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The Emotions are an American all female soul and R&B singing group. The group was formed in its current hometown of Chicago, Illinois originally consisting of three sisters, all children of Joseph and Lillian Hutchinson.
Origins and early years
Joseph had prayed for talented children before the girls were born, and wasted no time in developing their musical skills. As soon as his daughters could talk, he began teaching them music skills, and had them practice in the basement of their home on the south side of Chicago. When Sheila, the youngest, was five years old, they began singing in church choirs and were known as the Hutchinson Sunbeams. Joseph's son, Joseph, Jr., one son, five daughters. In 1968, the girls changed their name to 'The Emotions', and released their first album, So I Can Love You, the following year. The album's title track, written by Sheila, was a minor hit single, as was "The Best Part Of A Love Affair". In 1969 the girls were asked to be part of a summer outdoor concert in Rochester, New York. The group caught the eye of the host of the concerts, Herb Hamlett the soul DJ of WCMF FM. Father Joe was the group's guitarist and formed a friendship with Hamlett, that brought the group bookings and headliners in New York State.
Jeanette was married in 1970 to Reginald Hawes, and gave birth to her first son, Chicha. A close friend, Theresa Davis, a former member of Our Ladies Of Soul began to sing with the group. The following year, the Emotions released Untouched, their second album, which featured hits such as "Show Me How" and "If You Think It". During their Stax years, they were produced by Isaac Hayes and David Porter. By 1976 and the Flowers album, they had left Stax and Jeanette had returned to record and perform. Flowers included the hits "Flowers" and "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love". Later Pamela began to tour in live performances with the group while Jeanette pursued individual personal goals.
Success with Earth, Wind & Fire and Beyond
Their association with Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire brought them their greatest success. With White's assistance, The Emotions released the albums Rejoice and Sunbeam in 1977 and 1978. Maurice White-co-produced with Clarence McDonald the single "Best Of My Love" which spent five weeks at number one on the US pop chart in 1977. Jeanette left in 1977, to give birth to her second child, Pili and their youngest sister Pamela was brought in to record on the album Rejoice and perform live dates. In 1978, Jeanette returned to the group. In collaboration with Earth, Wind & Fire the group scored big with the single, "Boogie Wonderland", which was a top ten hit in 1979. The group continued to record together during the 1980s, and were signed briefly with Motown Records. Their last recording to date was 1996's The Emotions Live released on their own record label Sunbeam Records.
The Emotions today
The current lineup of The Emotions consists of Wanda, Pamela, and Sheila Hutchinson. They continue to perform and make personal appearances. Wanda has three daughters, two of whom plan to enter the music industry themselves.
In 2013, Wanda, Sheila, and Pam Moved to Stardom Records Record Label owned by The Stylistics Lead Singer and Smooth Jazz Recording Artist Eban Brown and teaming up with Rap Super Star Snoop Dogg for a Sultry Hip Hop/R&B Single called "Life", written by the Daughters of Wanda Vaughn along with additional writer Terrace Martin.
The Cheryl Lynn hit "Got To Be Real" is based on the bridge of "Best of My Love". Mariah Carey's 1991 hit "Emotions" also samples "Best of My Love". Carey used The Emotions catalogue again when she sampled the group's 1972 Stax track "Blind Alley" for her 1993 hit "Dreamlover" and also "Pink Cookies In a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings" by LL Cool J. "Blind Alley" was previously sampled in 1988 for Big Daddy Kane's "Ain't No Half Steppin'". Late 1970s family trio, The Jones Girls, was also influenced by the Emotions' sound.