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Feel Like Makin' Love Roberta Flack Song
"Feel Like Makin' Love"
Feel Like Makin' Love - Roberta Flack.jpg
Single by Roberta Flack
from the album Feel Like Makin' Love
"When You Smile"
ReleasedJune 10, 1974
Eugene McDaniels
Rubina Flake
Roberta Flack singles chronology
"Feel Like Makin' Love"
"Feelin' That Glow"

"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.


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.[] "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 performance

D'Angelo version

"Feel Like Makin' Love"
Single by D'Angelo
from the album Voodoo
ReleasedApril 8, 2000
StudioElectric Lady, New York City
GenreFunk, neo soul, R&B
Eugene McDaniels
J. Dilla, D'Angelo
D'Angelo singles chronology
"Send It On"
"Feel Like Makin' Love"
"Be Here"
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 Voodoos least successful, as it only reached #109 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Chart performance

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

Other versions

It was covered by Bob James (as an instrumental for his 1974 album "One"),[18] and by George Benson (for his 1983 album "In Your Eyes"), both under the title Feel Like Making Love.[19] James's version is the only other U.S. charting version of the song, reaching #88 in the fall of 1974. Benson's version reached #28 in the United Kingdom and #18 in Ireland.[20]

Marlena Shaw included a cover on Who Is This Bitch, Anyway? (1974). Roy Ayers covered it on his 1974 album Change up the Groove. Shirley Bassey covered it on her 1975 album Good, Bad but Beautiful, as did Isaac Hayes on his 1978 release Hotbed.

Paul Mauriat featured an orchestral version of the song on his 1974 album Le Premier Pas. In 1996, jazz guitarist Larry Coryell covered it on his album "Sketches of Coryell".[21][21]

Lumidee covered it in her 2007 album, Unexpected, and released it as a single, peaking at #90 on the Hot 100.

Gladys Knight & The Pips covered it in 1975 for their album 2nd Anniversary.

Monty Alexander recorded a jazz quartet version of the song in October 1974, released then on 'Live and Sunshine', and re-released in 2007 on 'Alexander The Great - Monty Swings On MPS'. The recording is with Ernest Ranglin (guitar), Eberhard Weber (b), and Kenny Clare (drums). This same version is also featured on Ranglin's 1976 album "Ranglypso".

Junior Jack sampled the chorus in his single "Luv 2 U".

Mariko Tone covered it in Japanese in her 1987 album, For You.[22]

Velly Joonas covered it in Estonian in her 1980 Vinyl, 7", Stopp, Seisku Aeg![23]

Ricardo Marrero & The Group covered it on their 1977 album Time.

See also


  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 .
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "ROBERTA FLACK". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  7. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". Billboard. 1974-08-17. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 17, 1974
  9. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1975/Top 100 Songs of 1975". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved .
  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 2018.
  19. ^ "In Your Eyes overview". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  20. ^ Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved .
  21. ^ a b "Sketches of Coryell overview". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "* - For You". Discogs.com. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "Velly Joonas - Stopp, Seisku Aeg!". Discogs.com. Retrieved .


  • 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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