Ruth and Anita Pointer are both in their 70s – Ruth is 72 and Anita is 70 – and they both look GREAT. The California based singing group is one of the most popular female groups from the 1970s and the 1980s.
And if you can believe it – the group still goes on today. Ruth and Anita still go out on tour every now and again – and they both still sound great.
Unfortunately the third founding member of the Pointer Sisters June Pointer is no longer with us. On February 27, 2006, Pointer suffered a stroke. While hospitalized, she was diagnosed with cancer, which had metastasized in her breast, colon, liver and bones.
The Pointer Sisters are an American R&B singing group from Oakland, California, who achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. Spanning over four decades, their repertoire has included such diverse genres as pop, disco, jazz, electronic music, bebop, blues, soul, funk, dance, country and rock. The Pointer Sisters have won three Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. The group had 13 US top 20 hits between 1973 and 1985.
In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked them as the 80th most successful dance artists of all-time. In December 2017, Billboard magazine ranked them as the 93rd most successful Hot 100 Artist of all-time and as the 32nd most successful Hot 100 Women Artist of all-time.
In 1983, the Pointer Sisters released what became their biggest-selling album ever with Break Out. That year Ruth became a grandmother for the first time. With the advent of MTV the sisters were able to exploit their visual style and extend their audience. In 1984 they achieved four Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles in a row. “Automatic” reached #5; “Jump (for My Love)” reached #3; a remix of “I’m So Excited” was added to the album almost a year into its shelf life and reached #9; and another single from the album, “Neutron Dance”, also featured on the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, reached #6.