June Pointer


LOS ANGELES (AP) – June Pointer, the youngest of the Pointer Sisters – known for the '70s and '80s hits "I'm So Excited," "Fire" and "Slow Hand" – has died of cancer, her family said Wednesday. She was 52.

Pointer died Tuesday at Santa Monica University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center, the family said in a statement. She had been hospitalized since late February. 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 statement said. "Although her sister, Bonnie, was unable to be present, she was with her in spirit."

The four sisters 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, which sang backup for artists such as Taj Mahal, Boz Scaggs and Elvin Bishop.

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

Bonnie Pointer left the group in 1977 for a solo career.

The Pointer Sisters recorded several more albums, including 1984's "Break Out," which won two Grammys for "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.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

Copyright © 2006 The Associated Press


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I saw your Sister Ruth with your Niece, and great Niece perform in Atlantic City in 2019.
They were amazing, they did you proud. Miss you!

Rest In Eternal Peace

I was so blessed to have met you, spent time talking to you...an I never forget about our plans to write a book..an you said, "the story is to be sold not told". RIP Ms June, you were a blessing to me...and. May God continue to bless the family...

You are missed.

June you are my favorite sister. I hope you have peace and love.

Loved your songs still listen to them every day your gone but never forgotton. Calvin m

June you are still missed I have retired with Anita so I don't go to any pointer sisters shows but I still love you all

You stole our hearts and moved our feet! The music will live forever ~

Rip June. You were a beautiful spirit. Tyshia