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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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This hot chaka ! She is the hot girl..
GREAT MUSIC CHAKA AND PANDORA THANX
blueyedmom00 7
Love this song. This lady CAN sing!!! I remember dancing to her music in clubs. I miss those days.
alicia.spell
Beautiful song
dbatesj
I love this one
bring back good music
LOVE YOU Chaka
mad2510
Time Tested GREAT MUSIC!
I love Yvette!
I wish they still made great music like this...
gybr05
❤️❤️❤️. REAL singing never grows old!
Pandora will ya come on out the Vault my battery getting low on my phone back to back to back now Chaka Khan what else ya got in there Go Ms.Khan certainly u ROCK!!!
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Miss the good old music
So beautiful love her voice ......!
Blessed
I love you chaka my life has changed cuz of you
Chaka Khan-A beautiful woman with a voice that came from the heavens.
I Love you Chaka
Discovered Chaka when I was 8yrs old, it was the 1st album that I ever purchased... I ' v e been hooked every since! What an amazing job w/ Rufus and even more amazing solo! Chaka you are my fuel, my light, my love!
I love you song but l need for you long life !!! God blessing you and your family! !!
ginal3425
The girl's cold
God, She is Soooooo Hot. Hasn't aged a day since I first saw her...BBW
Love this Lady for Soooo long
LOL! I just noticed,afte r all these years,that we have the same birthday! Gotta love this lady!
run2you.whit n e y h o u s t o n
Incredible talent!!!
❤Can't EVEN begin to explain how her music touches the core❤
Awww old skool��
coachdfowler 6 5
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Absolutely love this song, I can still hear my mom singing this song:(
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ginal3425
She can do that there very well!!!!!!!!
terrt_10
truly what the meaning of I AM EVERY WOMAN she is fierce
Wow ! It says it all!
yolandaperez 4 0 8
Saw Chaka in concert last night. Thank you so much!
Funk... Makes u happy
My funny valentine, one of my fave by this talented singer, hear the power in her voice.
To chaka khan and all the good womens. One love. Be bless.!!!!@
Troubled little angel.....
GREAT ARTIST!!!!!!
Dallas
Dallas
I have been in love with Chaka since the first time I heard her. I could only hope to meet her. She has also inspired me to try to sing more. God bless you Chaka Khan!
I'm in love with you
Love,love,lo v e Chaka Khan
Queen.Bee R & B Diva the only Chaka Khan. I have been a fan since the 70's, listening to her in the Jr High school lunch room. She was with Rufus then She has come full circle.
walterbrooke n 1 2
I was getting in back then I not go chaka baby
This was a str8 sleeper...(d i d n ' t nobody know this was a hit until 10yrs later)
shynkyna1982
Hey now!!
Ok you all, ha ha ha !
Enjoy!
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