London Records is a British record label that marketed records in the United States and Latin America from 1947 to 1979 before becoming semi-independent. London arose from the split in ownership between the American branches of Decca Records; the American branch of London Records released British Decca records in the U. S. since British Decca could not use the "Decca" name there. The label was noted for classical albums made in state-of-the-art stereophonic sound, such artists as Georg Solti, Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti; the London name was used by British Decca in the UK market for releases taken from American labels which British Decca licensed, such as Imperial, Dot, Atlantic and Sun, the first two UK releases from Motown. By the 1960s more licensing deals had been made with Big Top, Parrot, Hi, subsidiary labels were London Atlantic, London Dot and London Monument. An unusual feature was the letter code in the numbering system. From the late 1950s until 1973, the label bore the logo "London American Recordings", on Radio Luxembourg it was known as "London American".
In America, the label was best known as the American imprint of the pre–1971 recordings of the Rolling Stones. The label originally issued some early LPs and singles by Texas-based band ZZ Top. In the late 1970s, London signed deals with Bomp! Records and with Big Sound in Connecticut, U. S; this changed the label in the eyes of many from a backwater into something a little more "edgy" compared to the pedestrian contemporary releases from parent company Decca. The president of London Records in the 1970s was D. H. Tollerbond. After British Decca was acquired by PolyGram in 1979, London followed a more independent course with subsidiary labels such as Slash, Pete Tong's Essential Records and FFRR. Universal Music Group acquired PolyGram in 1998. In the 90's Tracy Bennet became President and Colin Bell, Managing Director; when Ames moved to the Warner Music Group, he took the label with him, so all of London's recent back catalogue was acquired by Warner, which acquired the London name and trademark from Decca.
The name is still used for UK-based artists, for ex-Factory Records artists. Notable artists released by that incarnation of London, called London Records 90, include New Order, Happy Mondays, A, Shakespears Sister. After PolyGram took over British Decca, classical-music albums recorded by British Decca continued to be released on the London label in the U. S. with a logo similar to the Decca classical label logo, until American Decca owner Universal bought British Decca owner PolyGram in 1998, after which they were all reissued on the original British Decca label in the U. S; the London pop music catalogue owned by Universal Music is now managed by Polydor Records, with US distribution handled by Mercury Records. Decca Records had a recording studio in West London. In 2010, Universal Music reclaimed ownership of the London Records trademark. On 1 July 2011 Universal Music reclaimed the London Records name and relaunched it under the executive team of Nick Raphael and Jo Charrington who together ran Epic Records for Sony Music Entertainment since 2001.
Both had started their careers at London Records in the Ames era in the 1990s. When Nick Raphael became president of Capitol Records's UK division in 2013, London Records moved there, where it operates as a subsidiary. In July 2017, Because Music announced that it would acquire Warner Music 90, the division of WMG that reissued most London Records artists from the PolyGram era; because completed the deal in August 2017, which includes the rights to over fifty London artists. Warner Music 90 will be rebranded as London Music Stream; because would acquire ten French performers including J. J. Cale's post-Mercury/Shelter catalog with the exception of The Road to Escondido, Mano Negra and The Beta Band from Warners in separate deals. With Because Music being distributed by Caroline Distribution in 2019, this returns London Music Stream to Universal, albeit as an independent label. London Records distributed labels throughout its existence. Among the more familiar labels are: Other subsidiaries include: Astra, All Boy, Ashley, Boot, Best, Brite Leaf, Cannon, Cedwicke, CGD, Chicory, Circle, Collier, Country Capers, Deaux, Domain, Edit, Folk Sing, G.
S. P. George, Great, Gulf, Hi Country, Imco, Jay Boy, Johen, K&G, KAB, Kingfish, LeJoint, London International, Louis, M. O. C. Mach, Magna Glide, Medway, Nefi, PAC, Pawn, Pen, P-K-M, Renegade, Ritz, Running Bear, Sahara, SCA, Shar-Dee, Siana, Splash, Sultan, Tarheel, Terrace, Tilt, Unison, Watch and XYZ Marion Menswear Gay Dad Onslaught Back to the Planet Banderas Chumbawamba East 17 The Yes/No People Voice of the Beehiv
1999 (Prince song)
"1999" is a song by American musician Prince, the title track from his 1982 album of the same name. In 1983, the song peaked at number 2 in Australia, it peaked at number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1982 but with its re-release, it peaked at number 12 in the US in July 1983, at number 25 in the UK in January 1983. Rolling Stone ranked the song number 215 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Following Prince's death, the song re-charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 41 moving up to number 27, making it the fourth separate time the song had entered the Hot 100 and the third different decade in which the song re-charted; as of April 30, 2016, it has sold 727,363 copies in the United States. The album version of the song starts with a slowed-down voice, reassuring the listener "Don't worry, I won't hurt you. I only want you to have some fun." Prince shares lead vocals on the track with members of his band The Revolution, namely Dez Dickerson, Lisa Coleman and Jill Jones.
Conceived to be a three-part harmony, it was decided to separate out the voices that started each verse. Some music critics have suggested Phil Collins' 1985 song "Sussudio" sounds similar to "1999". Collins confirmed this claim, remembers listening to "1999" while he was on tour with Genesis. Rolling Stone ranked the song number 215 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In January 1985, "1999" was released as a 12" single in the US with "Little Red Corvette" as the B-side, "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"/"D. M. S. R." in the UK. The single peaked at number 2 in its second week of release; the song was re-recorded at the end of 1998 with The New Power Generation, reusing portions of the original recording, was released the following year as 1999: The New Master. "1999" was re-released in the US in late 1998 to accompany the song's namesake year. It was released on 12" vinyl with the same track listing as the original 12" single: the album version, along with "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" and "D.
M. S. R." A CD single was issued with the same track listing, except the edit of "1999" was substituted for the album version. It was re-released again towards the end of its namesake year; the original version re-charted within the Top 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in December 1998, becoming Prince's last top 40 hit before his death in 2016. The video, directed by Bruce Gowers, was shot during the last week of rehearsals for the 1999 Tour, it depicts his band during a live performance. Just in time to take his part after Lisa Coleman, Jill Jones and Dez Dickerson, Prince appears on the stage from above, gliding down on a fireman's pole, wearing a glittery purple long coat. Something went wrong with shooting Dez's lead vocal line and that footage was re-shot by a local camera crew the afternoon prior to the first show of the 1999 Tour in Chattanooga on November 11, 1982. 7""1999" "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"12" UK"1999" "D. M. S. R."12" Germany"1999" "Let's Pretend We're Married"12" Australia"1999" "Uptown" "Controversy" "Dirty Mind" "Sexuality"12" - 1985 re-release"1999" "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"
"D. M. S. R." List of anti-war songs List of number-one dance singles of 1982 Nilsen, Per. The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince. Linghem: Uptown. ISBN 916315482X. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Myspace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, groups, photos and videos. Myspace was the largest social networking site in the world from 2005 to 2009, it is headquartered in California. Myspace was acquired by News Corporation in July 2005 for $580 million, in June 2006 surpassed Google as the most visited website in the United States. In April 2008, Myspace was overtaken by Facebook in the number of unique worldwide visitors and was surpassed in the number of unique U. S. visitors in May 2009, though Myspace generated $800 million in revenue during the 2008 fiscal year. Since the number of Myspace users has declined in spite of several redesigns; as of January 2018, Myspace was ranked 4,153 by total Web traffic, 1,657 in the United States. Myspace had a significant influence on pop culture and music and created a computer game platform that launched the successes of Zynga and RockYou, among others. Despite an overall decline, in 2015 Myspace still had 50.6 million unique monthly visitors and had a pool of nearly 1 billion active and inactive registered users.
In June 2009, Myspace employed 1,600 employees. In June 2011, Specific Media Group and Justin Timberlake jointly purchased the company for $35 million. On February 11, 2016, it was announced that Myspace and its parent company had been purchased by Time Inc. Time Inc. was in turn purchased by the Meredith Corporation on January 31, 2018. In August 2003, several eUniverse employees with Friendster accounts saw potential in its social networking features; the group decided to mimic the more popular features of the website. Within 10 days, the first version of Myspace was ready for launch, implemented using ColdFusion. A complete infrastructure of finance, human resources, technical expertise and server capacity was available for the site; the project was overseen by Brad Greenspan, who managed Chris DeWolfe, Josh Berman, Tom Anderson, a team of programmers and resources provided by eUniverse. The first Myspace users were eUniverse employees; the company held contests to see. EUniverse used its 20 million users and e-mail subscribers to breathe life into Myspace, move it to the head of the pack of social networking websites.
A key architect was tech expert Toan Nguyen who helped stabilize the Myspace platform when Brad Greenspan asked him to join the team. Co-founder and CTO Aber Whitcomb played an integral role in software architecture, utilizing the superior development speed of ColdFusion over other dynamic database driven server-side languages of the time. Despite over ten times the number of developers, developed in JavaServer Pages, could not keep up with the speed of development of Myspace and cfm; the MySpace.com domain was owned by YourZ.com, Inc. intended until 2002 for use as an online data storage and sharing site. By late 2003, it was transitioned from a file storage service to a social networking site. A friend, who worked in the data storage business, reminded Chris DeWolfe that he had earlier bought the domain MySpace.com. DeWolfe suggested. Brad Greenspan nixed the idea, believing that keeping Myspace free was necessary to make it a successful community. Myspace gained popularity among teenagers and young adults.
In February 2005, DeWolfe held talks with Mark Zuckerberg over acquiring Facebook but DeWolfe rejected Zuckerberg's $75 million offer. Some employees of Myspace, including DeWolfe and Berman, were able to purchase equity in the property before MySpace and its parent company eUniverse was bought. In July 2005, in one of the company's first major Internet purchases, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation purchased Myspace for US$580 million. News Corporation had beat out Viacom by offering a higher price for the website, the purchase was seen as a good investment at the time. Of the $580 million purchase price $327 million has been attributed to the value of Myspace according to the financial adviser fairness opinion. Within a year, Myspace had tripled in value from its purchase price. News Corporation saw the purchase as a way to capitalize on Internet advertising and drive traffic to other News Corporation properties. After losing the bidding war for Myspace, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone stunned the entertainment industry in September 2006 when he fired Tom Freston from the position of CEO. Redstone believed that the failure to acquire MySpace contributed to the 20% drop in Viacom's stock price in 2006 up to the date of Freston's ouster.
Freston's successor as CEO, Philippe Dauman, was quoted as saying "never let another competitor beat us to the trophy". Redstone told interviewer Charlie Rose that losing MySpace had been "humiliating", adding, "MySpace was sitting there for the taking for $500 million" In January 2006, Fox announced plans to launch a UK version of Myspace in a bid to "tap into the UK music scene", which they did, they launched similar versions in other countries. The 100 millionth account was created on August 2006, in the Netherlands. On November 1, 2007, Myspace and Bebo joined the Google-led OpenSocial alliance, which included Friendster, Hi5, LinkedIn, Plaxo and Six Apart. OpenSocial was to promote a common set of standards for software developers to write programs for social networks. Facebook remained independent. Google had been unsuccessful in build
Mary Christine Brockert, better known by her stage name Teena Marie, was an American singer-songwriter, producer. She was known by her childhood nickname Tina before taking the stage name Teena Marie and acquired the nickname Lady Tee, given to her by her collaborator and friend, Rick James, she was known for her distinctive soulful vocals, which caused many listeners to believe she was black. Her success in R&B and soul music, loyalty to these genres would earn her the title Ivory Queen of Soul, she played rhythm guitar and congas, wrote, produced and arranged all of her songs since her 1980 release, Irons in the Fire, which she said was her favorite album. Mary Christine, or Tina as she was called, was the daughter of construction worker Thomas Leslie Brockert and his wife, home renovator Mary Anne, she spent her early childhood in Calif.. Her ethnic heritage was Portuguese, Italian and American Indian. In 2005, while visiting Louisiana, she discovered that her paternal ancestors once lived in New Orleans.
She took to singing performing Harry Belafonte's Banana Boat Song by age two. She developed a fondness for singing Motown songs, her self-professed "gift from God" would become fine-tuned as the years progressed; when she was eight years old, her parents began sending Tina on auditions which, among other things, netted her an acting role on The Beverly Hillbillies, credited as Tina Marie Brockert. She sang at the wedding of Jerry Lewis' daughter when she was 10 years old, she taught herself the guitar and congas. She would go on to form a semi-professional R&B band with her younger brother Anthony and their cousin. In the early 1970s, after the family moved to Venice, Los Angeles, Brockert spent her adolescent years in the black Venice enclave of Oakwood, nicknamed "Venice Harlem". There, she would acquire a strong spiritual influence from neighborhood matriarch Berthalynn Jackson, a black woman who would become her godmother. While attending Venice High School, Brockert joined the Summer Dance Production and was the female lead in the school's production of The Music Man.
She fronted a local Venice rock band "Truvair" in 1974–1975. Following graduation, Brockert juggled auditioning for various record companies with studying English Literature at Santa Monica College, she credited her love of reading with helping her to write lyrics. In 1976, Brockert gained an introduction to Motown Records staff producer Hal Davis, it led to an audition for a film about orphans, being developed by Motown. The project was shelved, but label boss Berry Gordy, impressed with her singing but having no need for a musical group, decided to sign her as a solo act. Tina recorded unreleased material with a number of different producers over the next few years, before being spotted by labelmate Rick James, impressed with her sound; some of Tina's earlier, unreleased material has since been made available on the compilation album First Class Love: Rare Tee. At the time, James established as a successful recording artist, was on tap to produce for Diana Ross but changed his mind and decided to work with Brockert, instead.
The result was her debut album release and Peaceful. The album was, at one point, due to be credited to "Teena Tryson", but was put out under "Teena Marie", the name by which she would be known throughout her remaining career, it scored Teena Marie. Neither the album nor its packaging had her picture on it, many radio programmers assumed she was black during the earliest months of her career; this myth was disproved when she performed her debut hit with James on Soul Train in 1979, becoming the show's first white female guest. Her second album, Lady T, featured her portrait on the cover, is noted for having production from Richard Rudolph. Teena Marie had asked Berry Gordy to contact Rudolph and secure his input, as Rick James was unavailable, she felt unprepared to be sole producer of her own material. Rudolph intended for the song he penned, "Now That I Have You", to be sung by his wife, but it was given to Teena Marie. Rudolph co-composed the single "Behind The Groove", which reached number 21 on the R&B singles chart and No. 6 on the U.
K. singles chart in 1980. The song would be included on the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the Fever 105 soundtrack. Another notable track, "Too Many Colors", featured Rudolph and Riperton's 7-year-old daughter, Maya Rudolph, who became Teena Marie's goddaughter. In 1980, Teena Marie released her third LP, Irons in the Fire, for which she handled most of the writing and production herself, an achievement considered rare at the time for a female artist; the single "I Need Your Lovin'" brought Teena Marie her first top 40 hit. That same year, Teena Marie appeared on James' album, Street Songs, with the duet "Fire and Desire". In an interview, Teena Marie said she had a fever at the time yet managed to record her vocals in one take. After the session, she was driven to a hospital; the two would perform the single at the 2004 BET Awards, which would be their last TV appearance with one another, as James died that year. Teena Marie continued her success
Graffiti Bridge (film)
Graffiti Bridge is a 1990 American rock musical drama film written by, directed by, starring Prince in his fourth and final film role. It is the sequel to his 1984 film Purple Rain. Like its predecessor, it was accompanied by a soundtrack album of the same name; the plot continues with The Kid, living future life as an upbeat performer and co-owner of a club, Glam Slam, willed to him from Billy, the owner of First Avenue Club in the first film. Solitary and lovelorn, he spends his personal time composing songs, writing letters to his deceased father; the other co-owner, included in the will is Morris, his rival who now owns his own club, while desiring control of the other two clubs in the Seven Corners area, which are Melody Cool and the Clinton Club. Needing to pay the mayor of Seven Corners $10,000, Morris attempts to extort The Kid – by threatening to take full ownership of Glam Slam. Making matters more interesting is the arrival of Aura, an angel sent from Heaven to sway both Morris and The Kid into leading more righteous lives – while dealing with their attraction to her.
As The Kid continues to show resistance, Morris begins to embarrass him by way of performances with his band, to steal The Kid's customers. Losing clientele and having his club defamed by Morris's henchmen, The Kid decides to challenge Morris to a music battle for ownership of Glam Slam. Prince as The Kid, owner of the Glam Slam Club Morris Day as Morris, co-owner of Glam Slam, the Pandemonium Club Jerome Benton as Jerome, Morris's assistant The Time as themselves Jill Jones as Jill, Kid's girlfriend Mavis Staples as Melody Cool, the owner of Melody Cool Club George Clinton as George, owner of the Clinton Club Ingrid Chavez as Aura, an angel Tevin Campbell as Tevin, the son of Melody Cool Robin Power as Robin, co-owner of Glam Slam and the Pandemonium Club, the daughter of Billy, the owner of First Avenue Club in the first film Rosie Gaines as a member of The Kid's band, NPG Elisa Fiorillo as Aura's singing voice According to Terry Lewis, the film was a vehicle for The Time, but "in the end the story got lost and it became a Prince picture.
But, cool. I think our rapport with Prince is better now than it's been, because there's a mutual respect in the air... Plus we got to hang out for six months on somebody else's budget." Morris Day explained: "A sequel to Purple. And the role that The Time plays is, crooks. In Purple Rain we were small time crooks and now we've graduated to the big time. We own and control this area called Seven Corners –, four corners and four clubs – and everyone answers to us. It's about the rivalry between us and The Kid, the picked-on, felt-sorry-for hero, but in the end he gets the girl and he beats us with a ballad. He changes our hearts and minds and makes us into good, church-going individuals with a song." The film is tied into the album of the same name, which spawned the chart-making singles, "Round and Round" and "New Power Generation", as well as "Thieves in the Temple". Despite the film receiving lukewarm responses from audiences, the accompanying album fared better. Although there were many tracks, the following ones were selected for the album to appear in listed order within the film, although several songs appear in shorter and rearranged lengths.
"Can't Stop This Feeling I Got" – Prince "New Power Generation" – Prince and New Power Generation "Release It" – The Time "We Can Funk" – Prince featuring George Clinton and Rosie Gaines "Elephants & Flowers" – Prince "Round and Round" – Tevin Campbell "Joy in Repetition" – Prince "Love Machine" – The Time & Elisa Fiorillo "Thieves in the Temple" – Prince "The Question of U" – Prince "Shake!" - The Time "Tick, Bang" – Prince "Melody Cool" – Mavis Staples "Still Would Stand All Time" – Prince The film was nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst New Star. Despite media hype of it being the sequel to the massively successful Purple Rain, it was a commercial and critical failure and was included on several Worst-of-1990 movie lists. Graffiti Bridge holds a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 3.7/10. However, the corresponding original soundtrack received widespread critical acclaim with glowing reviews from Rolling Stone's Paul Evans, Entertainment Weekly's Greg Sandow, the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot, the latter stating that the album was "a sprawling, wildly diffuse statement on love, sin and salvation that ranks with his best work."
In his review, Evans wrote that Prince... has mustered a subversive triumph, making records half-brilliant, half-quirky, managing the Minneapolis scene with the ghost hand of a funky Gatsby, deploying an army-harem of disciples and flashing a dazzle of guises unified in their harlequin outrageousness. By the promiscuity of these bold strategies, he has inseminated the whole of pop. With Graffiti Bridge and its firm coalescence of his styles and concerns, Prince reasserts his originality — and does it with the ease of a conqueror; the title "Graffiti Bridge" comes from a now torn-down bridge located in Minnesota. The bridge was torn down in the early 1990s to make way for new construction, but to this day remains a local legend. Graffiti Bridge was released on DVD on February 8, 2005; the film was released on Blu-ray for the first time on October 4, 2016 separately in a purple case and as part of the Prince Movie Collection. Graffiti Bridge on IMDb Graffiti Bridge at Rotten Tomatoes Graffiti Bridge at Box Office Mojo
Dirty Mind is the third album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on October 8, 1980, by Warner Bros. Records as the follow-up to his self-titled second album, Prince. Produced and composed by Prince in his home studio in Minneapolis, the album debuted at number 63 on the US Billboard 200 chart, earned widespread acclaim from music critics. On June 6, 1984, it was certified gold in shipments by the Recording Industry Association of America. Dirty Mind was recorded in Prince's home studio throughout 1980, several of the songs were cut in one night, giving them a sparse, demo-like quality; the title track was released as a single and described as "robotic funk" by AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine, while "When You Were Mine", notably covered by Cyndi Lauper on her album She's So Unusual, is "pure new wave pop". "Do It All Night" and "Head", a sexually explicit song about a chance meeting with a bride-to-be and seducing her with oral sex, contain "sultry funk". "Uptown" and "Partyup" are "relentless dance jams", according to Erlewine.
The album received critical acclaim. According to Ken Tucker from Rolling Stone, "Prince's first two collections established him as a doe-eyed romantic. Nothing could have prepared us for the liberating lewdness of Dirty Mind. Dirty Mind jolts with the unsettling tension that arises from rubbing complex erotic wordplay against clean, simple melodies. Across this ELECTRIC surface glides Prince's graceful quaver, tossing off lyrics with an exhilarating breathlessness, he takes the sweet romanticism of Smokey Robinson and combines it with the powerful vulgate poetry of Richard Pryor. The result is cool music dealing with hot emotions. At its best, Dirty Mind is positively filthy."Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic describes the album as "stunning, audacious amalgam of funk, new wave, R&B, pop, fueled by grinningly salacious sex and the desire to shock" and that it "set the style for much of the urban soul and funk of the early'80s". According to The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, "Dirty Mind remains one of the most radical 180-degree turns in pop history."
Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times described the music from the album as "confident and danceable blend of post-disco funk and tasty, hard-line rock". Prince's songwriting contains prominently sexual lyrics. Keith Harris of Blender characterizes its songs as "confessions of a sex junkie" with "new-wave funk". Pitchfork ranked Dirty Mind number 87 on its list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. Slant Magazine listed the album at number 53 on its "Best Albums of the 1980s" list. In 2003, the album was ranked number 204 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time; the same magazine ranked it at number 18 on its list of the "100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s". The first single, "Uptown" reached No. 101 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles but peaked within the top five of the R&B Singles chart and the Dance chart. The title track was modestly successful on the R&B chart; the songs "Uptown", "Dirty Mind", "Head" were released together, reaching the dance chart's top five.
"Head" was featured in the movie Waiting to Exhale. All tracks written except where noted. Prince - all vocals and instruments Lisa Coleman - backing vocals on "Head" Doctor Fink - synthesizer on "Dirty Mind" and "Head" Nathan Brackett, Christian Hoard; the New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Revised and Updated 4th Edition. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Dirty Mind at Discogs
Nile Gregory Rodgers Jr. is an American record producer, musician, composer and guitarist. The co-founder of Chic, he has written and performed on records that have cumulatively sold more than 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide, he is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a three-time Grammy Award-winner, the chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Known for his "chucking" guitar style, Rolling Stone wrote in 2014 that "the full scope of Nile Rodgers' career is still hard to fathom."Formed as the Big Apple Band in 1970 with bassist Bernard Edwards, Chic released their self-titled debut album in 1977. It included the hit singles "Dance, Dance" and "Everybody Dance"; the 1978 album C'est Chic produced the hits "I Want Your Love" and "Le Freak", with the latter selling more than 7 million singles worldwide. The song "Good Times" from the 1979 album Risque was a number one single on the pop and soul charts, became one of the most-sampled songs of all time, "ushering in" hip-hop via The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight", inspiring Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust", anchoring the Daft Punk hit "Around the World".
With Edwards, Rodgers wrote and produced music for other artists, including the songs "He's the Greatest Dancer" and "We Are Family" for Sister Sledge and "I'm Coming Out" for Diana Ross. After Chic's 1983 breakup Rodgers produced "a string of the post-disco era's biggest albums and singles", including David Bowie's Let's Dance, "Original Sin" by INXS, Duran Duran's "The Reflex" and "Notorious", Madonna's Like a Virgin, he worked with artists including The B-52s, Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, The Vaughan Brothers, Bryan Ferry, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Daft Punk, winning three Grammy Awards in 2014 for his work on their album Random Access Memories. Rodgers was born in New York City, on September 19, 1952, to Beverly Goodman, she became pregnant the first time she had sex, gave birth to Rodgers when she was 14. His biological father, Nile Rodgers Sr. – a traveling percussionist who specialized in Afro-Cuban beats – was present as Rodgers grew up. In 1959, Goodman married Bobby Glanzrock, who Rodgers described in his 2011 autobiography as a "beatnik PhD, whose observations had angles that would make Miles Davis contemplate his cool."
Richard Pryor, Thelonious Monk, Lenny Bruce visited their home in Greenwich Village. Glanzrock and Goodman were addicted to heroin, Rodgers began using drugs at 13. Before learning to play the guitar at 16, Rodgers played the clarinet; as a teenager, he played guitar with African, Latin and Boogaloo bands. He became a subsection leader of the Lower Manhattan branch of the New York Black Panther Party as a teenager. Rodgers met bassist Bernard Edwards in 1970 while working as a touring musician for the Sesame Street stage show. Together they formed The Big Apple Band, worked as back-up musicians for the vocal group New York City. New York City's one hit allowed them to tour extensively opening for The Jackson 5 on the American leg of their first world tour in 1973; the band dissolved after their second album failed to yield a hit, but Nile and Bernard joined forces with drummer Tony Thompson, worked and recorded as a funk rock band called The Boys, which played numerous gigs up and down the East Coast.
Although there was label interest, record companies passed on the band after discovering its members were black, believing that black rock artists would be too hard to promote. As the Big Apple Band and Edwards worked with Ashford & Simpson, Luther Vandross, many others. Since another New York artist, Walter Murphy, had a band called The Big Apple Band and Edwards were forced to change their band's name to avoid confusion. Thus, in 1977 the band was renamed as Chic. Inspired by Roxy Music, Chic developed a sound, a fusion of jazz and funk grooves with melodies and lyrics with a European influence. Between gigs, they recorded the song "Dance, Dance", with then-boss Luther Vandross on vocals. Released by Buddah Records, it was an instant hit when it was re-released by Atlantic in the summer of 1977. Atlantic picked up an album option with Rodgers and Edwards, who wrote more songs, Chic's self-titled debut was released in November; the band scored numerous top ten hits and helped propel disco to new levels of popularity, with "Le Freak", "I Want Your Love", "Everybody Dance", "Dance, Dance", "My Forbidden Lover", "Good Times" becoming club/pop/R&B standards.
"Le Freak" was Atlantic Records' only triple platinum selling single at the time, "Good Times" shot to No. 1 in August 1979 in spite of that year's "Disco Sucks" movement protesting that style of music. The success of Chic's first singles led Atlantic to offer Rodgers and Edwards the opportunity to produce any act on its roster, they chose Sister Sledge, whose 1979 album, We Are Family, peaked at No. 3 and remained on the charts well into 1980. The first two singles, "He's the Greatest Dancer" and the title cut "We Are Family" both reached No. 1 on the R&B chart, No. 6 and No. 2 on the Pop chart. In April 2018, "We Are Family"; the 1979 disco backlash derailed Chic, Edwards retreated from work, while Rodgers' drug use accelerated. Rodgers and Edwards delivered their final Atlantic album under contract, Believer, in 1982, they completed one of their last projects together in 1980, writing and producing the album Diana for Diana Ross, which yielded the hits "Upside Down" and "