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The Emotions

Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres R&B, soul music, disco
Years active 1968-present
Labels Stax, Volt, Columbia, Motown, Raging Bull
Associated acts Earth, Wind & Fire
Website Official site
Pamela Hutchinson
Sheila Hutchinson
Wanda Hutchinson
Former members
Jeanette Hutchinson
Theresa Davis
Adrianne Harris

The Emotions are an American all female soul, disco, and R&B singing group. The group was formed in their current hometown of Chicago, Illinois in 1968, and originally consisted of the three Hutchinson sisters, all the 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 the girls 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. (born 1957) would eventually become the Sunbeams' guitarist.

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".

Jeanette was married in 1970, and quit the act once she became pregnant with her first son, Chicha. She was replaced by a close friend, Theresa Davis, a former member of Our Ladies Of Soul. 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 the act. Flowers included the hits "Flowers" and "I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love". By the time of their next album, Jeanette was in turn replaced by another Hutchinson sister, Pamela.

Success with Earth, Wind & Fire

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. The White-produced single "Best Of My Love" spent five weeks at number-one on the US pop chart in 1977. Jeanette left the act for the second time in 1977, to give birth to her second child, Pili, whose father is Philip Bailey from Earth, Wind & Fire. She was replaced by their sister, Pamela. In 1978, Jeanette returned to the act, and the group collaborated with Earth, Wind & Fire on another single, "Boogie Wonderland", which was a top 10 hit in 1979. The group continued to record together during the 1980s, and were signed briefly with Motown Records at one point. During this time, Adrianne Harris filled the third slot in the group. However, they were not able to repeat the success they had during the disco period.

The Emotions today

The Emotions, today composed of Wanda, Pamela, and Sheila Hutchinson, released their final album in 1996. They continue to perform and make personal appearances. Wanda, now married, resides in Glendale, California and has three daughters, two of whom plan to enter the music industry themselves. Pamela lives in Hollywood, California with her husband and daughter. Sheila still resides in Chicago, where she takes care of her mother Lillian, her youngest sister Keena, and Keena’s daughter (Joseph Hutchinson died in 1985).


The Emotions' 1972 Stax track "Blind Alley" formed the basis for Mariah Carey's 1993 Billboard chart-topping hit "Dreamlover" and also the famous "Pink Cookies In a Plastic Bag" by LL Cool J. Carey continued to show her love with the 1991 hit "Emotions", which samples "Best of My Love". "Blind Alley" was previously sampled in 1988 for Big Daddy Kane's "Ain't No Half Steppin'". The Cheryl Lynn hit "Got To Be Real" is based on the bridge of "Best of My Love". Late 1970s family trio, The Jones Girls, was also influenced by the Emotions' sound.

Main personnel

  • Jeanette Hutchinson (born February 1951)
  • Wanda Hutchinson (born 17 December 1951)
  • Sheila Hutchinson (born 17 January 1953)


Studio albums

Year Album Chart positions[1][2] US
Record label
1969 So I Can Love You 43 Volt (Stax)
1971 Untouched
1972 Songs of Innocence and Experience Unreleased
1976 Flowers 45 5 Gold Columbia
1977 Rejoice 7 1 Platinum
Sunshine 88 39 Stax
1978 Sunbeam 40 12 Gold Colbumbia
1979 Come into Our World 96 35 ARC
1981 New Affair 168 46
1984 Sincerely 206 33 Red Label
1985 If I Only Knew 203 54 Motown
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified

Live albums

Year Album Chart positions US
Record label
1996 Live in '96 Raging Bull
2004 Live Thump
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified

Compilation albums

Year Album Chart positions[1][2] US
Record label
1978 Chronicle Stax
1996 Best of My Love: The Best of the Emotions 77 Legacy
1999 Love Songs
2004 Songs of Innocence and Experience...and Then Some! Stax
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified


Year Single Chart positions[1][5] Album
1969 "So I Can Love You" 39 3 So I Can Love You
"The Best Part of a Love Affair" 101 27
1970 "Stealing Love" 40 Non-album singles
"Heart Association" (A-Side) 29
"When Tomorrow Comes" (B-Side)
1971 "You Make Me Want to Love You" 47
"Show Me How" 52 13 Untouched
1972 "My Honey and Me" 113 18 Songs of Innocence and Experience
"I Could Never Be Happy" 93 23
1973 "From Toys to Boys" 112 37
"Runnin' Back (And Forth)" 91 Non-album singles
1974 "Put a Little Love Away" 73 53
"Baby, I'm Through" 82
1976 "Flowers" 87 16 Flowers
"I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love" 51 13 4 40
1977 "Best of My Love" 1 1 11 4 Rejoice
"Don't Ask My Neighbors" 44 7
"Shouting Out Love" 31 Sunshine
1978 "Baby, I'm Through" (re-release) 59
"Smile" 102 6 Sunbeam
"Whole Lot of Shakin'" 44
1979 "Walking the Line" 58
"Boogie Wonderland" (Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions) 6 2 14 4 I Am
"What's the Name of Your Love?" 30 Come into Our World
1980 "Where Is Your Love?" 75
"Come into Our World" 95
1981 "Turn It Out" 48 50 New Affair
"Now That I Know" 68
1984 "You're the One" 34 Sincerely
"You're the Best" 52 33
"Are You Through with My Heart?" 87
"—" denotes the single failed to chart


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