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“Ain’t Nobody” is a 1983 hit single by Rufus & Chaka Khan. It was released as a studio bonus track on the band’s live album Stompin’ at the Savoy. It reached number one on the U.S. R&B chart and twenty-two on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It has become one of Khan’s signature songs.
Rufus keyboardist David “Hawk” Wolinski wrote the song around a repeating synthesizer loop backed by a Linn LM-1 Drum Computer. Legendary producer Quincy Jones (who had previously worked with Rufus) wanted Wolinski to give “Ain’t Nobody” to Michael Jackson for the album that would become the blockbuster Thriller, but Wolinski had already promised it to producer Russ Titelman, who ultimately had the band record it as a vocal showcase for Khan.
David J. “Hawk” Wolinski is an American keyboardist, songwriter and record producer probably best known for his work with the funk band Rufus and their lead singer Chaka Khan.
Wolinski grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and in the late 1960s was a member of the bands Shadows of Knight and Bangor Flying Circus. When the latter band broke up he helped form the band Madura, which was produced by fellow Chicagoan James William Guercio. Guercio used Madura in his 1973 film Electra Glide in Blue; Wolinksi also had a small acting role.
In the 1960s Wolinski formed a short lived band in Chicago with Ted Nugent, Gary Hicks and Bruce Bruscato called The Electric Band. They played regularly at a club called The Cellar.
In the late 1970s Wolinski joined Rufus as a keyboardist and songwriter. He co-wrote or solely wrote their songs “Hollywood”, “Street Player” (later covered by Chicago), “Everlasting Love” (not to be confused with the Robert Knight hit with the same title), “Do You Love What You Feel”, and the 1983 hit single “Ain’t Nobody,” which reached #1 on the US Billboard R&B chart.
Wolinski has worked with numerous other artists as musician, songwriter or producer, including the Bee Gees, Glenn Frey, Michael Jackson, Danny Seraphine, Beverley Knight, Millions Like Us, Stephanie Mills, and Minnie Riperton.
He is known for composing individual songs for film soundtracks, including Cobra, Wildcats (film) and Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.