21 September 2020 00:36
Pamela Hutchinson, a member of the influential R&B group the Emotions, has died at 61. According to a statement on the Emotions' Facebook page, she passed away on Friday. "Pam succumbed to health challenges that she'd been battling for several years," the statement reads. "Now our beautiful sister will sing amongst the angels in heaven in perfect peace." The Emotions got their start as a gospel band of three sisters — Shelia, Wanda, and Jeanette — known as the Hutchinson Sunbeams. With the name change came a series of soul hits in the '60s and early '70s, including "So I Can Love You." Pamela was not an original member of the band, but joined her sisters in the Emotions during the mid-'70s, right around the time they struck up a creative partnership with Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White and signed to Columbia for their 1976 album Flowers, which included the chart-topper "Best Of My Love," which won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance.
More collaborations with Earth, Wind, & Fire would follow, including on the hit "Boogie Wonderland." They went on to put out more albums of their own until the mid-'80s and popped up on other artist's albums after that, collaborating with the likes of Smokey Robinson, Nancy Wilson, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, and Terrace Martin over the years. "During this time, the family kindly asks for fans and friends to respect our privacy. We appreciate all kind words, photos, and videos you may want to post for our beloved Pamela and of course your loving prayers," the Emotions wrote in their statement. Pamela Hutchinson--one of the singers of the iconic family music group, The Emotions--has died. The official Facebook page for the R&B group--comprised of three Hutchinson sisters--made the announcement Sunday, saying Pam passed away Friday...
which might have to do with the fact that Pam actually replaced the other original sister, Jeanette. Despite their age differences, The Emotions left their mark in music history... of course, with a major contribution of Pamela as one their key singers. The group got its start in the '60s, but skyrocketed to mainstream fame in the 1970s with a string of hits that landed on the Billboard charts. They're perhaps best known for their single "Best of My Love," but they also have a legendary collab with Earth, Wind and Fire.
The Emotions are also known for their collaboration with Earth, Wind & Fire, "Boogie Wonderland," as well as their hit "Don't Ask My Neighbors." The Emotions' Pamela Hutchinson has died at 61. Hutchinson, who sang in the R&B outfit with her sisters, died Friday, according to a Facebook page for the group, which sang the hit Best of My Love. 'In loving memory, we are saddened to announce the passing of our sister, Pamela Rose Hutchinson, on Friday, September 18, 2020,' a statement on the page read. The latest: The Emotions Pamela Hutchinson (L) has died. She posed with sisters Wanda Hutchinson (center) and Sheila Hutchinson in 1977 in LA The statement continued: 'During this time, the family kindly asks for fans and friends to respect our privacy. The group wrapped up in saying, 'Thank you and as always, You Got The Best of Our Love.' The group's biggest hit came with the 1977 song Best of My Love, which won the Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus. Well remembered: Pamela was snapped in March at an event in London In concert: Pamela and the Emotions took to the stage in 2009 in Detroit They also had success with singles including 1976's I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love and 1979's Boogie Wonderland with Earth, Wind & Fire. The musical outfit initially formed in the 1960s with the Hutchinson sisters, Sheila, Wanda and Jeanette, with Pamela replacing the latter. In all, the group recorded nine albums, with one going platinum and two going gold. Emotions singer Pamela Hutchinson has died, according to reports. On a Facebook page dedicated to the star's band, The Emotions, a stunning black and white photograph was shared of Pamela flashing her pearly white teeth as she beams from ear to ear. But tragically it has been claimed that the singer died two days ago on September 18, 2020. The post read: "In loving memory, we are saddened to announce the passing of our sister, Pamela Rose Hutchinson, on Friday, September 18, 2020. "Pam succumbed to health challenges that she'd been battling for several years. Now our beautiful sister will sing amongst the angels in heaven in perfect peace." The post continued: "During this time, the family kindly asks for fans and friends to respect our privacy. "We appreciate all kind words, photos, and videos you may want to post for our beloved Pamela and of course your loving prayers. "A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. We love you, Pamela!" They wrote: "Thank you and as always, You Got The Best of Our Love. Fans rushed to pay their tributes as hundreds liked the post and hundreds more took to the comment section to pay their respect. One wrote: "Wow I love the emotions especially pamela these ladies are in a class by themselves we will never get to experience a more angelic vocal group again sending my heartfelt. My deepest sincere condolences to Ms. Pamela Rose Hutchinson's family and friends. We will miss her beautiful voice, her memories and the legacy as the members from The Emotions will continue to live on. "You are a beautiful family and I'm so sorry about your heartbreak. Thank you for loving us through your music and prayers for your comfort as you grieve," commented another. Another fan said: "Condolences to you and the rest of the family, Hope you all find peace during this troubling time."