23 March 2011 9:15 AM, PDT | Essence | See recent Essence news »

We're excited to wish Chaka Khan a happy birthday today. Born Yvette Marie Stevens on March 23, 1953 in Chicago, Khan rose to fame in the 1970s as the lead singer of funk band Rufus, with hits like "Tell Me Something Good" and "You've Got the Love." It wouldn't be long before she embarked on a solo career, bringing us timeless hits like "I Feel For You," "Through the Fire," and "Ain't Nobody," and becoming a beauty and fashion icon, with her signature big hair and eccentric outfits. At 58, Khan is still rocking her luscious locks and confident "Every Woman" attitude. Happy Birthday, Chaka Khan! Here's what you had to say: Mignon commented via Facebook: "Such a fabulous lady! Happy birthday, Chaka!" Nichelle wrote via Facebook: "She will be opening for Prince tonight in Raleigh." »

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