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Best of My Love
by The Emotions


Just a bunch of supporting info from "Songfacts" today:


This upbeat 'disco' song was a US No. 1 hit for five weeks, at the time a record for a female group. It was written by 'Earth Wind & Fire' members Al McKay and Maurice White, and was also produced by White. Maurice knew 'The Emotions' (the sisters Wanda, Sheila and Pamela Hutchinson) from his pre-'Earth, Wind & Fire' days when he regularly drummed for the then-teenage girl group on their gigs in the Chicago area. 'The Emotions' signed to 'Stax Records', and when that label imploded, White signed the group to his 'Kalimba Productions'.

Their first album with White was "Flowers" in 1976 and, for their next one, White and McKay wrote "Best Of My Love" specifically for the group. For White, writing this song was a way of expressing a positive feeling in a style much better suited for 'The Emotions' than for his band. White says he would have never written this song for 'Earth, Wind & Fire'.

You'll hear many elements of 'Earth, Wind & Fire' (get it?) on this song. McKay played guitar, and 'EW&F' members Larry Dunn (synth), Fred White (drums) and Verdine White (bass) all played on the track. Another advantage to working with Maurice White in the 1970s was access to the 'Earth Wind & Fire' horn section, which was known as 'The Phenix Horns'. White used them on this track - at the time they were Don Myrick (saxophone), Louis Satterfield (trombone), Rahmlee Davis and Michael Harris (trumpets).

In 1979, White had 'The Emotions' sing on the 'Earth, Wind & Fire' hit "Boogie Wonderland".


As mentioned, the single spent 5 weeks at the very top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA in 1977, with a 23-week tenure in "the hundred" all told. It also reached a creditable No. 4 in the UK Singles chart of the same year, during its 10-week stay in the British Top 40.
1977 - Columbia Records - United States
Posted: 25th March 2019
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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