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Album: ChakaReleased: 1978Charted:
This song is about a strong woman who takes very good care of her man, supporting him and making him a better person. It was written by the husband and wife team of Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, the lyrics were written by Nick.
Whitney Houston recorded the song in 1993, taking it to #4 in the US and introducing the song to a new audience. Houston pays tribute by yelling "Chaka" a few times near the end. A 14-year-old Whitney sang backing vocals on Chaka Khan's original version, together with her mother Cissy Houston.
Whitney's version appeared on the soundtrack to the movie The Bodyguard, where she starred as a singer under the protection of Kevin Costner. The soundtrack is the best-selling of all time, with worldwide sales of over 44 million.
This was Chaka's first hit as a solo artist. She was still recording with Rufus at the time, and released the Chaka album as a side project.
This was produced by Arif Mardin, who has also produced Aretha Franklin, The Bee Gees and Norah Jones.
This song featured in the 2001 film Bridget Jones' Diary.
Aretha Franklin covered this for her 2014 album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics
. Her version mixes in verses of "Respect