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Yvette Marie Stevens (Khan, Chaka)

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Born: 1953 AD
Currently alive, at 61 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Musicians, Singer

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1953 - Yvette Marie Stevens, born on the 23rd of March in Great Lakes, Illinois. She is an American Singer.

1964 - At the age of 11 formed her first group, the Crystalettes.

1969 - After quitting high school, she joined the group Lyfe, soon exiting to join another dance band, the Babysitters; neither was on the fast track to success, but her fortunes changed when she teamed with ex-American Breed member Kevin Murphy and André Fisher to form Rufus.

1973 - Her debut with a self-titled effort on the ABC label, Rufus was among the pre-eminent funk groups of the decade; distinguished by her dynamic vocals, the group earned half a dozen gold or platinum albums before she went solo the following year.

1982 - She recorded Echoes of an Era, a collection of jazz standards featuring performances from Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, and Lenny White.

1984 - Her pop career was on shaky ground when she released  I Feel for You, a platinum-seller launched by its title cut, a Grammy-winning, rap-inspired rendition (featuring memorable cameos from Melle Mel and Stevie Wonder) of a fairly obscure Prince album track.

1986 - 1988 -  Still, while subsequent LPs like Destiny and C.K. kept she riding high on the R&B charts, her standing in pop's mainstream again began to wane.

1990 - She won another Grammy for "I'll Be Good to You," a duet with Ray Charles.

1998 - Her album Come 2 My House appeared.


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