RIP Pamela Hutchinson of the Emotions, Dead at 61

American soul and R&B vocal group The Emotions (L-R Wanda Hutchinson, Pamela Hutchinson, and Sheila Hutchinson), New York, 6th September 1977. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
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American soul and R&B vocal group The Emotions (L-R Wanda Hutchinson, Pamela Hutchinson, and Sheila Hutchinson), New York, 6th September 1977. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

It's a very sad day for the R&B community and the music world at large with the news that Pamela Hutchinson of the Emotions has died. She was just 61 years old.

The sobering announcement was made on the group's Facebook page yesterday:

"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.

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!

Thank you and as always, You Got The Best of Our Love."

The Emotions enjoyed a strong career, scoring the group's biggest hit with "Best of My Love," which peaked at #1 on the Hot 100 for the week of August 20, 1977. It was the top song in the country for six weeks straight.

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The Emotions also sang background vocals on Earth, Wind & Fire's "Boogie Wonderland," which reached #6 on the Hot 100 for the week of July 13, 1979. The ladies even appeared in the promo video. Watch it below. The #1 song in America that week: Donna Summer's "Bad Girls."

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