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The Pointer Sisters are an American R&B group and recording act from Oakland,
California that achieved great success during the 1970s and 1980s. Spanning four decades
together, their repertoire has included diverse genres as R&B, jazz, bebop, country, soul, funk,
disco/dance and rock.
The group originally comprised four sisters: Ruth, Anita, Bonnie and June. First formed as a duo, the Pointer Sisters achieved their greatest success as a trio after Bonnie left the group to commence a solo career. Some of the Pointer Sisters' biggest hits include "Jump (For My Love)", "Automatic", "Slow Hand" and "Fire".
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The Pointer Sisters' self titled first album was released in 1973 and received positive reviews, with the group being lauded for their versatility and originality. The first single from it, "Yes We Can Can", reached #11 on the pop charts and would go on to establish itself as an R&B classic. A second single also charted well, and the group's thrift shop style began to catch on with fans, many of whom would attend their shows in similar attire. Their last album as a quartet was the funk/dance album Having A Party, released in 1977, before Bonnie left to pursue a solo career.
The Pointer Sisters signed with Planet Records and began working on an album of contemporary music which was released in 1978 with the title Energy. The first single, a cover version of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire", climbed to #2 on the US singles charts. An upbeat dance song from the album, "Happiness", also charted well. In 1979, the Pointer Sisters released an album of cover versions titled Priority, and while it was not a commercial success, it received positive critical reviews.
Over the next few years, they achieved their greatest commercial success and continued to demonstrate their versatility. In 1980 the medium tempo dance single, "He's So Shy", reached #3 on the charts, and the following year a slow, sultry, country and western flavoured song "Slow Hand" reached #2. "American Music" and "Should I Do It" were 1950s pop, while "I'm So Excited" was a frenetic contemporary dance track.
With the advent of MTV the Pointer 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 re-release of "I'm So Excited" reached #9, and their single from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, "Neutron Dance", reached #6. These singles marked the end of their run of Top 10 hits in the US, with their subsequent releases "Dare Me" in 1985, and "Goldmine" in 1986, reaching numbers 11 and 33 respectively.
In recent years the Pointer Sisters have maintained a lower public profile but have continued to perform. The band is currently experiencing a successful revival in Europe due to their performance at the annual Night of the Proms, a highly successful series of concerts combining pop and classical music, taking place in the Benelux, France and Germany. In 2004, the Pointer Sisters received the highest audience ratings of all participating Night of the Proms acts. In addition, their collaboration with Belgian pop star Natalia on "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves", placed them on the charts in Europe (the single peaked at #2 in the Belgian charts) and resulted in ten sold out concerts in Antwerp in January 2006.