With ‘The Queen of Funk’ celebrating her birthday tomorrow (March 23), I thought it’d be nice to take a look back at some of Chaka Khan’s classic hits – from her stint in the funk band Rufus to her solo endeavours.
Tell Me Something Good
“Tell Me Something Good” was written by Stevie Wonder and recorded by Rufus and Chaka Khan in 1974. The song was a hit in the US; earning the band a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus.
Recorded in 1975 and written by Chakan Khan (for her then husband) and Tony Maiden, “Sweet Thing” is one of the band’s signature songs. The song was covered by Mary J. Blige for her first studio album, What’s the 411? In 1992.
I’m Every Woman
This was the debut single for Chaka’s solo career – from her self-titled first album, Chaka, released in 1978. Written by song-writing team and fellow singers, Ashford and Simpson, the song found success in the UK; peaking at number eleven in the charts. The song would be later covered by Whitney Houston in the 90s for The Bodyguard soundtrack.
This song was released in 1983 as part of the Rufus and Chaka Khan reunion on the Stompin’ at the Savoy – Live album. This R&B/Funk track was a hit in the charts and is considered one of Chaka Khan’s signature songs. There have been numerous cover versions of this song and has been sampled by many artists from LL Cool J to Liberty X.
I Feel for You
This song was originally recorded by Prince back in 1979 for his second studio album. However, the track found success when Chaka Khan recorded it in 1984 for her second album as called, I Feel for You. The song was a hit on both sides of the pond and was beneficial in relaunching Chaka Khan’s career. Although this is considered to be another of Chaka’s signature songs, she herself isn’t really a fan of it as several years ago she stated she was “Very bored of that song”. And of course, this would be my favourite Chaka Khan song – sorry Chaka