Love is in the air!
Today’s Valentine’s Day edition of From The Vault fittingly spotlights R&B balladeers Boyz II Men.
The legendary vocalists established themselves as such with their impassioned performances of songs centered on the highs and lows of the “L” word; one of the most renown being their 1994 smash ‘I’ll Make Love To You.’
Baked by Babyface, the slow jam was rolled out at the lead single from the quad’s sophomore album – the aptly titled ‘II.’
Benefitting from the momentum of ‘End of the Road’ from their debut LP, ‘I’ll Make Love To You’ was a humungous hit and went on to best ‘Road’s” 13-week record at #1 on the Hot by spending 14 weeks in the pole position.
[Editor’s note: Follow-up single ‘On Bended Knee’ went on to replace ‘I’ll Make’ at #1, making the Philadelphia native’s the third ever act to boot themselves from the top spot].
Certified Platinum and winner of the 1995 Grammy’s for Best R&B Performance by a Group, the track serves as one of Boyz many signature numbers and undoubtedly one of their most commercially successful. As at writing, ‘I’ll Make Love To You’ occupies the #19 spot on Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Chart.
Today’s “turn-up” climate oftentimes sees any sign of male emotion classed as “corny” or effeminate. Yet, tracks like this have us yearning for a return of male vocalists who aren’t afraid to embrace their inner-gentleman and lyrically soar with subject-matter that is still so universal to all: love.
Pending its return, watch the video for ‘I’ll Make Love To You’ (starring actor Duane Martin) above.