Listen to Cherrelle’s ‘I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On’ from Pose, Season 2, Episode 1, “In My Heels”

Remember that fabulous 1984 hit ‘I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On’ by American R&B singer Cherrelle?

Well, you might not, because the Robert Palmer version of her song released two years later is the one that is often stuck in most people’s minds.

That was why I was happy to see Cherrelle’s ‘I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On‘ show up during the latest episode of Pose, the LGBT period drama currently airing on FX — Pose, Season 2, Episode 10, “In My Heels”.

After all, it is nice to see the woman who originally recorded the song getting more recognition for it for once than the man who copied it later.

Cherrelle’s ‘I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On‘ was also quite successful for the R&B singer upon release, however. Ultimately making it to the number 6 spot on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Plays chart, #8 on the Hot Black Singles chart and at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Several years later, Queen Latifah also sampled Cherrelle’s version of the track for her album Order in the Court.

‘I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On‘ was from Cherrelle’s debut album Fragile.

Listen to the track in the video below. You can also hear her debut album, which includes the song, in the Spotify widget below that.

Related reading: Pose has had some absolutely stellar songs used on its soundtrack over the last two seasons — You will find more of them here.

About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.