UK soul singer Beverley Knight has also recorded a version of the song.Knight's version was recorded for a BBC Radio 2 session and was included as the B-side to her single "Not Too Late For Love".
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"Sweet Thing" is a soul single that was first a hit with Rufus featuring Chaka Khan when they recorded the song in 1975, eventually reaching number-one on the R&B singles chart and number five on the pop chart.
The song was co-written by Khan (For her then husband, Richard Holland) and Rufus band mate Tony Maiden and became one of the band and Khan's signature songs.
Eighteen years later, in 1993, the song was recorded by R&B singer Mary J.
Blige who had a version that was a top forty hit on both sides for a second time with it reaching number twenty-eight pop and number-eleven R&B.
In 1997, contemporary jazz saxophonist Boney James did another remake of the song; it was included on the album titled Sweet Thing.
The album's title track included background vocals by original co-writer Tony Maiden.
but eventually Khan befriended Blige and the two singers later sang the song together during a VH-1 Divas Live concert in 2003.
Khan and Blige have since recorded the duet "Disrespectful", for Khan's recent release, Funk This.