BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

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 3rd. 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 will write the song in the studio, during sessions for Rufus’ fourth album. Chaka will begin 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 will go in the vocal booth, recording her lead vocal very quickly. Issued as the first single from “Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan”, “Sweet Thing” is released in December of 1975 and will race up the R&B singles chart, crossing over to the pop singles chart, where it will be come Rufus’ second single to be certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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