The Hutchinson sisters, Wanda (lead vocal), Sheila and Jeanette, first worked together in Chicago, Illinois, USA, as the Heavenly Sunbeams, then as the Hutchinson Sunbeams up to 1968. They recorded for several local companies prior to arriving at Stax Records on the recommendation of Pervis Staples of the Staple Singers. Their debut release for the label, 'So I Can Love You' (1969), reached the US Top 40, and introduced a series of excellent singles, including 'Show Me How' (1971) and 'I Could Never Be Happy' (1972). Although Jeanette was briefly replaced by a cousin, Theresa Davis, she latterly returned to the lineup, while a fourth sister, Pamela, came into the group when Davis left. The Emotions moved to Columbia Records in 1976 and began working under the aegis of Maurice White of Earth, Wind And Fire. 'Best Of My Love' was a US number 1 the following year while the singers secured further success with 'Boogie Wonderland' in 1979, an energetic collaboration with White's group. The Emotions continued to record into the 80s and although their material was sometimes disappointing, their harmonies remained as vibrant as ever. They continue to perform on the live circuit.
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