Singer, Patricia (Bonnie) Pointer, founding member of the famous sibling group The Pointer Sisters has died at the age of 69.
Bonnie and her sisters began singing in her father’s church, The West Oakland Church of God in Oakland, California.
Her mother, the late Sarah Pointer, recalled in a 1974 interview: “She had always told me, ‘Mother, I want something for myself. I want to be somebody in this world.’”
Bonnie recorded five albums with her sisters and co-wrote the country hit ‘Fairytale’ with sister Anita, which won the group their first Grammy for Best Country Duo or Group in 1975. The song was later recorded by Elvis Presley.
She left the group in the mid-1970s to pursue a solo career with Motown. Her biggest hit was 1978’s ‘Heaven Must Have Sent You,’ which remains a Disco Classic.
Because of Bonnie’s talent, drive and determination the multi-Grammy winning Pointer Sisters exist and have had the great fortune of spending two decades at the top of the charts and close to 50 years performing to sold out audiences around the world.
Bonnie is pre-deceased by her sister June Pointer and is survived by her brothers Aaron and Fritz and sisters Ruth and Anita Pointer.