Nile Rodgers, guitarist, producer
Guitarist ~ Producer
birth name: Nile Gregory Rodgers

Nile Rodgers

September 19, 1952, New York, NY

It was clear that Rodgers possessed exceptional musical talent early on, and by the age of 19, was playing guitar as part of the house band for the world famous Apollo Theatre (playing alongside the likes of Aretha Franklin, Funkadelic, etc.). Rodgers soon grew tired of his status as a backup musician, however, and sought to put together a band of his own. He found a like-minded musician in another New York City resident, bassist Bernard Edwards, during the early '70s. ~ Allmusic: Nile Rodgers ~ retrieved September 18, 2013 © Allmusic

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September 19, 1987 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) Los Lobos, La Bamba ~ #2 (3) Whitney Houston, Didn't We Almost Have It All ~ #1 (2) Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett, I Just Can't Stop Loving You


Nile Rodgers ~ Ranked #41 SPIN 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time in 2012 ~ Disco's only guitar hero. ~ 2012 © SPIN

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Peter Gabriel ~ So (1986) ~ Ranked #187 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Gabriel got funky on the 1982 single Shock The Monkey. It took him four years to follow up, but So delivered. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone


Chic, the New York-based group that rose to the fore of the late 1970s dance scene, created a trademark sound driven by Nile Rodgers's funky guitar riffs and Bernard Edwards's throbbing bass lines. With stripped-down production, they stuck to the funk essentials of bass, rhythm guitar, drums, and vocals that were always deep in the mix. ~ Musicianguide: Chic ~ retrieved April 20, 2014 © Musicianguide

Chic ~ Risque (1979) ~ Ranked #23 NME Best Albums Of 1979.

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