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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Funk This

1. Back In The Day

2. Foolish Fool

3. One For All Time

4. Angel

5. Will You Love Me?

6. Castles Made Of Sand

7. Disrespectful Featuring Mary J Blige

8. Sign 'o' The Times

9. Pack'd My Bags/You Got The Love Featuring Tony Maiden

10. Ladies' Man

11. You Belong To Me Featuring Michael McDonald

12. Hail To The Wrong

13. Super Life

14. Funk This_track_14

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Track List: Classikhan

1. Hey Big Spender

2. Hazels Hips

3. The Best Is Yet To Come

4. Crazy

5. I'm In The Mood For Love

6. Is That All There Is?

7. Stormy Weather

8. Round Midnight

9. Teach Me Tonight

10. To Sir With Love

11. Diamonds Are Forever

12. Goldfinger

13. I Believe

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Track List: Epiphany: The Best Of... Vol. 1

1. Ain't Nobody

3. Tell Me Something Good

4. I Feel For You

5. I Know You, I Live You

6. I'm Every Woman

7. Love Me Still

8. End Of A Love Affair, The

9. And The Melody Still Lingers On (Night In Tunisia)

10. Through The Fire

11. What Cha' Gonna Do For Me

12. Everywhere

13. Never Miss The Water

14. Somethin' Deep

15. Your Love Is All I Know

16. Every Little Thing

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Track List: The Woman I Am

1. Everything Changes

2. Give Me All

3. Telephone

4. Keep Givin' Me Lovin'

5. Facts Of Love

6. Love You All My Lifetime

7. I Want

8. You Can Make The Story Right

9. Be My Eyes

10. This Time

11. The Woman I Am

12. Love With No Strings

13. Don't Look At Me That Way

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Track List: I Feel For You

1. This Is My Night

2. Stronger Than Before

3. My Love Is Alive

4. Eye To Eye

5. La Flamme

6. I Feel For You

7. Hold Her

8. Through The Fire

9. Caught In The Act

10. Chinatown

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Track List: Chaka

1. I'm Every Woman

2. Love Has Fallen On Me

3. Roll Me Through The Rushes

4. Sleep On It

5. Life Is A Dance

6. We Got The Love

7. Some Love

8. A Woman In A Man's World

9. The Message In The Middle Of The Bottom

10. I Was Made To Love Him

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Track List: Body And Soul: Funky Love

6. Tell Me Something Good

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Ain't Nobody - going to RESPECT, LOVE, AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY - LIKE YOU. Drugs population control. "We Are Chicago Strong"!!!! Peace Diva....
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Hey Fam-"We Are Chicago Strong" ! You will continue to get better in all areas of life. Thanks. Peace Diva........ . . . . .
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I truly enjoyed you in Atlantic City! God Bless! I wish you well in all you do
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Fun Fact - Did you know that this is Chaka Khan favorite song of her catalog of songs....Ain t Nobody!!
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sbing711
Get well soon Chaka!
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kittenbomb11 1 1
Wishing you the best on this journey Chaka, you are a national treasure
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Even now, I wish Chaka all the best.
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This takes be back to when Brekin came out in the 80's. Wow what a great time we had! Now break dancing is a way of life!!!!
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Less than 5 ft of dynamic power and soul
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Rufus and Chaka khan should be on unsung,but never know.chaka khan is a truly diva in the 80tys.but where is she now?!!...
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Always so good!
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Wow goodmusic���
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What"ca gona do for me
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Love her voice. A great talent! ☺
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Great song, great artist,she's the Queen of funk!!!
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One of my fav jams. No matter how my day is going this one gets me in the groove. Absolutely Timeless!!!
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I'm sorry,still can't get enough of this song. I love Chaka Khan and she's considered to be the Queen of funk , I'm sorry, she is the Queen of funk !!!
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Love this song! Can't get enough of this!!!
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Love her music!!!
Want! Need! Fantasy! Want!
Boy I love the way u walk!
Ur love is good for me!
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Prince...... . a i n ' t nobody. Do IT BETTER...... . . . . X X X X X O O O O O . . R I P
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RIP...PRINCE
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It s all the Love ♡♡u still wit me
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First concert she was with tufud bout 1977 at fla. A&m univ. Ysllahassre fl. Mr and 3 nest friends only while folks in gym full of herb George Clinton opened with parliament & mothers ship connection. He had on a pair of diapers. Can u beat that for a first live concert? No one has topped her since but I'm still waiting to see Sade. Oh and I saw Ohio players next for $3.00!!
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Look for you at unsung real soon..
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My favorite Chaka song. Her voice just flows and she is STILL fine!
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Love your music
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LOVE HER MUSIC.������
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Great song
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My. Love is through the fire (wow)
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rsacrist
Makes you want to sing and dance like you did when it first came out. A party song
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My favorite singer she has a unique voice.
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Love this song!❤
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Ive always love chaka onr of hrr teen e bobbers.
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Love this dong when i was little
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Chaka always did it her way love her
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She good
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ckniespeck
Anytime this lady was in town, I was first in line for tickets. Her energy had nowhere to go but out to the audience. Such a powerful voice!
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She is beautiful
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My Best friend had her dance an hair Down Chaka!
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Beautiful , talented, love her.,
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Chaka Khan is/always will be a DIVA with a big soulful/sult r y voice! I have seen her in concert a couple of times put on a nice show....even dances!
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For u Chaka from Va. Slim of Hampton,Va. I surely remember U. A Queen 4 evr.
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Back in the Day when Chaka step on stage taking bout tell me something good. Thats was one fine sister with a voice to match. Yes indeed, Iam talking bad to the bone,
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This song shows the full range of chakas voice
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kelimac1
This is not Kelimac1FYI. This is her daughter Kyran . My mom absoulutly loves your songs and I do too! God gave you a gift and you used it. You go Chaka Khan! Shine your light up to the heavens telling God thank you for your gift.

To Chaka Khan . From Ms. Kyran Devona McLaren . LUV YOU¡!!!!!!!¡ ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ¥ @ . Also from Ajaneè Drayton and Keyouncè Adeji-Akosah .
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