Happy 25th: En Vogue, Born to Sing

Friday, April 3, 2015
Happy 25th: En Vogue, Born to Sing
25 years ago today, Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, and Dawn Robinson - known collectively as En Vogue - released their debut album, Born to Sing.
En Vogue came into existence as a result of Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, a pair of producers and songwriters who had a vision for a modern-day version of The Supremes. They might not have matched the level of success that Diana Ross and company achieved, but there's ample evidence to confirm that they had a knack for picking some pretty great singers. The quartet was originally going to be called For You, then Vogue, and finally - after discovering that there was already a group called Vogue - they settled on En Vogue.
As a debut album, Born to Sing proved to be a solid commercial success, hitting #21 on the Billboard Top 200 and #2 on the R&B Albums chart, but it's En Vogue's follow-up album that's generally seen as the group's definitive effort. With that said, however, Born to Sing delivered some seriously great singles, most notably “Hold On,” which hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the R&B Singles chart, but also “Lies” and “You Don't Have to Worry,” both of which were also #1 R&B singles, and “Don't Go,” which hit #3 on the R&B Singles chart. But did you remember that the group also turned in a cover of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” on the album?
Yeah, with Born to Sing, En Vogue were definitely still finding their footing to some extent. But as debut albums go, theirs is still a pretty strong one.