June Pointer

june bioThe youngest of the four Pointer Sisters is June (Born: November 30, 1953 - April 11, 2006). She and her sister Bonnie originally sang as a duo, calling themselves Pointers-A Pair (see group bio).

June, known by some fans as the energetic rock & roller, has stepped out on her own many times, even posing in Playboy magazine. In 1983 she contributed the song "Little Boy Sweet" to the soundtrack for National Lampoon's Vacation, starring Chevy Chase. That same year, her solo recording career debuted with the release of the album Baby Sister on Planet Records. The album was co-produced by Richard Perry and Norman Whitfield. The single "Ready for Some Action" reached the Top 30 on the R&B charts. Another uptempo song from the album "New Love, True Love" was written by June with sister Anita and Trevor Lawrence. "I'm Ready for Love," written by Holland-Dozier-Holland was included on The Very Best of The Pointer Sisters, released on RCA in 1996.

In 1986, the Pointers, with June on lead vocal, joined Bruce Willis for the lively "Respect Yourself." The single, from Willis' debut, The Return of Bruno, reached the Top Five on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chart, and June's solo performance in the video helped it become one of MTV's most popular clips at the time. A year later, June recorded a duet with Dionne Warwick, "Heartbreak of Love," for Dionne's 1987 album, Reservations for Two.

June's second solo release was 1989's June Pointer on Columbia Records. The album was executive produced by Carol Bayer Sager and features a potpourri of other producers, including Narada Michael Walden, Kashif, David Foster and Rhett Lawrence. It was released to enthusiastic reviews from fans and critics alike, the album spawned the R&B chart single, "Tight On Time (I'll Fit U In)." Irene Cara lent background vocals to "Keeper of the Flame" and big sister Ruth helped out with background vocals on two tracks. June appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show and Soul Train to promote the album.

Recently, Big Break Records released June's first solo album on CD. It features a bonus track and interviews witih Ruth, Anita and many of the musicians who played on the album. Since June's untimely death in 2006 fans have campaigned to get Baby Sister on CD, and it's now available and can also be found on iTunes.

Some songs that are fan favorites with June on lead vocal: "Jump (For My Love)", "Dare Me", "He's So Shy", "Happiness", "Fall In Love Again", "Baby Come And Get It" and "Goldmine".

By: Paul Ciulla

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