The Valdosta Daily Times
Ask Ruth Pointer if the Pointer Sisters ever consider recording new music and her voice answers no with a soulful, singing lilt through the phone line.
“People just want to hear the hits,” Pointer says. “Some of the other groups from our time record new songs but it doesn’t go anywhere. People from the ’70s and ’80s remember us for our songs from that time. That’s what they want to hear.”
There are plenty of hits to remember: “Fire,” “He’s So Shy,” “Slow Hand,” “Jump (For My Love ),” “I’m So Excited,” “Automatic,” “Neutron Dance.”
All songs which people can expect to hear this weekend when the Pointer Sisters play Wild Adventures.
Performing these 1970s and ’80s hits remains a joy, too, for Ruth Pointer.
“It’s still really fun for us,” she says. “We really appreciate being able to still perform them. Looking out and seeing the audience singing along.”
The Pointer Sisters found initial success in 1973, real sisters performing together. Through the years, some of the sisters coming and going, and though the lineup now includes sisters Ruth and Anita joined by a third performer, the Pointers still keep the show in the family. At times, they are joined by Ruth’s daughter, Issa Pointer, and at other times, as is the plan for the Wild Adventures show, by Ruth’s granddaughter, Sadako Johnson.
Issa performed with the Pointer Sisters for six years until becoming pregnant. Needing the show to go on, Ruth reached out to Sadako, a granddaughter from another child. “She is a dancer, and I knew psychologically and musically, she could handle it.”
Sadako Johnson has performed as a Pointer Sister for three years, now rotating, sometimes performing, with Issa.
Reviewing all of the famous hits, one thing may surprise fans who can still regularly hear these songs on the radio today. The Pointer Sisters never had a No. 1 hit. Some of their songs, which you might swear had to be a No. 1 hit, barely made it into the Top 10. The Pointer Sisters’ memorable “Slow Hand” hit No. 2 while country legend Conway Twitty’s less memorable and arguably strange version of the same song hit No. 1.
Mention the Twitty version and Ruth Pointer points out the No. 1/No. 2 difference. She laughs, saying they still can’t believe it. “It usually comes up during the show. His was No. 1, ours was No. 2. The nerve!”
A long laugh chimes through the phone.
The Pointer Sisters
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29.
Where: Wild Adventures Theme Park, Old Clyattville Road.
Admission: Concert is included in the price of park admission and with season passes. Reserved seating available for an additional $15.
More information: Visit wildadventures.com; or call (229) 219-7080.