The Pointer Sisters seek collaboration with R&B hitmakers Pharrell and Timbaland
When asked point blank in the fourth and ultimate installment of an exclusive interview regarding whether she has any desire to collaborate with a hip producer on new material, Ruth Pointer, the eldest member of gorgeous ’70s R&B songbirds the Pointer Sisters, adamantly states, “I especially love Timbaland and Pharrell. Those guys are incredible producers, and I would love to work with them.”
Admitting that the unjustly neglected group hasn’t had any substantial offers to enter the recording studio in recent years — the non-charting Only Sisters Can Do That was their last studio album released in 1993 while “Goldmine” was their final Top 40 pop single seven years earlier — Ruth still actively tours with her younger sister Anita and either granddaughter Sadako or daughter Issa. June, the original third member of the team, struggled with substance abuse for years and passed away in 2006 from cancer.
Ruth doesn’t wallow in the past, instead keeping her musical ear tuned squarely to the ground. She admits, “I listen to all kinds of music, but my favorite is gospel. I have SiriusXM satellite radio in my car and listen to the gospel-praise station — Kirk Franklin is on constant rotation — and Soul Town, which plays classic soul / R&B songs. One of my favorite songs is Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ featuring Pharrell and T.I. You might say it was ‘inspired’ by Marvin Gaye’s fantastic Got to Give It Up track” [Distributed as the third and final single from the slick Hot Together album in November 1986, “Mercury Rising” finds Ruth delivering a passionate falsetto vocal in tribute to Gaye. The song failed to connect with listeners, only managing a paltry No. 49 on Billboard’s R&B chart].
The natural-born altoist allowed fans to learn much more about her fascinating life and career with the 2016 publication of Still So Excited! My Life as a Pointer Sister via Triumph Books. Co-written by eminent Steve McQueen biographer Marshall Terrill, it is the first tome dedicated to the platinum selling trio, responsible for launching some 16 Top 40 hits like “Fairytale,” “How Long [Betcha’ Got a Chick on the Side],” “Slow Hand,” “Fire,” and “Neutron Dance.”
Gospel roots and childhood memories with the Pointer Sisters [PART ONE]
Ruth Pointer, the sole original Pointer Sister still active, talks about her humble upbringing at the West Oakland…
Inside ‘Fairytale,’ the Pointer Sisters’ defiant country kiss-off covered by Elvis [PART TWO]
Growing up, Elvis Presley’s quasi-gospel ballad “Crying in the Chapel” was the first secular recording allowed inside…
Soul deep with natural-born singer Ruth Pointer [PART THREE]
Ruth Pointer, the lone founding member of the Pointer Sisters still active on the road, uncovers the group’s halcyon…
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Exclusive Interview: Based on a true story about Anita Pointer’s illicit affair with a married KSAN radio deejay in San Francisco, the jilted country vibe of “Fairytale” vaulted it all the way into the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100, notably becoming the Pointer Sisters’ second hit. To acquire further insight on how it opened doors for the harmonically gifted quartet, consider investigating a newly written article exploring the matter entitled “Inside ‘Fairytale,’ the Pointer Sisters’ Defiant Country Kiss-Off Covered by Elvis Presley.”
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