In 1972 eighteen year old Chaka Khan recorded some demo tapes with her band Rufus. The demo scored the Chicago bar band a long-term recording contract with ABC Dunhill. It wasnt long before the band was traveling to Los Angeles to record their first album. In 1974 the band released their third album Rufusized, it was their second album release that year. The album features the Once You Get Started - their second top ten single. The song was written by singer and songwriter Gavin Christopher, who was in a band with Khan before she joined Rufus. Christopher, who recorded the song himself in 1986, also penned Dance Wit Me and Fools Paradise on the following Rufus and Chaka Khan album. Christopher also was a mentor to Mariah Carey before she got her big break, and he was heavily involved in hip-hop's formative years, writing and producing for Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa and others. Christopher's sister is house music singer Shawn Christopher, known for Another Sleepless Night and Lil Louis' French Kiss.
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