Soul and funk vocalist, Bonnie Pointer – founding member of the classic girl group “The Pointer Sisters” has passed away at the age of 69. The cause of death, yet to be confirmed, is speculated to be cardiac arrest.
The news was confirmed by her sister, Anita Pointer, who said: “It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of The Pointer Sisters that my sister Bonnie Pointer died this morning. Our family is devastated.” She went on to ask for support and love from the fans at this tough time, saying: “On behalf of my siblings and I, and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time”.
Bonnie Pointer was one of the founding members of the classic group “The Pointer Sisters”. The three-member group consisted of herself, and two sisters – Anita, June and Ruth Pointer. The women went on to conquer many styles of music over their 3 decade-long career.
Leading up to her departure from the group in 1978, Bonnie Pointer and her sisters enjoyed success with many smash hit singles. In 1974, they even went on to win a Grammy for Best Group Performance, Country for their crossover country track “Fairytale“. Bonnie helped write that track.
Leaving the group in 1978, Bonnie Pointer went on to sign a deal with Motown Records, focussing on a soo career. Her solo track “Heaven Must Have Sent You” even peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 upon release. In 2008, The Pointer Sisters were given a prestigious star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Bonnie Pointer has left behind a legacy spanning a plethora of music styles. From county, pop, soul, funk and even r&b, her contributions to music will always be remembered.
By: Ahalya Narayanan