Rufus with Chaka Khan

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1999 (The 2000 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 2012   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


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Tell Me Something Good (1974)
Ain't Nobody (1983)

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Will Rufus with Chaka Khan be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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Rufus and Chaka Khan has been eligible since 1999?

No need to beg or care any longer about an organization that is dismissive to a group and a performer that has created sounds like no other and that others had tried to duplicate.

Also their world hits of music should be an indicator on how much they are adored and listened to.

And yet....

Posted by JeffmChitown on Saturday, 10.6.07 @ 18:07pm


If not for any other reason than they helped launch the career of Chaka Khan, arguably the best female singer in R&B and certainly the most versatile in tackling varied genres capably.
If the qualification is how good the artist is then inclusion is overdue.

Posted by uncledarnell on Saturday, 10.6.07 @ 20:59pm


It is pretty ridiculous that Rufus & Chaka aren't already in this sucker. Then again, Tina Turner isn't on their either. Apparently, the committee isn't paying attention to their own criteria.

Posted by Askari on Saturday, 10.6.07 @ 21:28pm


Are you kidding me? "Tell Me Somethin' Good is an absolute classic, still adored and even more powerfull today than the time of it's recording in 1973. It's been used and reused and I guarantee will be continued to be used in advertising for untold years to come. Who doesn't stop and take a listen, or sing along when they hear it. This could have been a silly little ditty, but RUFUS & CHAKA took it seriously, and therefore, so did the rest of the world. If you ask me Khan invented the aimless wail, that countless singers have attempted to immulate but never quite as honestly duplicate. Like no other before, or since, Khan fearlessly sends her voice into free-fall. Greg Tate once wrote, upon seeing her live; "Chaka Khan is to singing, what Jimmie Hendrix is to guitar playing. The only wail that matters, and that against which all contenders must be judged. I once read that RUFUS & CHAKA ranked at #3 of the top 10 grossing bands of the 70's. VIBE MAGAZINE included "ASK RUFUS" ( the band's 5th album) in the 100 essential albums of the century. While more often than not, Rufus is Categorized as an R&B band, there's a whole lot of ROCK&ROLL in that soul. Please, do it already. Induct them.

Posted by Michael McNeil on Sunday, 10.7.07 @ 00:55am


Influnce? Let's ask Mary J. Blige, who has to date recorded renditions of "Sweet Thing", and "Everlasting Love", and who at every turn states that Chaka is the reason why. Let's ask Erika Badu, who has to date recorded renditions of "Hollywood", and "Stay". Let's ask Stevie Wonder Who was so Impressed by the Rufus cover of his song "Maybe Your Baby", on the bands first album, that he was inspired to write a little song called "Tell Me Somethin' Good" especially for them. Let's ask Queen Latifa, who uses a sample from "What Am I Missing". Let's ask Quincy Jones who uses members of the last incarnation of Rufus to create the rhytmn section for Michael Jackson's "OFF THE WALL" album. Let's ask the musicians that have used samples from, "CIRCLES", "PACK'D MY BAGS", "DESTINY",and "YOU GOT THE LOVE". Let's talk about that opening riff from "YOU GOT THE LOVE". I mean really!. I have two words for you. "AIN'T NOBODY".

Posted by Michael McNeil on Sunday, 10.7.07 @ 10:13am


I'd like to see Rufus and Chaka inducted because they do what it said on the tin (pardon the pun) they Rufusized not just their generation but every generation since.

Chaka can ligitimately be hailed as the most influencial vocalist (bar none) as her soul is apparent in all endeavours. She along with Rufus are what they claim to be artists who deliver and with or without hits or strong commercial exposure produced original and inspiring statements of excellence.

There have been many before and many since (some obvious influences and peers) but none as captivating a talent as Rufus and Chaka Khan.

Jon

Posted by JON on Sunday, 10.7.07 @ 13:42pm


And let's not forget Chicago's 1979 remake of the Rufus song "Street Player".

Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 10.8.07 @ 10:04am


This group is so deserving, Ebony magazines list them as one of the five super R&B bands of the 7o's. I hope this group is inducted.

Posted by Ronald on Tuesday, 10.9.07 @ 15:07pm


What am I Missing / Be My Eyes / I Want / You Got The Love!

Posted by Christopher Midgyette on Wednesday, 10.10.07 @ 06:20am


Its long overdue. Chaka and Rufus definitely deserve to be inducted!!!

Posted by Darrell on Friday, 10.12.07 @ 12:42pm


After going on youtube.com today and reliving some old Rufus and Chaka music my next stop online was The Hollywood Walk of Fame site to see where was the group's star is located but alas, there were none. Now i'm here and they have been eligible since 1999 and not inducted yet! This news today has to be in running with the day I found out their wasn't any Santa Claus. Personally, I can't see any much more they could've done musically. Play, "Do you love what you feel" and i'd bet you'd change your minds.

Posted by Jarome Walliz on Saturday, 08.2.08 @ 21:36pm


Chaka & Rufus arelongoverdue in going to the Hall of Fame hell if Madonna is there what does that say about MUSIC!!

Posted by Gilda Walker on Saturday, 08.9.08 @ 09:42am


The fact that Rufus and Chaka Khan are not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is an absolute travesty! I don't think anyone can argue that they were one of the most influential and well-known bands of the 70s and that Chaka Khan has influenced just about every major female vocalist to come along in the past 30 years.

And by the way, note to a previous poster, Tina Turner is in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. As a matter of fact, Chaka Khan, along with John Fogerty, performed a tribute to Tina at the ceremony in the early 90's.

Posted by Sayuwill on Friday, 01.16.09 @ 10:26am


Funk groups ( yea I know P_funk is in) and disco groups such as Chic are going to get screwed by the RockHall. Come on! Run-DMC before The Meters, War, Ohio Players, Rufus, Kool and the Gang, or Chic....Pleaseeeeeeeeeee. Where would modern music be without the funk bass. Larry Graham should be in as a sideman or influence. Mile is in (?)If you put Miles in then he should have been inducted the first year. Look at Herbie Hancock. His Headhunter album sold more copies that any jazz album (it's as much funk as jazz) until the bland smooth jazz era of the nineties. Chaka is THE preeminent female R&B singer after Aretha and Gladys Knight.

Posted by Charles Thompson on Monday, 07.13.09 @ 10:41am


Larry Graham is already in the RRHOF as a member of Sly and The Family Stone.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 07.13.09 @ 15:32pm


Even though I think Larry Graham is rightfully called the "Father of Funk Bass", I think Louis Johnson took what Graham did and took it a step further. He was great with the Brothers Johnson and as a sideman. They're both great bassists...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CslkVhOoE2U

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 07.13.09 @ 17:51pm


Don't forget about Stanley Clarke. "School Days".

Posted by Joe-Skee on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 06:48am


rufus w. chaka khan out front is easily one of the best bands ever...

unique and sexy, chaka was the belle of the era and the band grooved rocked solid behind her on every track. every one of their releases were bonafide to have something timeless included. this music is special and there hasn't been a full funk or r&b band anywhere near this good before, since... or ever again (imho). rufus/chaka wrote the book and taught the class before anybody new it was a subject and they absolutely belong in the time capsule as the standard for funk/r&b bands

Posted by j5luv on Thursday, 01.28.10 @ 20:57pm


plain and simple .they have paved the way for just about everybody.we can go on and on ,but there is only 1 rufus and chaka khan . please grant them this .(they really do deserve it .

Posted by ross on Tuesday, 06.8.10 @ 09:46am


plain and simple .they have paved the way for just about everybody.we can go on and on ,but there is only 1 rufus and chaka khan . please grant them this .(they really do deserve it .

Posted by ross on Tuesday, 06.8.10 @ 09:48am


Chaka is like the mistreated stepchild of the music industry!!! Warner Bros.dogged her out in the 70s 80s & 90s!!! Chaka was the go to "it girl" to record duets with & WB would not let her except for Quincy's "Stuff Like That"!!!
She was supposed to be on "Jamaica Funk","Don't Look Any Further",Street Life" & several other songs from other artists who were clamoring to collab with America's Premier Vocalist (Which is what "Q" dubbed her at the time)because they knew musical history would be made!!!
Let's not mention Chaka was on Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love" because he was asked what singer he would like most to duet with on his new album & he replied "Definitely Chaka Khan"
Rufus & Chaka have single handedly saved the music industry by influencing so many singers & groups black,white,male,female it doesn't make sense!!!
I have no respect for the ROCK & ROLL HALL OF SHAME!!! It is a big joke & should not be taken seriously!!!

Posted by Tyja Berrengurer-Blanco on Sunday, 04.3.11 @ 03:33am


We need to get this UNDER RATED group in there because they was funky as hell.They had alot of hits and good none hits

Posted by Desmond on Thursday, 06.30.11 @ 12:52pm


Street Player was written by Chicago's drummer Danny Seraphine and Rufus' David Hawk Wolinski for the 1978 Rufus album, Street Player. Chicago recorded their own version a year later in 1979 for Chicago 13. Wolinski was a late arrival to the group as a keyboardist before the group faded away and Chaka went solo. I don't think Wolinski will be inducted.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.27.11 @ 18:23pm


Wasn't the group called Rufus and Chaka Khan? Why are they being nominated as Rufus with Chaka Khan?

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.3.11 @ 12:50pm


http://www.allmusic.com/artist/rufus-p5319

All Music Guide lists them just as Rufus, with Chaka Khan listed as a group member of Rufus. Rufus grew out of the band, The American Breed.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.3.11 @ 17:16pm


Chaka Khan and Rufus will always be under-rated! The millions of records sold haven't been documented properly yet. I recall as a small child 8 years old listening to the radio hearing Elton John, Diana Ross etc., a lot but when Ms. Khan opened her mouth it was all over for me! I convinced my mother to buy her music for me and my sister to take me to every concert. Yes the funk hit me and it hasn't died (48)! I have been to the Rock & Roll Museum twice and both times disgusted that Chaka and Rufus weren't there? It's crazy and to think she has finally received the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star(2011)? I don't know who hates that woman so much in the entertainment business whomever it is they need to get over it. It's shameful someone like Ms. Khan who has fans all over the world and performed for kings and queens etc., gets no RESPECT. Damn she has performed with almost every musician on the planet. Well maybe she will get in I sure hope because if she doesn't that thing is a scam. Besides she has mad skills and not only the younger singers give her love so do Pattie, Aretha, Natlie, Gladys etc., and many others. Give this real singer credit and Rufus what they really deserve is a place in music history so these new kids can learn what music is supposed to sound like! I hope R&R Hall isn't about the most popular artists that record executives like it should be about musicians.

Posted by G Walker on Saturday, 11.5.11 @ 19:19pm


Chaka Khan was a member of Rufus. All the album covers said Rufus. Why were they nominated as Rufus with Chaka Khan? Still no explanation!!

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.10.13 @ 00:17am


It's a sneaky way to honor bolster Chaka Khan's solo career with her work with Rufus. Makes her case stronger, a la Small/Faces.

Read the short bio the Rock Hall release when Rufus was nominated. It's all about Chaka Khan: http://rockhall.com/pressroom/announcements/2012-nominees/

Posted by FRL on Wednesday, 07.10.13 @ 11:42am


I guess this means Chaka Khan wouldn't get a second induction then. This is not the same as Small Faces/Faces. Rufus was a group, Chaka Khan is one person. Now the Rock Hall gets to rename groups? It's not Rufus, it's not Rufus/Chaka Khan, it's Rufus with Chaka Khan. This means not only will each member Rufus have their name on their trophy, but they will also have Chaka Khan's name on their trophy, and Chaka Khan's name will appear twice on her trophy.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.10.13 @ 15:45pm


Rufus: 1972-1983

01. Kevin Murphy
02. Al Ciner
03. Andre Fischer
04. Ron Stockert
05. Chaka Khan
06. Dennis Belfield
07. Tony Maiden
08. Bobby Watson
09. Nate Morgan
10. Richard "Moon" Calhoun
11. Dave "Hawk" Wolinski
12. John "J.R." Robinson

Posted by Roy on Friday, 07.12.13 @ 07:38am


Also, the members of Rufus did not perform on any of Chaka Khan's solo albums the way the members of Miami Sound Machine performed on all of Gloria Estefan's solo albums.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 07.12.13 @ 07:44am


ALBUMS

Rufus

01. 1973 Rufus
02. 1979 Numbers
03. 1981 Part 'Til You're Broke
04. 1983 Seal In Red

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

01. 1974 Rags To Rufus
02. 1974 Rufusized
03. 1975 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
04. 1977 Ask Rufus
05. 1982 The Very Best of Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Rufus and Chaka Khan

01. 1978 Street Player
02. 1983 Stompin' at the Savoy Live

Rufus and Chaka

01. 1979 Masterjam

Rufus with Chaka Khan

01. 1981 Camouflage

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 07.14.13 @ 07:10am


4 albums as Rufus
5 albums as Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
2 albums as Rufus and Chaka Khan
1 album as Rufus and Chaka
1 album as Rufus with Chaka Khan

Nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as Rufus with Chaka Khan

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.16.13 @ 00:23am


ALBUMS

Rufus

01. 1973 Rufus
02. 1979 Numbers
03. 1981 Party 'Til You're Broke
04. 1983 Seal In Red

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

01. 1974 Rags To Rufus
02. 1974 Rufusized
03. 1975 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
04. 1977 Ask Rufus
05. 1982 The Very Best of Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Rufus and Chaka Khan

01. 1978 Street Player
02. 1983 Stompin' at the Savoy Live

Rufus and Chaka

01. 1979 Masterjam

Rufus with Chaka Khan

01. 1981 Camouflage

4 albums as Rufus
5 albums as Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
2 albums as Rufus and Chaka Khan
1 album as Rufus and Chaka
1 album as Rufus with Chaka Khan

Nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as Rufus with Chaka Khan

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.17.13 @ 20:39pm


I have a feeling Chaka Khan is going to be inducted twice in 2016. Chaka Khan will be inducted in the main performers category and she'll be inducted as a member of Rufus in the musical excellence category. I think the Rock Hall will play that game!

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.1.15 @ 06:35am


ALBUMS

Rufus

01. 1973 Rufus
02. 1979 Numbers
03. 1981 Party 'Til You're Broke
04. 1983 Seal In Red

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

01. 1974 Rags To Rufus
02. 1974 Rufusized
03. 1975 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
04. 1977 Ask Rufus
05. 1982 The Very Best of Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Rufus and Chaka Khan

01. 1978 Street Player
02. 1983 Stompin' at the Savoy Live

Rufus and Chaka

01. 1979 Masterjam

Rufus with Chaka Khan

01. 1981 Camouflage

4 albums as Rufus
5 albums as Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
2 albums as Rufus and Chaka Khan
1 album as Rufus and Chaka
1 album as Rufus with Chaka Khan

Nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as Rufus with Chaka Khan, and Chaka Khan.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.1.15 @ 06:40am


Chaka should go in with Rufus....not alone.
Just who comes up with these bonehead ideas, anyway ?
Without Rufus, no one would have ever even HEARD of Chaka Khan. She would have just been Yvette Marie Stevens (her real name) of Chicago Illinois.
Sure , she has had solo hits, but it was her hits with Rufus was what originally brought her success..and made her solo career POSSIBLE in the FIRST place .
Why should they now be thrown under the bus to induct Chaka ALONE ??
It's the Smokey / Miracles issue ALL OVER AGAIN !!

Posted by Bill G. on Tuesday, 12.1.15 @ 19:06pm


I agree they should be 1

Posted by Happy on Tuesday, 12.1.15 @ 19:11pm


https://www.rockhall.com/nominee/chaka-khan

Chaka Khan's Rock Hall page says she's been nominated 3 times. They are counting her nomination with Rufus as the first. This doesn't look good for Rufus. They might not get another nomination. Maybe they'll induct them in the Musical Excellence category the same year that Chaka Khan gets inducted.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.21.16 @ 22:08pm


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