Singer Anita Pointer of The Pointer Sisters dies at age 74

Anita Pointer, the lead vocalist for the Pointer Sisters, passed away on Saturday at 74.

 The cause of death was Cancer.

The Pointer Sisters were the 1970s and 1980s family band known for their harmonizing and groovy sound.

Anita sang lead vocals on all three of the group's top 40 hits during its original lineup, including "Yes We Can Can."

The group won a Grammy in 1974 for the song "Fairytale" in the best country vocal performance by a duo or group category.

In 1978, the Pointer Sisters released a rendition of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire," a transitional song for the group.

The group's 1982 hit "I'm So Excited" spent 40 weeks on the Hot 100 chart and featured Anita on lead vocals.

Anita was born in Oakland, California, and graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1965.