June Pointer was one of the greats. There is a void without her.
Her sisters said, "She's your baby sister," so I sort of regarded her as such.
June was born across the Bay in Oakland, 30 November 1953. As a youth, she and Bonnie sang as Pointers-A Pair before
Ruth and Anita were added to become The Pointer Sisters.
After Bonnie went solo, the remaining sisters found enormous success as a trio. During their careers, June recorded the
solo album, "Baby Sister," which spawned a top-thirty R&B hit by Norman Whitfield,
"Ready For Some Action." In 1986, June sang lead when
the Pointer Sisters joined Bruce Willis for the hit single, "Respect Yourself." The next year, she recorded "Heartbreak of Love" with
In 1989, Columbia released her eponymous second album. Unlike 1983's "Baby Sister," "June Pointer" was available
As part of the Pointer Sisters, June sang lead vocals on many classics, including "Jump", "Who Do You Love," "Dare Me", "He's So Shy", "Happiness", "If You Wanna Get Back Your Lady," "Nightline," "Fall In Love Again" and "Baby Come And Get It".
June separated from the singing group sometime after 2000. She had missed too many shows, due to drug and alcohol
abuse. By the time she was diagnosed with cancer, it had advanced too far to be treated. Having touched so many
people all over the world with her artistry, it seems unfair she had to suffer
before passing away 11 April 2006 at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica.
Sadly, some of her best recordings ("Baby Sister," "Energy" and "Priority") have yet to be reissued on CD.
It is difficult to express grief, but Bonnie put it well: "I loved her with all my heart.
She was so strong, so vibrant, and so beautiful. I miss her so much."
I'll remember her smile always.