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Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers is one of those rare musical talents that can do almost anything. He began his journey as a session musician in his hometown, New York City – playing with the Sesame Street traveling band, and then as a house band member at the Apollo.  In 1977 Rodgers formed the funk/disco/soul band CHIC along with bass player Bernard Edwards. Their signature sound pushed hits including “Le Freak” and “Good Times” to the top of the charts and fueled the dance floor at clubs like the infamous Studio 54. Starting in 1979, Rodgers and Edwards tried their hand at production and scored a massive success right out of the gate with Sister Sledge’s “We are Family.”  In the 1980s Rodgers became one of the most sought after producers, helping to create albums that redefined an artist’s career, including Diana Ross, Diana, David Bowie, Let’s Dance, INXS, Original Sin, Madonna, Like a Virgin, Duran Duran, Notorious, The B-52s, Cosmic Thing, and the Vaughn Brothers, Family Style. Rodgers shows no sign of slowing down, and one of his most recent endeavours had him working as a key part of the team that created Daft Punk’s 2013 album Random Access Memories.  Nile Rodgers has left his mark on rock and roll – and any of today’s dance band, funk-inspired, soul groove, electro musicians can trace their roots right back to him.

Spotify Playlist


YouTube Interviews and Documentaries

Archival Items

Video: Evening With Nile Rodgers Part Two
Vice President of Education Warren Zanes interviews musician and producer Nile Rodgers. Rodgers discusses funk music, his early influences, and the club scene of the 1970s.

Artist Files on Chic, 1979-1980
The Michael Ochs Collection includes a folder of documents related to the band Chic.

Photograph File (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Records--Curatorial Affairs Division Records)
Undated folder of photographs of Nile Rodgers.

Cheese Borger Collection: Nile Rodgers Documents
Undated documents related to Nile Rodgers that can include photographs, press kits, and biographies

Philadelphia Inquirer Photographs
Photographs of Nile Rodgers, including press photos.

YouTube Performances

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