Anita Pointer: Civil-Rights Activist, Pop Star, and Serious Collector of Black Memorabilia. Read the article here!
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Elvis Presley's last album "Today" has been reissued. It includes a cover of The Pointer Sisters' hit "Fairytale", written by Anita Pointer and Bonnie Pointer. The reissue includes take 1, 2 and the final version. Elvis loved the song so much, he called it "the story of my life". After recording it, he included it in all of his live shows.
Due to the success of the song, The Pointer Sisters won their first Grammy award for Best Duo or Group in 1975. Anita and Bonnie were also nominated for songwriters of the year.
The group was also invited to perform the song at the Grande Ole Opry, making The Pointer Sisters the first black female group to ever perform at the Opry.
On July 4, 1995 The Pointer Sisters performed with the Boston Pops, with Keith Lockhart as conductor. The performance was televised nationally and the broadcast won a Cable Ace Award. Five song set: "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree", "I'm So Excited", "Neutron Dance" and "Jump (for my love)." Happy 4th and Happy 20th Anniversary to Keith Lockhart! In this article Ruth recalls meeting Keith for the first time.
June 20, 2015: Examiner.com Soul deep with natural-born singer Ruth Pointer
"I listen to all kinds of music, but my favorite is gospel. I have SiriusXM satellite radio in my car and listen to the gospel-praise station (Kirk Franklin is on constant rotation) and Soul Town, which plays classic soul / R&B songs."--Ruth Pointer. photo credit: Joe Spisak
The recent release of the book "Rock and a Heart Place" features a chapter on Ruth Pointer. The book is your backstage pass to never-before-heard secrets, stories, and testimonies from some of rock music's greatest legends.
March 2015: RUTH POINTER will take part in Live Wire, Bold Soul Sisters: A Revolution of Sound & Style. An intereview and audience Q & A session at The Apollo.
Bold Soul Sisters: A Revolution of Sound & Style
Thursday, March 26 at 6:30PM
Riding the waves of an evolving Feminist movement and the sexual revolution, the “girl groups” of the 1960’s gave way to a more progressive look and sound for female singers in the 1970’s. Groups like Labelle, The Pointer Sisters, First Choice, and Sister Sledge took R&B, jazz, soul and even country music to a new level. Music journalist and essayist Christian John Wikane interviews four women who helped power these groups to the pinnacle of the 1970’s popular music scene: Rochelle Fleming, Nona Hendryx, Ruth Pointer, and Kathy Sledge.
Live Wire Discussions invite deeper engagement with the Apollo’s artistic programming. Live Wire discussions are recorded and podcasts created in order to extend the audience reached through these events and for inclusion in the Theater’s archives.
Location: Apollo Mainstage
March 2015: OAKLAND: The Bay Area Blues Society and city dignitaries unveiled a Walk of Fame that commemorates the blues, gospel and jazz artists who graced the long shuttered clubs along 7th Street. The Seventh Street sidewalk in front of the West Oakland BART Station features 88 plaques of honorees including Aretha Franklin, Ike and Tina Turner and The Pointer Sisters.
February 2015: The hit TV show GLEE will include a performance of "I'm So Excited" in episode 8 of their final season.
The episode will air on Wednesday, 2/20/15. Episode Promo
September 2014: ANITA POINTER's solo album "Love For What It Is" (1987 RCA) will be re-released by Big Break Records on October 27, 2014! Remastered with bonus tracks and liner notes by Christian John Wikane and will include a new interview with Anita! Available here.
Night of the Proms comes to the US for the first time.
February 2014: BILLBOARD.COM names the Top 10 Girl Groups of All Time.
February 2014: Night of the Proms, "Where Classic Meets Pop" Making its debut in America. See www.notp.com for more information.
January 2014: Dance numbers from 73 films synchronized to The Pointer Sisters' hit "Neutron Dance". "We Can Neutron Dance: Hollywood Movie Dance Tribute".
October 2013: NEW interview with The Pointer Sisters on The Kelly Alexander Show! http://kellyalexandershow.podbean.com