Bonnie, Anita and Ruth in 1974 1The Pointer Sisters are a hugely successful R & B group from Oakland. The group has included various of the sisters, their daughters and granddaughters over the years, but was best known as a quartet with sisters Ruth, Anita, Bonnie and June, and then a trio after Bonnie left the group to pursue a solo career. Their parents, Elton Pointer, Reverend at the West Oakland Church of God, and his wife Sarah, originally from Little Rock, Arkansas.2

  • June Pointer (1969-2004)
  • Bonnie Pointer (1969-1977)
  • Anita Pointer (1969–present)
  • Ruth Pointer (1972–present)
  • Sadako Pointer (2009–present)
  • Issa Pointer (2004-2009)

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June Pointer (June Antoinette Pointer), the youngest member was born on November 30, 1953 in Oakland, California. June attended Edison Elementary School, Elmhurst Junior High, and Castlemont High School.

Ruth Pointer (Ruth Esther Pointer), the eldest member, was born on March 19, 1946 in Oakland, California. Ruth began her formal vocal training as director of the junior choir at her priest father Elton Pointer's church The Church of God.

Singer/songwriter Anita Pointer (Anita Marie Pointer), the second eldest member was born on January 28, 1948 in Oakland, California.

Singer/songwriter Patricia "Bonnie" Pointer, the second youngest member, was born on July 11, 1950 in Oakland, California. Bonnie began singing in the choir of her father Reverend Elton Pointer's church. In 1969 Bonnie formed a duo with her sister June called Pointers, A Pair. The group became a trio after Anita Pointer joined in 1969 and eventually evolved into a quartet when Ruth Pointer joined in 1972.

Links and References

  1. "The Pointer Sisters 927-4783" by Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 - negatiefstroken zwart/wit, nummer toegang 2.24.01.05, bestanddeelnummer 927-4783 - Nationaal Archief. Licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0-nl via Wikimedia Commons
  2. Murch, Donna Jean. Living for the City: Migration Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California. (2010) UNC Press.