Bonnie Pointer, founding member of the Pointer Sisters, died at age 69: NPR

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Bonnie Pointer, a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter and founding member of vocal group Pointer Sisters, died at the age of 69. Her death was announced in a statement that included the memory of her older sister, Anita Pointer. “Bonnie was my best friend and we talked every day; we’ve never had a fight in our life. I miss her already and I will see her again one day. No cause was given.

The Pointer Sisters evolved from The Pointers – A Pair, a group based in San Francisco, Bonnie formed in 1969 with his younger sister, June. The duo performed R&B covers at Oakland clubs and were part of the Northern California State Youth Choir. Anita Pointer saw her sisters sing with the Fillmore West choir and immediately left her position as legal secretary to sing with them.

The Pointers grew up singing in their father’s Oakland church choir and had covert sessions of secular radio listening when their parents were away from home: Nina Simone, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Etta James. Later, the siblings worked tirelessly on their music – rehearsing, writing and arranging voices, and writing original songs – and soaking up revolutionary politics, culture, and music. that galvanize the late 60s in San Francisco.

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