En Vogue gained a reputation in the 90s as one of the most talented girl groups in the music game. Featuring original members Dawn Robinson, Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, and Maxine Jones, their first two albums went to platinum before experiencing a series of break-ins. But in the early days of their touring life, they had an affair with another star: Luther Vandross.
When did En Vogue first come out?
Collected by producers Thomas McElroy and Denzel Foster, the four made their official debut in 1990 with He was born to sing and quickly became popular. En Vogue’s second album, Fungal divas, released in 1992 and before that, the women were famous for their powerful style and vocals.
Although they did not know each other before joining the group, they bonded and at one point mocked about being pregnant at the same time. Back in 1992 in an interview with Weekly entertainment, Ellis described her excitement about being in the group and putting together their record.
“One night I woke up at about 4 in the morning and thought, ‘This is just so amazing and so great that we were brought together.’ Then I thought, ‘That’s it. We were born to sing… together, ”said Ellis.
Their star power continued to soar with taps like “Hold On” and in 1993, they toured with R&B legend Luther Vandross.
En Vogue and Luther Vandross struggled on tour
In 1993, Vandross embarked on the first leg of his “Never Let Me Go” tour with En Vogue as the opening event. According to the book, So amazing: Through the eyes of Kevin Owens with Kevin Owens – one of Vandross’ s backing singers – Vandross and En Vogue got on well in their first meeting when the women signed up for his tour.
Dwight Miller was En Vogue’s stage manager for the event, who had previously worked in the same capacity for Vandross. Owens wrote that there were agreements about the wardrobe, the band, and how the stage show would run, but once the tour went ahead, there were a number of issues that went on. into something bigger.
En Vogue reportedly wanted to take Vandross out through their set – rather than make their own way in as the main headliner – and complained about the stage setting. . Vandross dismissed it initially as an inexperience since the group had never toured before.
There were also controversies about clothing being too similar. Owens wrote that Vandross explained his stance. “If Frank Sinatra was the star, and I was the opener, and I saw a tuxedo and a sweater hanging on the rack in a wardrobe, if Frank wanted the tuxedo, I would be in the jumper. That’s how it always works. The first choice has status, and in this show I am the star. ”
The last straw came when En Vogue started firing on the band members and told the media and the audience that they didn’t have enough space for a full band. Per Owens, they aimed to make Vandross look like the bad guy and eventually sent a “disgraceful letter.”
Vandross blocked their access to the stadium on the day of one of their performances, announcing that a full band was part of their contract. They worked something out before the night of the show, but En Vogue and the intellectuals were getting close. The tension was high.
Vandross reportedly called police on En Vogue
Dawn Robinson recently opened in an interview in December with NT Discussions about that trip with Vandross. She praised the singer and expressed her love for him but said that “the demands of his journey were nuts. “She said he didn’t want them to wear red, black, blue or white, so they changed clothes.
Robinson said that Herron was pregnant at the time and that the physical aspects of their show were a lot for her. After En Vogue’s tight-lipped meeting with Vandross about their contract, Vandross apparently prevented the group from walking past his dressing room on a direct path to the stage.
According to Robinson, Vandross called the police during a tour stop in Miami because they were resisting that request. She said she could not blame him for what they agreed to a contract but she felt it could be more lenient.
Vandross later admitted in several interviews that the experience did not end well, and that he would never tour with En Vogue again.