Original Pointer Sister Bonnie Pointer died as a result of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles on June 8, 2020 at the age of 69.
Pointer created the girl group with three of her sisters – Ruth Anita, and June – in 1969 and released their debut album in 1973. The children of a minister, the girls began singing in the church.
She left the group of singing sisters in 1977 to pursue a solo career and went on to make only four albums before retiring and appearing only rarely to perform including a reunion with her sisters once.
Wanting to move beyond Gospel music, Bonnie and her sisters sang a fusion of soul, funk, pop, and jazz.
Before becoming a chart topping group in their own right, the Pointer Sisters sang backup for a number of artists including Taj Mahal, Boz Scaggs, Sylvester, Grace Slick, and Elvin Bishop.
The group even tried branching out into Country music and became the first and one of the rare African-American group who took the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Bonnie and Anita’s first Grammy Award came as the Best Country Vocal Performance for “Fairytale”. They would go on to win two more Grammy Awards.
She was born Patricia Eva Pointer on July 11, 1950 in Oakland, California.
Predeceased by sister June, Bonnie Pointer is survived by siblings Ruth, Anita, Aaron, and Fritz.
feature photo credit: By Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 – negatiefstroken zwart/wit, nummer toegang 2.24.01.05, bestanddeelnummer 927-4783 – Nationaal Archief, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52985273