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Did You Know: “Tell Me Something Good” By Rufus

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On ‘Tickets @ 2′ it’s “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus.

Stevie Wonder wrote it and recorded it himself in December of 1973 – he copyrighted it in January of 1974. His version was never released, as he gave it to Rufus, since Stevie was a fan of their lead singer, Chaka Khan. Around that time, Wonder was turning many of his songs over to female singers with otherworldly voices: Aretha Franklin recorded his “Until You Come Back To Me” and Minnie Riperton did “Lovin’ You.”

This was the first and only hit credited to Rufus. Since her powerful vocals were clearly the focus of the group, they became known as Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan for their next album.

Rufus evolved from a group called The American Breed, who had a hit with “Bend Me, Shape Me.” They took their name from a column in Popular Mechanics magazine called “Ask Rufus.”

When we play it between two and three we’ll be looking for lucky caller 13 at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) to win a 4-Pack of tickets to the Los Angeles Boat Show in two locations, the Los Angeles Convention Center and Burton Chase Park in Marina Del Rey with shuttle service to and from the two locations.

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