Something He Can Feel

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"Something He Can Feel"
Something He Can Feel by Aretha Franklin US vinyl.png
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
Format 7" single
Recorded April, 1976
Curtom Studios
(Chicago, Illinois)
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 6:21 (album)
3:25 (single)
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Curtis Mayfield
Producer(s) Curtis Mayfield
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Something He Can Feel"
"Jump" / "Hooked On Your Love"
"Something He Can Feel"
"Jump"/"Hooked On Your Love"

"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[edit]

In the original 1976 version of the film Sparkle, the song is performed by "Sister & the Sisters", with Lonette McKee on lead vocal, and Irene Cara and Dwan Smith on backing vocals.

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.[1]

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.


Chart (1976) Peak
Billboard Hot 100 28
Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1

Afrika Bambaataa feat. Boy George version[edit]

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[edit]

"Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
Aretha Franklin - Something He Can Feel album cover.jpg
Single by En Vogue
from the album Funky Divas
Released June 11, 1992 (US)[2]
Format CD single, Cassette single
Recorded Fall 1991—January 1992[3]
Genre Soul
Length 3:57
Label EastWest/Elektra
Songwriter(s) Curtis Mayfield
Producer(s) Thomas McElroy & Denzil Foster
En Vogue singles chronology
"My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
"Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
"Free Your Mind"
"My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
"Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
"Free Your Mind"

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.

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.[4] 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 lead 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.[5] She received high praise from the judges.[5]


Chart (1992) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 84
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 16
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 6
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles[8] 1
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 31
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[9] 32

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 29


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 216. 
  2. ^ "En Vogue - Giving Him Something He Can Feel - Music". Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Don't think I can make it. By Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, Will Townsend, Pharoah Davis, Warren Robinson & Andre Zachary". Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 189. 
  5. ^ a b "Pussycat Dolls Present Girlicious: Season Finale "You Are Girlicious" Recap". Buddy TV. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  7. ^ Billboard
  8. ^ "Artist Chart History - En Vogue". Billboard. 
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Top Adult Contemporary 1961-2001. "En Vogue," p. 87. Record Research, 2002.
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  11. ^ RIAA. US Certifications > En Vogue Singles. Retrieved, 2016-10-10

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