Life and work
Rodgers was born in 1952 in the Bronx, studied music and was active at the beginning of the 1970s in the studio band of Sesame Street. Then as a guitarist in the house band of the Apollo Theater in New York. Beginning in 1976, Rodgers was mostly in the team with the Bassgitaristen Bernard Edwards a stylish visual and trend -setting musician and producer. Rodgers and Edwards first met in 1971 know and exchanged views on their musical similarities. Rodgers played at that time still with the less successful "Big Apple Band" in smaller clubs, but even then with Edwards planned to form a rock group.
In 1976 they began radio jazz with disco and rock elements to weave. In 1976 they founded the band Chic. Chic had hits like " Le Freak ", " Dance, Dance, Dance, Everybody Dance ", "My Forbidden Lover" and "Good Times" (U.S. # 1), its inclusion is borrowed, among others, Sugar Hill Gang, and thus the first rap hit rapper's Delight created. The rock band Queen built on the characteristic bass line on their hit " Another One Bites the Dust" (1980). At the same time wrote and produced Rodgers and Edwards for the group Sister Sledge disco hit " We Are Family ", " He's the Greatest Dancer", both of which reached U.S. # 1 in 1979, "Lost in Music". Rodgers also worked with the French singer Sheila B. Devotion together for the title spacer. He's the Greatest Dancer from 1979, 22 years later covered by Layton & Stone feat. Major Leonard (vocals) for their song Better World ( released on CD single, BMG loudly, 2001, credits: Rodgers / Edwards). In the late version but plays contrary to Sister Sledge the distinctive solo voice of Leonard Major, the main role.
His reputation as an excellent producer built Rodgers productions for, inter alia, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Duran Duran, Dan Reed Network, Grace Jones, Laurie Anderson ( Home of the Brave ), The B -52's, Mick Jagger and David from Bowie.
In the U.S., popular music is still in "black" and "white" divided. Nile Rodgers is the first musician and producer who produced music with both African- American and white artists, which was commercially successful and groundbreaking. He was in the 1980s one of the few producers whose music was played by "white" and "black" radio stations. He produced the soundtracks for the games Halo 2 and Halo 3, and composed for the second part of the song Never Surrender along with Nataraj.
2005 saw its inclusion in the Dance Music Hall of Fame. In 2010, she was diagnosed with prostate cancer Rodgers. Two years later, Rodgers stated in 2013 to be completely healthy again.
Since 1982 he has also been involved as a composer in many Hollywood productions. Among other things, 1988 for the director Julien Temple at Zebo, the third from the star center ( Earth Girls Are Easy ) and John Landis in Coming to America ( Coming to America ). 1993 for the director William Friedkin in blue chips and 1994 again for John Landis during production to Beverly Hills Cop III.
- 2005: acceptance into the Dance Music Hall of Fame