Taking a cue from Motown, McCoy set up a finishing school and turned Johnnie Mae Ashford, Linda Fay Horn, and Linda Crosson, an undisciplined group of girls, into Essence, a sultry exotic nightclub act. "Fever" begins with a smooth talking McCoy undressing the listener before giving way to a minimal and sensual cover of the classic Cooley and Davenport song.

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