Connick's 1994 album ditched the classic crooning style he was known for – the style that garnered him Grammy Awards and million-selling albums – in favor of an exploration of his New Orleans funk roots. He took his funk music on a tour of the United Kingdom in 1994. Connick also took his funk music to the People's Republic of China in 1995, playing at the Shanghai Center Theatre.
Connick's funk albums She, and Star Turtle sold respectably, but some fans were upset with Connick's funk forays. At a 1994 concert in Cleveland, OH, disappointed fans expecting a jazz crooner began walking out from his concert in protest. Some even demanded refunds.
This happened in other cities as well and was brought to Connick's attention. "I hear about it, but I don't get too much of it firsthand. I mean, we just came back from Europe and the crowds were just out of control. I didn't get any sense that they wanted me to play anything other than what I was doing at the time," Connick said in a Boston Globe interview at the time.
Music by Harry Connick Jr, lyrics by Ramsey McLean. In an interview at the time, with the Boston Globe, Connick explains "He (McLean) has a big book of poems that he'd written. I'd see one that I liked and I'd say, 'What do you guys think of this?' And I'd...pick out a melody."