Tribute: June Pointer

93016__june_lIt’s worth remembering that the Pointer Sisters, whose youngest member, June (pictured), died Tuesday at 52, were more than just Eddie Murphy soundtrack fodder, that their range and influence were widespread. At the dawn of their career, in the 1970s, they won their first Grammy in the Country category and were the first black female singing group to play at the Grand Ole Opry. By their mid-1980s heyday, when they had reinvented themselves as a mainstream dance/R&B act, June was singing the lead vocal on some of their biggest hits, including ”Happiness” and ”Jump (For My Love).” They’ve been cited by present-day acts as far afield as Jamiroquai and Le Tigre (whose cover of ”I’m So Excited” can be found streaming at Stereogum.)

The best online tribute comes from blogger Lil Mike, who offers a thorough history of the group with lots of photos and MP3s. My favorite discovery there: the Pointers’ country-fied cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s soul chestnut ”Everybody Is a Star,” which will rain down gently on your ears like a blessing.

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  • nessa

    Love the Pointer Sisters! I have tons of their stuff on my iPod – “Dare Me” is one of my favorites and June was lead vocals on that.
    The scene in “Love Actually” where Hugh grant is dancing around to one of their songs in priceless.
    A loss to the music community.

  • pn

    Will definitely be missed…

  • Stephanie

    Slow Hand, He’s So Shy, and Fire are three of the best pop songs ever. God bless you June.

  • Joe C

    I grew up listening to ‘Fire’ ‘Slow Hand’ and yes, ‘Jump for my Love.’ God rest your soul, June.

  • Lynny

    June was always my favorite Pointer Sister. I remember watching a showtime concert of theirs in about 1986 and June was a fireball onstage. I wanted to be that wild girl up there. RIP and thanks, June.

  • mike

    I think she also had the dubious distinction of dueting with Bruce Willis on his hit remake of Respect Yourself. But, the Pointer Sisters, were the best. How bizare was it in the mid 70s for a trio of African American female singers to have a hit country song, Fairytale. Their harmonies and quirky song selections were what kept them on the charts. From Betcha gotta Chick on the Side, Fire, and Slow Hand to 1984 where they owned radio: Automatic, Jump(For My Love) and Neutron Dance.

  • K.E.O.

    I pray that God will bless this family in there time of grief! I loved everything these wonderful woman did and accomplished. I do not like how people try to take things and turn it around! concerning her departure from this world, My mom always said if can’t say nothing nice, shut up!

  • Roland

    The Pointer Sisters definitely are a musical force to contend with. “Jump (For My Love)” is still one of my all-time favorite songs, and the music video one of the sassiest. No one can hike and swirl a skirt like the Sistahs!
    June, it looks like heaven needed you now, but you will definitely be missed here on earth. God bless you.

  • jason

    a force to be reckoned with and such talent. we miss you june, may God show you the way, rest in peace

  • Carla

    I had the special privledge of becomming aquainted with June. Let me say that we became friends and that she was one of the most generous people I have ever met in my life. She helped me and my kids out when we needed help the most. She had her own demons like everyone. But let me say that lady was every inch a real lady. I regret that I didn’t have the opportunity to get with her before she passed. I was unaware of her stroke. I just have to say she is and always will be loved by me and my kids, she was truly a great person that more people should try to become. I am grateful to God for the opportunity he gave me and my kids to have been able to spend time with this lovely person. She was there for us when no one else was. May God Bless Her and Onika. June-we love you always and are truly your biggest fans. Onika, God Bless You, let me know if we can help you in any way. Onika, if you read this please contact me at my email address, We are here for you. Thank you for introducing me to your Auntie. We love you both. Carla, Kendra & “Phil” (Ethan).

  • paula abram foster

    Please read my tribute to my sister-friend, June which is currently on The Pointer Sisters website beneath June’s obituary. I loved her very much and will cherish her memory forever.

  • monique

    I really love the pointer sisters and growing up to their music was totaly awsome.Ive had the pleasure to meet bonnie pointier which is a blessing. June you will be truley missed. your songs and music is an inspiritation. And my prayers goes out to the family. God has called her to come “HOME”. IN spirit she will always be with us.

  • Online Tributes

    As a black woman leading the R&B revolution June Pointer’s memory will be etched in the minds of innumerous music lovers. Through this website i want to pay my online tributes to the great soul of June Pointer.

  • huge

    Oh, spring 1986 brad and annette

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