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There may be small argument that Chic was disco’s greatest band; and, employed in a intensely producer-dominated field, these were most surely a music group. By enough time Chic made an appearance in the past due ’70s, disco had been slipping in to the surplus that eventually triggered its downfall. Chic bucked the craze by stripping disco’s audio right down to its simple components; their funky, stylish grooves got an organic feeling of interplay which was lacking from a lot of their overproduced competition. Chic’s audio was anchored with the scratchy, Adam Brown-style tempo electric guitar of Nile Rodgers as well as the indelible, broadly imitated (occasionally outright taken) basslines of Bernard Edwards. As manufacturers, they used key pad and string embellishments financially, which held the focus on tempo. Chic’s distinctive strategy not only led to a number of the finest dance singles of their own time, but additionally helped develop a template for funk, dance-pop, and also hip-hop within the post-disco period. Not really coincidentally, Rodgers and Edwards finished up as two of the very most successful producers from the ’80s, as well as the audio they created and perfected continued to be relevant for many years. Rodgers and Edwards initial fulfilled in 1970, when both had been jazz-trained musicians clean from senior high school. Edwards experienced went to New York’s SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL for the Performing Arts and was employed in a Bronx postoffice at that time, while Rodgers’ early profession also included stints within the folk group ” NEW WORLD ” Rising as well as the Apollo Movie theater home orchestra. Around 1972, Rodgers and Edwards shaped a jazz-rock fusion group known as ny Band. This clothing moonlighted being a back-up music group, touring behind soft spirit vocal group NEW YORK within the wake of the 1973 strike “I’m Doin’ Great Today.” After NEW YORK broke up, ny Band hit the street with Carol Douglas for a couple a few months, and Rodgers and Edwards made a decision to make a chance of it independently toward the finish of 1976. Initially they turned their dreams from fusion to fresh wave, briefly carrying out as Allah & the Blade Wielding Punks, but quickly resolved into dance music. They enlisted onetime LaBelle drummer Tony Thompson and vocalists Norma Jean Wright and Alfa Anderson, and transformed their name to Chic in summer time 1977 in order to prevent misunderstandings with Walter Murphy & ny Band (who’d simply strike big with “A Fifth of Beethoven”). Augmented within the studio room by keyboardists Raymond Jones and Rob Sabino, Chic documented the demo solitary “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” and shopped it around to many major record businesses, which dropped it. The tiny Buddah label finally released it like a 12″ in past due 1977, so when its club recognition exploded, Atlantic stepped in, authorized the group, and re-released the solitary on the wider basis. “Dance, Dance, Dance” strike the very best Ten, peaking at quantity six, and produced Chic among the most popular new organizations in disco. Chic scrambled to construct their self-titled initial record, which spawned a follow-up strike, “Everybody Dance,” in early 1978. At this time, Wright still left to try her hands at a single profession (with the help of Rodgers and Edwards), and was changed by Luci Martin. It had been a great time to arrive onboard; “Le Freak,” the very first one from sophomore record C’est Elegant, was an out-of-the-box smash, spending five weeks together with the graphs toward the finish of 1978 and offering over four-million copies (which managed to get the biggest-selling one in Atlantic’s background). Follow-up “I’D LIKE Your Like” reached quantity seven, cementing the group’s fresh star position, and C’est Stylish became among the uncommon disco albums to visit platinum. 1979’s Risqué was another solidly built LP that also proceeded to go platinum, partially on the effectiveness of Chic’s second number 1 pop strike, “MEMORIES.” “MEMORIES” might not possess equaled the blockbuster product sales numbers of “Le Freak,” nonetheless it was the band’s most imitated monitor: Queen’s number 1 hit “A DIFFERENT ONE Bites the Dust” was a very clear rewrite, as well as the Sugarhill Gang raised the instrumental support monitor wholesale for the very first industrial rap one, “Rapper’s Joy,” marking the to begin often that Elegant grooves will be recycled into hip-hop information. Also in 1979, Rodgers and Edwards got on their initial major outside creation assignment, creating and composing the Sister Sledge smashes “WE HAVE BEEN Family” as well as the oft-sampled “He’s the best Dancer.” This achievement, in turn, got them the opportunity to use Diana Ross on 1980’s Diana recording, and they published and created “UGLY,” her 1st number one strike in years, in addition to “I’m DEVELOPING.” The disco trend was fading quickly by that time, nevertheless, and 1980’s True People didn’t go platinum despite another solid overall performance by the music group. Changing tastes end Chic’s heyday, as Rodgers and Edwards’ outside creation work shortly grew a lot more profitable, also despite aborted tasks with Aretha Franklin and Johnny Mathis. Many even more Chic LPs implemented in the first ’80s, with diminishing innovative and industrial comes back, and Rodgers and Edwards disbanded the group after completing the lackluster Believer in 1983. Later on that 12 months, both recorded single LPs that sank with out a track. Hungry for approval and respect within the rock and roll mainstream (specifically after accusations that that they had cheated Queen rather than the various other method around), both Rodgers and Edwards searched for high-profile creation and program work on the remaining decade. Rodgers created blockbuster albums like David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, Madonna’s Just like a Virgin, and Mick Jagger’s She’s the Manager. Edwards wasn’t as prolific like a maker, but did sign up for the one-off supergroup the energy Station alongside Tony Thompson in addition to Robert Palmer and people of avowed Chic enthusiasts Duran Duran; he later on produced Palmer’s industrial discovery, Riptide. Edwards also caused Pole Stewart (Out of Purchase), Jody Watley, and Tina Turner, while Rodgers’ additional credits are the Thompson Twins, the Vaughan Brothers, INXS, as well as the B-52’s’ return Cosmic Thing. Rodgers and Edwards re-formed Chic in 1992 with fresh vocalists Sylver Logan Clear and Jenn Thomas, and a variety of program drummers in Thompson’s place; they toured and released a fresh record, Chic-ism. In 1996, the reconstituted Chic embarked on a tour of Japan; unfortunately, on Apr 18, Edwards passed on in his Tokyo accommodation because of a severe episode of pneumonia. Rodgers continuing to tour sometimes with a edition of Chic. In 1999, his Sumthing Else label released a documenting of Edwards’ last performance using the music group, Live on the Budokan. Moreover, Rodgers put together The Chic Company Box Established, Vol. 1: Savoir Faire, a four-disc anthology released this year 2010. Rodgers’ profession was boosted once again, via a string of collaborations with Duran Duran and Daft Punk, amongst others. He released a memoir, defeat cancer, and held the Chic name alive through high-profile shows, the 2015 solitary “I’M GOING TO BE There,” and programs to get a 2016 album.

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Full Name Chic
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs Le Freak, Good Time, I Want Your Love, Everybody Dance, My Forbidden Lover, I'll Be There, Chic Mystique, Soup for One, My Feet Keep Dancing, Chic Cheer, Stage Fright, Rebels Are We, Good Times / Rapper's Delight, At Last I Am Free, A Warm Summer Night, Hangin', Dance Dance Dance, Real People, Mégachic, You Are Beautiful, Will You Cry, Back In The Old School, Chicism, Sometimes You Win, You Can Get By, Happy Man, Bone, Falling in Love With You, Est-Ce Que C'Est Chic, Jack Le Freak, Jusagroove, Burn Hard
Albums C'est Chic, Live at the Budokan, Risqué, Chic, Real People, Chic-ism, Soup for One, Tongue in Chic, Take It Off, Believer, Chic Freak and More Treats, A Night in Amsterdam, Up All Night, The Very Best of Chic, The Very Best of Chic & Sister Sledge, Dance, Dance, Dance: The Best of Chic, The Definitive Groove Collection, Les Plus Grands Succès De Chic: Chic's Greatest Hits, Good Times: The Very Best of the Hits & the Remixes, Freak Out: The Greatest Hits of Chic and Sister Sledge, Megachic: Best of Chic, Everybody Dance, Good Times (Live), Experience Chic Live From Amsterdam, Le Freak (Live), The Best Of Chi Live, Best Of (Live in Paradiso), The 12" Singles Collection, Dance, Dance, Dance & Other Hits, The Best of Chic, Volume 2, An Evening with Chic (Expanded Edition) [Live], The Studio Album Collection 1977 - 1992, Magnifique! The Very Best of Chic, Nile Rodgers Presents: The Chic Organization Box Set, Volume 1 / Savoir Faire, Chic Greatest Hits (Live), Rhino Hi-Five: Chic, Chic & Beyond, Freak Out - Live, Mount Fuji Jazz Festival (Live), Chic Forever, Dance Elite: Best Of Chic (Live), All Their Hits Live, Chic Live Tour, Back To Back: Sister Sledge & Chic, Best Of Collection
Nominations Juno Award for International Single of the Year, UK Festival Award for Anthem Of The Summer, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group

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1 Tony Thompson (b. Nov. 15, 1954) died from renal cancer on Nov. 12, 2003, at age 48.
2 Members have included Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, Tony Thompson.



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Special Correspondents 2016 performer: "Good Times"
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Everybody Wants Some!! 2016 performer: "Good Times"
American Horror Story 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ballers 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Think Like a Man Too 2014 performer: "Le Freak"
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1979 2014 TV Movie documentary performer: "Le Freak"
Buddy 2013/II performer: "Le Freak"
The Great British Year 2013 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1978 2013 TV Movie documentary performer: "Everybody Dance", "Freak Out"
Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story 2012 TV Movie performer: "Good Times"
The Secret Disco Revolution 2012 Documentary performer: "Le Freak", "Good Times"
El donante 2012 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Joy of Disco 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "Dance Dance Dance Yowser, Yowser' Yowser", "Le Freak"
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Barbara 2012/I performer: "At Last I Am Free"
Kinect Sports: Season Two 2011 Video Game performer: "Le Freak"
Gossip Girl 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shame 2011 performer: "I Want Your Love"
Super 8 2011 performer: "Le Freak"
The Hooker with a Heart of Gold 2010 performer: "Le Freak"
You Again 2010 performer: "We Are Family" 1979
The Inbetweeners 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Danville 2nd Ward Young Men 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Toy Story 3 2010 performer: "Le Freak"
Furry Vengeance 2010 performer: "Le Freak"
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2010 performer: "LE FREAK"
Dancing on Ice 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony 2009 Video Game performer: "Everybody Dance"
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Up in the Air 2009/I performer: "Good Times" 1979
Clubbed 2008 performer: "Good Times", "Everybody Dance"
Sex: The Revolution 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Patinando por un sueño 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2006 TV Series 1 episode
Volando voy 2006 performer: "Le Freak"
Everybody Hates Chris 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Roll Bounce 2005 performer: "Le Freak"
Fever Pitch 2005 performer: "Dance, Dance, Dance Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah" 1977
Son of the Mask 2005 performer: "Le Freak"
Shrek 2 2004 performer: "Le Freak" 1978
Cold Case 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 performer: "Le Freak"
The In-Laws 2003/I performer: "Good Times"
The Disco Ball 2003 TV Special performer: "Le Freak"
Freak Out 2003 performer: "Everybody Dance"
The Wire 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family' 2002 Documentary performer: "Le Freak"
Rush Hour 2 2001 performer: "Let's Bounce"
Save the Last Dance 2001 performer: "Be Faithful"
Unison 2000 Video Game performer: "Everybody Dance"
Mad Cows 1999 performer: "Good Times"
I epithesi tou gigantiaiou mousaka 1999 performer: "Good Times"
Mystery Men 1999 performer: "Le Freak"
Summer of Sam 1999 performer: "Everybody Dance" 1977
B.U.S.T.E.D 1999 performer: "Happy Man"
54 1998 performer: "Dance, Dance, Dance Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah"
The Last Days of Disco 1998 performer: "Le Freak", "Everybody Dance", "Good Times"
Woo 1998 performer: "J-A-N-E Meets N.O.R.E."
Heavy Weights 1995 performer: "LE FREAK"
Ricochet 1991 performer: "Chic Mystique"
Whatever Happened to Mason Reese 1990 Short performer: "Everybody Dance"
Wild Style 1983 performer: "Good Times"
Direktion City 1982 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Soup for One 1982 performer: "SOUP FOR ONE", "OPEN UP", "I WANT YOUR LOVE"
Only Fools and Horses.... 1981 TV Series performer - 1 episode
WKRP in Cincinnati 1978-1981 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Top of the Pops 1977-1980 TV Series performer - 17 episodes
North Dallas Forty 1979 performer: "Good Times"
Diff'rent Strokes 1979 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grease Day USA 1978 TV Movie documentary performer: "Dance, Dance, Dance Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah" - uncredited



Night of the Proms 2014 TV Movie Band
Chic: Live in Amsterdam at the Paradisco 2005 Video Chic
TROS Top 50 1978 TV Series



American Idol 2015 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guests
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Night of the Proms: Classic Meets Pop 2015 TV Movie Themselves - Group
Night of the Proms 2013 TV Series Themselves / Themselves - Band
The X Factor 2013 TV Series Themselves - Special Guests
Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2013 TV Mini-Series Themselves
Hip-Hop Honors 2004 TV Special Themselves
The Disco Ball 2003 TV Special Themselves
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Numéro 1 1979-1980 TV Series Themselves
New Year's Rockin' Eve 1980 1979 TV Special Themselves - Performers
Top of the Pops 1979 TV Series Themselves
Soul Train 1979 TV Series Themselves
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1979 TV Series Themselves
New American Bandstand 1965 1978 TV Series Themselves-Singers

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The Seventies 2015 TV Series documentary Themselves
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1979 2014 TV Movie documentary Themselves
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series Themselves
Top of the Pops 2 1994 TV Series Themselves
Top of the Pops 1979 TV Series Themselves

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