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In December 1974.

In December 1974, “ABC” label released “Rufusized”, the third Rufus studio album. It was recorded in 1974, at “The Record Plant” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Bob Monaco.

Personnel:

  • Chaka Khan– lead vocals, background vocals
  • Tony Maiden – lead guitar, background vocals
  • Kevin Murphy– organ, clavinet, background vocals, acoustic piano, ARP synthesizer
  • Bobby Watson – bass, background vocals
  • André Fischer – drums, percussion
  • Clare Fischer, Kevin Murphy – string and horn arrangements
  • Gerald Vinci – concertmaster
  • Gary Olazabal, Austin Godsey, Mike Braunstein – engineers

Track listing:

  1. Once You Get Started – Gavin Christopher
  2. Somebody’s Watching You – Tony Maiden, Chaka Khan, Bobby Watson
  3. Pack’d My Bags – Tony Maiden, Chaka Khan
  4. Your Smile – Lalomie Washburn
  5. Rufusized (Instrumental) – Chaka Khan, Tony Maiden, Bobby Watson, Kevin Murphy, André Fischer
  6. I’m a Woman (I’m a Backbone) – Lalomie Washburn
  7. Right is Right – Tony Maiden, Kevin Murphy, Chaka Khan
  8. Half Moon – John Hall
  9. Please Pardon Me (You Remind Me of a Friend) – Brenda Gordon, Brian Russell
  10. Stop on By – Bobby Womack, Pete Thomas

 

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On June 25, 2006.

On June 25, 2006, Arif Mardin died aged 74. He was music arranger and producer, worked at Atlantic Records for over 30 years, before moving to EMI. Mardin worked with many famous artists including Aretha Franklin, Queen, Anita Baker, Dionne Warwick, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Wilson Pickett, Average White Band, The Bee Gees, Chaka Khan, Laura Nyro, Hall & Oates, Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand and Norah Jones.  Mardin won eleven “Grammy Awards”.

In January 1978.

In January 1978, “ABC” label released “Street Player”, the sixth Rufus studio album. It was recorded in 1977, at “Dawnbreaker Recording Studios” in San Francisco, and was produced by Roy Halee, Chaka Khan, Tony Maiden, Kevin Murphy, Bobby Watson, David Wolinski and Richard Calhoun.

Personnel:

  • Chaka Khan– lead and background vocals
  • Tony Maiden – guitar, percussion, lead vocals, background vocals
  • Kevin Murphy– keyboards
  • Bobby Watson – bass, percussion
  • David “Hawk” Wolinski– keyboards, background vocals
  • Richard “Moon” Calhoun – drums, percussion, background vocals
  • Seawind– horns
  • Jerry Hey– trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Kim Hutchcroft – saxophone, flute
  • William Reichenbach– trombone
  • Larry Williams– saxophone, flute, piccolo
  • Helen Lowe – additional background vocals
  • Everett Bryson, Jr. – percussion
  • Roy Halee, George Belle – engineers
  • Clare Fischer– string arrangements, conductor
  • Seawind, Rufus – horn arrangements
  • Brian Gardner – audio mastering

Track listing:

  1. Street Player – David Wolinski, Danny Seraphine
  2. Stay – Richard Calhoun, Chaka Khan
  3. Turn – Bobby Watson, David Wolinski
  4. Best of Your Heart – Bobby Watson, David Wolinski
  5. Finale – Bobby Watson, David Wolinski
  6. Blue Love – Richard Calhoun, David Wolinski
  7. Stranger to Love – David Wolinski
  8. Take Time – Tony Maiden
  9. Destiny – David Batteau, Richard Holland
  10. Change Your Ways – Tony Maiden, Traude Sapik

 

In July 1979.

In July 1979, “Warner Bros” label released “Bop till You Drop”, the eight Ry Cooder album. It was recorded in 1978, at “Warner Brothers Recording Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by Ry Cooder. It was the first digitally recorded major-label album in popular music, recorded on a digital 32-track machine built by 3M.

Personnel:

  • Ry Cooder – guitars, mandolin, vocals
  • Jimmy Adams – vocals
  • David Alexander – photography
  • Ronnie Barron– organ, guitar, keyboards
  • Loyd Clifft – assistant engineer
  • Tim Drummond– bass
  • Vicki Fortson – production coordination
  • Cliff Givens – vocals, backing vocals
  • Patrick Henderson– organ, keyboards
  • Lee Herschberg – engineer
  • David Kraai – Technical support
  • Milt Holland– percussion, drums
  • Bill Johnson – backing vocals
  • Herman E. Johnson – vocals, backing vocals
  • Jim Keltner– drums
  • Chaka Khan– vocals
  • Bobby King– vocals, backing vocals
  • David Lindley– guitar, mandolin
  • Randy Lorenzo – vocals, backing vocals
  • George “Biggie” McFadden – vocals, backing vocals
  • Simon Pico Payne – vocals
  • Greg Prestopino – vocals, backing vocals
  • Penny Ringwood – production coordination
  • Mike Salisbury – design

Track listing:

  1. Little Sister – Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
  2. Go Home Girl – Arthur Alexander
  3. The Very Thing That Makes You Rich (Makes Me Poor) – Sidney Bailey
  4. I Think It’s Going to Work Out Fine – Rose Marie McCoy, Sylvia McKinney
  5. Down in Hollywood – Ry Cooder, Tim Drummond
  6. Look at Granny Run Run – Jerry Ragovoy, Mort Shuman
  7. Trouble, You Can’t Fool Me – Frederick Knight, Aaron Varnell
  8. Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing – Oliver Sain
  9. I Can’t Win – Lester Johnson, Clifton Knight, Dave Richardson

In May 1974.

In May 1974, “ABC Records” label released “Rags To Rufus”, the second Rufus studio album. It was recorded 1973-1974, at “Quantum Studios” in Torrance, California, and was produced by Chaka Khan, Dennis Beifield, André Fischer, Kevin Murphy, Al Ciner, Ron Stockert and Bob Monaco. The album was certified Platinum in the US by the “RIIA”.

Personnel:

  • Chaka Khan– lead vocals, background vocals
  • Dennis Belfield – background vocals, bass
  • André Fischer – drums, percussion, background vocals
  • Kevin Murphy– organ, clavinet, background vocals
  • Al Ciner– electric & acoustic guitars, background vocals
  • Ron Stockert – lead vocals, keyboards, background vocals
  • Tony Maiden – guitar, vocals, talk box
  • Nate Morgan – keyboards
  • Clare Fischer– orchestration
  • Don Sciarrotta – chief recording & re-mix engineer
  • Tony Sciarrotta – assistant engineer
  • Vic Zaslow – audio mastering
  • Ron Stockert, Dennis Belfield, Al Ciner – string & horn arrangements

Track listing:

  1. You Got the Love – Chaka Khan, Ray Parker, Jr.
  2. I Got the Right Street (But the Wrong Direction) – Ron Stockert
  3. Walkin’ in the Sun – Jeff Barry
  4. Rags to Rufus – Kevin Murphy, André Fischer, Chaka Khan, Ron Stockert, Dennis Belfield, Al Ciner
  5. Swing Down Chariot – Kevin Murphy, André Fischer, Chaka Khan, Ron Stockert, Dennis Belfield, Al Ciner
  6. Sideways – Kevin Murphy, André Fischer, Chaka Khan, Ron Stockert, Dennis Belfield, Al Ciner
  7. Ain’t Nothin’ But a Maybe – Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson
  8. Tell Me Something Good – Stevie Wonder
  9. Look Through My Eyes – Dennis Belfield
  10. “In Love We Grow – Dennis Belfield
  11. Smokin’ Room – Dennis Belfield

On September 12, 1977.

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On September 12, 1977, “Columbia” label released “Chicago XI”, the ninth Chicago studio album. It was recorded April – June 1977, at “Caribou Ranch” in Nederland, Colorado, and was produced by James William Guercio. This was the last Chicago album produced by James William Guercio, and the last one to feature founding member Terry Kath, who died in an gun accident four months later.

Personnel:

  • Peter Cetera– bass, lead & backing vocals
  • Laudir de Oliveira– percussion
  • Terry Kath– electric & acoustic guitars, percussion, lead & backing vocals
  • Robert Lamm– piano, Hammond organ, clavinet, Fender Rhodes, lead & backing vocals
  • Lee Loughnane– trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
  • James Pankow– trombone, keyboards, percussion, vocals, brass arrangements
  • Walter Parazaider– saxophones, flute, clarinet
  • Danny Seraphine– drums, percussion
  • David “Hawk” Wolinski– ARP synthesizer, Fender Rhodes
  • James William Guercio – acoustic guitars, bass
  • Tim Cetera – background vocals
  • Carl Wilson– background vocals
  • Chaka Khan– background vocals, incredible preach
  • Dominic Frontiere– orchestral conception & orchestration, orchestration, string and orchestralarrangements
  • The Voices of Inspiration –choir
  • Engineeredby Wayne Tarnowski
  • Assistant engineer – Tom Likes
  • Armin Steiner – strings recording
  • Masteredby Mike Reese
  • John Berg – coverdesign
  • Nick Fasciano – logodesign
  • Reid Miles – insidephotography

Track listing:

  1. Mississippi Delta City Blues – Terry Kath
  2. Baby, What a Big Surprise – Peter Cetera
  3. Till the End of Time – James Pankow
  4. Policeman – Robert Lamm
  5. Take Me Back to Chicago – Danny Seraphine, Hawk Wolinski
  6. Vote for Me – Robert Lamm
  7. Takin’ It on Uptown – Fred Kagan, Terry Kath
  8. This Time – Lee Loughnane
  9. The Inner Struggles of a Man – Dominic Frontiere
  10. Prelude (Little One) – Danny Seraphine, Hawk Wolinski
  11. Little One – Danny Seraphine, Hawk Wolinski