A Rockapaedia Obituary
Group: The Pointer Sisters.
Bonnie Pointer died aged sixty-nine on 8th of June 2020 from cardiac arrest. She was in Los Angeles, California, United States of America at the time. She was survived by her sister, June and her ex-husband, Motown Records producer Jeffrey Bowen.
Bonnie and younger sister June began singing together in their father's West Oakland Church of God in Oakland, California. They formed the Pointers in 1969 and after Anita joined the duo that same year, they changed their name to the Pointer Sisters and recorded several singles for Atlantic Records between 1971 and 1972. In December 1972, they recruited older sister Ruth and released their debut album as the Pointer Sisters in 1973. Their self-titled debut yielded the hit "Yes We Can Can". Then between 1973 and 1977, the Pointers donned 1940's fashions and sang in a style reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters. Their music included R&B, funk, rock and roll, gospel, country and soul.
Anita and Bonnie wrote the group's crossover country hit, "Fairytale," in 1974, which also became a Top twenty pop hit and won them their first Grammy for Best Vocal by a Duo or Group, Country. Anita and Bonnie also were nominated for Best Country Song at the same ceremony. In 1977, Bonnie left the group to begin a solo career. The remaining sisters continued scoring hits from the late-1970s to the mid-1980s and had a major breakthrough with their 1983 album Break Out. In 1978, Bonnie Pointer signed with Motown and in the same year, she released "Heaven Must Have Sent You," which reached number eleven on Billboard Hot 100 chart. Bonnie Pointer also released three solo albums, including two self-titled albums for Motown, before retiring from the studio.
Bonnie Pointer appeared on Soul Train on 2nd March, 1985. She still continued to perform, and reunited with her sisters on two separate occasions: when the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994, and during a Las Vegas performance in 1996 singing "Jump (for My Love)". At the beginning of 2008, she embarked on a European tour, and worked on her autobiography.