The Emotions: Best Soul Girl Groups Countdown
Original Members: Sheila, Wanda and Jeanette Hutchinson
Previously known as: Hutchinson Sunbeams
Style: R&B, disco, soul, funk
Labels: Stax, Volt, Columbia, Motown, Raging Bull
Bragging Rights: The Emotion's 1977 song "Best Of My Love" topped the pop charts. Their track "Blind Alley" was sampled for a number of hits for other artists, "Mariah Carey's "Dreamlover," Big Daddy Kane's "Ain't No Half Steppin'" and LL Cool J's "Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag." Their 1979 collaboration with Earth, Wind & Fire, "Boogie Wonderland," reached No. 4 on the pop charts and has been featured in a number of movies, including "Madagascar," "Happy Feet" and "Caddyshack," among others.
Co-sign: Says Kirk Whalum: "The Emotion that came out of them impacted me deeply."
Says Conya Doss: "You can imitate it, but you definitely can't duplicate it. … My all time favorite."