group "Chic," the brainchild
of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, burst on the music scene in the
late 70’s with monster hits, including, “Le Freak,” and “Good Times.”
Rodgers and Edwards were introduced-by a mutual friend, they wanted to create
a group which featured female singers, who had the stylish look of models with
strong vocals. The song “Good Times,” was composed after the
doorman at nightclub “Studio 54,” rejected Rodgers and Edwards from
entering the club for Grace Jones’ birthday party because a rep forgot
to include their names on the list. They returned to Nile’s place and composed
the song “Good Times,” out of frustration.
first time Nile heard “Rappers Delight,” by the ‘Sugar Hill Gang,’ he
was in a New York club and thought it was the DJ rapping over his and Bernard’s
song. He thought it was cool and went up to the DJ and found out, “his
song,” was featured in a record and the group didn’t get permission in any way
to use the song.
and Bernard threatened a lawsuit. Armed gangsters were sent to their
studio and the gangsters pointed guns at their heads, they guys were shocked
but they didn’t want anyone to get away with stealing their song. They
contacted their lawyer, he actually knew the people. He managed to work
out a deal with them and Nile and Bernard got paid $500,000 in cash.
the years, due to publishing and songwriting royalties, both men became fabulously
wealthy. Both bought penthouses (facing each other)and Porsche sports
cars. Bernard also splurged on a family home and car since he also had
a wife with six kids.
and Bernard named the songwriting and publishing arm of their company, ‘The
Chic Organization.’ They would produce monster hits for Diana
Ross, Sister Sledge and Blondie.
the production team broke-up, Nile would write and produced “Material Girl,”
and “Like A Virgin,” for Madonna.
at the age of 43, Bernard Edwards died of pneumonia while touring with the group
“Power Station,” in Tokyo in 1996.
drummer Tony Thompson would die of kidney cancer in November of 2003.
Rodgers and Bernard Edwards would be inducted into the ‘Dance Hall Of Fame,”
and are considered the most successful writer/producer team of the disco era.