RIP: Bonnie Pointer, founding member of the Pointer Sisters

I was hoping not to write any more obituaries for people that I’ve met that have provided support for this documentary project.

Sadly, we have lost more of these people, and I feel the urgency to acknowledge those kind souls that made a difference.

Bonnie Pointer was one of those special beings.

In 2011, my friend Phil “Fang” Volk, bass player for Paul Revere & the Raiders from 1965 to 1967, invited me to a rare performance in my neck of the woods – San Francisco Bay Area. His band was headlining at the Zucchini Fest in Hayward, a few miles south of Oakland. On that day – August 20th, Bonnie Pointer was his very special guest.

The Pointer Sisters were a beloved musical institution in the Bay Area. They were the four daughters of Reverend Elton Pointer and Sarah Pointer in Oakland that became show business legends. They had 13 US top 20 hits between 1973 and 1985, won three Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994.

It was truly a treat to meet Bonnie. I found her to be quite charismatic with a powerful voice and a wonderful sense of humor. She had just released her latest album – “Like a Picasso,” which she gave me a copy of. She had reason to be proud – it’s an excellent album!

When I told Bonnie about my LOUIE documentary project, she said she loved it, and did an impromptu version of the song in the parking lot!

Today, as we celebrate a life that was cut too short, we share this special video that includes this exclusive performance.

Rest in peace, Bonnie Pointer. We will never forget your beautiful spirit.

– E.P. of

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