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The Pointer Sisters are an American R&B vocal group from Oakland, CA that achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. With a career that spans four decades, the group’s repertoire includes such genres as pop, disco, jazz, electronic music, bebop, blues, soul, funk, dance, country and rock. The origins of the group began when sisters June and Bonnie began performing in clubs as Pointers A Pair. The duo became a trio when sister Anita joined. They signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records and released several unsuccessful singles. The trio became a quartet when sister Ruth joined in December 1972. Shortly thereafter, they signed with Blue Thumb Records, recorded their debut album, and received a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance for the single “Fairytale” in 1975. Bonnie left the group in 1978 for a solo career with modest success. The remaining trio went to have more commercial success in the 1980s, charting with such hits as “Jump (For My Love)”, “Automatic”, “I’m so Excited” and “Neutron Dance” among others. On April 11, 2006, June Pointer died of cancer at age 52. Today, The Pointer Sisters consist of Ruth Pointer, Issa Pointer and Sadako Pointer. They released the albums “The Pointer Sisters” (1973), “Steppin” (1975), “Energy” (1978), “Special Things” (1980), “Black And White” (1981), “Break Out” (1983), “Contact” (1985) and “Jump: The Best Of The Pointer Sisters” (1989).

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