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 Chicago-based group started as a gospel act called The Hutchinson Sunbeams, but they slowly moved to R&B and disco. Originally signed with Stax Records, they moved to Columbia when Stax folded. There they began working with Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire.
In addition to their act, they also sang backup on EW&F’s “Boogie Wonderland“:
The song “Best of My Love” became an iconic cultural touchstone and appeared in many films, perhaps most notably in the opening single-take shot of Boogie Nights:
“Best of My Love” has also been sampled for many great hip-hop songs, and Mariah Carey‘s 1991 hit “Emotions” led to a settlement because it borrowed heavily from the single.
What a great legacy of joy and music! Pamela is survived by her sisters. Here’s a great playlist from YouTube:
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