Thursday, April 13, 2006

June Pointer 1954-2006

June Pointer, the youngest of the popular female vocal group of the 80's, the Pointer Sisters succumbed to cancer at the age of 52. The Pointer Sisters first came to prominence in the 70s with hits like "Yes We Can Can" and "How Long". When June Pointer replaced Bonnie Pointer (who embarked on a solo career) the group shed the 40s attire, changed labels and modernized their sound. When the Pointers worked with producer Richard Perry they had their greatest success releasing hit after hit after hit "Fire" "Jump(For My Love)" " Neutron Dance" "Slow Hand" "Automatic" "He's So Shy" and the mesmerizing "I'm So Excited"(which entered the charts on two separate occasions) penned by June and her sisters Ruth and Anita. Most of these hit records came from the "Breakout" lp. The sisters proved their versatility by having one of their song's "Fairytale" near the top of the Country chart. This is an extremely rare occurance for an R&B act. June did have a substance abuse problem which caused so much friction with her sisters that it was decided that it would be best that she leave the group. June was making progress with the drug problem and completed two CDs before the onset of cancer caused her demise.

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