Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody (1983)
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“Ain’t Nobody” is a song by American funk band Rufus and American singer Chaka Khan. It was released on ...
“Ain’t Nobody” is a song by American funk band Rufus and American singer Chaka Khan. It was released on November 4, 1983, as one of four studio tracks included on their live album Stompin’ at the Savoy (1983). “Ain’t Nobody” quickly gathered popularity, and reached number one on the US Billboard R&B chart and number 22 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It has become one of Khan’s signature songs.
Rufus keyboardist David “Hawk” Wolinski wrote the song around a repeating synthesizer loop backed by a Linn LM-1 drum computer; however, John “JR” Robinson, the band’s drummer, played real drums for the recording session. The band did a democratic vote and they decided to include the song in their album repertoire. Once the song was recorded, Warner executives wanted to issue another song as the album’s first single. Wolinski threatened to give the song to American singer Michael Jackson and American producer Quincy Jones for Jackson’s album Thriller if the song was not the lead-off single. The label relented and “Ain’t Nobody” was issued and hit number one on the R&B chart for the week ending October 15, 1983.
The song was also included on the soundtrack album to the 1984 film Breakin’.
The song was adopted in the United Kingdom by fans of some of the country’s football clubs, with the words: Ain’t nobody loves (player), makes me happy, makes me feel this way..