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Chaka Khan – Photo of the Week

Chaka Khan – Photo of the Week

Photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot captures this picture of Chaka Khan and Rufus while they’re touring in the Netherlands. This picture is around 1976 while they’re promoting their “Rags to Rufus’ album. Throughout her legendary career, Chaka releases 22 albums and racks up ten #1 Billboard magazine charted songs, seven RIAA certified gold singles and ten RIAA certified gold and platinum albums. Chaka’s music recordings produce over 2,000 catalog song placements throughout the years.

Early on, she catches the attention of music icon Stevie Wonder, who pens her first smash hit with Rufus, “Tell Me Something Good.” The single from the group’s 1974 platinum-selling album, Rags to Rufus, earned Chaka her first GRAMMY® Award. Furthermore, As an actor, songwriter, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and activist, Chaka Khan still influences generations of recording artists to this day.

With Chaka as the group’s dynamic center, Rufus becomes one of the most popular acts around. Selling out shows throughout the country and dominating the airwaves with a hit after hit. In addition to songs such as “You Got the Love,” which Chaka co-wrote, “Once You Get Started,” “Sweet Thing”.  As well as “Everlasting Love” and, “Do You Love What You Feel?” and “Ain’t Nobody,” Chaka’s second GRAMMY Award-winning song with Rufus. Rufus and Khan racks up five RIAA certified gold and platinum albums during their time together. 

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Credits: Rufus, Chaka Khan – Amstelveen, Netherlands – ca 1976, (Photo Gijsbert Hanekroot) 

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