Thursday, January 28, 2016

Vintage Video: The Pointer Sister Open the 1985 American Music Awards With a Medley of Hits

On this day in 1985, the American Music Awards were held in Los Angeles.

While the AMA's have always secondary to the Grammys (and should be as they are fan voted), they have always been able to bring on many of the biggest names of the day and, in 1985, the Pointer Sisters definitely fell under that label.

The Pointer Sisters first found fame in 1973 with the release of their self-titled debut which included the hit Yes We Can Can. Their sound was a strange cross between soul/funk and a throwback to jazz groups of the 40's and 50's.

Over the years, they would occasionally have hits (Fire (1978), He's So Shy (1980), Slow Hand (1981)) but it was in 1984 that they went white hot with four top ten hits, Automatic, Jump (For My Love), I'm So Excited and Neutron Dance. Ironically, that amazing run would also be the last major hits for the group.

For the American Music Awards, 31 years ago tonight, they were asked to open the show with a medley of I'm So Excited, Automatic, Neutron Dance, Fire, Slow Hand, He's So Shy and Jump (For My Love).