Inside ‘Fairytale,’ the Pointer Sisters’ defiant country kiss-off covered by Elvis

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Two years before his untimely demise, Elvis Presley effortlessly tackled the Pointer Sisters’ “Fairytale” on his “Today” album. What did the fourth most successful female group of all time think about the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s engaging cover cut at RCA Studio C in Hollywood? Find out in the second installment of a mammoth interview with eldest sister Ruth Pointer. Seen here looking easier on the eye in a white two-piece suit with blue shoulder ornaments, a 40-year-old Presley performs at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel sometime between March 18 and April 1, 1975. Incidentally, several weeks earlier on March 10 he had nailed “Fairytale.” Image Credit: For Elvis CD Collectors Forum
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The snazzy, vintage ‘40s-inspired rear LP jacket of “That’s a Plenty,” released by the Pointer Sisters in February 1974. Left to right are Bonnie, Anita, Ruth, and June. Image Credit: Naald op de Groef Blogspot / Universal Music Group
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Elvis Presley’s “Today” LP, released May 7, 1975, via RCA Victor. Stalling at No. 57 Pop on Billboard, the contemporary country record naturally did much better on the country chart, reaching an impressive No. 4. The cover photo was ironically taken nearly two years earlier on June 22, 1973, during a concert in Uniondale, New York. Presley is sporting the “Pharaoh” or “Today” jumpsuit with a yellow scarf thrown around his neck for good measure. Photography by Ed Bonja / Sony Music Entertainment / Amazon
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Playful singer-songwriter Anita Pointer strikes a revealing pose circa 1994. Image courtesy of the Pointer Sisters

The Ruth Pointer Interview, Part Two

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Bonnie, a safari-prepared Ruth, Anita, and June Pointer are the Pointer Sisters circa 1975 in Los Angeles. June was the youngest and apparently thought better of sporting those humongous, then-stylish glasses preferred by her elder sisters. Image Credit: Lipstick Alley Forum
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Let’s duke it out, bare knuckle brawl style! In an upgraded 1974 version of the iconic “Aloha from Hawaii” American Eagle jumpsuit, a handsome 39-year-old Elvis Presley goes for broke during an evening performance at the Philadelphia Spectrum on June 23, 1974. The photo is autographed to Presley’s Memphis dentist Lester Hoffman and reads, “To my longtime friend and dentist, respectfully, Elvis Presley.” Image Credit: FECC Elvis-Collectors Forum
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The most genuine smile on any superstar of the 20th century belongs to one Elvis Aaron Presley in this revealing candid taken sometime between March 18 and April 1, 1975, onstage at the Las Vegas Hilton. Image Credit: For Elvis CD Collectors Forum
Click to hear the Pointer Sisters, featuring Anita on lead, shock fans accustomed to their usual pop-R&B fare with “Fairytale,” a stone cold country cut from the “That’s a Plenty” album that became a hit single — No. 13 POP, No. 37 C&W, No. 13 Easy Listening — in February 1974. Music + Video Credit: Universal Music Group

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