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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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Albums by
Chaka Khan

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    Chaka Khan Live

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    Soul Diva Chaka Live

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    One Night with Chaka Khan Live

    16 songs

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    Get Funky with Chaka Khan (Live)

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    The Fabulous Chaka Khan (Live)

    16 songs

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    Ultimate Chaka Khan (Live)

    14 songs

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    Funk This

    13 songs

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    Classikhan

    11 songs

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    What Cha' Gonna Do for Me

    10 songs

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    Naughty

    10 songs

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    Chaka

    11 songs

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    Destiny

    13 songs

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    The Woman I Am

    10 songs

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    C.K.

    10 songs

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    I Feel for You

    8 songs

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    The Urban Soul Series - Chaka Khan

    9 songs

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    Echoes of an Era

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    The Studio Album Collection: 1978-1992

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    Chaka Khan

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    HiFive

    2 songs

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    Through The Fire / La Flamme [Digital 45]

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    I Feel for You

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    Do You Hear What I Hear?

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    Angel

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Top Songs by
Chaka Khan

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    Popularity
  2.   I Feel for You
  3.   Ain't Nobody
  4.   I'm Every Woman
  5.   Through the Fire
  6.   What Cha' Gonna Do for Me by Rufus
  7.   I Know You, I Live You
  8.   Clouds
  9.   Got to Be There
  10.   Love Me Still
  11.   I'll Be Around
  12.   Christmas Only Once a Year
  13.   Fate
  14.   Little Wing by Kenny Olson Cartel
  15.   Lullaby of Birdland
  16.   We Got the Love
  17.   Roll Me Through the Rushes
  18.   Sweet Thing
  19.   Tell Me Something Good
  20.   My Funny Valentine
  21.   The End of a Love Affair
  22.   Angel
  23.   Sweet Thing
  24.   Love You All My Lifetime
  25.   Every Woman
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Chaka Khan

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    33 Greatest All-American Divas

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    Whitney Houston Tribute

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    Disco Hits

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    Disco Inferno

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    Donna Summer Tribute

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    Sam Smith: DNA

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    Old School R&B

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    101 Greatest Cover Songs of All Time

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    Smooth Jazz

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    Prince: DNA

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    Disco Deep Dive

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    Smooth Jams

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    Jimi Hendrix: DNA

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    Michael Jackson: DNA

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    Sunday In The Park

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    Funk

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    Sweating to the Oldies

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    Classic Soul

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    Janet Jackson: DNA

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    Grandes Éxitos

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    Classic Hits

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    Great Songs You Forgot

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    '80s Hits

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    Miles Davis: DNA


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