Nile Rodgers

Nile Gregory Rodgers Jr born 19th Sept 1952 in New York is one of the single most important musicians of the modern age. Be it either as Songwriter/Guitarist or Producer, he has over 500,000,000 albums sales and 75,000,000 single sales. Add to that 3 Grammy, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is a tour de force responsible of some of the most loved music of recent times.

Lets have a look at a highlighted list of artists and songs he has been involved in.

  • Diana Ross
  • Madonna
  • David Bowie
  • Duran Duran
  • INXS
  • Sister Sledge
  • Blondie
  • Jeff Beck
  • Thompson Twins
  • Mick Jagger
  • Grace Jones
  • B-52’s
  • Daft Punk
  • Pharrell
  • Chic


  • Le Freak
  • Everybody dance
  • Good times
  • He’s the Greatest dancer
  • We are family
  • I’m coming out
  • Like a virgin
  • Let’s dance
  • Notorious
  • The reflex
  • Get Lucky

This list could be considerably longer but I shall allow you to investigate Nile in more depth yourself. Hopefully I will have peaked your interest.

Lets give you a bit more Nile knowledge, in the 1990’s Nile had his heart stop 8 times in one night causing him to rethink his lifestyle. Move on to 2011 and he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, he then set upon a flourish of work and touring, fearing he was coming to the end. in 2014 he was given the all clear. 2017 he had a lump removed from his Kidney. He is still touring like mad and working like a dervish.

Nile and Bernard Edwards formed a band that would become Chic in 1970, and released their first album as Chic in 1977. Chic are possibly the most archetypal disco band of all time. They are now known as the Chic Organisation and in 2013 played the Glastonbury festival. They have since gone on to play massive gigs worldwide. He is always accompanied by his white 1960 Fender Strat known as the Hitmaker. He plays that guitar on your song… it’ll be a hit. It is legendary. Couple this guitar with his iconic trademark rhythm style and you have part of the reason why he is so important. Add to it his production and writing skills and we have one of the most important musicians there has ever been. I’ve very proud to say I have seen him live many times now and each time is a privilege

~ by Geoff Lea Guitar on January 31, 2019.

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