Grammy Award-winning family act The Pointer Sisters will bring more than three decades of hits to Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 23 at noon.
The Pointer Sisters began their formal vocal training in their father’s church in West Oakland, California. Since then, they’ve persevered to achieve worldwide fame securing their place in pop music history as one of the most dynamic female groups.
Their 1973 debut album yielded the single “Yes We Can” which reached #11 on Billboard magazine’s pop singles chart. The following year, the sisters released That’s a Plenty, an album that included the country hit “Fairytale.” As a result of this single’s success, the sisters became the first black female group to ever perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. They also became the first contemporary act to perform at the San Francisco Opera House and released a live recording of the performance. In 1975, “Fairytale” won the sisters their first Grammy Award, for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Elvis Presley later covering the tune. That year, the Pointers released their fourth album, Steppin. The record included “How Long (Betcha Got a Chick On The Side)”; co-written by the sisters, it went top 20 on the pop charts and sailed all the way to #1 on R&B.
In 1976, the sisters hit the big screen, joining Richard Pryor, in the film, Car Wash. “You Gotta Believe” which was featured on the film’s soundtrack, rose up the R&B charts. In 1977, the Pointer Sisters released Having a Party, their last album as a quartet.
Embracing the change, the smaller group’s hit, Bruce Springsteen’s “Fire,” went gold all the way to #2 on the pop charts. Boosted by “Fire,” their Energy album was certified gold and went on to yield another top single with “Happiness.” In 1980 the gold-certified Special Things featured the song “He’s So Shy” that went to #3 and gold status. Black & White (1981) included one of the biggest hits of the year, “Slow Hand.” The #2 Billboard single became an anthem for women across the country.
With 1983’s Break Out, the sisters released “Automatic” that hit #5. They became one of the first black acts to be played in heavy rotation on MTV. “Jump (for my love)” raced to #3 on the pop charts. “I’m So Excited” hit the Top 10 and became a Pointer classic. “Neutron Dance” rose to #6 on the pop charts as its video also dominated MTV. The hit was also featured on the soundtrack for the smash film Beverly Hills Cop starring Eddie Murphy. The triple-platinum Break Out album’s sixth single “Baby Come And Get It” helped the album earn the sisters two Grammy Awards (Best Vocal by a Duo or Group for “Jump” and Best Vocal Arrangement for “Automatic”) and two American Music Awards.
Other releases includes Contact (1985) with #11 “Dare Me” that won them an American Music Award for Best Video Group, Hot Together (1986), which spawned the top 40 hit “Goldmine,” Only Sisters Can Do That (1993).
In 1994, the ladies received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Shortly thereafter, the group also began a world-wide tour of the Fats Waller musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’. They were honored at the Soul of American Music Awards and were also inducted into the Soul Train Hall of Fame. They have performed at the White House for President Clinton, at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and with some of the greatest symphony orchestras in the world.
In 2003, Ruth’s daughter, Issa Pointer, enthusiastically joined the group. Ruth, Anita and Issa were a smash hit at Night of the Proms, which spanned over 50 sold-out performances throughout Germany, Holland and Belgium.
Tickets cost $49, $59 and $69*; all seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply