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Feel Like Makin' Love (Roberta Flack song)

"Feel Like Makin' Love" is a song composed by singer-songwriter Eugene McDaniels, and recorded originally by soul singer-songwriter Roberta Flack. The song has been covered by several R&B and jazz artists.

"Feel Like Makin' Love"
Feel Like Makin' Love - Roberta Flack.jpg
Single by Roberta Flack
from the album Feel Like Makin' Love
B-side"When You Smile"
ReleasedJune 10, 1974
Genre
Length2:55
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Eugene McDaniels
Producer(s)Rubina Flake
Roberta Flack singles chronology
"Jesse"
(1973)
"Feel Like Makin' Love"
(1974)
"Feelin' That Glow"
(1975)

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ReceptionEdit

Released nine months before the album of the same title, the song became one of the greatest musical successes of 1974, as well as of Roberta Flack's recording career. It scored a week at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, making it Flack's third #1 single, making her the first female vocalist to top the chart in three consecutive years.[citation needed] "Feel Like Makin' Love" also had five weeks at #1 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.[1] and two weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts of both Canada[2] and the U.S. Flack produced the record under the pseudonym Rubina Flake. It went on to receive three Grammy nominations for Flack: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.

Chart performanceEdit

D'Angelo versionEdit

"Feel Like Makin' Love"
Single by D'Angelo
from the album Voodoo
ReleasedApril 8, 2000
FormatMaxi-single
Recorded1999
StudioElectric Lady, New York City
GenreFunk, neo soul, R&B
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)Eugene McDaniels
Producer(s)J. Dilla, D'Angelo
D'Angelo singles chronology
"Send It On"
(2000)
"Feel Like Makin' Love"
(2000)
"Be Here"
(2002)
Audio sample

"Feel Like Makin' Love" was covered by American R&B and neo soul musician D'Angelo for his second studio album Voodoo (2000). It was released April 8, 2000, on Virgin Records as the album's fifth and last single. His cover version features a quiet storm radio-style sound and heavy use of multi-tracking for vocals.[13] It was initially planned as a duet with R&B singer Lauryn Hill.[14] Although tapes were sent via FedEx between the two, the collaboration between D'Angelo and Hill was aborted and the song was instead recorded solo. According to producer and drummer Questlove, the duet failed to materialize due to "too many middle men.... I don't think Lauryn and D ever talked face-to-face."[14] Mistakenly, some critics who later reviewed the album's track assumed that Lauryn Hill's vocals are present in the recording.[14]

According to Questlove's review of Voodoo at Okayplayer, the song's production was also managed by late hip hop producer J Dilla, as Questlove stated "jay dee did the lauryn track".[15] Dilla, however, did not receive an official credit for the song.[16] As a single, "Feel Like Makin' Love" was Voodoo's least successful, as it only reached #109 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2000) Peak
positions
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles[17] 9

Other versionsEdit

The song has been covered by many artists. Among the most notable are:

  • An instrumental version by Bob James for his 1974 album One,[18] reaching #88 on the Hot 100.
  • An instrumental version by George Benson for his 1983 album In Your Eyes,[19] reaching #28 in the United Kingdom and #18 in Ireland.[20]
  • Lumidee covered it in her 2007 album, Unexpected, and released it as a single, peaking at #90 on the Hot 100.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 206.
  2. ^ a b RPM, August 24, 1974
  3. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Forum - Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts - 1980s (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  5. ^ "ROBERTA FLACK". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  6. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  7. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". Billboard. 1974-08-17. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  8. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 17, 1974
  9. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1975/Top 100 Songs of 1975". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  11. ^ Top 50 Adult Contemporary Hits of 1974
  12. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 28, 1974
  13. ^ Neal, Mark Anthony. Review: Voodoo. PopMatters. Retrieved on 2008-08-09.
  14. ^ a b c Sinclair, Tom. Body & Soul: Voodoo. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  15. ^ Thompson, Ahmir 'Questlove'. "Review: Voodoo[dead link]". ?uestcorner/Okayplayer: 1999. Archived from the original Archived 2010-11-24 at WebCite on 2008-08-09.
  16. ^ D'Angelo (2000), pp. 5–24.
  17. ^ Billboard Music Charts - Feel Like Makin' Love. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved on 2008-08-09.
  18. ^ "Bob James - One". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  19. ^ "In Your Eyes overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  20. ^ Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2017-07-12.

ReferencesEdit

  • Saul Williams, D'Angelo (2000). Voodoo (CD issue liner notes). Virgins Records America, Inc., 338 N. Foothill Road, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

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