Album:Then: Totally Oldies 1
I'm pretty sure when most music fans heard this song on the radio in 1977, they thought it was another Bee Gees record. They were very hot at the time. The Gibb brothers did write, produce and sing backup on Emotion. But the singer was Samantha Sang. It turned out to be her only big hit. She was born Cheryl Lau Sang Aug. 5, 1951 in Melbourne, Australia. Her dad performed as Reg Gray. Cheryl began performing as a child on Australian radio. She released a few singles in the 60s as Cheryl Gray. She realized her career would be limited in Australia so she moved to England in 1969. Barry Gibb heard her and he got his manager Robert Stigwood to sign her. He changed her name to Samantha Sang. She recorded a couple of singles on Polydor that went nowhere. Then she signed with Private Stock Records. Most of her 1978 album Emotion was produced by veteran producers Gary Klein and Nick DeCaro. Barry Gibb agreed to write and produce a song for her. She went to Miami and he gave her Emotion instead of a song that he had originally planned to give her. Emotion was supposed to be in Saturday Night Fever but instead it appeared in the 1978 film The Stud starring Joan Collins. Samantha's version reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The problem was Private Stock closed soon after. She signed with United Artists and released the 1979 album From Dance To Love produced by Harold Wheeler. It was mostly a disco album. She couldn't get a big hit and then in 1980 United Artists was sold to EMI. After that Samantha became a backup singer. She eventually moved back to Melbourne and she still performs today. You can get Emotion on this various artists budget CD from Varese Sarabande. Here's the video for Emotion by Samantha Sang.