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This Chicago-based group evolved from the group the American Breed.

American Breed

the american breed

Their three original members were:

Al Ciner (guitar)

Charles Colbert (bass)


Lee Graziano (drums)

later joined by:

Kevin Murphy (keyboards) (b. 1947, Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.)

Paulette McWilliams (vocals)

Ron Stockard


Dennis Belfield

Rufus' later line-up's comprised of:

Chaka Khan (b. 23rd March 1953, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.)

Al Ciner

Kevin Murphy

Bobby Watson

Andre Fischer

Ron Stockert

Dennis Belfield

Tony Maiden

Nate Morgan

Richard ‘Moon’ Calhoun

Dave ‘Hawk’ Wolinski


John ‘J.R.’ Robinson

Rufus were an American R&B band from Chicago, Illinois.

The group helped bring, lead singer Chaka Khan, to the attention of a wider public.

Their hits include 'Tell Me Something Good' (number three on the Billboard Hot 100), 'Once You Get Started', 'Stop On By', 'Sweet Thing', 'You Got The Love', 'Do You Love What You Feel', 'Hollywood' and 'Ain't Nobody' (number one on the U.S. R&B chart and 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart).

In 1983, Rufus went their separate ways.

Chaka Khan continued her successful solo career.


rufus - 1973 / rags to rufus - 1974 / rufusized - 1974 / rufus featuring chaka khan - 1975


ask rufus - 1977 / numbers - 1978 / street player - 1978 / masterjam - 1979


party 'til you're broke - 1981 / camouflage - 1981 / seal in red - 1983 / rufus and chaka khan live - 1983

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Rufus (ABC Records 1973)

Rags To Rufus (ABC Records 1974)

Rufusized (ABC Records 1975)

Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan (ABC Records 1975)

Ask Rufus (ABC Records 1977)

Street Player (ABC Records 1978)

Numbers (ABC Records 1979)

Masterjam (MCA Records 1979)

Party Til' You're Broke (MCA Records 1981)

Camouflage (MCA Records 1981)

Live - Stompin' At The Savoy (Warners Records 1983)

Seal In Red (Warner Brothers Records 1983)

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