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Anita Pointer
Birth name Anita Marie Pointer
Born January 23, 1948 (1948-01-23) (age 61)
Oakland, California, United States
Genres R&B, soul, pop, dance, rock, jazz, country
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1969 - present
Labels Atlantic
Blue Thumb
Website Link

Anita Pointer (born January 23, 1948, Oakland, California, United States) is an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter and a member of The Pointer Sisters.



Pointer quit a job as a secretary to join her younger sisters Bonnie and June to form the Pointer Sisters in 1969. After two failed singles between 1971 and 1972 for Atlantic Records, the trio convinced their eldest sister Ruth to join the group in 1972. The sisters found fame with the Anita-led "Yes We Can Can" in 1973. It was Anita's co-writing duties for their 1974 hit, "Fairytale", that helped the group make music history when the song hit the country charts, winning the group its first Grammy for Best Country Performance by a duo or group and Anita and Bonnie a Grammy nod for the best country song of the year in 1975.

After Bonnie left the Pointer Sisters in 1977, Ruth, Anita and June rose to higher levels of success with singles such as "Fire" (1978), "He's So Shy" (1980), "Slow Hand" (1981) and "I'm So Excited" (1982).

After the trio's Break Out reached multi-platinum status and won the group two Grammys, Anita ventured into a part-time solo career. She found chart success in 1986 with Earl Thomas Conley on the song, "Too Many Times", which reached #2 on the country chart. In 1987, she released her first solo album Love For What It Is. The album's first single, "Overnight Success", reached #41 on the Billboard R&B chart.

As of 2009, Anita still performs with the Pointer Sisters. The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994.

Personal life

Pointer married David Harper on December 11, 1965 and had one child, Jada. They divorced in 1966. She then married Richard Gonzalez on October 25, 1981, but they too later divorced.[1]




Year Album
1987 Love for What It Is


Year Single US R&B Album
1987 "Overnight Success" 41 Love for What It Is

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1986 "Too Many Times" Earl Thomas Conley 2 3 Too Many Times


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