En Vogue is a female R&B group that was most popular in the early ’90s. Assembled in Oakland, California in 1989, En Vogue launched with original members Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson and Terry Ellis. The inspiration for the group was 1950s/1960s female trios.
“Hold On” was the debut single from En Vogue’s debut platinum album, Born to Sing. The single became one of 1990’s biggest hits in the US, reaching No. 1 on the Hot Black Singles chart. The song opens with an a cappella rendition of the Motown standard “Who’s Lovin’ You,” written by Smokey Robinson and originally recorded by his group, The Miracles. The song became a crossover pop hit, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and No. 1 on both the R&B and Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts.
It was awarded a Billboard Music Award for “R&B Single of the Year,” a Soul Train Award for “R&B/Urban Contemporary Single of the Year, Group, Band or Duo,” and was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group”. One thing that’s for sure is En Vogue possessed noticeably good looks and amazing vocal prowess. Enjoy the video above!
After the jump check out Alicia Key’s 2008 BET Awards performance with SWV, En Vogue, and TLC as a tribute to ’90s female R&B groups.