Monday, February 09, 2004

”I Feel For You,” Chaka Khan (11/3/84)
Greater than the sum of its parts, and that’s really sayin’ somethin’. Grandmaster Melle Mel on the rap, Stevie Wonder on the harmonica (and in a very cleverly-used sample from “Fingerprints Pt. 2”), written by Prince (for which he won the Best R&B Song Grammy, a mere four years after it first appeared on one of his albums), and vocalized by the incomparable Chaka. Her strike rate, in terms of ‘80s #1s, was 100%. Good enough to make your head hurt. A+

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