1974: Rags To Rufus
Stevie Wonder writes their first hit “Tell Me Something Good” and the song wins a Grammy.
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.
1975: Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
The Birth of “Sweet Thing.”
1977: Ask Rufus
“Hollywood” “At Midnight” and “Everlasting Love” strengthen the Chaka with Rufus legacy.
“Clouds” and “Papillon (A.K.A. Hot Butterfly)” satisfy.Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston and Luther Vandross sing back-up on “Papillon” (Hot Butterfly.)
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.”
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.
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.
Another visit of great songs with an excellent vocalist “Baby Me” was the most commercial of this collection that missed larger audiences.
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.
Film songs and jazz classics Cha-ka-fied with The London Symphony Orchestra.