April 12, 2006
In sadness due to the recent passing of youngest sister June at the age of 52, I have compiled a download list of the top 10 pop hits of the Pointer Sisters. All of the songs, except for "Yes We Can Can" are available on the CD The Best of the Pointer Sisters.
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The Pointer Sisters' biggest pop hit is also one of the most fondly remembered. It's a knowing expression of female sexual independence. A year later it was also a major country hit for Conway Twitty.
2. Fire (1978)
The sisters were down to a trio after the departure of Bonnie Pointer and they still had not scored a true followup hit to their first, "Yes We Can Can," from back in 1973. This Bruce Springsteen song was a natural fit for their slinky, pop-soul style and reached #2 on the pop singles chart.
This sweetly sexy come-on was a perfect post-disco r&b smash landing at #3 on the pop chart.
As the lead single from the album Break Out, "Jump (For My Love)" signaled the peak period for the Pointer Sisters. The music is a clever combination of new wave synths, r&b vocals, and a straightforward pop tune.
Following closely in the wake of "Jump (For My Love)," "Automatic" was the second of 4 consecutive pop top 10 hits.
Included on the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop, the frenetic "Neutron Dance," written by Michael Sembello of Flashdance fame, is one of the most buoyant songs in the catalog of Pointer Sisters classics.
With its first release, "I'm So Excited" landed at #30 on the pop singles chart in 1982, but with a slightly different mix it was included on the album Break Out and went clear to #9 as the 3rd single from the album.
This was the first single from the album Contact which followed Break Out. Unfortunately, something had changed and this would be the Pointer Sisters last major pop hit single peaking at #11 in the fall of 1985.
The Pointer Sisters first hit single was a fiery mixture of r&b and rock with the assistance of legendary New Orleans producer and songwriter Allen Toussaint. It reached #11 in the fall of 1973.