Chaka Khan

  • "I Feel For You" - The 1st Rnb song to feature a Rapper

    The great Soul and Rnb artist that is Chaka Khan 

    It seems only like yesterday that I heard this; but that was over 30 years ago when I first heard it here within the UK via Radio. And then over seeing the same single being shown to us on the Uk Pop programme at the time that was - Top of the Pops

    The single in question is “I feel for you” by Chaka Khan.

    The year was 1984, and the craze of Hip-hop music and body popping was firmly taking over youth culture here in the UK.

    I managed to pull this single out of one my crates that I had stored away upstairs in the loft for years now. The memories of breakers and poppers try to prefect their skills are conjured up via hearing this song - which in its self still makes me smile.

    I remember being told to watch the latest blockbuster Movie at the time which was Flash dance. There was an incredible dance move within the movie that I might want to see; especially if I was into Body Popping.

    I went to the movie and witness this within the movie.

    (The Rocksteady Crew dance scene within Flashdance (1983)

    This is what the single of I feel for you by Chaka Khan brings all of that back - when I hear it all again.

    The single that I own is still in good condition. Well done to me for keeping it well over all those years.

    The reason why I went and pulled this one out was because yet again. I heard over the Radio when I was cleaning down the house. When I am cleaning I just love to have the radio on. And that is when I will hear these classic tunes from back in the day.

    On this occasion this song came on, and the rest is history.

    The Song called “I feel for you” was written by the music legend that is Prince. Yes Princewrote this track first. In fact it appeared on his second album that he released which is called simply “Prince” (1979). The First album that Prince released was called “For” you” (1978)

    This single “I feel for you” and “I wanna be your lover” – were supposed to be given to the Soul/Jazz artist that is Patrice Rushen to be used first by her. But neither of them ever appeared on any of her albums.

    The Pointer Sistersthen recorded the song in 1982, two years before Chaka Khan's version was a hit, on their album So Excited. However, the single wasn’t recognised by the record loving public.

    Another artist Rebbie Jackson  recorded it for her 1984 debut album Centipede, but it was the title track of the album called “Centipede” that became a hit for her. Rather then “I feel for you”.

    However the most famous version of this Prince penned track appeared on the album that is “I feel for you” by Chaka Khan in 1984. This album alone re launched her career alone. At the time this was her 5thStudio album release.

    This single became a huge hit in the UK and the USA for Chaka at the time.

    It must be noted as well that Chaka’s version was the first Rnb Record to include Rapper within the content of the song. Which today seems weird as we take it for granted these days to hear and Rnb song with a rapper, rapping all over it.

    The song “feel for you”peaked at No. 3 on the USABillboard Hot 100 charts in November/December 1984. The song remained on the USA Billboard Hot 100 for 26 weeks and became one of Billboard's five biggest pop songs of the year for 1985. The single reached No.1 within the Uk Singles charts during 1985

    The song which is cover of the track written by Prince features an all star cast. For instance the one and only Stevie Wonder is featured on that track. You can hear him on the track via him playing the harmonica and the harmonica solo within the track.

    Stevie Wonder on the Harmonica within the track that is I feel for you

    It also features Grand Master Melle Mel as the rapper on the track. Also included on  the tracks was David Frank (A member of the New York group called The System).He is found to be playing guitars and keyboard on this track.

    David Frank - From the New York group called The System (That feature Mick Murphy) who were huge within the early to middle 1980's 

    The single was produced by the star producer of the time that was Arif Mardin - The great Record producer as well.

    However,  it seems as if Chaka has become bored with the single. During the latest set of interviews with her during the year of 2015. She was asked about the fact about – “I feel for you”.

    Here is a snippet of the Interview that can be found on this website link for you to read for yourselves. (Please click on he link below)

    Chaka Khan is bored with I feel for you - 2015

    Within the Interview the question that was asked was;

    How often do people try to replicate Melle Mel’s rap from the beginning of I Feel For You when they meet you? (1)

    Everybody tries to do it when they meet me – it’s sort of like my curse.

    Are you bored with that song?

    “I’m very bored of that song, yes. I guess I’ll be singing it for the rest of my life, but I’ve had enough”.

    She does have a right to say this as she released so many great singles over the years. But the general public seem to only want to remember her for "I feel for you".

    For Chaka khan the song has bored her over the years; or she has got tired of it, But for myself and many others included from that generation. It does bring back a time that was more innocent then it is today.

    As WE  just wanted to learn the new dance craze at the time that was “Breaking" or “Body Popping” that was coming from the Usa. Well not all of us I may add, but a large majority of us did. This song mired that time.

    Here is video footage of a recent concert that included Chaka Khan, Melle Mel performing the song in 2015 –We are family foundation

    It must be noted that Chaka Khan is no, 1 hit wonder. She has already been included within the Rock and Rock hall of fame twice.

    Once as the one and only Chaka Khan in 2015; and before that when she fronted the band that she was called Rufus.

    She has also won 10 Grammys and sold over 70 million albums. She is still looked upon as a yard stick by many musicians and vocalists on how to record and sing an Rnb or soul tune today.

    Also and more importantly she has left an incredible amount of STAR tunes that we can go back to - What Cha' Gonna Do For Me,I'm Every Woman,"Ain't Nobody -just for starters.

    But does the song “I feel for you” bring back any memories from you where ever you might be in the world?? Is this her best song??

    Here is an Interview she also conducted which spills the beans on her time on "Dancing with the stars" (USA) reality tv show (that takes place is the Usa). We have the same version over in the Uk called "Strictly come dancing" (Uk).

    She also informs us that she is working on a new album for 2016. Please click on the link below to find out more

    Chaka Khan and Dancing with the Stars - 2015

    Let us know your thoughts about the either - I feel for you - the single, Dancing on the stars reality tv show - which Chaka Khan was on, or thoughts about Chaka Khans new Album.

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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  • Aretha Franklin – The Movie - It is coming isn’t it? - 2011

    The Queen of Soul music - the one and only Aretha Franklin

    Aretha Franklin has been constantly voted as the greatest soul singer of all time many Rn’b and Soul music fans via past and present. Whether you agree with this statement or not it is your prerogative. However she has been ranked as number 1 singer within VH1’s greatest women of rock and roll poll. She was also the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

    There are other awards that she has racked up over the years, but one that must bring a smile to her face was when she was voted the greatest singer/vocalist of all time. Fiction did actually become fact as she actually did get voted as the greatest singer of all time within a music/website magazine of the rock era.

    This was via being voted by the influential Rolling Stone magazine/website poll in 2008. Once again you may no agree with this choice. But please click on the link below to see the list for yourselves and see who was rated where.

    The Greatest singer of all time? Please click here to find out

    Now rumors are afoot of a new movie that is planned to be filmed then released about her own life story which takes its roots from the book that she put out during 1999 called (*Aretha: From These Roots).

    Aretha has made it clear that she wants Hollywood superstar Halle Berry to play her in this pending movie bio pic.

    However, Halle herself has expressed some doubt in taking on the role. Jennifer Hudson has also been forwarded for the role and has expressed delight that she has been mention. However we are all in the dark as to who will be confirmed as playing Aretha within this movie.

    It seems that the Aretha has hinted that she would like the movie to follow along the lines of “Ray” *The Movie Bio pic shown around the life and times of (Ray Charles which starred Jamie Foxx).

    Also other actors have been reportedly been asked to play various roles within the movie. Actors such as Denzil Washington and Terrance Howard it seems have been asked. Gospel singers Karen Clark Sheard and LaShun Pace have also been asked to play the world-renowned gospel group, the Ward Singers, of whom Aretha says had the most influence on her career.

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    One of Aretha Franklin lastest public performance was to be at the nation’s capital (Washington D.C, Usa) on the 12th September 2011, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Thelonious Monk Institute.

    Fans of Aretha must have had a huge sigh of relief to her fans as we all heard that she was on her last legs. Instead what they read and heard (*or for those that could get tickets to the event saw!) was an Aretha looking totally calm and relaxed.

    Aretha Franklin, came to the Institute to accept yet another award which was the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Founder’s Award. Artists such as Herbie Hancock, and Jennifer Hudson as well as other Hollywood A listers were also there to pay homage to the “Queen of Soul”.

    A group was put together for the night which included Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Chaka Khan and Jane Monheit which paid tribute to tribute to honoree Aretha Franklin by serenading her as she was in the audience at the time.

    It seemed as if Aretha was gong to take it easy and enjoy the night as a spectacle. However, after being awarded the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Founder’s Award by former secretary of state Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright. Aretha decided that she had to take to the stage after this point.

    It was there that Aretha eventually put down a performance at the award ceremony which saw the audience treated to a medley of her own hits. She also gave her smooth rendition of the song called “Moody’s Mood for Love" originally created by James Moody.

     Aretha Franklin still can hold a tune marvellously

    Aretha wasn’t finished there as she also appeared at a Birthday bash for Tony Bennett on the 18th September 2011 at the at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, USA. This was the first time that Aretha Franklin and Tony Bennett had performed together on stage.

    The legendary crooner Tony Bennett celebrated his 85th birthday with other internationally known artists such as Elton John and Alejandro Sanz.

    Bill Clinton former USA president helped out with the shows opening activities of this same birthday bash. It seems as if Aretha is gradually proving those wrong who thought she had finished with stage performances since her recent illness was announced in December 2010.

    Please have a listen to a song by Aretha Franklin that the whole well fell in love with. (Say a little prayer for you)

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  • Chris Jasper - Isley Jasper Isley, going solo and his new album called "The One" - 24th January, 2015

     

    Chris Jasper - Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Life time award winner back with a New album called "The One" 2014

    Interview with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime achievement award winner. One time member of the Super group that is Isley Jasper Isley who from 1973 to 1983 and huge hits with tracks like Between the Sheets, Caravan of Love just for starters. Chris Jasper is the man in question. He was the chief songwriter of that group, is a classicially trained musician; and these days has decided to go it alone and has a new album called "The One".

    Due to unforseen compliations out of my control the interview that came out was not Crystal clear, which first of I would like to apoligise to Chris Jasper for.

    As he gave me his time and energy to take part in this interview. I did try every thing in my power to make the Interview sound as clear as possible. However, there seem to be a fault on the skype line.

    Please listen carefully, or even turn up the Volume as higher as you can. I do apoligise to the listeners of the Electric Soul Show who only expect quality from show and the Interview.

    Since doing the Interview and putting it out to you, I have tried putting it through various programms to clear away the hissing and clicks. Please still listen to it is still an informatiiveinterview.

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    The Interview gives a firm view of the beginings of Chris Jasper and then the forming of the Super group that was Isley Jasper Isley, and then finally on his solo career and his new album called "The One". Please have a listen to the Interview. However please note that the interview is copywrited. Any use of the interview or the image provided requires the permission of the owners of the Electric Soul Show.

     

  • RE: "Give me Joy" by Cathy Wood - The House Tune that was an Underground Monster

    Cathy Wood (Katherine Ellis) - Give me Joy - 1995

    One of the tracks that I hadn’t heard in absolutely ages. And I mean ages was this one.

    The track in question was called “Give me joy” by Cathy Wood (Katherine Ellis), which was made in 1995.

    I recently heard it again after going onto You Tube, after searching for other Soulful House music gems from that period of time; for which for the life of me I can’t remember at the moment.

    I remember purchasing this track as clear as day. The year was 1995. I believe the month was April. I remember I was very excited in making my way down to London, where I knew there I would be able pick up new or obscure vinyl that I hadn’t the hope of getting within my home town of Ipswich.

    I went to my usual record shopping haunts at the time within London, which wereUptown records and Black market records.

    I was always excited going to capital. As you knew that you were always going to find something good. I mean Real good, but you never knew what. That was the additional and exciting part about it.

    The downside of it all was that you never had enough money. You could take down £1,000 pounds (English pounds) if you wanted. It wouldn’t mean a thing. Due to the sheer number of great tunes that were available.

    Not too far away from these two great stores anyway was  HMW RECORD STORE in Oxford Street, London. Which was at the time the biggest record store in England; and possibly Europe.

    The store had an reportedly number of over 1 million records stored within the store at any given time.

    However, for this particular time; the HMW RECORD STORE in Oxford Streetwas not on my mind. Yes the HMW RECORD STORE in Oxford Street had the numbers. However I was used to the service and the stores more obscure vinyl of Black Market and Uptown record stores.

    It was there that I wanted to listen to Deep House tracks that day. The more obscure the better. So visited the Black Market store first.

    Here below is a record buyers views of Black Market Records - before it close down in March, 2015

    I listened to about 30 tracks within the Black Market Record store from labels such as Prescription records, Cajual Records, Relief (Usa); to Irma Records (Italy), and then onto Glasgow Underground records (England).etc, etc… Most of them looked interesting and maybe could yield a really great vinyl sounds for me.

    But the next step was to listen to them. I was lucky. There was a spare listening record bay near the front of the store – which wasn’t that far away from a store assistant. I was too interested in the tracks that I heard though.

    So I handied back the tunes and headed over to UPTOWN RECORDS STORE, SOHO, LONDON – that  was practically over the other side of the street. I knew the drill very well and went straight downstairs with the store which housed the House, Disco House, Garage tracks during 1995

    I managed to gather another pile of interesting enough records for me for my time there. 

    Down in the Basement area of Uptown Records, Soho, London, England

    Strictly Rhythm records and Bottom line records  were showing the most promise that day from the pile that I had collected to listen to.

    However, In between I kept hearing a record that was being played on the decks in front of me that I had to find out what it was…

    The shop assistant went behind to a rail not behind him, and handed me over track. Which surprised me a little as it was on an English label.

    CATHY WOOD - (Katherine Ellis) - Give Me Joy

    Released 1995, Phuture Trax PHTRAX4

    A1 - Give Me Joy (Booker T Nu Soul Klub Mix)

    A2 - Give Me Joy (Underground Mass Dub)

    B1 - Give Me Joy (Bookstone Joy Lick)

    B2 - Give Me Joy (Nu Soul Mass Dub)

    I added this track to the pile which I was gradually getting through.

    Eventually, I now had to play the track that was called “Give me Love”  by an artist that I had not heard of before called Cathy Wood (Katherine Ellis),

    It was after playing the single for the 1st 30 seconds that I knew I had to get it. There was about 4 mixes of the song on the vinyl, however, it was the Bookstone Joy mix that captured my imagination. It was/is wonderful tune.

    A simple, jazzy piano chord progression together with a lovely vocal; and simple House drum pattern. I could see that this was going to be smash.

    And so I bought it. I also bought 4 other x tunes from Uptown records. But the tune of the day was “Give me love”

    The store assistant as he was bagging up the records for me agreed. And stated that the tune was “flying out from the store”.

    I then left store with the biggest smile on my face knowing that I had purchased a really good selection of tunes.

    Within the next couple of months I heard that the tune was huge in London, from a couple friends of mine that lived there. It was on all the Pirates – east, north, south and west within the capital.

    When I visited London nightclubs at the time that featured just House music as their main staple diet – this song was sure to be featured within the night.

    I recently managed to get in touch with all the players that were involved with the single from that period of time.

    The vocalist of the track was Cathy Woodknown these days as Katherine Ellis.

    I managed to catch up with her who helped give a picture of how the single came about.

    I asked her a few questions about her musical background and how she came to record the song.

    Here were the questions asked:

    1. Full name - Katherine Ellis
    2. Born - 21.06.65
    3. Age – 52
    4. Has music always been your passion? Do you come from a musical background for instance:

    Yes it has, my Mother Elizabeth played the piano and accordion, she studied Drama at the Royal Academy for Dramatic Art (RADA) as did her sister Bronwen.

    My Grandparents both played the piano, my Grandmother also played violin and my Great Grandparents (Mother’s Father’s parents) were also on the stage, she sang Opera and he was a Monologist and after dinner speaker.

    My Mum always loved pop music and we always listened to the top 40 on the radio on a Sunday afternoon and we watched TOTP.

    We had a record player and there was always music playing. My mum says that I was dancing and singing from 18 months and always loved performing.

    I wanted to be an Actress but then at 14 changed my ambition to singing.

    1. Were you/or are you - A full out Singer/Songwriter or a Session singer???

    Yes I am and have been professional for over 30 years now, in that time I have done a huge amount of different things from singing in local bars and restaurants.

    When I first started out to hosting West End clubs to doing sessions for PWL, Capital Radio and Radio One, writing songs for myself and other artists.

    I have had big hits with the Ruff Driverz/ Dreaming, When You Touch Me with the Freemasons and Raven Maize/Fascinated all of which I also wrote.

    I have toured the world singing these songs and others in Nightclubs etc.

    I have done BVS live and in the studio for the likes of Robbie Williams, Chaka Khan, Boy George, Belinda Carlisle, Steps, Tina Cousins and Boy George.I have sung many tv Ads for Gaviscon, McDonalds, Saga, KFC etc and I have also sung in films such as Evita, What a Girl wants and I sang the title track to the movie called Gravity which won 7 Oscars.

    Full ITN Lunch Time Interview with Katherine Ellis talking about the Movie - "Gravity" - 17TH February 2014

    1. THE SONG CALLED "GIVE ME JOY" - How did it come about?? - Was it your idea and concept to make this tune? Or was there other helping hands - so to speak

    This song was written by BB Stone or BookStone (Bradley Carter) and Booker T.

    Bradley is married to an old friend of mine and I have known him since the 80s.

    He called me and asked me to sing the song. Not my idea at all.

    1. How long did the song take to create this tune would you say?

    I don’t know but I guess the vocal session was 2-3 hours

    1. Did you get any feedback about the tune which you had made/and was making such as impression with the Pirates and the club scene.  
    2. Yes, and I did a few PAs at the time.
    1. Did you receive and  do any live Pa work in regards to the tune becoming so many people favourites at the time. If so where???

     A few, I remember singing at the Colosseum Club night (London).

    I only had one garage tune though and never made any more so I didn’t do that much

          10.You mentioned that you only made only one of this type of track

           (Soulful/Jazzy/Funky House music)

    Yes I have made more of other dance music such as House, Breakbeat etc

           11.With regards to the music of House music - have you been able to make music with other  notable producers?

      Yes Joey Negro, The Freemasons, The Ruff Driverz, Roger Sanchez, Utah Saints, MDE, Lee Coombs, Dylan Rhymes, Cerrone..

           12.What if you can say about the scene that you were apart of the Music in the 1990's: as against today?

                Was the industry better back then; or is it better now.

    Impossible to say, in the 90s I was young and single so life was very different, it was certainly fun! 

    I suppose the major change has been the digitisation of everything which has had a huge impact on how musicians and performers make money. 

    13.What are doing with yourself these days? 

    Now I am in my 50s,I am married with 2 teenage sons, although I am still making records

    I am also branching out, I have just made a sample CD with Loopmasters

    https://www.loopmasters.com/genres/57-Vocals/products/6608-Katherine-Ellis-Diva-Acapella

    And I am also writing an Educational course on how to write TOP-LINES (the melody and lyrics)

    which will be available from Feb next year (2018) via the Go Create Academy. I am still gigging

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/SongsirenKatherineEllis/events/

    Singing my hits and also singing jazz/soul/pop/house at Jazz after Dark once a month/ I love to sing all types of music

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKeLCRyIracA Century of Songs with Katherine Ellis at Jazz After Dark, London

    I also contacted the music producer of the track on the single called “Bookstone joy mix”. I asked him a series of questions about his musical career; and the track that helped to put together.

    Full name: 

    Bradley Carter (Bookstone)

    Where are you born and based??

    Brixton, South London

    Were you a Dj - that decided that he wanted to a make a track, Or were you a Dj/producer from the outset that loves making tracks?

    I was a producer/songwriter that loved making soulful music.

    Did you play any instruments on the song - or did you use samples to create the song?

    I played all the keyboards on the track. The only samples were of Kathy’s voice and some of the drum sounds.

    How long did the song take to make?

    It was fast. That’s often the way with the good tunes. We laid down a basic groove one evening, then thought Kathy would be great on it.

    I called her and she came down our studio at Mile End a couple of days later. I remember writing the lyrics as Kathy was walking down the stairs.

    Kathy recorded all the vocals that afternoon. She has a wonderful voice. Every vocal idea I suggested, she nailed. That afternoon recording her was great fun.

    Were you into the music of Soulful House and Garage - when you made this track.

    Or were you into other styles of Music's such as Jungle/Drum and Bass; or Hip Hop music - then decided to try you aim at making a Uk Soulful/Funky House track for this moment.

    I was really into soulful house. Still am. Before I became a producer I used to play keys for other producers such as Frankie Fonset and Judge Jules.

    How did you get to know Katherine Ellis. Were you school friends for instance?

    I moved to Brighton when I was 16 and met Kathy down there. 

    Was she your first choice to use as your vocalist for the track?

    Yes

    Did you follow the whereabouts of how the track was doing??? For instance were you the person that liked to go to nightclubs and listen to any Pirate Radio show that were playing the track - when you visited London for instance? If not London your own area of the World?

    Yes. Paul Trouble Anderson used to have a great night UK in Camden. One night I heard him play six of our tunes in a row, including “Give me joy”. I was a happy man.

    Have you played on Radio stations, or even Pirate Radio stations in your time???

    I’ve performed live on Radio 1.

    Did you ask to make any more of these types of House and Garage Music?

    We made quite a few of soulful house tunes and remixes.

    Are you still involved in making music in anyway. In fact are you still involved in music at all.?

    Not anymore. It was a wonderful way to make a living. The next generation of soulful producers/musicians are coming out of South London now. My daughter is one of them.

    Do you miss that period the early to mid1990's in regards to the music industry that you were a part of? Or do you think today's setup with Streaming and Digital downloads are better for the music industry?

    It was a lot of fun. In one week you could be in a studio with Dj Disciple, then at a club night with David Camancho playing and Barbara Tucker singing, then doing remixes in Soul II Soul’s studio.

    On the industry side, I think the management and the labels had too much power back then. Nowadays, artists can get their music out. That has to be better for music.

    Here below is another tune/mixes that was created by BB Stone or BookStone (Bradley Carter) and Booker T:

    I then spoke to Gary Booker (known asBooker T)  

    He provided the other mix on the same single called - The(Booker T Nu Soul Klub Mix)

    He confirmed what I thought about the song when it released in 1995.

    “The song blew up big time. It was all over the Pirates, and most of the dj’s if they didn’t have the track at the time had to get it. I can’t believe it did not get into the charts” – Gary Booker (aka Booker T)

    The one and only - GARY BOOKER (aka BOOKER T) BELOW:

     The  Uk House and Garage music Producer From London, England

    I personally loved a lot of the soulful tunes in the mid 1990s. But I was at amidst as to how this single didn’t chart?

    All I can gather was the tune was a huge success on the pirate radio station network; and at all the major clubs in London and the South East of England.

    However, was it staple play for the House Dj’s within the Usa and the rest of the world??

    That’s a question that maybe the can supply me? If you were a dj of that time based in the Usa, or the rest of the world. Maybe you can let us know?

    Well thats all folks for me now anyway.

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