LISTEN: Heaven Must Have Sent Bonnie Pointer

We put together a career spanning mixtape in memory of the original Pointer Sister

RIP Bonnie Pointer (Art: Ron Hart)

They were the hottest thing to come out of Oakland since the Black Panthers when they arrived on the funk scene 50 years ago. 

At first, sisters Bonnie and June Pointer gained notoriety singing backgrounds for artists such as Grace SlickSylvester JamesBoz Scaggs and Elvin Bishop.

But once sister Anita joined her siblings in 1971 and then Ruth came aboard a year later in ’72, the original Pointer Sisters redefined the girl group aesthetic in their first five years with excursions into country, jazz, blues, swing and, most notably, funk. 

They also taught many of us how to count as well, thanks to perhaps their most well-known song from those early years:

 

VIDEO: The Pointer Sisters “Sesame Street Pinball Number Count”

It was Bonnie Pointer convinced three of her church-singing siblings to form the Pointer Sisters. And though she left the group before the remaining sisters would dominate the pop charts in the 1980s.  But during her brief time alongside her siblings, Bonnie–who died on Monday from cardiac arrest at age 69–set the table for their worldwide success.

“It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of the Pointer Sisters that my sister, Bonnie died this morning,” sister Anita Pointer said in a statement. “Our family is devastated, on behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time.”

The Rock & Roll Globe remembers the life of Bonnie Pointer with this exclusive playlist highlighting her finest moments both with The Pointer Sisters and as a successful solo act.

Peaceful journey, beautiful Bonnie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ron Hart

Ron Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Rock and Roll Globe. Reach him on Twitter @MisterTribune.

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