If you combine all record sales that NILE RODGERS has waved his magical musical hand over, you’d get some eye-watering figures. In fact, his collaborations with such iconic artists as David Bowie, Diana Ross and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide. More recently, his work with Daft Punk, Disclosure, Sam Smith and other artists have secured his place as one of music’s greatest living legends.
For those of us who remember the start of it all, it was all about Chic and Sister Sledge, both of which we saw back in the day and even now remember what great gigs they were. Nile is out touring again this year and he gets to Swansea this summer along with CHIC, for what promises to be one of the best parties of the year.
If we said that Nile is award winning, that would be the understatement of the year. 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 that
“the full scope of Nile Rodgers’ career is still hard to fathom.”
Think it’s time for a bit of music maestro please, so let’s go right back with the original, which sounds as fresh now as it did on the day I bought the 7 inch single……
Formed as the Big Apple Band in 1972 with bassist Bernard Edwards, and never underestimate just how important Bernard was to the sound. Chic released their self-titled debut album in 1977. It included the hit singles “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” and “Everybody Dance”. A year later, 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”. Difficult to know which one to play here. Let’s keep it old school.
With Bernard, Nile wrote and produced music for other artists, including “He’s the Greatest Dancer” and “We Are Family” for Sister Sledge and “I’m Coming Out” for Diana Ross. After Chic’s breakup Nile 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 incredible album Random Access Memories.
Here’s Nile talking about collaborations……
Renowned the world over for their electric outdoor performances at festivals like Glastonbury and Coachella, Nile Rodgers and CHIC are quite simply the ultimate party band. The timeless hits including ‘Everybody Dance’, ‘Le Freak’, and ‘Good Times’ will be sounding out across Singleton Park alongside the rhythm of Rodgers’ ‘Hitmaker’ guitar, this will go down as one of Swansea’s most memorable summer parties.
NILE RODGERS & CHIC, get to Singleton Park in Swansea on Friday 31st July in Singleton Park with the gates opening at 4:40pm, and this is his ONLY Welsh show of the year. Tickets go on general sale 9am tomorrow, and limited number of presale tickets are available now. Prices are £59.06 with hospitality rickets checking in at £140.63. You can get yours right here NILE
And for no other reason than it’s our favourite, here’s a song he will definitely blast out in Swansea.