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The Pointer Sisters won their first Grammy for a Country song!
The Pointer Sisters won their first Grammy for a Country song!
Original Cover: Planet Records

Record album by The Pointer Sisters: Break Out (1984)


Here’s why this album should be in your collection!

In a career filled with How About That (HAT) stories, Break Out by The Pointer Sisters generated lots of them. The album was released twice (1983, 1984) so that “I’m So Excited,” a previously released single, could be added. It became a USA Top Ten hit. HAT!

The Pointer Sisters began as a duet of the youngest, Bonnie and June; Ruth and Anita eventually joined. Their debut album featured the Allen Toussaint hit, “Yes We Can Can.” They performed as R&B and nostalgia (1940’s) crooners, but won their first Grammy for a Country song: “Fairytale.” HAT!!

In 1978 Bonnie went solo. The group’s success grew as a trio. “He’s So Shy,” “Slow Hand,” and “Black & White” earned Grammy nominations. But two singles from Break Out won: “Automatic” and “Jump (For My Love).” “Neutron Dance” became part of the soundtrack for the blockbuster movie Beverly Hills Cop. All three songs joined “I’m So Excited” as USA Top Ten hits. HAT!!!

Check out the album’s other gems, including “Baby, Come and Get It,” and “I Need You.” “Nightline” was originally recorded by Michael Jackson, but (allegedly) never released. HAT!!!!

This album is available in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

June is deceased, but Anita, Ruth, and daughter Issa or granddaughter Sadako continue to perform. Issa’s father is Dennis Edwards, a former member of The Temptations. HAT!!!!!