Last year at this blog, I spent the days leading up to and through Valentine’s Day writing about love…my hope for love, my worry that love in this country was in short supply, love, love, love. This year, I spent the few days around and up to V-Day posting classic R&B slow jams and Quiet Storm favorites here and here. I even decided to post a couple myself and try my hand at radio announcing, along with the esteemed Lady G from the Seekthebestblog.
It was a fabulous time. But like most things, it had to end at some point. I mean, every Quiet Storm show ended, usually around midnight. Then the graveyard shift DJ would come on, and if by some foolish reason (foolish in those days, because I usually had school the next day) I would happen to be listening, there would be more soft smooth grooves being played. But even then, that too would end, and then it would be time for the morning show.
I liked the Quiet Storm. I liked the graveyard shift show, even though I would fall asleep in the middle of it most (probably all) of the time. But I also like when the morning comes and something like today’s groove can kick things off in a major way.
After all that slow-jammin’ and Valentine love song playing, we got to get down, amirite?
I don’t know if Rufus and Chaka Khan had any kind of doctoral degrees, but this song is the prescription for whatever ails you. Check out “Once You Get Started,” and tell me how you feel afterward.
Chaka Khan was all of 21 years old when this song was made. Rufus at this point had been semi-remade, when three original members basically quit the band in the middle of recording the album Rags To Rufus, which preceded Rufusized (which contained today’s song). Al Ciner, Dennis Belfield and Ron Stockert excused themselves, primarily because record company interference wanted them to sing less and Chaka to sing more. Or at least, that was one story I heard years ago. Well, we all know how that turned out. New members Tony Maiden and Bobby Watson joined in on guitar and bass with holdovers Kevin Murphy on keyboards and drummer Andre Fischer and the band began to kick off.
Starting off 1975, this song announced that the re-tweaked Rufus (now known and Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan) was going to hit the ground running and not look back. For the next three years, they were one of R&B best-loved bands, with a fireball of a lead singer who could lay waste to any type of song you threw at her. Please enjoy “Once You Get Started,” and as always, thanks for reading and listening.