En Vogue - Did You Know?

En Vogue - Did You Know?February 6, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about American R&B/pop vocal group, En Vogue.




En Vogue is an American R&B/pop vocal group that was formed in 1989 in Oakland, California and whose original lineup consisted of singers Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson.

The R&B production company Foster & Mcelroy wanted to create a female vocal group that had certain qualities: beautiful girls, but not too beautiful and intelligent, but not too nerdy. As a result, the all-female quartet known as En Vogue was formed in 1989.

The vocalists that were chosen for the band were Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson. All four of the original band members of En Vogue had previously been involved with performing and acting, and so, had the advantage during the auditions for the band.

En Vogue reached the No.2 spot on the US Hot 100 with the single "Hold On", taken from their 1990 debut album Born To Sing. Their follow-up album Funky Divas from 1992 reached the Top 10 in both the US and UK. That album included their second US No.2 hit "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" as well as the US Top 10 hits "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" and "Free Your Mind".

In 1996, the single "Don't Let Go (Love)" became En Vogue's third, and most successful single. It reached the No.2 spot in the US, and became the band's sixth No.1 on the US R&B chart.

En Vogue has won 7 MTV Video Music Awards, 3 Soul Train Awards, 2 American Music Awards, and were also nominated 7 times for the Grammy Award. In December 1999, Billboard magazine ranked them as the 19th most successful recording artist of the 1990s. En Vogue are also ranked as the second most successful female group of the 1990s. 

In March 2015, Billboard magazine named En Vogue the ninth most-successful girl group of all-time. To this day, En Vogue has sold over 20 million records all over the world, and are often considered one of the best female vocal groups of all time.

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