The Emotions

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The Emotions
OriginChicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresR&B, Soul, Disco, Pop, Gospel
Years active1962–present
LabelsStax
Volt
Columbia
Motown
Raging Bull
Associated actsEarth, Wind & Fire, Ramsey Lewis, Deniece Williams, Curtis Mayfield, Minnie Riperton
WebsiteOfficial site
MembersPamela Hutchinson
Sheila Hutchinson
Wanda Hutchinson
Past membersJeanette Hutchinson
Theresa Davis
Adrianne Harris
 
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The Emotions
OriginChicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresR&B, Soul, Disco, Pop, Gospel
Years active1962–present
LabelsStax
Volt
Columbia
Motown
Raging Bull
Associated actsEarth, Wind & Fire, Ramsey Lewis, Deniece Williams, Curtis Mayfield, Minnie Riperton
WebsiteOfficial site
MembersPamela Hutchinson
Sheila Hutchinson
Wanda Hutchinson
Past membersJeanette Hutchinson
Theresa Davis
Adrianne Harris

The Emotions are an American female Soul/R&B singing group from Chicago, Illinois. Originally consisting of three sisters; Wanda Hutchinson, Shelia Hutchinson and Jeanette Hutchinson. The sisters are all children of Joseph and Lillian Hutchinson.

History[edit]

Success with Earth, Wind & Fire and Beyond[edit]

Their association with Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire brought them their greatest success.[1] With White's assistance, The Emotions released the albums Rejoice and Sunbeam in 1977 and 1978. Maurice White and Clarence McDonald co-produced 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[edit]

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. Wanda, Pamela, and Sheila Hutchinson performed on a PBS special on 70s soul music in 2004, singing "Best Of My Love".

In 2013, Wanda, Sheila, and Pam moved to Stardom Records record label, which is owned by The Stylistics lead singer and Smooth Jazz recording artist Eban Brown, and teamed up with rapper Snoop Dogg for a sultry Hip Hop/R&B single called "Life", written by Terrace Martin and the daughters of Wanda Vaughn.

Influence[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
Record label
US
[4]
US
R&B

[4]
AUS
[5]
CAN
[6]
1969So I Can Love You43Volt
1971Untouched
1972Songs of Innocence and Experience [A]
1976Flowers455Columbia
1977Rejoice716429
  • US: Platinum [7]
Sunshine8839Stax
1978Sunbeam401266Columbia
1979Come into Our World9635ARC/Columbia
1981New Affair16846
1984Sincerely20633Red Label
1985If I Only Knew20354Motown
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Charting compilations
YearTitlePeak chart positionsRecord label
US
R&B

[4]
1996Best of My Love: The Best of the Emotions77Legacy
Complete list

Singles[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positions
US
[4]
US
R&B

[4]
US
Dan

[4]
AUS
[5]
CAN
[6]
NLD
[8]
NZ
[9]
UK
[10]
1962"Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney"
1964"Good Old Days"
1967"I Can't Stand No More Heartaches"
1968"Somebody New"
"I Can't Control These Emotions"
"I Love You But I'll Leave You"
1969"So I Can Love You"39340
"The Best Part of a Love Affair"10127
"Stealing Love" (A-Side)40
"When Tomorrow Comes" (B-Side)
1970"Heart Association"29
"Black Christmas"
1971"You Make Me Want to Love You"47
"If You Think It (You May As Well Do It)"
"Show Me How"5213
1972"My Honey and Me"11318
"I Could Never Be Happy"9323
"From Toys to Boys"11237
1973"Runnin' Back (And Forth)"91
"Peace Be Still"
"What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas"
1974"Put a Little Love Away"735379
"Baby, I'm Through"82
"There Are More Questions Than Answers"
1976"Flowers" (A-Side)87162
"I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love" (B-Side)511346740
1977"Best of My Love"11111752194
"Don't Ask My Neighbors"44788
"Shouting Out Love" (A-Side)31
1978"Baby, I'm Through" (re-release) (B-Side)59
"Smile"1026
"Whole Lot of Shakin'"44
1979"Walking the Line"58
"Boogie Wonderland" (with Earth, Wind & Fire)6214611474
"What's the Name of Your Love?"30
"I Should Be Dancing"41
1980"Where Is Your Love?"75
"Come into Our World"95
1981"Turn It Out"4850
"Now That I Know"68
1984"You're the One"34
"You're the Best"5233
"Are You Through with My Heart?"87
1985"Miss Your Love"
"If I Only Knew Then (What I Know Now)"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Emotions Biography at AllMusic
  2. ^ Kelley, Frannie (November 4, 2011). When Old School Was New: Big Daddy Kane's 'Ain't No Half-Steppin'". Georgia Public Broadcasting. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  3. ^ Frere-Jones, Sasha (April 3, 2006). Mariah Carey's record-breaking career. The New Yorker. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "US Charts > The Emotions". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  5. ^ a b David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ a b "CAN Charts > The Emotions". RPM. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  7. ^ a b c "US Certifications > The Emotions". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  8. ^ "NLD Charts > The Emotions". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  9. ^ "NZ Charts > The Emotions". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  10. ^ "UK Charts > The Emotions". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 

^ Clemente, John (2000). Girl Groups—Fabulous Females That Rocked The World. Iola, Wisc. Krause Publications. pp. 276. ISBN 0-87341-816-6. ^ Clemente, John (2013). Girl Groups—Fabulous Females Who Rocked The World. Bloomington, IN Authorhouse Publications. pp. 623. ISBN 978-1-4772-7633-4 (sc); ISBN 978-1-4772-8128-4 (e).

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