Soul deep with natural-born singer Ruth Pointer

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“Neutron Dance” high-stepper Ruth Pointer loses the gloves for a warts and all music scoop exploring her star-studded career as the alto singer for ’80s R&B crossover pop sensation the Pointer Sisters. Tall, sleek, and incredibly beautiful in a form-fitting black gown, Ruth lets the crowd hit the notes during “Jump [For My Love],” the group’s encore song at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia, on June 29, 2013. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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In a sensuous see-through black evening gown designed by Bob Mackie, Anita Pointer is joined by sisters June and Ruth Pointer circa 1978. Why the soulful trio didn’t contemplate a brief fashion model runway walk remains a mystery. Image Credit: Lipstick Alley Forum

The Ruth Pointer Interview, Part Three

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In 1977, Ruth, Anita, Bonnie, and June Pointer of the Pointer Sisters get notoriously in too deep with the seedy underbelly exemplified by Los Angeles nightlife during the “Having a Party” album era. Image Credit: Lipstick Alley Forum
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“Yes We Can Can:” June, Ruth, Bonnie, and Anita Pointer of the fabulous Pointer Sisters are caught in an intimate backstage moment just prior to steppin’ out in their vintage 1940s-era thrift clothes on January 15, 1974, in London, England. Photography by Michael Putland / Hulton Archive
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When this image of June, Ruth, and Anita Pointer wearing exquisite Japanese geisha gowns was taken circa 1978, Bonnie had left the Pointer Sisters for a solo career on Motown. The trio would soon sign with Planet Records and record multiple pop smashes with producer Richard Perry. Image Credit: Lipstick Alley Forum
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In an episode of the smartly crafted comedy-variety series “The Flip Wilson Show” that aired on September 23, 1973, Ruth, Bonnie, Flip Wilson, June, and Anita of the Pointer Sisters collide on a Burbank sound stage. Image Credit: NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images
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A theatrical poster for “Car Wash,” a hit blaxploitation comedy released to theaters on October 15, 1976. Entourage members Anita, June, Ruth, and Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters flank money-hungry evangelist Daddy Rich [Richard Pryor]. Image Credit: Universal Studios / Lipstick Alley Forum
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Producer David Rubinson is photographed with “Lady Marmalade” artist Patti LaBelle during a recording session inside the Automatt Recording Studios — incidentally founded by Rubinson — on March 28, 1977, in San Francisco, California. Photography by Ed Perlstein / Redferns / Getty Images
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Likely taken during the “Priority” album era in 1979, bona fide sisters June, Ruth — dig her Superman T-shirt — and Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters are captured in Los Angeles. Soon the gifted harmonic trio would score yet another pop hit with “He’s So Shy.” Image Credit: Lipstick Alley Forum
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Clockwise from top center, Ruth, Bonnie, Anita, and June Pointer of the Pointer Sisters elegantly model 1940s-era floral dresses, feather boas, wide-brimmed hats, knotted pearls, and platform shoes circa 1974. Image Credit: Lipstick Alley Forum
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Megawatt producer Richard Perry is flanked by Anita (left), June, and Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters circa 1980. Image Credit: The Pointer Sisters’ official website
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The snazzy, vintage ‘40s-inspired cover of“That’s a Plenty,” released by the Pointer Sisters in February 1974 on Blue Note Records. The high-steppin’ image is still featured on official group memorabilia sold at concerts. Image Credit: Wimp Music / Universal Music Group
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Where did the time go? While June, Anita, and Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters were experiencing fewer hit singles by the 1990s, their personal lives were much richer when this image was snapped circa 1994. Image Credit: Lipstick Alley Forum
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Flashing winning smiles and looking exquisite in matching red dresses, presenting Issa — Ruth’s third child — Anita, and Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters, minutes before taking the stage at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia, on June 29, 2013. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Captured circa 2014, Issa, Ruth, and Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters mug for the camera in matching leopard print jackets. Issa is actually Ruth’s daughter from a previous marriage with former Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards of “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Cloud Nine,” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” fame. Image Credit: Lipstick Alley Forum
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Released on February 1, 2016, presenting the book jacket of “Still So Excited! My Life as a Pointer Sister,” written by Ruth Pointer with frequent Steve McQueen chronicler Marshall Terrill. Image Credit: Triumph Books
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Ruth, June — exhibiting a cute “aw shucks” disposition — and Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters dress fashionably in geisha-influenced gowns in this circa 1978 still, shortly before their chart-topping pop era on Richard Perry’s Planet Records. Image Credit: Lipstick Alley Forum 
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Ruth Pointer busts a move as the Pointer Sisters’ lead guitarist Fred Clark plays a hot lick at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia, on June 29, 2013. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Ruth Pointer is automatically the most beautiful lady at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia, on June 29, 2013. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Enveloped by an overhead spotlight and sporting a new wardrobe, Ruth Pointer dares the audience to come go with her during a show-stopping musical number at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia, on June 29, 2013. Photography by Jeremy Roberts

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