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Anita Pointer

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rn: January 23, 1948) Anita, the second eldest sister in the Pointer family, was married at the age of 17 and had one daughter, Jada, who was immortalized in the Pointer Sisters’ song of the same name.

Anita began her professional singing career in 1969, when she quit her job as a secretary in a legal office and joined her sisters Bonnie and June, who were then performing as a duo, calling themselves Pointers-A-Pair. When the group became three, The Pointer Sisters were born. (Prior to their debut album,Ruth joined to form the quartet, see group bio).

Throughout her career, Anita has worked on various solo projects. In 1986, her duet with Earl Thomas Conley, “Too Many Times” reached #2 on Billboard’s Country Chart. She also filmed a video for the country hit that featured her singing in the studio with Earl. Anita made her official solo debut in 1987 when RCA Records released Love For What It Is. The album revisited the country influence that first appeared in the Pointers’ “Fairytale”. Highlights included a romantic duet with Philip Bailey, “The Pledge”, and the record’s first single, “Overnight Success”, which reached #41 on the R&B chart. A stylish video accompanied the single and Anita performed on various television shows to promote the album, including: American Bandstand, Soul Train and The Arsenio Hall Show. Note: In 1977, Anita recorded an album for ABC Records (LP - unreleased).

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