Anita Pointer, one of the trailblazing vocalists from the famous group The Pointer Sisters, has died.
Pointer's publicist Roger Neal said in a statement she was surrounded by family at the time of her passing.
"While we are deeply saddened by the loss of Anita, we are comforted in knowing she is now with her daughter Jada and her sisters June & Bonnie and at peace. She was the one that kept all of us close and together for so long," her sister Ruth, brothers Aaron and Fritz and granddaughter Roxie McKain Pointer said in the statement.
Anita was the second oldest of four sisters who initially started the group as a duo in 1969 with Ruth, the eldest, and Bonnie. The Pointer Sisters stood as a quartet for several years when they added their youngest sister, June.
The Pointer Sisters won their first Grammy, unusually for a Black group of the time, in the best country vocal performance by a duo or group category, for the 1974 song “Fairytale,” written by Anita and Bonnie.
By 1982, the group had arrived at a largely new style with “I’m So Excited.” On lead vocals, Anita sounded joyous belting out come-hither lyrics about “those pleasures in the night,” and the group came out with a racy music video to match. The song spent 40 weeks on the Hot 100 chart. The group won several Grammy awards and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
June, passed away in 2006 from cancer and Bonnie, who left the group in the 70s to pursue a solo career, passed away in 2020 from cardiac arrest. Anita's family has disclosed that she died from cancer as well. Anita Pointer was 74.