What a Man" is a song written by Dave Crawford, and originally recorded for Stax Records by Linda Lyndell, whose recording reached no.50 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1968. As " Whatta Man", a version was recorded in 1993, with greater commercial success, by Salt-n-Pepa with En Vogue.
Salt-n-Pepa and En Vogue version [ edit ]
En Vogue covered the song and Salt-n-Pepa rapped over the track. "Whatta Man" is the second single released from Salt-n-Pepa's 1993 album ; it was produced by Very Necessary Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor. The song also appeared on En Vogue's EP. "Whatta Man" was a major hit for both Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue, peaking at number three on the Runaway Love Billboard Hot 100, and at number seven on the UK Singles Chart. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and the American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single.
En Vogue sang the entire vocals on all original and remixed versions of this song. While the song and video features all four members of
En Vogue, Cindy Herron does not perform any of the lead vocals. While some lead vocals are performed by Maxine Jones and Terry Ellis, the song is predominantely led by Dawn Robinson.
Music video [ edit ]
A music video was released to promote the single.
Tupac Shakur and Treach from Naughty by Nature make cameo appearances.
music video, directed by Matthew Rolston, won three MTV Video Music Awards: Best Dance Video, Best R&B Video, and Best Choreography in 1994
Reception [ edit ]
"Whatta Man" was named #23 on
VH1's countdown of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 1990s.
Peak positions [ edit ]
End of year charts [ edit ]
End of year chart (1994)
Canada Dance (
RPM) [15 ] 40
Billboard Hot 100 [16 ] 14
Awards and nominations [ edit ]
Won MTV Video Music Awards for Best Dance Video, Best R&B Video, and Best Choreography for "Whatta Man".
Nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single ("Whatta Man").
Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Whatta Man").
In the TV show
, a parody of this song called "Whatta Brain" by En Vogue parody En Lobe is featured on the "Brain" episode. Bill Nye the Science Guy
The song references
Whitney Houston's 1991 hit " My Name Is Not Susan" with the lyrics, "And he knows that my name is not Susan."
Australian rock band
New Waver covered the song in 1994 and released their cover as a Cassingle.
Funny or Die released a version of this song with Bruno Mars singing and acting out various scenes such as, arm wrestling scene with many men competitors.
Lena version [ edit ]
The 1968 Linda Lyndell/David Crawford version of the song was also covered by
German singer Lena Meyer-Landrut as the theme song to the German movie What a Man. It is featured on the Platinum edition her second studio album , it will also feature on the Soundtrack for the movie. It was released on 2 September 2011 as Good News CD single and Digital download in Germany.
Background [ edit ]
The single was released on 2 September 2011 for digital download on iTunes, the single included a Live version of the song "Good News". The song will be the theme song to the German movie
What a Man.
Music video [ edit ]
A music video to accompany the release of "What a Man" was first released onto
YouTube on 30 August 2011 at a total length of three minutes. The video features actor Matthias Schweighöfer. [17 ]
Track listings [ edit ]
"What a Man"
Chart performance [ edit ]
Release history [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]