Written by Prince for his 1979 self-titled album , ‘I Feel for You’ went on to become a signature song for Chaka Khan, appearing on her 1984 album, I Feel for You.

Khan’s version featured an all-star line up including Melle Mel (of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five); bass synthesizer and programming by The System‘s David Frank and chromatic harmonica playing by Stevie Wonder. The song also uses vocal samples from Wonder’s song “Fingertips” and the repetition of Khan’s name by Melle Mel at the beginning of the song was originally a mistake made by producer Arif Mardin, who then decided to keep it.

As the songwriter, Prince won the 1985 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song hitting #1 on the Cash Box singles chart, #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on both the US dance and R&B charts in late 1984, remaining atop both for three weeks each. And 33 years ago today ‘I Feel For You’ was the #1 pop single in the United Kingdom.

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