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Stompin' at the Savoy – Live

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Stompin' at the Savoy – Live is an album by American R&B/funk band Rufus with singer Chaka Khan, released on the Warner Bros. Records label in 1983.

Stompin' at the Savoy - Live
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Live album by Rufus and Chaka Khan
Released August 10, 1983
Recorded Sides A, B & C recorded live at the Savoy Theatre, New York on February 12–14, 1982
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 77:41
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Russ Titelman
Rufus chronology
Seal in Red
(1983)Seal in Red1983
Stompin' at the Savoy - Live
Chaka Khan chronology
The Very Best of Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
(1982) The Very Best of Rufus featuring Chaka Khan1982
Stompin' at the Savoy - Live
(1983) Stompin' at the Savoy - Live1983
I Feel for You
(1984) I Feel for You1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Stompin' at the Savoy was a double-record set featuring three sides of live material recorded at the Savoy Theatre in New York which sees the band reunited with Chaka Khan and performing all their biggest hits such as "Tell Me Something Good", "You Got the Love", "Sweet Thing", "At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)", and "Do You Love What You Feel" as well as "What Cha' Gonna Do for Me" from Khan's 1981 solo album of the same name.

The fourth side of the album included four new studio recordings of which two were released as singles, "Ain't Nobody" and "One Million Kisses". "Ain't Nobody", written by the band's keyboardist David "Hawk" Wolinski, became Rufus' final #1 R&B hit, reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, also won them a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1984 and has since come to be regarded as one of Khan's own signature tunes - although it in fact was recorded with Rufus. Both "Ain't Nobody" and "One Million Kisses" were included on her 1989 remix compilation Life is a Dance - The Remix Project. Additionally, "Ain't Nobody" was featured in the movie Breakin' and its soundtrack.

The Stompin' at the Savoy – Live album which was a major commercial success, reaching #4 on Billboard's R&B Albums Chart as well as #50 on Pop, became Khan's final collaboration with Rufus and the band dissolved shortly after its release.

Stompin at the Savoy - Live was transferred from vinyl to CD in the early 1990s and remains in print.


Track listingEdit

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Got the Love" Chaka Khan, Ray Parker, Jr. 5:36
2. "Once You Get Started" Gavin Christopher 5:05
3. "Dance Wit Me" Gavin Christopher 3:36
4. "Sweet Thing" Chaka Khan, Tony Maiden 3:28
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Tell Me Something Good" Stevie Wonder 3:39
6. "You're Welcome, Stop on By" Truman Thomas, Bobby Womack 5:41
7. "Pack'd My Bags" Chaka Khan, Tony Maiden 4:31
8. "I'm a Woman (I'm a Backbone)" Lalomie Washburn 4:06
9. "At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)" Tony Maiden, Lalomie Washburn 3:39
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "Ain't That Peculiar" Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson, Robert Rogers, Marvin Tarplin 3:29
11. "Stay" Raymond Calhoun, Chaka Khan 5:50
12. "What Cha' Gonna Do for Me" Ned Doheny, Hamish Stuart 4:24
13. "Do You Love What You Feel" David Wolinski 6:50
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Ain't Nobody" (Studio recording) David Wolinski 4:41
15. "One Million Kisses" (Studio recording) Kevin Murphy, Jeffrey Osborne 4:10
16. "Try a Little Understanding" (Studio recording) Chaka Khan, Tony Maiden 4:42
17. "Don't Go to Strangers" (Studio recording) Redd Evans, Arthur Kent, David Mann 4:14



Additional Musicians live:

  • Lenny Castro: percussion
  • David Williams: rhythm guitar
  • Stephanie Spruill: additional tambourine

Background Vocals:

  • Stephanie Spruill
  • Lee Maiden
  • Julia Tillman

Horn Section:

  • Jerry Hey: trumpet
  • Ernie Watts: tenor saxophone, flute and all sax solos
  • Larry Williams: alto sax and flute
  • Gary Herbig: tenor sax and flute

Additional Musicians studio:

Horn arrangements: Jerry Hey

String & Horn arrangement on "Don't Go To Strangers": Ralph Burns


Warner Bros. also filmed the performance for a documentary and the album was to be the soundtrack, but, for unknown reasons, decided to shelve the documentary, but still release the album.


Later samplesEdit



Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 50
U.S. Billboard Top Black LPs 4


Year Single Peak chart positions


1983 "Ain't Nobody" 22 1 6
1984 "One Million Kisses" 102 37 67