Cherchez La Femme

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This article is about the song performed by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band and later by Gloria Estefan. For the French phrase, see Cherchez la femme.
"Whispering/Cherchez La Femme/Se Si Bon"
Single by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
from the album Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
A-side Whispering/Cherchez La Femme/Se Si Bon
B-side Sunshower
Released 1976
Format 7" single
Recorded House of Music, West Orange, New Jersey, 1976
Genre Soul, Big Band, Disco, Pop
Length 5:46
3:33 (7" single)
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Stony Browder Jr. (Music)
August Darnell (Lyrics), John Schonberger, Richard Coburn, Vincent Rose
Producer(s) Sandy Linzer

"Cherchez La Femme" (Seek the Woman; proper French case is Cherchez la femme) is a song that was written and performed by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band with lead vocals by Cory Daye in 1976. The song's music was written by band-leader and pianist Stony Browder Jr. and John Schonberger, Richard Coburn (né Frank Reginald DeLong; 1886–1952), Vincent Rose with lyrics by Browder Jr's brother and bassist August Darnell. The song's full title is "Whispering"/"Cherchez La Femme"/"Se Si Bon". Cherchez La Femme became the group's most well known song and biggest hit.

The song's opening lyric is notable in itself as it makes a reference to record executive Tommy Mottola, who was instrumental in giving the act their major label deal. Along with the tracks, "Sour and Sweet" and "I'll Play the Fool", "Cherchez La Femme" went to number one for one week on the disco chart.[1] "Cherchez La Femme" also charted in the Top 40 on the pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts.

It was later featured in the 1998 film, 54.

Track listing[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Whispering" / "Cherchez La Femme" / "Se Si Bon" - 3:33
  2. "Sunshower" - 4:02

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[2] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 27
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[3] 22
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles[4] 31

Gloria Estefan version[edit]

"Cherchez La Femme"
Single by Gloria Estefan
from the album Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Released June 1995 (United States)
Format CD promo single
Recorded 1993 - 1994
Genre Dance-Pop
Length 04:58
Label Epic
Writer(s) Stony Browder Jr., August Darnell
Gloria Estefan singles chronology
"It's Too Late"
"Cherchez La Femme"
"Abriendo Puertas"
Alternative cover
Cover of the Australian Double CD Single with "It's Too Late"

"Cherchez La Femme" was covered by Gloria Estefan on her fourth studio album, Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me. It was released as the album's fifth from the album in the US, Australia and Benelux

Formats and track listings[edit]

U.S. CD Promo 12" Vinyl Single(EAS 7084)
  1. "Cherchez La Femme" (Ballroom Vocal Mix)
  2. "Cherchez La Femme" ("Femme Fatale" Club Mix)
  3. "Cherchez La Femme" (Doom Dub)
  4. "Cherchez La Femme" (Piano Mix)
U.S. CD Promo 12" Vinyl Single #2 (AED 7219)
  1. "Cherchez La Femme" (The GStyle & DJ WT Mix)
  2. "Cherchez La Femme" (The Gary Q Mix)
  3. "Cherchez La Femme" (The Danny C. & Giuseppe G. Mix)
  4. "Cherchez La Femme" (The Marc "DJ Stew" Pirrone Dub)
  5. "Cherchez La Femme" (The Charley Casanova Mix)

Official versions[edit]

Original versions
  1. Album Version — 4:58
  1. Piano Mix - 6:39
  2. "Femme Fatale" Club Mix - 8:24
  3. Doom Dub - 8:16
  4. The GStyle & DJ WT Mix - 8:16
  5. The Gary Q Mix - 7:00
  6. The Danny C. & Giuseppe G. Mix - 6:30
  7. The Marc "DJ Stew" Pirrone Dub - 5:10
  8. The Charley Casanova Mix - 5:38
  9. Radio Club Mix - 4:55
  10. Alternative Radio Club Mix - 3:54


Chart (1995) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 19

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"You Should Be Dancing" by The Bee Gees
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
(Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band version)
with "Sour and Sweet" / "I'll Play the Fool"

October 2, 1976
Succeeded by
"My Sweet Summer Suite"/Brazilian Love Song by Love Unlimited Orchestra


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 81. 
  2. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 80. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 165.