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Produced David Bowie's album "Let's Dance" and Madonna's "Like A Virgin"


With the late Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers was responsible for writing and producing the songs for their band Chic, including the hits "Dance, Dance, Dance,” "Everybody Dance,” "Le Freak,” "I Want Your Love" and "Good Times.” The team also wrote and produced hits for other artists such as Norma Jean Wright, Sister Sledge, Sheila and B. Devotion, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Debbie Harry and Fonzi Thornton, with major hits including “He’s the Greatest Dancer” and “We Are Family” (both for Sister Sledge) and “I’m Coming Out” (Diana Ross). Rodgers is also a noteworthy guitarist, and recorded three solo albums during the 1980s and ‘90s, and another one as part of the group Outloud. Additionally, he has worked as producer and performer with diverse artists including Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, Duran Duran, Madonna, INXS, Britney Spears, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Avicii, Disclosure, Sam Smith, Pitbull, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Nervo, Laura Mvula, and Keith Urban.

Rodgers was born on September 19, 1952 in New York City. He was drawn to the guitar because of John Lennon and the Beatles, and toured with the Sesame Street band and played in the house band at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, where he backed R&B legends including Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Maxine Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ben E. King. He met Edwards when both toured with Sesame Street in 1970. They formed a funk rock band called The Boys and then in 1972, the Big Apple Band, which served as a backup for the soul group New York City (which had the hit “I’m Doing Fine Now”) and also worked with artists including…

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