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 Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters performs at the 3rd annual Alfred Mann Foundation Innovation and Inspiration Gala on September 9, 2006, in Beverly Hills, California.

Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters performs on the third annual Alfred Mann Basis Innovation and Inspiration Gala on September 9, 2006, in Beverly Hills, California.
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Anita Pointer, one of many Grammy-winning Pointer Sisters whose string of pop, nation and R&B hits within the Nineteen Seventies and ’80s included “I am So Excited,” “Bounce (For My Love)” and “Fireplace,” died of most cancers on December 31 at age 74, her publicist mentioned.

Pointer was surrounded by household at her Beverly Hills house when she died, publicist Roger Neal mentioned.

Anita was the second oldest of 4 sisters who began performing because the duo of June and Bonnie in 1969 and shortly grew to become a trio when Anita give up her job as a secretary to hitch the group, in line with an official biography.

The Pointer Sisters later grew to become a quartet for some time with Ruth, the one one of many authentic singing sisters nonetheless alive, although Bonnie left the group within the late Nineteen Seventies they usually grew to become a trio as soon as once more. The Pointer sisters even have two surviving brothers, Fritz and Aaron.

Anita was preceded in dying by her daughter Jada, who died in 2003, when Anita took over elevating her granddaughter, Roxie McKain Pointer.

“Whereas we’re deeply saddened by the lack of Anita, we’re comforted in understanding she is now along with her daughter Jada and her sisters June & Bonnie and at peace. She was the one which stored all of us shut and collectively for therefore lengthy. Her love of our household will reside on in every of us,” the household mentioned in an announcement.

The sisters grew up singing within the church of their father, a preacher in Oakland, California.

Their debut album in 1973 produced their first hit single “Sure We Can Can.”

Amongst their greater hits have been “Fireplace” in 1978, “He is So Shy” in 1980, “Gradual Hand” in 1981, and “Neutron Dance,” “Computerized” and “Bounce” in 1983. “I am So Excited” from 1982 stays a typical.

Lately, the group continued performing with Ruth singing alongside along with her daughter Issa and granddaughter Sadako.

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