American singer-songwriter, Anita Marie Pointer, who was a founding member of the Pointer Sisters, and was born on January 23, 1948, has sadly passed on December 31, 2022.
Many of the group’s top-charting songs, such as “Yes We Can Can,” “Fire,” “Slow Hand,” and “I’m So Excited,” featured her as the lead singer. Their popular song “Fairytale,” for which she co-wrote and provided the lead vocals in 1975, won them their first Grammy.
Having been signed to famous record labels such as Atlantic, Motown and RCA( amongst others), and being active from 1969 -2015, the R&B ,Soul ,Pop and Dance vocalist rose to Fame in 1973 when she sang lead on “Yes we can” which rose to No.11 on the Billboard top 100.
The group’s 1983 album “Break Out” gained triple-platinum status. Pointer then released a Solo Album, ”Love for What it is“, in 1987.
Pointer was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 1998 after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994 together with her sisters. She left the Pointer Sisters in 2015 due to health problems brought on by chemotherapy.
On episode 6 of The Masked Singer in October 2021, Pointer was scheduled to perform a duet with her sister Ruth, however Ruth later claimed that Pointer had to opt out due to an illness.
Pointer sadly passed away from cancer on December 31, 2022; 24 days before her 75th birthday, at her residence in Beverly Hills, California.