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Lost Chaka Khan Interview: Tell Me Something True! (Me and Stevie Wonder Never Hooked Up)

Chaka Khan may duet with the best of them, but there’s no, ah, doin’ it once the track has wrapped.

Interviewed by journalist Craig Seymour in 2004, who was working in Atlanta at the time for a paper called Creative Loafing, the funk queen dispelled longstanding rumors surrounding her 1974 collaboration with Stevie Wonder.

Chaka: Kept it professional.

Chaka: Kept it professional.

“So let’s go back to the heyday of Rufus,” Craig asked of the band she fronted from 1970 to 1983. “What was your favorite moment?”

“It probably was when Stevie Wonder came into the studio. We didn’t believe he was gonna show up. But he came, and that sorta rocked my world.

“We were brand new to the industry. And I’d grown up listening to Stevie, so I was a little bit star-struck.

“He came and offered two songs to us. The first one, I didn’t like it, and I told him,” continued Chaka, who has won 10 Grammy Awards.

“He said, ‘What’s your birth sign?’ I said, Continue reading

Lost Cher Interview: The Tabloid Media Are ‘Soulless, Godless, Motherless Trash’

Just because Cher ignores the tabloids doesn’t mean she’s got no opinion on the matter—particularly when it comes to coverage of her daughter, Chastity Bono, who’s now living as a man.

Quite the contrary, as she told host Craig Seymour in no uncertain terms eight years ago.

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Cher: Bemoaned Chastity being "bitterly attacked for no reason."

“I was working as pop-music critic at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and she was promoting the post-Believe album, called Living Proof,” Craig says of his 2002 phone convo with the Oscar-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning pop icon.

“I’ve always loved Cher. I don’t remember a time without her. I grew up watching The Sonny & Cher Show. And then when Cher had her own show, the set was this gigantic ‘C,’ and the ‘h-e-r’ was written inside the ‘C,'” adds Craig, now an associate professor of communications at Northern Illinois University, and author of the 2008 memoir, All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, D.C.

“So when I was in elementary school, I used to write my name, Craig, like that.”

Not long into his lost interview with the I’ve Got You Babe singer—which was never meant to be broadcast—she launched into Continue reading