1978 Chaka Khan – Chaka

Chaka is the debut solo album by American R&B/funk singer Chaka Khan, released on the Warner Bros. Records label in 1978.

Two singles were released from Chaka, the first being her anthemic solo debut “I’m Every Woman”, one of Khan’s signature tunes alongside “Ain’t Nobody” (1983) and “I Feel For You” (1984). The song has over the past three decades been re-released, remixed and covered a number of times, most notably by Whitney Houston in 1992 for the soundtrack album The Bodyguard, then featuring guest vocals by Khan herself and topping Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. A remix of Khan’s original recording was also a Top Ten hit in the U.K. in 1989. The remix was included on the compilation Life is a Dance – The Remix Project, the title track of which was the second single release from the Chaka album in early 1979 (US R&B #40). The album also features the ballad “Roll Me Through the Rushes”, never commercially released as a single but still receiving considerable airplay in 1979, as well as Khan’s cover version of Stevie Wonder’s “I Was Made To Love Her”, re-titled “I Was Made to Love Him”.

Tracks

1  I’m Every Woman (Valerie Simpson; Nickolas Ashford) 04:07
2  Love Has Fallen On Me (Andrew Lloyd Webber; Charles Stepney) 04:54
3  Roll Me Through The Rushes (David Lasley; Lana Marrano) 04:44
4  Sleep On it (Andrew Kastner; Larry John McNally) 04:22
5  Life Is A Dance (Gavin Christopher) 04:21
6  We Got The Love (George Benson) 03:30
7  Some Love (Keith Boyd; Traude Sapik; Mark Stevens; Chaka Khan) 05:51
8  A Woman In A Man’s World (Andrew Kastner; Larry John McNally) 04:00
9  The Message In The Middle Of The Bottom (LaLomie Washburn) 04:17
10  I Was Made To Love Him (Henry Cosby; Lula Hardaway; Stevie Wonder; Sylvia Moy) 03:25

Musicians

1 I’m Every Woman

BassWill Lee
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarPhil Upchurch
GuitarHamish Stuart
PianoRichard Tee
Background VocalsWill Lee
Background VocalsHamish Stuart
VocalsChaka Khan


2 Love Has Fallen On Me

BassAnthony Jackson
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarPhil Upchurch
GuitarHamish Stuart
PianoRichard Tee
SaxGeorge Young
SaxRonnie Cuber
SaxMichael Brecker
TromboneBarry Rogers
TrumpetRandy Brecker
Background VocalsCissy Houston
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsHamish Stuart
VocalsChaka Khan


3 Roll Me Through The Rushes

BassWill Lee
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarCornell Dupree
GuitarPhil Upchurch
Electric PianoLeon Pendarvis
HarpGene Bianco
French HornBrook Tillotson
French HornJim Buffington
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsCissy Houston
Background VocalsHamish Stuart
VocalsChaka Khan


4 Sleep On it

BassAnthony Jackson
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarPhil Upchurch
GuitarHamish Stuart
Electric PianoRichard Tee
SynthesizerKen Bichel
French HornBrook Tillotson
French HornJim Buffington
Background VocalsAlan Gorrie
Background VocalsWill Lee
Background VocalsHamish Stuart
VocalsChaka Khan


5 Life Is A Dance

BassWill Lee
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarPhil Upchurch
GuitarHamish Stuart
ClavinetRichard Tee
SaxGeorge Young
SaxRonnie Cuber
SaxMichael Brecker
TromboneBarry Rogers
TrumpetRandy Brecker
Background VocalsAlan Gorrie
Background VocalsWill Lee
Background VocalsHamish Stuart
VocalsChaka Khan


6 We Got The Love

BassPhil Upchurch
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarHamish Stuart
Electric PianoArthur Jenkins
SynthesizerKen Bichel
FluteEddie Daniels
FlutePhil Bodner
FluteGeorge Marge
SaxGeorge Young
SaxRonnie Cuber
SaxMichael Brecker
TromboneBarry Rogers
TrumpetRandy Brecker
PercussionRafael Cruz
VocalsGeorge Benson
VocalsChaka Khan


7 Some Love

BassMark Stevens
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarOnnie McIntyre
GuitarPhil Upchurch
PianoRichard Tee
FlugelhornRandy Brecker
French HornBrook Tillotson
French HornJohn Clark
SaxMichael Brecker
SaxDavid Sanborn
TrumpetRandy Brecker
PercussionAirto Moreira
VocalsChaka Khan


8 A Woman In A Man’s World

BassPhil Upchurch
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarHamish Stuart
GuitarAndrew Kastner
PianoRichard Tee
SynthesizerKen Bichel
French HornBrook Tillotson
French HornJohn Clark
SaxDavid Sanborn
TrombonePaul Faulise
TrumpetRandy Brecker
PercussionSammy Figueroa
VocalsChaka Khan


9 The Message In The Middle Of The Bottom

BassHamish Stuart
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarOnnie McIntyre
GuitarPhil Upchurch
ClavinetArthur Jenkins
SaxMichael Brecker
TrombonePaul Faulise
TrumpetRandy Brecker
CelloJesse Levy
CelloKermit Moore
CelloRichard Bock
PercussionRafael Cruz
VocalsChaka Khan


10 I Was Made To Love Him

BassAnthony Jackson
DrumsSteve Ferrone
Guitar (solo)Tony Maiden
GuitarHamish Stuart
GuitarPhil Upchurch
ClavinetRichard Tee
PianoRichard Tee
Background VocalsMark Stevens
Background VocalsTerri Gonzalez
Background VocalsWill Lee
VocalsChaka Khan

Strings

Frederick Buldrini, Gene Bianco, George Marge, Guy Lumia, Harold Kohon, Jesse Levy, Joe Malin, Jonathan Abramowitz, Julien Barber, Kermit Moore, Marvin Morgenstern, Mitsue Takayama, Pat Winter, Regis Iandiorio, Richard Bock, Richard Sortomme, Susan Allen, Theodore Israel

Liner Notes

Producer – Arif Mardin
Arranged By (Brass, Strings, Woodwind) – Arif Mardin
Concertmaster – Gene Orloff
Engineer (Additional Recording) – Gene Paul
Engineer (Additional Recording), Remix – Lew Hahn
Engineer (Assistant) – Bill Dooley, Michael O’Reilly, Randy Mason, Sheridan Eldridge, Tony D’Amico
Engineer (Recording) – Jimmy Douglass
Photography By – Scott Enyart

Art Direction – John Cabalka
Design – Tom Drennon

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Recorded At – Atlantic Studios
Recorded At – Cherokee Studios
Pressed By – Goldisc