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Producer Spotlight: The Chic Organization

by Mosi Reeves

Producer Spotlight: The Chic Organization

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From 1978 to 1980, the Chic Organization -- guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards -- were the hottest producers in the music industry. It was a gloriously brief period, but it's not that unusual in a marketplace known for its rapacious exploitation of trends. How can the Rock Hall of Fame dismiss the best disco band in the world for being too temporal when they admitted The Sex Pistols (on the basis of one album and some singles), Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (again, one album and some 12-inches) and Percy Sledge (really, just one classic song, "When a Man Loves a Woman")?

But let's set aside rants against the Rock Hall (for now). This celebration of Chic is for all those people who are discovering their greatness through Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" (with Rodgers on guitar) and/or the recent Chic episode on TV One's Unsung. Our playlist features all of the band's hits, as well as songs the duo produced for Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, former Chic singer Norma Jean Wright, Debbie Harry of Blondie, and French Europop group Sheila & B. Devotion. It's a relatively small mix of music that had an outsized historical impact. (For more on Nile Rodgers, check out our Nile Rodgers Primer.)

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