minnie riperton

minnie riperton

Rufus & Chaka Khan ~ Ain't Nobody 1983 Disco Purrfection Version

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When listening to my original upload, I found that I could make the break longer and segue back into the chorus smoothly. Some troll on YouTube has downloaded and reuploaded the old clunky version of this classic funk tune on their channel. Well, that was all I needed to see to clean up the edits and yeah I think its a lot better now...whattya think? The music world is really small! David "Hawk" Wolinski had worked with Minnie Riperton when he met Michael Sembello backstage at a Stevie Wonder concert in Philadelphia. They began writing songs together, when he came up with "this goofy, little stupid beginning idea" that morphed into music where the bass did not hit the same time as the drum. This gave the song an original but incredibly funky sound. He played it for Glenn Frey, who smelled a major hit as did Quincy Jones, who wanted the song for Michael Jackson. Hawk had already promised producer Russ Titleman that he would give the song to Rufus, and declined the offer. It was an uphill battle to get the band to record the song since it was so synth based which did not sit well with the old school instrumentalists in the band. A vote was taken and the song was included. Then, when it came time to release the first single, the label did not want to go for "Ain't Nobody". When Wolinski threatened to give the song to Michael Jackson, the label sucked it up and put it out, scoring an R&B #1 and a #22 pop hit in the spring of 1983.