Nile Rodgers is a legendary producer, composer and guitarist behind some of the biggest songs from the last 50 years. Now, he and his band Chic are back with a brand new studio album, It’s About Time. (Fun fact: It’s the band’s first album in 25 years!)
Rodgers has produced some of the most iconic songs of all time, so let’s take a trip down memory lane.
We Are Family by Sister Sledge (1979)
While Rodgers produced the entire album, the chart-topping title track to Sister Sledge’s 1979 hit album “We Are Family” earned him his second Grammy nomination in “Best R&B Song”. Niles founded his charity, the We Are Family Foundation (named for the hit song), in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The foundation’s mission is to support and create programming that encourages understanding and cultural diversity around the world.
I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross (1980)
To this day, diana is still Diana Ross’s best-selling album. The single “I’m Coming Out”, alongside “Upside Down”, kept the album at the top of the R&B charts for eight weeks and gave Rodgers another Grammy nomination. In recent history, “I’m Coming Out” was also sampled on The Notorious B.I.G.’s 1997 smash hit “Mo Money Mo Problems”.
Let’s Dance by David Bowie (1983)
Rodgers was a key collaborator in David Bowie’s career. He not only produced Bowie’s biggest-selling album, he totally reimagined ‘Let’s Dance’. It went from folk to funk.
Like a Virgin by Madonna (1984)
Madonna’s first number one album is one of Rodgers’s greatest accomplishments. He helped the popstar become the legend she is today when he produced not only the singles “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl”, but the whole Like a Virgin album.
The Wild Boys by Duran Duran (1984)
This track became one of Duran Duran’s biggest hits worldwide.
Get Lucky – Daft Punk (2013)
Daft Punk’s album Random Access Memories won the lucrative “Album of the Year” award at the 2014 Grammy Awards and features various famous artists. However, the single “Get Lucky” shot the album to commercial and critical success, a track which Rodgers worked on with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams. It topped the charts in 35 countries and cemented Rodgers’s legendary status in the EDM community.
Lay Me Down – Avicii (2014)
In an interview with The LA Times Rodgers said the late DJ Avicii was “like my little brother”. The two greats collaborated on “Lay Me Down” in 2013 after meeting backstage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and featured Adam Lambert with the lead vocals.