Remembering June Pointer
June Antoinette Pointer was born November 30, 1953 at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California to Rev. Elton and Sarah Pointer. She attended Edison Elementary School, Elmhurst Junior High and Castlemont High School and received an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree from Bishop College. Always precocious, at the tender age of sixteen, June left high school and joined her sister, Patricia "Bonnie" Pointer, to form the singing group, Pointers - A Pair.
Coming of age during the tumultuous 1960's, June's social and political consciousness evolved into an early awareness of the ability of music to entertain, uplift and transform. June sang with a power anchored in and infused with the deep conviction and content of a rigorous spiritual household.
In early 1969, Anita joined June and Bonnie to form The Pointer Sisters. Ruth joined her sisters in 1973, completing this quartet of unmatched angelic harmony. June's voice has been described as unrestrained, exuberant, soulful, wicked, wild and truthful. With her sisters, for the next 37 years, June toured America and the world bringing joy to millions and recorded 17 albums, in addition to two solo albums. She performed for four U.S. Presidents, Prime Ministers of Europe, and venues from Disneyland and the San Francisco Opera House to Roseland and Carnegie Hall in New York City, to name a few. She also performed on national television shows such as "American Bandstand," "Soul Train," "Grand Ole Opry," "The Flip Wilson Show," "The Carol Burnett Show," "Johnny Carson," "Arsenio Hall" and "Jay Leno," as well as "Up All Night" with Bruce Willis and Whoopi Goldberg and the American classic, "Car Wash," with Richard Pryor. She was a recipient of major music awards, including: three Grammys, three American Music Awards, five gold records, one platinum and one multi-platinum record. She was also a recipient of a NAACP Image Award, MTV, Bay Area Blues Society, Billie Holiday Jazz Awards (Paris, France) and numerous other accolades. Having eclectic musical taste, June sang with Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Clint Black, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Loggins, Rod Stewart, Elvin Bishop and Kenny Rogers. June and The Pointer Sisters were honored by receiving a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994, and toured the country performing in the musical "Ain't Misbehavin'" from 1995 through 1996.
June's energy, love of life and people, inspired international hits like: "I'm So Excited," "Fire," "Jump (For My Love)," "He's So Shy" and "Happiness." Her enthusiasm and love of music, combined with an infectious laugh and sense of humor, made her a joy to friends and family. June loved McDonald's cheeseburgers and Orange Crush, Halloween and birthdays.
June will be missed; especially, by her big sisters, Ruth, Anita and Bonnie; her big brothers, Aaron and Fritz; her sisters-in-law, Leona and Liziwe; her brother-in-law, Michael Sayles; cousins, Paul Silas and Leon Silas Jr.; her nieces, Barbara-Carol, Faun, Yvonne, Nandi, Issa, Onika, Sadako, Sarah-Anita, Roxie, Ali, Michelle, Adrienne and Lil' Jadah; her nephews, Derek, Malik, Shegun, Deron, Somori, Thiyane, Bryant, Jacob, Conor and Sean; and a host of friends and people around the world she loved and who love her.
June passed away peacefully at 1:10PM, April 11, 2006. Like a baby returns to the lap of her mother, June rested in the arms of Ruth and Anita in her final hours of life with brothers Aaron and Fritz by her side. Our angel has gone to sleep with the angels.