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The Pointer Sisters should have stayed with jazz!

Updated on October 2, 2014
The Pointer Sisters perform on television in the Netherlands in 1974.
The Pointer Sisters perform on television in the Netherlands in 1974. | Source

Here's What I Think

The Pointer Sisters should have stayed with jazz!

The talent, energy, and versatility of the Pointer Sisters were put to best use when they sang jazz.

Jazz Sounds by the Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sisters
The Pointer Sisters

1973 album. Includes "Old Songs", "Wang Dang Doodle", and "Cloudburst".

 

The Pointer Sisters were always eclectic

They did great R&B and even ventured into country. But jazz vocals were what made them unique and were a vital part of their act.

Until 1977, that is. As they headed into the '80s, they turned toward a more commercial sound. Sadly, they are best known now for pop and disco tunes that anyone could have sung.

Old Songs

The Pointer Sisters in rehearsal in the early '70s.

They definitely know how to put on a show. And remember, this is just the rehearsal!




Cloudburst

This is hot. I love their energy and also the precision in these rapid-fire vocals.

That's A Plenty
That's A Plenty

1974 album. Includes "Salt Peanuts" and "Little Pony".

 

My memories of The Pointer Sisters

When I was a kid, variety shows were a staple on television, and I loved them.

The Carol Burnett Show, The Captain & Tennille, Sonny & Cher, and many more.

I loved the skits, the comedians, and the singing.

Steppin'
Steppin'

1975 album. It includes two songs that I remember hearing the Pointer Sisters sing on TV, "How Long" and "Save the Bones for Henry Jones".

 

And The Pointer Sisters were very popular guests on those shows, singing funky or jazzy tunes and always sounding perfect.

I admired their harmonies and was especially impressed by the deepest-voiced sister (that was Ruth Pointer).

They were one of a kind.

Jada

This one is an original song, written by Anita Pointer.





Little Pony

More rehearsal footage, you can hear them joking around before they start the song.





Those other Pointer Sisters songs (sigh) - OK, I'll let the other side have their say

In the interest of equality, here are some of those mainstream pop songs that have made them a ton of money. As you watch them, I'm sure you'll agree with me that their old stuff was better, right?















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Give your opinion about the musical legacy of the Pointer Sisters

Ready for the question?

I think The Pointer Sisters should have stuck with jazz as their mainstay!

Yes, you're right, Joan!

Yes, you're right, Joan!

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    • Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Love 'em either way! So flipping a coin to decide which side to come down on. Heads, you're it!

    • LoKackl 7 years ago

      You're no doubt right, though I'd never have known it.

    No way!

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      • sallemange 6 years ago

        I'm glad they didn't because I probably wouldn't have got to know of them

      • Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

        I think their voices and the way they blended and harmonized together were fantastic no matter what they sang.

      • Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        I enjoy the very talented Pointer Sisters singing anything

      The one Pointer Sisters tune that everyone can agree on!

      Whichever side of the aisle you're on, you have to love the Pointer Sisters' contribution to Sesame Street -- the pinball counting song. They did them for all the numbers from 1 to 12. This video is the one for the number 4.

      © 2010 Joan Hall

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          amicaduo 5 years ago

          I really enjoyed the jazz the Pointers produced. Some truly versatile vocalists

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          Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

          I first heard the Pointers Sisters in the 80s, so I missed their early work, but I loved them, and these vids show another side that makes me wish I could be in one of those clubs listening to them live. Blessed.

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          JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          I like all of their music, but I think that their jazz stuff was their best, too. =D

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          sallemange 6 years ago

          I love their music, and I never new about their history so this has been really interesting

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          Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          I agree that the Sesame Street Pinball Counting Song was great!!!

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          LoKackl 7 years ago

          Super aficionado's point of view. Blessed by a SquidAngel

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Oh Me! It sure was fun to start my day off with music by The Pointer Sisters. I enjoyed them in the 70's and still enjoy hearing them today. Thank you for this super lens.