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 Jeanette Hutchinson (born February 1951),Wanda Hutchinson (born 17 December 1951) and Sheila Hutchinson (born 17 January 1953) : all the children of Joseph and Lillian Hutchinson.
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 1956) 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".
In 1969 the girls were asked to be part of a summer outdoor concert in Rochester NY. The group caught the eye of The host of the concerts, Herb Hamlett the powerful soul DJ of WCMF FM. Father Joe was the groups guitarist and formed a friendship with Hamlett, that brought the group bookings and headliners in NewYork State.
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.
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'' 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 resides in Chicago , she has one daughter; whom lives in Los Angels CA which is also pursuing a career in the music industry. Sheila is also the sole caretaker of her mother Lillian, her youngest sister Keena, and Keena’s daughter. There Father Joseph Hutchinson passed away in 1985. Source : Wikipedia
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