Sunday, July 21, 2024

Yesterday, David Turned Sixty-Five

Me and David

Yesterday, David Bowie turned Sixty-Five years old and I'm happy to be alive. Both of these facts are amazing! I've had countless medical emergencies, most resulting from an excessive Rock-N-Roll lifestyle.

I gave up drugs 17 years ago but was attacked by aggressive cancer last year and I'm very thankful to be alive.

David and I have many shared colleagues in music who are no longer with us. I'm reflecting on a few of them now because Yesterday, David Turned Sixty-Five.

David, Stevie Ray Vaughan and me - We first worked together on Let's Dance and I produced Stevie's last project, The Vaughan Brothers

Luther Vandross with David - Luther was in CHIC from the beginning and with David in Young Americans

CHIC with Luther - an early tour

David and Mick Ronson - Mick worked with us right before he passed away

Bowie with our vocal choir - Lamya al Mugheiry is on David's left

Me, Bernard Edwards and David - 'Nard played on the Let's Dance album and was my partner for 20 years

Tony Thompson played with CHIC from the beginning and is also on David's Let's Dance album and Serious Moonlight tour

Yesterday, David Bowie Turned Sixty-Five

Le Freak:
An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny
Written by Nile Rodgers

Category: Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs; Biography & Autobiography - Composers & Musicians; Music - Popular
Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: October 2011
Price: $ 12.99
ISBN: 978-0-679-64403-3 (0-679-64403-2)

Available as a hardcover and eBook.

You will hear a Nile Rodgers song today. It will make you happy.

Today's pop music—genre-crossing, gender-bending, racially mixed, visually stylish, and dominated by dance music with global appeal—is the world that Nile Rodgers created. In the 1970s and 1980s, he wrote and produced the songs that defined that era and everything that came after: "Le Freak," "Good Times," "We Are Family," "Like a Virgin," "Modern Love," "I'm Coming Out," "The Reflex," "Rapper's Delight." Aside from his own band, Chic, he worked with everyone from Diana Ross and Madonna to David Bowie and Duran Duran (not to mention Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Prince, Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Depeche Mode, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Grace Jones, Bryan Ferry, INXS, and the B-52's), transforming their music, selling millions of records, and redefining what a pop song could be.

Read more about order the memoir here:
"Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny"