can Can" reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1974, Pointer's writing talents helped the group make music history when "Fairytale" became a hit on the country music charts and enabled The Pointer Sisters to become the first black female group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. "Fairytale" won the group its first Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, and a Grammy Nomination for the Best Country Song of the year in 1975.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, The Pointer Sisters rose to higher levels of success with "Fire" (1978), "He's So Shy" (1980), "Slow Hand" (1981) and "I'm So Excited" (1982). In 1983, the trio's album Break Out reached multi-platinum status and won the group two more Grammy Awards. In 1986, Pointer found chart success with country superstar Earl Thomas Conley on the song "Too Many Times", which reached no. 2 on the country chart and in 1987, she released her first solo album Love for What It Is. Her album's first single "Overnight Success" reached no. 41 on the Billboard R&B chart.

A second single from the album, "More Than a Memory," also charted, reaching No. 73 R&B in 1988. In 1994, Pointer and her sisters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,[7] and in 1998, Pointer was singularly inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.[8] In 2015, Pointer retired from The Pointer Sisters due to her ill health.

In February 2020, Anita released the book, "Fairytale: The Pointer Sisters' Family Story" which was co-written with her brother, Fritz Pointer. The book chronicles the Pointer family origins and history as well as finding themselves as young black women in the San Francisco Bay Area during the Civil Rights and Black Power movement of the late 1960s. As well, it describes the difficulties and successes they encountered throughout their career and shares their chart history, discography and other surprises along the way. Throughout the book, family members also share their memories of the Pointer family history including Bonnie who passed in June 2020. The book earned positive reviews upon release.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Pointer has been married several times and had one child. In December 1965, at age 17, Pointer married David Harper and together they had a daughter, Jada Rashawn Pointer (b. April 9, 1966).[citation needed][1] They divorced later in 1966. Jada died of cancer in June 2003, aged 37. Her daughter inspired one of the Pointer Sisters' most popular songs, "Jada," written by the group and released on their debut album. In October 1981, Pointer married Richard Gonzalez. Pointer and Gonzalez have since divorced.[1] Pointer's older brother, Aaron Pointer, was an MLB player and later NFL referee. Her cousin, Paul Silas, was an NBA player and head coach.[10]

In October 2021, Pointer was supposed to be a contestant on season 6 of The Masked Singer, as part of a duet with her sister Ruth, who revealed that Pointer had not performed because she was dealing with an illness.[11]



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
1988 "More Than a Memory" 73 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


  1. ^ a b c d Arkansas In Ink, Anita Marie Pointer (1948-).Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  2. ^ So You Want to Sing Music by Women, A Guide for Performers, By Matthew Hoch, Linda Lister · 2019.Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Your Birthday, Your Card, By Robert Lee Camp · 2008.Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  4. ^ Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, By Editors Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone Magazine Editors · 2001.Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "Anita Pointer (1948–) – Encyclopedia of Arkansas". Paul Ciulla Everett, Massachusetts.
  6. ^ "Anita Pointer – The Pointer Sisters". Paul Ciulla.
  7. ^ "The Pointer Sisters – Hollywood Walk of Fame". October 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Anita Pointer – Arkansas Black Hall of Fame".
  9. ^ Adams, Cameron (February 24, 2016). "Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters on her cocaine addiction and escaping Scientology rehab". — Australia's Leading News Site. Archived from the original on April 4, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2016. (quote) The Pointer Sisters’ line-up has become so fluid that Ruth is now the only original member. June Pointer was kicked out of the band in 2004 due to ongoing crack cocaine use. While she entered rehab she died in 2006 after a battle with cancer. Anita Pointer left the band after medical issues following chemotherapy left her unable to tour
  10. ^ "Aaron Pointer is a man for all seasons". Greg Bishop, Seattle Times, staff reporter - April 16, 2006. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  11. ^ Jensen, Erin. "'Masked Singer': Cupcake is iced out; wildcard Caterpillar gives 'front-runner performance'". USA TODAY.

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