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Chaka Khan

Best known in the mainstream for her superb 1984 cover of Prince's "I Feel for You," R&B singer Chaka Khan enjoyed solo success as well as popularity as a member of the group Rufus. Born Yvette Marie Stevens in Great Lakes, IL, on March 23, 1953, she was raised on Chicago's South Side, and at the age of 11 formed her first group, the Crystalettes. While still in high school, she joined the Afro-Arts Theater, a group which toured with Motown great Mary Wells; a few years later, she adopted the African name Chaka Khan while working on the Black Panthers' breakfast program. After quitting high school in 1969, Khan joined the group Lyfe, soon exiting to join another dance band, the Babysitters; neither was on the fast track to success, but her fortunes changed when she teamed with ex-American Breed member Kevin Murphy and André Fisher to form Rufus.

Debuting in 1973 with a self-titled effort on the ABC label, Rufus was among the pre-eminent funk groups of the decade; distinguished by Khan's dynamic vocals, the group earned half a dozen gold or platinum albums before she went solo in 1978. Produced by Arif Mardin, Chaka proved to be a significant hit on the strength of the single "I'm Every Woman" (a hit over a decade later for Whitney Houston); however, Khan's success was somewhat tempered by her public rivalry with the remaining members of Rufus, to whom she was still contractually bound for two more LPs. (Their differences were eventually resolved in a 1982 concert at New York's Savoy Theater, issued as Stompin' at the Savoy.) As a solo artist, Khan recorded backing vocals for Ry Cooder's 1979 effort Bop Till You Drop, then cut her sophomore album, 1980's Naughty; it was not a hit, however, nor was its follow-up, What Cha' Gonna Do for Me.

In 1982, Khan recorded Echoes of an Era, a collection of jazz standards featuring performances from Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, and Lenny White. Her pop career was on shaky ground when she released 1984's I Feel for You, a platinum-seller launched by its title cut, a Grammy-winning, rap-inspired rendition (featuring memorable cameos from Melle Mel and Stevie Wonder) of a fairly obscure Prince album track. Still, while subsequent LPs like 1986's Destiny and 1988's C.K. kept Khan riding high on the R&B charts, her standing in pop's mainstream again began to wane, and at the end of the 1980s, she relocated to Europe.

In 1990, she won another Grammy for "I'll Be Good to You," a duet with Ray Charles. Come 2 My House, released on Prince's independent label, appeared in 1998, years after Khan had a falling out with Warner Bros. Just after penning the autobiography Chaka! Through the Fire, she collected another Grammy -- in 2004 -- for performing Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" with the Funk Brothers in Standing in the Shadows of Motown. Classikhan, featuring several interpretations of jazz standards, followed later that year. As she continued an active touring schedule, she recorded Funk This, a set of relatively funky originals and covers (produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis), released in 2007. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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One of my all time favorites.
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Rufus. On. Point !!!!
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Aint Nobody This was ME & My DAD's song when I was growing up;-)
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I have to say what happened to you Chaka Khan I haven't heard your music in two years
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Love you Chaka khan.
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Chaka, you have always been bad a** in my book!
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tomykalipsco m b
Do your thing girl!
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brittanyann9 6 7 9 2
Say iPhone 5times then pick a color and post it on five other pages and look under your pillow
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Awesome, Chaka
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Ms Chaka Khan Go girl!!!
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I love ms. Chama Khan my idol
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My mother past 3yr ago each time I hear this bring back memories miss so:-)
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lawanda.bran h a m
Love this song...bring s back childhood memories.
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Ok lest dance
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MY MENTOR......
A FAN SINCE IT ALL BEGIN ON THE SOUTHSIDE OF CHICAGO..... . .
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chrltt_moss
Go Chaka love your music
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U go girl!!!!
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Great song.......n o wonder Kanye West sampled it
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AIN'T NOBODY !!!! Like the one and only Chaka Khan.......
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beautyofnatu r e . l g
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she is a bad a** singer....le g e n d a r y
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She is beautiful
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Thats tha s**t ol,school music yun no nuttin bout that
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One of the Elites.
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Amazing voice
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beautyofnatu r e . l g
You go, girl! Powerful woman but still believes in love. We need truly powerful men (who are actually gentle men)!
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I hate you
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What an amazing voice. Chaka you rock.
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Love it..
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Dynamic performer, with an incredible voice! Grew up listening to Chaka!
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ponygirl1122
DON'T READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.TOMORRO W WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP. THIS IS SO FREAKY.1. say your name ten times.2. say your mom's name five times.3. say your crushes three times.4. paste this to four other games.If you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday.But if you read this and do not paste this, then you will have very bad luck.SEND THIS TO 4 GAMES IN 143 MINUTE
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My mind and soul is dancing!!!!!
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blueyedmom00 7
I Feel For You...!!! What a song. Great music...make s me wanna dance.
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blueyedmom00 7
What a voice, Miss Chaka...ty for all of the fine music. What memories it brings back to me. <3
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Good song Chaka Khan
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THE BEST MUSIC EVER
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This is definitely the one and only Chaka Khan. She doesn't have any imitators that can come close to the original sound.
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Just beutiful stay young in heart and soul Chaka khan Chaka Kahn lv
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Hey Africa-Ameri c a , I was the only White boy in high school(South Broward High Hllywd.FL) that Rd, Blairloved Chaka..!...S a i n t DavidSP....
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julessanchez 9 7
Nice song
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Damm this is fun funk..this is the best of chaka
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This is my national anthem
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Love you chaka, forever!!!!! ! !
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She is everywoman
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I love everything she made what a beautiful artit way back to rufas . Love you ms Chaka Khan god bless her n beautiful voice.
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blueyedmom00 7
I Am Every Woman....wha t a song!!! Chaka belts thus one out. Whitney Houston dud a great job in this song, too!!!
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Love the music it makes you move!!!!!!
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Next Friday everytime lol
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adivasaura
Good girl
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david.dio5
Love Chaka!! Great song from the movie "Breaking" good old days!!'
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