Category: sweet thing

On this day in music history: August 10, 1983 – “Stompin’ At The Savoy – Live” by Rufus & Chaka Khan is released. Produced by Russ Titelman, it is recorded at the Savoy Theater in New York City from February 12 – 14, 1982 (live tracks) and Warner Bros. Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA, Village Recorders in Los Angeles, CA, RPM Studios, Soundworks Digital in New York City, Group IV Recording and Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA circa Early 1983 (studio tracks). After ten years and six albums with lead singer Chaka Khan, Rufus record one final album together before disbanding. The album is a two LP set consisting of three sides of live material recorded over three nights at the Savoy Theater in New York City, with the fourth side containing four new songs recorded in the studio. It spins off two singles including the smash “Ain’t Nobody” (#1 R&B, #22 Pop). which also wins them their second Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal in 1984. Out of print on vinyl since the early 90’s, it is remastered and reissued by Music On Vinyl in 2014. The CD release is remastered and reissued by Big Break Records in 2015. “Stompin’ At The Savoy – Live” peaks at number four on the Billboard R&B album chart, and number fifty on the Top 200.

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On this day in music history: February 21, 1976 – “Sweet Thing” by Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 on April 3, 1976. Written by Tony Maiden and Chaka Khan, it is the second R&B chart topper for the Chicago, IL based band fronted by lead singer Chaka Khan. Guitarist Tony Maiden and Khan write the song in the studio, during sessions for Rufus’ fourth album. Chaka begins humming the songs’ melody as Maiden begins improvising a chord progression on guitar. In short order, the track is cut, the lyrics are written and Khan goes into the vocal booth, recording her lead vocal very quickly. Issued as the first single from “Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan”, it is released in December of 1975 and races up the R&B chart, crossing over to the pop singles chart. “Sweet Thing” is also covered by Mary J. Blige and smooth jazz musician Boney James, with Chaka re-recording it for the “New York Undercover: A Night at Natalie’s” soundtrack in 1998. “Sweet Thing” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.