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Rufus & Chaka Khan

One of the most commercially successful funk groups of the '70s, the multi-racial Rufus are today best remembered for launching the career of soul diva Chaka Khan, whose fiery lead vocals were easily the band's focal point. Powered by Khan -- who was eventually billed in addition to the group -- and an unerring sense of groove, Rufus scored an impressive string of hit singles on both the pop and R&B charts, which lasted through the '70s and up to Khan's official departure in 1983.

Rufus grew out of the Chicago band the American Breed, which had a hit in 1968 with the oldies-radio staple "Bend Me, Shape Me." Guitarist Al Ciner, bassist Chuck Colbert, drummer Lee Graziano, and keyboardist Kevin Murphy had all played in the band at one time or another before forming a new group, originally called Smoke, with vocalists Paulette McWilliams and James Stella. Stella was quickly replaced by lead vocalist/songwriter/keyboardist Ron Stockert, and Colbert by bassist Dennis Belfield; the group changed its name to Ask Rufus, which was later shortened to Rufus. In 1972, drummer Andre Fischer -- another former American Breed member -- replaced Graziano, and a young female vocalist named Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens) replaced McWilliams. Although Khan's dynamic stage presence helped this version of the band take off, Stockert was still the guiding force when they signed with ABC in 1973, and he lent a more pop/rock flavor to the group's self-titled debut, released later that year.

Although the album sold poorly, Rufus gained a fan in Stevie Wonder thanks to their cover of his "Maybe Your Baby." Wonder gave them a new composition, the slowly grinding "Tell Me Something Good," that he'd written specifically with Khan's vocal style in mind. Pulled as a single from their second album, 1974's Rags to Rufus, "Tell Me Something Good" was a Top Five smash that turned Khan into a star; she also co-wrote the R&B chart-topping follow-up, "You Got the Love." Clearly, the band had found its niche, and a number of personnel shifts ensued: Stockert left, Belfield was replaced by Bobby Watson, and Ciner was replaced by Tony Maiden. Their funk sensibility thus bolstered, Rufus returned with a strong new album before year's end, Rufusized, which spawned two more hits in "Once You Get Started" and "Please Pardon Me (You Remind Me of a Friend)." The billing on 1975's Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan made the singer's star power official, and produced one of the group's biggest hits in the R&B number one "Sweet Thing." Dave "Hawk" Wolinski joined as a second keyboardist for 1977's mellower Ask Rufus (the hit was "At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)"), and William "Moon" Calhoun replaced drummer Fischer on 1978's Street Player.

Following the release of Street Player, Khan made what was perhaps an inevitable move into solo recording with the release of her debut, Chaka; despite scoring a significant hit with "I'm Every Woman," she remained an official member of Rufus. Still, the band's next album, Numbers, was recorded without her, and upon its release in 1979, it stiffed. Khan was back on board later that year for Masterjam, produced by Quincy Jones, and the band (featuring new drummer John "J.R." Robinson) was back on top of the R&B charts with "Do You Love What You Feel." However, Khan split again for 1980's Party 'Til You're Broke, and although she returned for 1981's Camouflage, Rufus' chart fortunes were slipping away. The George Duke-produced, Khan-less Seal in Red bombed, but Khan returned for one last go-round on 1983's Stompin' at the Savoy, a double-record set featuring three sides of live material and one side of new studio recordings. One of those new songs, "Ain't Nobody," became Rufus' final number one R&B hit, and also won a Grammy, allowing the group to end its career on a high note. Her contract up, Khan finally left for good afterwards and became a superstar thanks to a cover of Prince's "I Feel for You." ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Stompin' At The Savoy (Live)

Disc 1

1. You Got The Love (Live)

2. Once You Get Started (Live)

4. Sweet Thing (Live)

5. Tell Me Something Good (Live)

6. You're Welcome, Stop On By (Live)

7. Pack'd My Bags (Live)

Disc 2

1. Ain't That Peculiar (Live)

2. Stay (Live)

3. What Cha' Gonna Do For Me (Live)

4. Do You Love What You Feel (Live)

5. Ain't Nobody (Live)

6. One Million Kisses (Live)

7. Try A Little Understanding (Live)

8. Don't Go To Strangers (Live)

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Track List: The Very Best Of Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan

1. Do You Love What You Feel

2. Tell Me Something Good

3. Dance Wit Me

4. Hollywood

5. Stay

6. Once You Get Started

7. You Got The Love

8. At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)

9. Please Pardon Me (You Remind Me Of A Friend)

10. Sweet Thing

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Track List: Master Jam

1. Do You Love What You Feel

2. Any Love

3. Heaven Bound

4. Walk The Rockway

5. Live In Me

6. Body Heat

7. I'm Dancing For Your Love

8. What Am I Missing?

9. Master Jam

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Track List: Street Player

1. Street Player

2. Stay

3. Turn

4. Best Of Your Heart

5. Finale

6. Blue Love

7. Stranger To Love

8. Take Time

9. Destiny

10. Change Your Ways

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Track List: Ask Rufus

1. At Midnight

2. Close The Door

3. Medley (Slow Screw Against The Wall / A Flat Fry)

4. Earth Song

5. Everlasting

6. Hollywood

7. Magic In Your Eyes

8. Better Days

9. Egyptian Song

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Track List: Rufusized

1. Once You Get Started

2. Somebody's Watching You

3. Pack'd My Bags

4. Your Smile

5. Refusized

6. I'm A Woman

7. Right Is Right

8. Half Moon

9. Please Pardon Me

10. Stop On By

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Oh...sweet thang! I'm straight jammin!
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Sweet Thang; Chaka Khan.
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Everlasting love
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What a gift fromGOD!!!
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Been there just listened to her it goes for men too
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Let is. Despite politicians' controversie s .
HONOR VETERANS. ADMINISTRATI O N MEDICAL CENTERS USA TERRITORIES!
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Yes. U are
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I love this song....soot h e s my Heart qi!! Great for the spirit.
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Love this song... :)
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Reala race hot pease butter run catch and kiss
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Love this song
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Yes that thang is sweet kisses
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This song makes me want a do something good..
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This is a wonderful song to listen to
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Now this song really brings back memories.❤❤❤
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This is what's up!Chaka Khan can really put it down. ..
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His smile, He dreams of me this track puts it in all perspective My Favorite Chaka & Whitney
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Some ol school... Love it
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Saw her at Disney last month. Still has that amazing voice!!!
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Sweet Thang!!!
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Oh Chaka Khan you sang girl ...
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yvettepennin g t o n 3 4
Great music
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Yes Sang girl!!!
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Awesome
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Love great music!!!
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I love this song...has so much energy in it ! R.I.P. My Sister Lalomie Washburn...t h e creator/song w r i t e r of this Grammy Award Winning Song for Rufus and Chaka Khan! :-)
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On my top ten of gifted voices!
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Great song!oh u know you're my everything!
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Beautiful song
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deewhtsup
Original Funk
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Love me some Chaka Khan!
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great song..
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love, love, love this song...
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Love this song so much
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She is one of my favorite singers. She has a great voice. Love this song
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Used to walk down the halls in Jr. High and sung this with my friends. Robin B. had a magnificent voice and would sing it just like Chaka. Chaka Khan is still amazing! What a voice!
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Grooving to Please Pardon Me...soundin g good!
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what a voice, super and fantastic talented
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Love me some Chaka Khan! Supertalente d ! ! !
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That's my girl. Chaka sing lead,backgro u n d , and everything in between. Nice voices. .
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artb71
Classic jam! Mary J. Blige did a great version of it as well.
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beautiful artist!!!
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~~Aint Nobody is/was/will always be the JAM~~..aint nobody like Chaka Khan very big voice filled with such SOUL! I have seen her perform live, she did her thang!!
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Hey yet till real soon jus like KANDY THAT'S WUT TIS" SONG DOES
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She was at Freedom Hill -August 29,2015 Clinton Twp Mich
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Love me some Rufus and Chaka. She was always in a class by herself.
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Love this song!
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Great voice and beautiful lady. Got all her jams
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You run rings around these fool diva you have a soulful sweet spirit,plus have a rocking body pipe off the chain ...sing baby sing!:o)
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Love with My Majesty is strong and Divine That's the bottom Line
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