Something He Can Feel
|"Something He Can Feel"|
One of A-side labels of the U.S. vinyl single
|Single by Aretha Franklin|
|from the album Music from the Warner Bros. Picture "Sparkle"|
|Released||May 5, 1976|
|Recorded||April, 1976 |
|Aretha Franklin singles chronology|
"Something He Can Feel" is 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 the Billboard's R&B singles chart in the United States twice with two separate recordings: a 1976 version by Aretha Franklin from the film's soundtrack (see 1976 in music), and a 1992 cover by girl group En Vogue (see 1992 in music).
Aretha Franklin version
The version of "Something He Can Feel" present on the film's soundtrack album replaces the vocal tracks with those of Aretha Franklin and the Kitty Haywood Singers, with the instrumental tracks remaining the same. Sparkle revolves around the lives of the members of Sister & the Sisters, a 1960s Motown-esque girl group, and "Something He Can Feel" is present in the film as part of their repertoire. Franklin's recording of the song was issued as the first single from the album, and became a number-one hit on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, peaking at number twenty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Aretha's only pop Top 40 hit during the second half of the 1970s.
Sparkle would be remade in 2012, as would "Something He Can Feel", this time performed by Carmen Ejogo on lead vocal with Jordin Sparks and Tika Sumpter on backing vocals. In an allusion to Aretha Franklin's version of the song and soundtrack, Sister & Her Sisters perform "Something He Can Feel" as part of a live TV performance headlined by Franklin.
|Billboard Hot 100||28|
|Billboard Hot Soul Singles||1|
Afrika Bambaataa feat. Boy George version
In 1988, a rap and Hip Hop artist, Afrika Bambaataa recorded a cover version of "Something He Can Feel". The cover, released on the album, The Light, a collaboration album with lead vocals on this song by Boy George.
En Vogue version
|"Giving Him Something He Can Feel"|
|Single by En Vogue|
|from the album Funky Divas|
|Released||June 11, 1992 (US)|
|Format||CD single, Cassette single|
|Recorded||Fall 1991–January 1992|
|Producer(s)||Thomas McElroy & Denzil Foster|
|En Vogue singles chronology|
Fifteen years after Sparkle was released, R&B group En Vogue recorded a cover version of "Something He Can Feel" (titled 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 second album, Funky Divas, was also a successful hit, with lead vocals by Dawn Robinson. Also, ten years later, the group sampled the backbeat of their cover version of the christmas classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", which was performed by themselves from their 2002 christmas album, The Gift of Christmas.
The single peaked at number six 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 & Tracks chart. In the UK, it was released as a Double A-side single with "Free Your Mind" and reached the top twenty. This song is led entirely by Dawn Robinson and background vocals led by Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones.
Nichole Cordova performed the En Vogue's version of "Something He Can Feel" on the season finale of Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious where she became the first member of Girlicious. She received high praise from the judges.
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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