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Song of the day: Minnie Riperton- Loving You

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In 1974, Minnie Riperton wrote a song with her husband, Richard Rudolph. The track was produced by Stevie Wonder, who also did the backing vocals. It was written as a distraction for their daughter, Maya, who was a baby at the time. In the end of the album version, her name is sung. In the US it was a number 1 hit, in the UK it was number 2. Enjoy

Minnie Riperton- Loving You

Song of the day: Stevie Wonder- Sir Duke

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In 1977, Stevie Wonder released an ode to Duke Ellington. Two of Wonder’s idols, Wes Montgomery and Dinah Washington, had already died when he wanted to work with them. In 1974, Duke Ellington passed away. He wanted to show his ‘love’ for those inspirations, and knew the title from the start. Therefore, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald are also included in the song. The song was a number 1 hit in the US and a number 2 hit in the UK. Enjoy

Stevie Wonder- Sir Duke

Song of the day: Chaka Khan- I Feel For You

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In 1984, Chaka Khan recorded a cover of an older Prince song. Prince wrote the song in 1979, actually for Patrice Rushen, but it never appeared on an album of Patrice Rushen, so Prince recorded it himself on the album Prince. Chaka Khan invited Melle Mel to rap, David Frank (The System) to play keyboard and guitar and even Stevie Wonder to play the harmonica. The beginning of the song was actually a mistake from the producer, but it sounded good, so they kept it. It made a hit, number 1 in the UK and number 3 in the US. Enjoy

Chaka Khan- I Feel For You