“Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac (1987); “Everywhere” by Chaka Khan (1996)

Chaka Khan’s had some wins as a songwriter; “Sweet Thing” perhaps chief among them. But she’s better known as an interpreter, and her choices of cover material over the years has been exquisite. She’s sung Stevie (“Tell Me Something Good”), she’s sung Joni (“Ladies Man”), she’s got Brenda Russell’s best song (“Please Pardon Me (You… Read More “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac (1987); “Everywhere” by Chaka Khan (1996)

“Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett (1984)

“Don’t Look Any Further” is Dennis Edwards’ biggest solo hit. It went all the way to #2 on Billboard’s R&B charts. It didn’t cross over, because even in the age of Thriller, “Don’t Look Any Further” was way too black for top 40 radio. Thanks to a long life as a hip-hop sample (providing the… Read More “Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett (1984)

“Do You Love Me” by Patti Austin (1981) | “Do You Love What You Feel” by Rufus & Chaka (1979)

Let’s give it up for Quincy Jones and two of the finest vocalists he ever worked with. Patti was an actual Quincy protege. She’d been a professional singer for a full decade, making one-off singles, cutting jazz records, doing a ton of jingle work. She finally leveled up by duetting with MJ on ‘79′s “It’s The Falling… Read More “Do You Love Me” by Patti Austin (1981) | “Do You Love What You Feel” by Rufus & Chaka (1979)

“Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” by Gladys Knight & The Pips (1974)

Gladys gets the shaft when it comes to public recognition of her as one of the greatest soul singers of all time. Maybe it’s her lack of flashiness. Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s her lack of flashiness. Aretha is sometimes literally larger than life, Patti’s the most histrionic singer in history, Chaka’s a hot mess.… Read More “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” by Gladys Knight & The Pips (1974)

“Ain’t Nobody” by Rufus & Chaka Khan (1983), Mary J. Blige (2011)

Here are a couple of random observations. God damn, Chaka Khan is a hell of a singer. I know, Aretha’s great. You saw my last post: I love me some Reefa. But if we’re putting great female vocalists against one another (*yeah, I know) then I’d take Chaka and arguably Patti over Aretha. One thing… Read More “Ain’t Nobody” by Rufus & Chaka Khan (1983), Mary J. Blige (2011)