Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers
Release date
01 January 1970
Nile Rodgers
01 January 1970 |

Nile Rodgers’ contribution to popular music has been extremely significant, so much more than the signature “chucking” style he developed as a brilliant rhythm guitarist.

The musician penned some of the most progressive and popular songs of the disco era with Chic, who topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “Le Freak” and the hip-hop catalyst “Good Times,” and released platinum albums such as C’est Chic (1978) and Risqué (1979). He has since produced dozens of hits, over several decades, for a wide variety of other artists, including Diana Ross’ “Upside Down,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” and has remained an inspiration for aspiring musicians born long after disco’s supposed death.

Rodgers continued to lead Chic 40 years after the band’s debut, even after he and partner Bernard Edwards became Songwriters Hall of Fame members. Revitalized in the late 2010s as the main attraction at festivals as diverse as Essence and Glastonbury, Chic returned to the studio for It’s About Time (2018).