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"I'm Every Woman" is a 1978 hit song by Chaka Khan, her first hit outside of her recordings with funk band Rufus, included on her platinum debut solo album Chaka. Produced by Arif Mardin and written by successful songwriting team Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, the soul/disco song was a Top 20 hit on the US Hot 100, and hit number-one on the US R&B singles chart.

The single established Chaka's career outside of the group Rufus, whom she would leave after their next album Masterjam came out at the end of 1979. A music video for Khan's "I'm Every Woman" was also one of the earliest music videos ever made. The video, which features five dancing Chakas dressed in various outfits to represent "every woman," was made several years before the onset of MTV, VH1, and BET.

A teenaged Whitney Houston and her mother Cissy sang background vocals on Khan's 1978 release. Houston would later cover the song in 1992, turning it into a hit for a new generation. The track was remixed and re-released in 1989 for Chaka's remix album Life is a Dance - The Remix Project; this mix reached number eight in the UK.




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