Friday Flashback – The Emotions – Rejoice

The Emotions - Rejoice

Best Of My Love

Doesn’t take much to make me happy
And make me smile with glee
Never, never will I feel discouraged
Cause our love’s no mystery
Demonstrating love and affection
That you give so openly yeah
I like the way ya make me about you baby
Want the whole wide world to see

Chorus
Whoa whoa, you got the best of my love
Whoa whoa, you got the best of my love
Whoa whoa, you got the best of my love
Whoa whoa, you’ve got the best of my love

Flowing in and out of changes
The kind that come around each day
My life has a better meaning
Love has kissed me in a beautiful way
And oh yea (my love, my love)
oh yea (my love, my love)
Chorus

Demonstrating sweet love and affection
That you give so openly yeah
The way I feel about ya baby can’t explain it
Want the whole wide world to see
Ohhh but in my heart
You’re all I need
You for me and me for you
ohhh, it’s growin’ every day
ooooh

Vamp
ohhh, oh oh oh oh oh
you’ve got the best of my love
ohhh, oh oh oh oh oh
you’ve got the best of my love
ohhh, givin’ you the best of my love
my love ohh my love
ohhh, givin’ you the best of my love
my love ohh oh yeah
ohhh, oh oh oh oh oh
you’ve got the best of my love
*fade out*

In 1977, you heard this song everywhere and it was infectious. You could not help but sing along but did you really know all the words? Even as I play this song tonight, I am still tripping over my words. I have posted the lyrics so you and I can finally sing this song correctly. Now don’t feel bad because even the liner notes shows a verse that we do not hear in the song.

I love The Emotions and Wanda, Sheila, and Pamela ruled the airwaves in the late 70′s. “Best of My Love” topped the charts and also garnered them a Grammy award. The album Rejoice produced several hits including the title track, “Rejoice“, the anthem “Don’t Ask My Neighbors” (later recorded by Nancy Wilson) , “A Feeling Is“, “Key to My Heart“, “How’d I Know That Love Would Slip Away” (written by Deniece Williams) and “Blessed.” They made good music and part of the secret to their success was Maurice White who produced the album. You can hear the EWF touches in the arrangements and instrumentation but The Emotions’ tight harmonies are very much credited to their early days of singing gospel music in Chicago with their father, Joe Hutchinson, Sr. Before they were The Emotions, they were Three Ribbons and a Bow, The Heavenly Sunbeams and The Hutchinson Sunbeams. Their first hit song “So I Can Love You” was released in 1969 and written by Sheila Hutchinson.

The Emotions have an outstanding website, theemotionsweb.com, that is definitely worth checking out.

Enjoy your music.

10 Responses to “Friday Flashback – The Emotions – Rejoice

  1. Darni says:

    YEAH, that’s what I’m talkin ’bout. I love/loved the Emotions. The name speaks loud and clear for the music they put out. I was about 9 or 10 when I really started to listen to the lyrics to their songs, always produced these wonderful feelings inside of me.

  2. shannita says:

    my mother loved this album. ’bout drove me crazy with it. but i’ll admit that every time i hear a song from it i remember saturday mornings hanging out with my mom and it makes me smile.

  3. Gee says:

    Wish I would have read this before I went to my mother’s this morning. Now I’m gonna have to go back and steal me some vinyl. “Don’t ask my neighbors” is one of the best. You continue to surprise and amaze me every week.

  4. Antonio G says:

    I see you’re over here showing off again … The Emotions … Timeless!

  5. Terri says:

    Great choice. You never cease to amaze me with your taste and knowledge of music. Keep up the good work. The Emotions are one of Chicago’s greatest treasures. Prior to Pam joining the group, sister Jeanette shared the stage with Shelia and Wanda. All have such distinct voices and are talented writers in their own right. My most memorable concerts were The Emotions opening for Brothers Johnson at the Arie Crown Theater and their concert at the local club, Broadway Unlimited on the north side of Chicago. Their sound is like no others. These talented sisters have set the bar for excellence for female singing groups. I love all of their music, but A Feeling Is does it for me as well as So I Can Love You.

  6. bujibuji says:

    hey mr. james. long time. im coming back from the silence. and wow.. discovered pearls of jazz. while searching through people’s trails, i found a link to afro-cuban music. i thought you may like it. http://www.gothamjazz.com/cuba/dvd/
    there is Abdullah Ibrahim’s (aka dollar band)
    capetown revisted which ive been playing until i fear, i’m wearing it off. then there is south afri. jazz under apartheid: freedom blues another gem. manhattan brothers is another. so much music james, just one pair of ears..tsk tsk tsk..

  7. e j says:

    it’s all about Blessed. enough said. the only act that came close to sounding as wonderful as they did on the remake was Jade. *sigh* i miss them too.
    and don’t forget about the video for Boogie Wonderland…if you ever want to see EWF and The Emotions in a video together…

  8. Bernard says:

    Yes EJ.. “Blessed” worked for me too… along with “Don’t Ask My Neighbors”… that’s right “Come to Me… don’t be afraid… of what you see”…..

  9. nakachi says:

    “The Best of My Love” is the cut!
    btw, have i thanked you recently for introducing me to the music of lizz wright?
    thanks a million, love.

  10. Celeste Tuman says:

    YOU GOT THE “Best Of My Love”

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