Chaka Khan / Rufus / Rufus & Chaka Khan

Sweet Thing

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Rufus drummer Andre Fischer asked guitarist Tony Maiden to join Rufus after first meeting Maiden during a Chicago club date. Later when Rufus needed one more song for their album, lead singer Chaka Khan scribbled down lyrics while Maiden was putting the finishing touches on a track that was based on one of his song ideas. Previously the guitarist and the singer had one-on-one jam sessions where Khan would improvise melodies while Maiden strummed. The track evolved into the sultry "Sweet Thing." Produced by Rufus, the million-selling "Sweet Thing" stayed at number one R&B for two weeks and made it to number five pop in early 1976. It was included on the band's gold LP Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, which held the number one R&B spot for six weeks and included "Dance Wit Me" and a remake of the Bee Gees' "Jive Talkin." Mary J. Blige's cover of "Sweet Thing" didn't stray from Rufus' original version and was a number 11 R&B/number 28 pop hit from her double-platinum Where's the 411 album.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Very Best of Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan 1982 MCA 3:20