Illinois History Minutes

March 23 Illinois History Minute


It’s March 23rd, the birthday of two top entertainers born in Illinois.
Chaka Khan, born in Chicago in 1953, charted her biggest commercial success with this cover of a song by Prince in 1984. It’s one of many hit records she recorded, both on her own, and with the Chicago-based funk band Rufus.

Today’s also the birthday of country singer Brett Eldredge, born in Paris Illinois in 1986. 

“I Wanna Be That Song” is one of five Eldredge singles that have topped the Billboard Country Airplay charts.