Sweet Thing

Album: Rufus featuring Chaka Khan (1975)
Charted: 5
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  • Chaka wrote this with Tony Maiden, who was the guitarist in her band Rufus. She told LaShonda Barnett in I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters and Their Craft, "I told all of my boyfriends around that time that it was them that inspired the song. In fact, I think Tony was my real boyfriend at the time. That song was just spontaneous. Tony and I were just sitting around and it happened - really. We had that kind of chemistry, and it was that kind of situation. We wrote the song in five minutes. It's all really chemistry when it boils down to it. Rufus and I had an amazing chemistry. That's what was underneath it all. And the love we had for each other."
  • Mary J. Blige recorded this for her debut album What's the 411? in 1992. Her version hit #28 in the US.
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