Here is what happened to 'The Pointer Sisters'

Edduin Carvajal
Aug 08, 2018
06:51 P.M.

The Pointer Sisters are an American R&B group that has been actively performing since 1969. However, they went through a tragedy that made them drastically change.


Ruth, Bonnie, Anita, and June Pointer were the original members of the grout and, thanks to their outstanding voice and great music, they reached stardom in the early 70s and were an influential group up until the mid-80s.

In 1977, Bonnie left the quartet and began her solo career. While many thought that the Pointer Sisters would dissolve after Bonnie’s decision, Ruth, Anita, and June kept singing and recorded very successful hits.

Unfortunately for them, their last album that was really important for the entertainment industry was released in 1985, and it was titled Contact.


Their following records like Hot Together, Serious Slammin’, and Right Rhythm didn’t get as much attention as they would have liked.

Even though they lost popularity, they kept performing and taking a few gigs throughout the years. In 2006, they were forced to endure a difficult situation, though.

As the New York Times reported, June, the youngest member of the Pointer Sisters, passed away at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, Los Angeles on April 11, 2006.


In a statement shared by June’s family, it was revealed that she suffered a stroke while in the hospital, where she had been in since February that year as she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Given the fact that it was discovered too late, it had metastasized in her breast, colon, liver, and bones, and there was little-to-nothing to do to save her. In 2002, before June’s passing, Issa Pointer, Ruth’s daughter, became the band’s newest member.

Later, in 2009, Sadako Pointer joined the Pointer Sisters, and they became a quartet again. Sadako is Ruth’s granddaughter. Even though the band has gone through a lot, they still go on tours and attract a lot of people to their concerts.

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