Monday, January 7, 2013

Chaka Khan and Rufus: Street Player

I might have every Rufus and Chala Khan albums - I have not cross referenced the lists.  This one is Street Player, their gold-selling sixth studio album by this unique funk and soul band Rufus (most of them actually billed as Rufus & Chaka Khan), released on the ABC Records label in 1978. Street Player was the band's third album to top Billboard's R&B Albums chart and also reached #14 on Pop. The album includes the singles "Stay" (US R&B #3, US Pop #48) and "Blue Love" (US R&B #34). I noted that Roy Halee - best known as Simon & Garfunkel's producer, is listed at the producer of this record. Here is a bit more on Roy Halee from wiki:  "Roy Halee is an American record producer and engineer, best known for working with Simon and Garfunkel.  Halee grew up on Long Island, New York. His father, also named Roy Halee, provided the singing voice for Mighty Mouse in late 1940s Terrytoonscartoons, as well as the voices of Heckle and Jeckle from 1951 through 1961.  He was best known for producing several albums with Simon and Garfunkel, including the Grammy-winning Bridge Over Troubled Water.  He is mentioned in their 1965 song "A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara'd into Submission)", written by Paul Simon.  Halee also worked with other groups such as The Byrds, Journey (on their first album Journey), Willie Nile, Laura Nyro, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Blue Angel.  Halee was named to the TEC Awards Hall of Fame in 2001.

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