Chaka’s Travels

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1973: Rufus
First female leader of a funk band.
Rufus proudly explores the dimensions of rock and soul via Ike and Tina Turner in their sound.
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1974: Rags To Rufus
Stevie Wonder writes their first hit “Tell Me Something Good” and the song wins a Grammy.

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1974: Rufusized
Records party anthems “Once You Get Started,”
Covers Bobby Womack’s “Stop On By” and writes “Packed My Bags” with Tony Maiden and Ray Parker Jr.

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1975: Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
The Birth of “Sweet Thing.”

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1977: Ask Rufus
“Hollywood” “At Midnight” and “Everlasting Love” strengthen the Chaka with Rufus legacy.
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1978: Street Player
Powerful ballad “Stay” confirms Chaka’s skill at slow love songs.
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1979:Masterjam
Quincy Jones produces new cultural mainstays “Heavenbound” “Do You Love What You Feel” and “Any Love.”
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1980:Naughty
“Clouds” and “Papillon (A.K.A. Hot Butterfly)” satisfy.Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston and Luther Vandross sing back-up on “Papillon” (Hot Butterfly.)

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1981: Camouflage
“Sharing The Love” and “Better Together” are worth the trip. Rene and Angela and Greg Phillinganes make guest appearances.
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1981:What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me
The title song maximizes Chaka’s combustible vocals to give her a second number one R & B hit. And she experiences more popularity with the jazz crowd with “And The Melody Still Lingers On (A Night In Tunisia.”
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1982:Echoes of an Era
Commits to a full album of jazz with guests Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Lenny White and Stanley Clarke.

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1982:Chaka Khan
Covers “Got To Be There” and flexes her range with “BeBop Melody”

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1983: Stompin’ at the Savoy (Live)
A combination live album and new studio material. “Ain’t Nobody” first appears on the radar.
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1984:I Feel For You
Before New Jack Swing and Hip-Hop Soul Chaka sings on the first Hip-Hop and R&B collaboration by covering Prince’s “I Feel For You” with Melle Mel.Stevie Wonder plays the Harmonica.

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1986:Destiny
Big vocals, rock guitar and synthesizers provide some of the better music with that ‘80’s sound. The title song had a big spot in Richard Pryor’s autobiographical film Jojo Dancer.
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1988:C.K.
Another visit of great songs with an excellent vocalist “Baby Me” was the most commercial of this collection that missed larger audiences.

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1989:Life Is a Dance (The Remix Project)
Fun remix project where people like Tony Humphries and Hank Shocklee remake her classics.

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1992: The Woman I Am
Positive uptempo “Love You All My Lifetime” becomes a hot club tune.

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1996 Epiphany: The Best Of Chaka Khan, Volume One.
A survey of Chaka’s solo material and better songs with Rufus. The surprise is “Miss The Water” with funk mystic Meshell Ndegeocello.
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1996: The Very Best of Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
A sampler of the band’s most popular songs.
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1998:Come 2 My House
Funkin fun with Prince, Larry Graham and Queen Latifah. A Sandra St.Victor song “Never B Another Fool” gets a video of Chaka playing
Drums.
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2004:Classikhan
Film songs and jazz classics Cha-ka-fied with The London Symphony Orchestra.

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2007:Funk This
Her ultimate return to form with half classic and half new material. She grooves with Tony Maiden and Mary J.Blige.

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