Bonnie Pointer – Heaven Must’ve Sent You (1978)
Heaven Must’ve Sent You by Bonnie Pointer is just one of the many great songs you’d hear on The Beat Chicago including our Sunday Night Fever programming where we feature classic disco, soul and dance from 7PM – 10PM.
There’s enough stations playing rock n’ roll classics and the same 80’s songs from Bon Jovi, Journey, John Cougar, Elton John all day long and that’s all cool but, when you want something completely different? When you want everything from Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Spinners to Stevie B, C+C Music Factory and more of the music that keeps you movin? We’re it.
See, we’re all about the classics too…. Classic R&B and dance of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, freestyle and more. For us, it’s not about how old a song is, it’s about how good it is and this is as good as it gets.
From Oakland, Bonnie and youngest sister June began singing together as teenagers and in 1969 the duo had co-founded The Pointers (otherwise known as The Pair). After Anita joined the duo that same year, they changed their name to The Pointer Sisters and recorded several singles for Atlantic Records between 1971 and 1972.
In December 1972, they recruited oldest sister Ruth and released their debut album as The Pointer Sisters in 1973. Their self-titled debut yielded the hit Yes We Can Can.
Between 1973 and 1977, the Pointers’ donned 1940s fashions and sang in a style reminiscent of The Andrews Sisters; they also melded the sounds of R&B, funk, rock and roll, gospel, country and soul.
Anita and Bonnie wrote the group’s crossover country hit, Fairytale, in 1974, which also became a Top 20 pop hit and won the group their first Grammy for Best Vocal by a Duo or Group, Country. Anita and Bonnie also were nominated for Best Country Song at the same ceremony.
In 1977, Bonnie left the group to begin a solo career. The remaining sisters continued scoring hits from the late 1970s like He’s So Shy, Could I Be Dreaming, You Gotta Believe [from the movie Car Wash], Slowhand and Fire.
Into the 80’s they went, lighting the charts on fire with hits including Automatic, Jump For My Love, Baby Come And Get It, Dare Me, the hit from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, Neutron Dance and more.
In 1978, Bonnie signed with Motown in the same year where she released this cover of The Elgins’ 1966 Motown hit, Heaven Must Have Sent You,” which reached No. 11 on Billboard Hot 100 chart. Following this, she released a cover of the Four Tops’ I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) from her second solo album.
She’d go on to release one more solo album for Motown before retiring from the studio for other projects and still tours today.
In 1987, the sisters with a star on the Hollywood walk of fame starred in an NBC prime time special titled “Out All Night.0” Check out the opening sequence of that show below.