Once You Get Started

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"Once You Get Started"
Single by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
from the album Rufusized
Released 1975
Recorded 1974
Genre Funk, disco
Length 4:29
Label ABC
Writer(s) Gavin Christopher
Producer(s) Bob Monaco; Rufus
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan singles chronology
"You Got the Love"
"Once You Get Started"
"Please Pardon Me (You Remind Me of a Friend)"

"Once You Get Started" is a horn-driven funk number written by musician Gavin Christopher, and recorded and released by the band Rufus featuring Chaka Khan in late 1974. It later peaked at number-ten on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975, giving the group their second top ten single and third top forty single overall. The song is led mostly by Khan though fellow group member Tony Maiden contributed lead vocals for the song's second verse. It helped to make their third album Rufusized go platinum. The song also hit number-four on the R&B chart and number-two on the dance chart.

Christopher later recorded his own version of the song on his 1986 solo album, One Step Closer. Chaka re-recorded a version for the deluxe version of her 2007 album Funk This.

The song was sampled in Raw Man's "Number Seven". It was also prominently heard in an episode of Good Times titled "Cousin Cleatus".


  • Chaka Khan - lead vocals; background vocals
  • Tony Maiden - guitar; co-lead vocals; background vocals
  • Kevin Murphy - keyboards; background vocals
  • Andre Fischer - drums; background vocals
  • Bobby Watson - bass; background vocals
  • Tower of Power - horns