born on 19/3/1946 in Oakland, CA, United States
Ruth Pointer (born March 19, 1946) is an American R&B singer, best known for being the eldest member of The Pointer Sisters.
Pointer was born in Oakland, California. She began her vocal training as a director of a junior choir in her father's church.
The Pointer Sisters
- Main article: The Pointer Sisters
Joining her sisters in 1972, the Pointer Sisters released their first album in 1973. The group eventually found fame with songs like "Yes We Can Can" (1973), their country crossover hit, "Fairytale" (1974) and "How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side)" before Bonnie's exit in 1977. Continuing as a trio, the group found their biggest success covering tunes of rock, pop and New Wave with singles such as "Fire" (1978), "He's So Shy" (1980), and "Slow Hand" (1981). The group found its biggest success with the release of the Break Out album in 1983 which featured hits such as "Automatic", "Jump (For My Love)", a re-released version of "I'm So Excited", "Neutron Dance", and "Baby Come And Get It". It's notable for featuring Ruth's lead vocals on "Automatic" and "Neutron Dance", which hit the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and led to the group winning two Grammy Awards. Of the original members, Ruth, along with her sister Anita, are still active with The Pointer Sisters. They were joined by Ruth's daughter, Issa, in the 1990s. The group was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994.
Ruth Pointer's daughter, Issa Pointer, is from a 1977 relationship with the former Temptations member Dennis Edwards. Her son, Malik, is also a singer with his band Fat Sam. On September 8, 1990 Ruth married Michael Sayles (born 1957). In August, 1993 at age 47 Ruth Pointer gave birth to twins Ali and Conor Sayles. Granddaughter Sadako Johnson as well as Issa (Sadako's aunt) occasionally serve as fill ins for absent members of the Pointer Sisters during performances.
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|The Pointer Sisters|
Anita Pointer Ruth Pointer Issa Pointer|
Bonnie Pointer June Pointer
|Albums||The Pointer Sisters That's a Plenty Steppin' Having a Party Energy Priority Special Things Black & White So Excited! Break Out Contact Hot Together Serious Slammin' Right Rythm Only Sisters Can Do That|
|Singles||"Yes We Can Can" "Wang Dang Doodle" "Steam Heat" "Fairytale" "Live Your Life Before You Die" "How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side)" "Going Down Slowly" "You Gotta Believe" "Having a Party" "I Need a Man" 'Fire" "Everybody Is a Star Happiness Blind Faith Why Do You Love He's So Shy We've Got The Power Could I Be Dreaming Where Did The Time Go "Slow Hand" What A Surprise Sweet Lover Man Should I Do It American Music "I'm So Excited" "If You Wanna Get Back Your Lady" I Need You "Automatic" "Jump (For My Love)" "Neutron Dance" Baby Come And Get It "Dare Me" Freedom Twist My Arm Goldmine Sexual Power 'All I Know Is The Way I Feel Mercury Rising He Turned Me Out I'm In Love Friend's Advice (Don't Take It) After You Insanity Be There Power Of Persuasion Don't Walk Away Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves Christmas In New York|
|Compilations||Yes We Can The Best Of The Pointer Sisters The Pointer Sisters: Hits! The Pointer Sisters: Greatest Hits Platinum & Gold Collection: The Pointer Sisters|
|Live Albums||Live at the Opera House The Pointer Sisters: Greatest Hits: Live|
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