Chaka Khan, who is considered in some circles to be the of Queen of Funk, is celebrating her 61st birthday today, along with a host of other famous celebrities.
Most people assume that Chaka Khan is purely a stage name, and those people would be correct. Especially as that name has slightly more of a ring to it than Yvette Marie Stevens, Khan’s real name, given to her when she was born in Chicago on March 23, 1953.
Khan, whose musical career started when she was just 11-years-old, enjoyed hits such as Tell Me Something Good, I’m Every Woman and Ain’t Nobody.
Back in her early career, she formed a group called the Crystalettes along with her sister Yvonne, and took on the new, rather long name of, Chaka Adunne Aduffe Yemoja Hodarhi Karfi after joining the Black Panther Party in 1969.
When the early 1970’s hit, Khan joined a band called Rufus which released their first album in 1973. The band enjoyed far more success though, with their second album, released in 1974, which included the hit single Tell Me Something Good, written by Stevie Wonder.
The band also won a Grammy Award for best R&B vocal performance by a duo, group or chorus. By 1978, Chaka Khan released a solo album and then in 1983 won two Grammys as a solo artist.
In the early 1990’s Khan moved with her two children to London, and then later settled permanently in Germany.
As well as Chaka Khan, a number of other celebrities are also celebrating their birthday today. Here a few of them: Comedian Marty Allen, Singer Ric Ocasek, Actress Hope Davis, Actor Richard Grieco, Actress Keri Russell and Gossip blogger Perez Hilton.
There is no question that Chaka Khan was an iconic music legend in her time, as well as a human rights activist and lover of charity. She is wished a happy birthday by all with many happy returns.