Throwback Thursday: En Vogue – ‘Giving Him Something He Can Feel’


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 groups.

“Giving Him Something He Can Feel” was originally “Something He Can Feel” and a song composed by Curtis Mayfield for the 1976 motion picture Sparkle. The song, a love ballad in a Chicago/Philly-soul style, became a number one hit on Billboard’s R&B singles chart with the 1976 version by Aretha Franklin from the film’s soundtrack.

Fifteen years after Sparkle was released, En Vogue recorded a cover version of “Something He Can Feel” (issued as “Giving Him Something He Can Feel”), produced by Thomas McElroy & Denzil Foster. The En Vogue cover, released as the second single from the group’s sophomore album, Funky Divas, was also a successful hit. It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became the fifth En Vogue single in two years to peak at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.

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