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June Pointer of the Pointer Sisters dies of cancer at 52
contracostatimes ^ | Wed, Apr. 12, 2006 | DAISY NGUYEN

Posted on 04/12/2006 10:48:49 AM PDT by lunarbicep

June Pointer, the youngest of the singing Pointer Sisters known for the 1970s and 1980s hits "I'm So Excited," "Fire," and "Slow Hand," has died, her family said Wednesday. She was 52.

Pointer died of cancer Tuesday at Santa Monica University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center, the family said in a statement. She had been hospitalized since late February and the type of cancer wasn't disclosed.

She died "in the arms of her sisters, Ruth and Anita and her brothers, Aaron and Fritz, by her side," the family statement read. "Although her sister, Bonnie, was unable to be present, she was with her in spirit."

The Pointer Sisters began as a quartet in the early 1970s with sisters Ruth, Anita, Bonnie and June. The group became a trio when Bonnie embarked on a solo career.

The group's hits also included "He's So Shy," "Automatic" and "Jump (For My Love)."

The sisters, along with their two older brothers, grew up singing in the choir of an Oakland church where their parents were ministers.

Bonnie and June formed a singing duo and began performing in clubs around the San Francisco Bay area. Anita and Ruth later joined the group and together, they sang backup for Taj Mahal, Boz Scaggs and Elvin Bishop, among others.

Their first, self-titled album, "The Pointer Sisters," debuted in 1973 and the song "Yes We Can Can" became their first hit. They followed up with the album "That's A Plenty," which featured an eclectic mix of musical styles ranging from jazz to country and pop. They won the first of their three Grammy awards in 1974 for best country vocal performance by a group for the song "Fairytale."

Bonnie left the group in 1977, and the sisters recorded several more albums, scoring several hit songs that became identified as the soundtrack of the 1980s.

The successful 1984 album "Break Out" earned two Grammy awards for the songs "Automatic" and "Jump (For My Love)." The album's other hit song, "Neutron Dance," was prominently featured in the movie "Beverly Hills Cop."

June recorded two solo albums, and later left the trio.

Anita and Ruth still perform under the group's name. Ruth's daughter, Issa Pointer, is the trio's newest member.

Two years ago, June Pointer was charged with felony cocaine possession and misdemeanor possession of a smoking device. She was ordered to a rehabilitation facility.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: junepointer; music; obituary; pointer; pointersisters; posedinplayboy

1 posted on 04/12/2006 10:48:50 AM PDT by lunarbicep
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To: lunarbicep

I remember a song they did that came out in the summer of '82, the summer after I graduated from high school.

It was called "American Music". A nice tune it was.


2 posted on 04/12/2006 10:52:29 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

I've always thought the Pointer Sisters were a very talented and very classy group.


3 posted on 04/12/2006 10:55:27 AM PDT by A Cyrenian
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To: lunarbicep
Awwww man... bummer news.

Being an old fogie, I still think alot of the music back then was WAY BETTER than the rap crap these days. I still listen to this one every couple months at VERY high volume:



Bless ya June, you and your sisters are one class act!!
4 posted on 04/12/2006 11:00:42 AM PDT by djf (Bedtime story: Once upon a time, they snuck on the boat and threw the tea over. In a land far away..)
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To: lunarbicep

Their brother Aaron is a referee in the NFL. Or was at one time.


5 posted on 04/12/2006 11:00:48 AM PDT by JackDanielsOldNo7 (If it wasn't for marriage, I would not have this screenname.)
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To: lunarbicep

They gave out tickets to their show at Caeser's Palace when I was stationed at Nellis. Don't remember which one of them it was, but she caught me as I was going in to the Base Exchange and asked if I was busy that Friday night. It was a great show - they took care of us GI's.


6 posted on 04/12/2006 11:03:29 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.")
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To: lunarbicep

Rest in Peace.

We'll miss you.


7 posted on 04/12/2006 11:06:46 AM PDT by SmithL (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: lunarbicep

My understanding is that June's wheels had been off for quite some time, much like Whitney Houston's are now.


8 posted on 04/12/2006 11:07:56 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: lunarbicep
Photo from last October in Vegas. Obviously, a couple women who knew how to take care of themselves and had pride in their appearance.



They look way better than most I see half their age.
9 posted on 04/12/2006 11:08:22 AM PDT by djf (Bedtime story: Once upon a time, they snuck on the boat and threw the tea over. In a land far away..)
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To: A Cyrenian

"I've always thought the Pointer Sisters were a very talented and very classy group."

I agree. I've always been a country and rock sort of guy, but I often find myself whistling a Pointer's tune from time to time. They all appear to be good women and I hate to hear this.


10 posted on 04/12/2006 11:09:53 AM PDT by myheroesareDeadandRegistered (Ann Coulter/ Mark Levin tag team in '08)
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To: lunarbicep

FYI, Her brother Aaron Pointer played briefly in the major leagues and later became an NFL official.


11 posted on 04/12/2006 11:12:42 AM PDT by Tall_Texan (I wish a political party would come along that thinks like I do.)
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To: djf

The music then is 100 times better than the rap music out now. I never buy music these days because its nothing like music from the 70s'and 80s'. The Pointer Sisters were and are incredibly talented. I know June struggled with an addiction problem through the years. It's too bad she couldn't overcome it.


12 posted on 04/12/2006 11:36:54 AM PDT by jackadams
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To: lunarbicep
Just heard this on RUSH about two hours ago (time delayed)



They did a fine job with Bruce Springsteen's FIRE.
13 posted on 04/12/2006 2:13:34 PM PDT by sully777 (wWBBD: What would Brian Boitano do?)
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To: lunarbicep

Blessings to the family...


14 posted on 04/12/2006 2:14:26 PM PDT by Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin
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To: sully777
They did a fine job with Bruce Springsteen's FIRE.

I liked the "Elmer Fudd" version better.

15 posted on 04/12/2006 2:14:26 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: lunarbicep

Sad news.

At one time, they used to wear a 1940s retro look, which looked so sharp to me that I bought old clothes and dressed as they did. I was quite the fashionista. : )

They were a good group, with real vocal talent.


16 posted on 04/12/2006 2:23:11 PM PDT by radiohead (Hey Kerry, I'm still here; still hating your lying, stinking guts, you coward.)
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To: dfwgator

I remember Robin William's HBO comedy special when he performed that version. Only thing that tops that song is Blue Christmas by Porky Pig.

Still, sad to see June Pointer dead. Never really heard a sad song from the Pointer Sisters.


17 posted on 04/12/2006 2:26:28 PM PDT by sully777 (wWBBD: What would Brian Boitano do?)
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To: sully777

Sister Bonnie was estranged. Didn't go to her bedside.


18 posted on 04/12/2006 2:31:50 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: lunarbicep

I saw the FOUR Pointer Sisters in concert in 1973, or it could have been early 1974. Bonnie was still with 'em; they were singin' HOT Jazz then, numbers like "Steam Heat", "Salt Peanuts", "Cloudburst"..and June Pointer was the "Low Alto" of the group..they were just fantastic..I'll never forget that concert.. it was one of the best concerts I've ever attended.

RIP June.


19 posted on 04/12/2006 2:35:58 PM PDT by Biblical Calvinist (Soli Deo Gloria !)
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To: djf
I always kinda liked their music. I used to be a big fan of MTV back when they were worth a damn and the Pointer Sisters had a number of music videos out at the time. I distinctly remember the video for 'I'm so excited' when one of them was shown in a bathtub covered in soap bubbles. As she rose up out of the tub, either due to carelessness or by design, there was a brief flash of her, ahhh, private area.

Man, I sure miss the old MTV ;)
20 posted on 04/12/2006 2:39:00 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Someday we'll look back on all this and plow into a parked car)
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To: lunarbicep

Mr. C4E was in a band which played for the Pointer Sisters at a show. Said they were very nice. Loved their music...Jump was always cranked up real loud on my radio back in the 80's. Love the song.


21 posted on 04/12/2006 2:46:29 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Buy Danish!)
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To: djf

Break Out is one of the best 80s CDs around. Loved the Pointer Sisters... June will be missed. RIP, lady!


22 posted on 04/12/2006 7:09:47 PM PDT by rintense
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To: lunarbicep

Far too young. A very talented group. May she rest in peace.


23 posted on 04/12/2006 8:05:51 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: lunarbicep

Thanks for posting this. It gives a good opportunity to express appreciation for the enjoyment and memories the Pointer Sisters have provided, and still provide through their music. I loved them from the first time I heard them.

Sincere condolences to the family.

We've been losing a lot of the "good ones" lately. June Pointer will be missed.


24 posted on 04/12/2006 8:18:38 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: rintense

Break Out and one other CD are the two from the 80's that actually affected me the most.

The other was then and still is one of the best CD's of all time...

Be Yourself Tonight by the Eurythmics.


25 posted on 04/12/2006 8:47:28 PM PDT by djf (Bedtime story: Once upon a time, they snuck on the boat and threw the tea over. In a land far away..)
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To: A Cyrenian
I've always thought the Pointer Sisters were a very talented and very classy group.

Same here.

26 posted on 04/12/2006 10:41:33 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (A Liberal: One who demands half of your pie, because he didn't bake one.)
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To: djf

Completely agree on 'Be Yourself Tonight'. It is, wihtout a doubt, the best CD by the Eurythmics.


27 posted on 04/13/2006 6:08:10 AM PDT by rintense
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