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The Pointer Sisters

Mostly Credited As: The Pointer Sisters
Sometimes Credited As: Pointer Sisters

Birth Name: The Pointer Sisters
Date Of Birth: 1972
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Oakland, California

The Pointer Sisters


Versatile Ruth, Anita, June, and Bonnie Pointer regularly scored pop and soul hits throughout the '70s and '80s in a chameleonic variety of styles. Formed in Oakland, with their first successes for Blue Thumb Records blending funky rhythms with a novel nostalgic attitude (beginning with their 1973 revival of Allen Toussaint's "Yes We Can Can"), leading up to their first number one R&B item in 1975, "How Long (Betcha' Got a Chick on the Side)." Bonnie signed with Motown in 1978 and kicked off her own string of R&B hits with "Free Me From My Freedom/Tie Me to a Tree (Handcuff Me)." (June and Anita also tried the solo route during the '80s, without leaving the fold.) By 1979, when the remaining trio covered Bruce Springsteen's "Fire," the Pointers were headed in a more contemporary direction on the Planet label, and "He's So Shy" (1980), "Slow Hand" (1981), "Automatic," and the anthemic "Jump (For My Love)" (the last two both 1984) were savvy ditties that blazed trails across the R&B and pop charts. However, the group's success declined during the late '80s, as their records began to sound more formulaic. The Pointer Sisters lost their major-label record contract in the early '90s, and the group began performing on oldies circuits occasionally. In 1995, the trio made a tentative return to the spotlight when they joined a revival performance of the Fats Waller musical Ain't Misbehavin', yet the accompanying soundtrack album failed to gain much attention.

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Rewind Festival 2013 (2013) 
  The Pointer Sisters at Rewind Festival 01x03: (Oct/11/2013) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

The Wendy Williams Show (2009) 
  The Pointer Sisters; A Halloween Costume Party 03x40: (Oct/30/2009) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

Soul Train (1971) 
  The Pointer Sisters/ Mantronix 19x32: (Jun/16/1990) As Themselves 
  The Pointer Sisters/ Bobby Nunn 13x20: (Apr/21/1984) As Themselves 
  Pointer Sisters/ Con Funk Shun 10x19: (Mar/21/1981) As Themselves 
  The Pointer Sisters/ B.T. Express/ Ralph Carter 05x07: (Oct/04/1975) As Themselves 

Solid Gold (1980) 
  co-host Pointer SIsters 01x17: (Jan/17/1981) As Themselves, [Guest Hosts]

The Midnight Special (1973) 
  Host: The Pointer Sisters 09x14: (Dec/19/1980) As Themselves (Hosts) 
  Hosts: The Pointer Sisters 08x09: (Nov/23/1979) As Themselves (Hosts) 
  Hosts: The Pointer Sisters 02x27: (Mar/15/1974) As Themselves (Hosts) 
  Host: Joan Baez 01x26: (Jul/20/1973) As Themselves 

American Bandstand (1957) 
  The Pointer Sisters / Eric Carmen 22x09: (Dec/16/1978) As Themselves 
  Stephen Bishop 20x20: (Feb/05/1977) As Themselves 
  American Bandstand's 25th Anniversary Special (Feb/04/1977) As Themselves 

The Carol Burnett Show (1967) (1967) 
  with The Pointer Sisters 10x10: (Nov/27/1976) As Themselves 
  with The Pointer Sisters 09x18: (Jan/31/1976) As Themselves 
  with The Pointer Sisters 09x11: (Nov/29/1975) As Themselves 
  with The Pointer Sisters 09x07: (Oct/25/1975) As Themselves 

The Mac Davis Show (1974) 
  May 17th, 1976 03x01: (May/17/1976) As Themselves 

Cher (1975) 
  Show 16 02x02: (Sep/14/1975) As Themselves 
  Show 5 01x05: (Mar/09/1975) As Themselves 

The Flip Wilson Show (1970) 
  Philip Paley, Ted Knight, Chuck Norris, The Pointer Sisters 04x14: (Jan/03/1974) As Themselves 
  The Pointer Sisters, Monty Hall, Sandy Duncan, William Windom 04x02: (Sep/27/1973) As Themselves 

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest (1972) 
  New Year's Rockin' Eve '74 02x01: (Dec/31/1973) As Themselves 
Featured Songs

All Stars Songs:
Peter is mijn ideaal + Fire! 
Sjans Songs:
Kamernummers + Fire! 
Will & Grace Songs:
Leo Unwrapped + I'm So Excited 
Angel Songs:
Judgment + I'm So Excited 
Top 2000 Songs:
TOP 2000 trapt af! + I'm So Excited 
Top 2000 A GO-GO + I'm So Excited 
Jackass Songs:
Season 1, Episode 1 + I'm So Excited 
Suburgatory Songs:
Catch and Release + Jump (For My Love) 
AL-TV Songs:
Dare To Be Stupid + Neutron Dance 
Gooische vrouwen Songs:
Charity + Yes, We Can Can 
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