|Birth Name||Nile Gregory Rodgers Jr.|
|Born||September 19, 1952 New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Genres||Disco, soul, R&B, rock, funk|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass|
Chic, Sister Sledge, The Sugarhill Gang, Lady Gaga, Diana Ross,
David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran, INXS, Mick Jagger, George
Michael, Grace Jones, B-52's, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Dua
Lipa, Adam Lambert
Nile Gregory Rodgers Jr. (born September 19, 1952) is an American guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger, and composer. The co-founder of Chic, Rodgers has written, produced, and performed on albums that have cumulatively sold more than 500 million units and 75 million singles worldwide. He is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a three-time Grammy Award-winner, and the chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Known for his “chucking” guitar style, Rolling Stone wrote in 2014 that “the full scope of Nile Rodgers’ career is still hard to fathom.”
Formed as the Big Apple Band in 1972 with bassist Bernard Edwards, Chic released their self-titled debut album in 1977. It included the hit singles “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” and “Everybody Dance”. The 1978 album C’est Chic produced the hits “I Want Your Love” and “Le Freak”, with the latter selling more than 7 million singles worldwide. The song “Good Times” from the 1979 album Risqué was a number one single on the pop and soul charts, and became one of the most sampled songs of all time, “ushering in” hip-hop via The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”, inspiring Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”, and anchoring the Daft Punk hit “Around the World”.
With Edwards, Rodgers wrote and produced music for other artists, including the songs “He’s The Greatest Dancer” and “We Are Family” for Sister Sledge and “I’m Coming Out” for Diana Ross. After Chic’s 1983 breakup Rodgers produced “a string of the post-disco era’s biggest albums and singles”, including David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, “Original Sin” by INXS, Duran Duran’s “The Reflex” and “Notorious”, and Madonna’s Like a Virgin. He later worked with artists including The B-52s, Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, The Vaughan Brothers, Bryan Ferry, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Daft Punk, winning three Grammy Awards in 2014 for his work on their album Random Access Memories.
An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny. You will hear a Nile Rodgers song today. It will make you happy. In the 1970s and 1980s, Nile Rodgers wrote and produced the songs that defined the era and everything that came after: “Le Freak,” “Good Times,” “We Are Family,” “Like a Virgin,” “Let’s Dance,” “I’m Coming Out,” “Rapper’s Delight”—and worked with every influential pop star to create a string of enduring hits.