Tell Me Something Good

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"Tell Me Something Good"
Single by Rufus
from the album Rags to Rufus
B-side "Smokin' Room"
Released June 1974
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1974
Genre Funk, R&B
Length 4:36 (album)
3:30 (single)
Label ABC Records
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder
Certification Gold (U.S.)
Rufus singles chronology
"Feel Good"
"Tell Me Something Good"
"You Got the Love"

"Tell Me Something Good" is a song by Rufus and Chaka Khan, written by Stevie Wonder and released in 1974. The single was a hit in the United States, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent one week at number one on the Cash Box Top 100.[1] It was among the earliest hits to use the guitar talk box.

The song has been described as having ".. rude metallic guitar" (by Al Ciner) and ".. a beautiful bass, clav and heavy breathing groove." The song can be difficult to count as there is an off-count into the verse.[2]


Rufus won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus for the song at the 17th Annual Grammy Awards in 1975.

Cover versions[edit]

Live covers[edit]

  • In 2002, En Vogue performed the song on their concert DVD, "Live in the USA".
  • Dave Matthews & Friends covered the song live from 2003 to 2005.
  • Singer Kim Yarbrough successfully auditioned for Season 2 of The Voice with the song, landing a spot on Team Adam.
  • Stevie Wonder has performed this song live on several occasions.
  • Gov't Mule with Susan Tedeschi and Eric Krasno on guitar on 6/7/14 at Mt. Jam, Hunter Mountain, NY.


Pop culture references[edit]

On Will & Grace, Karen tells Jack that this is the song to which she and Stan make love. She then walks in on her husband cheating on her with the same song playing. Closed captioning for that episode incorrectly credits the song to Sly and the Family Stone.

In That '70s Show, in the episode "Water Tower", Eric walks in on his parents having sex, and the song plays every time he has recurring nightmares and thoughts of his parents.

Many venues in the NBA, NHL, MLB, and NFL play this song when a play is under review by referees or umpires.


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  2. ^ Miller, S., (2010) "Music: What Happened?" 125 Records, ISBN 0615381960, ISBN 978-0615381961

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