memories of the ’70s – Chic

For those ardent fans of the 1970s, the band Chic’s presence took traditional disco down the rock n roll road.

Founded by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, Chic came out of the desire for these two session players to create something unique. Bringing in drummer Tony Thompson, keyboardist Raymond Jones and eventually singer Norma Jean Wright.

The first song released by the band was Dance, Dance, Dance which later was part of their inaugural self-titled album in 1977 for Atlantic Records.

The following year the band released their second album C’est Chic, with the hit single Le Freak. After failing to meet with Grace Jones on New Year’s Eve at infamous NYC’s Studio 54, the band wrote the song as a rebuttal to the doorman.

The song became their first number one hit, selling six million copies and becoming a club hit in every disco across America. Their second hit song was from their third album Risque – the memorable song Good Times.

Not just a club hit for Chic, this song was influential to several artists and songs, including Grandmaster Flash’s Adventures on the Wheels of Steel, Rapper’s Delight by Sugarhill Gang, Another one bites the dust by Queen, Rapture by Blondie and Daft Punk’s Around the World.

While the band performed and created a few notable hits, Rodgers and Edwards produced songs for several other performers such as Sister Sledge, Sheila E., Diana Ross, Carly Ross and Debbie Harry, as well as working with a young Luther Vandross who worked as a backup singer for Chic.

By the end of the decade, the disparate paths of the band members and the change in the popular music caused the band to break up – but their influence and production was one that made for constant top 40 radio airplay in the 1970s.

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About Waheeda Harris

A pop culture junkie with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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