Friday, 24 June 2011

Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953) is an American-British singer and composer who gained fame in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. While still a member of the group in 1978, Khan embarked on a successful solo career. Her signature hits, both with Rufus and as a solo performer, include "Tell Me Something Good", "Sweet Thing", "Ain't Nobody", "I'm Every Woman", "I Feel for You" and "Through the Fire".

Raised in Chicago's rough Southside projects, Khan was the eldest of five children to Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman. Her sister Yvonne Stevens later became a successful musician in her own right under the name Taka Boom. Her only brother Mark Stevens, who formed the funk group Aurra, also became a successful musician. She has two other sisters, Kathleen Burrell and Tammy McCrary, who is her current manager. Unlike her musical contemporaries, Khan was raised as Roman Catholic. Khan attributed her love of music to her grandmother, who introduced her to jazz music as a child. Khan became a fan of R&B music as a preteen and at eleven formed her first all-female singing group the Crystalettes, which also included her sister Taka. In the late 1960s, Khan and her sister formed the vocal group Shades of Black and joined the Black Panther Party after befriending fellow member, activist and Chicago native Fred Hampton in 1967.

Khan was often seen around a handgun while a member of the Panthers. While a member, she was given a name change to Chaka Adunne Aduffe Hodarhi Karifi by an African shaman. In 1969, she left the Panthers, dropped out of high school, having attended Calumet High School, and married Indian bassist Hassan Khan in 1970; Khan later said she married Hassan to sign a recording contract. After this marriage ended, Khan kept her ex-husband's surname as a stage name.

Khan briefly sung lead for her ex's band Lyfe, before she replaced the late Baby Huey as a member of the rock-soul group, the Babysitters, before the group disbanded in 1971. Khan then was contacted by friend Paulette McWilliams to replace her in the rock/soul ensemble Ask Rufus, a group formed by The American Breed members Kevin Murphy and Al Ciner. Alongside Andre Fischer, whom she met while performing in Chicago, and Ron Stockert, they would join the group in 1972 and the band shortened its name to simply Rufus. The band relocated to Los Angeles and soon got a deal with ABC. Khan was nineteen at the time of the band's signing to the label.

Chaka - Chaka Khan

01. I'm Every Woman
02. Love Has Fallen On Me
03. Roll Me Through The Rushes
04. Sleep On It
05. Life Is A Dance
06. We Got The Love
07. Some Love
08. A Woman In A Man's World
09. The Message In The Middle Of The Bottom
10. I Was Made To Love Him


Naughty - Chaka Khan



01. Clouds
02. Get Ready, Get Set
03. Move Me No Mountain
04. Nothing's Gonna Take You Away
05. So Naughty
06. Too Much Love
07. All Night's All Right
08. What You Did
09. Papillon (AKA Hot Butterfly)
10. Our Love's In Danger


What Cha' Gonna Do For Me - Chaka Khan



01. We Can Work It Out
02. What Cha' Gonna Do For Me
03. I Know You, I Live You
04. Any Old Sunday
05. We Got Each Other
06. And The Melody Still Lingers On (Night In Tunisia)
07. Night Moods
08. Heed The Warning
09. Father He Said
10. Fate
11. I Know You, I Live You (Reprise)


Echoes Of An Era - Chaka Khan



01. Them There Eyes
02. All Of Me
03. I Mean You
04. I Love You Porgy
05. Take The ''A'' Train
06. I Hear Music
07. Hire Wire - The Aerialist
08. All Of Me (Alt. Take)
09. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most


Chaka Khan - Chaka Khan



01. Tearin' It Up
02. Slow Dancin'
03. Best In The West
04. Got To Be There
05. Be Bop Medley
06. Twisted
07. So Not To Worry
08. Pass It On


I Feel For You - Chaka Khan



01. This Is My Night
02. Stronger Than Before
03. My Love Is Alive
04. Eye To Eye
05. La Flamme
06. I Feel For You
07. Hold Her
08. Through The Fire
09. Caught In The Act
10. Chinatown


Destiny - Chaka Khan



01. Love of A Lifetime
02. Earth To Mickey
03. Watching The World
04. Other Side of The World
05. My Destiny
06. I Can't Be Loved
07. It's You
08. So Close
09. Tight Fit
10. Who's It Gonna Be
11. Coltrane Dreams


C.K. - Chaka Khan



01. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)
02. Soul Talkin'
03. It's My Party
04. Eternity
05. Sticky Wicked
06. The End Of A Love Affair
07. Baby Me
08. Make It Last
09. Where Are You Tonite
10. I'll Be Around


Life Is A Dance - Chaka Khan



01. Life Is A Dance
02. I Know You, I Live You
03. This Is My Night
04. Eye To Eye
05. Slow Dancin'
06. Fate
07. I'm Every Woman
08. One Million Kisses
09. Ain't Nobody
10. Clouds
11. I Feel For You


The Woman I Am - Chaka Khan



01. Everything Changes
02. Give Me All
03. Telephone
04. Keep Givin' Me Lovin'
05. Facts of Love
06. Love You All My Lifetime
07. I Want
08. You Can Make The Story Right
09. Be My Eyes
10. This Time
11. The Woman I Am
12. Love With No Strings
13. Don't Look At Me That Way


Epiphany - Chaka Khan



01. Ain't Nobody
02. Papillon (A.K.A. Hot Butterfly)
03. Tell Me Something Good [Live]
04. I Feel for You
05. I Know You, I Live You
06. I'm Every Woman
07. Love Me Still
08. The End of a Love Affair
09. And the Melody Still Lingers On (Night in Tunisia)
10. Through the Fire
11. What Cha' Gonna Do for Me
12. Everywhere
13. Never Miss the Water
14. Somethin' Deep
15. Your Love Is All I Know
16. Every Little Thing


Come 2 My House - Chaka Khan



01. Come 2 My House
02. Intro
03. This Crazy Life of Mine
04. Betcha
05. Spoon
06. Pop My Clutch
07. Journey 2 the Center of Your Heart
08. I'll Never B Another Fool
09. Democrazy
10. I Remember U
11. Reconsider (U Betta)
12. Don't Talk 2 Strangers
13. Hair
14. The Drama


Classikhan - Chaka Khan



01. Hey Big Spender
02. Hazels Hips
03. The Best Is Yet To Come
04. Crazy
05. I'm In The Mood For Love
06. Is That All There Is
07. Stormy Weather
08. 'Round Midnight
09. Teach Me Tonight
10. To Sir With Love
11. Diamonds Are Forever
12. Goldfinger
13. I Believe


The Platinum Collection - Chaka Khan



01. I Feel For You
02. I'm Every Woman
03. Ain't Nobody
04. This Is My Night (Remix Version)
05. Eye To Eye (Remix Version)
06. Papillon (Hot Butterfly)
07. I Know You, I Live You
08. Love Of A Lifetime
09. The End Of A Love Affair
10. Love You All My Lifetime
11. Don't Look At Me That Way
12. What Cha' Gonna Do For Me
13. Every Little Thing
14. Through The Fire


Funk This - Chaka Khan



01. Back in the Day
02. Foolish Fool
03. One for All Time
04. Angel
05. Will You Love Me
06. Castles Made of Sand
07. Disrespectful (featuring Mary J. Blige)
08. Sign 'O' the Times
09. Pack'd My Bags, You Got the Love
10. Ladies' Man
11. You Belong to Me (featuring Michael McDonald)
12. Hail to the Wrong
13. Super Life


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