131. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Many a band has become best known for launching a career of a lead singer who had gone on to eclipse that of his/her former group. Rufus is likely best known for introducing the world to the sultry Chaka Khan who managed to have a great career on her own. Having said that, the best way for both parties to get in to the Hall is to remember the work they did together.  Rufus & Chaka Khan has a lot going for them in terms of a potential induction. As one of the first multi ethnic groups and one of the few Funk bands to become commercially successful they should appeal to the Hall on both a critical and commercial level. Considered leaders in the Funk field and with the amount of current R&B acts who cite both Rufus & Chaka Khan as a huge influence, their chances could actually be pretty solid for induction.   The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1999   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Chicago, IL)   Why They Will Get In: The Funk door has been open in Cleveland   Why They Won’t Get In: If the Hall committee separate Rufus from Chaka Khan, all bets are off.   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: From Rags to Rufus (1974) Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan (1975) Ask Rufus (1977) Street Player (1978)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Tell Me Something Good (From Rags to Rufus, 1974) Sweet Thing (From Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, 1975) Hollywood (From Ask Rufus, 1977) At Midnight (From Ask Rufus, 1977) Everlasting Love (From Ask Rufus, 1977)   www.rufus.org {acepolls 165}

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