Personalities | Chic | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1976–83, 1990–92, 1996, 1998–present)

Chic were a disco outfit built around the songwriting and production team of Nile Rodgers (guitar) and Bernard Edwards (bass), who were originally part of a New York rock band but changed direction when unable to secure a record deal. Chic evolved from demos recorded by the pair that formed the basis of their first album Chic (1977), for which drummer Tony Thompson and singer Norma Jean Wright were drafted in. Lead-off single ‘Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)’ was a smash. Additional vocalist Luci Martin was added as Chic went on tour.

C’est Chic (1978) and Risqué (1979) were textbook examples of disco, spawning massive hit singles in ‘Le Freak’, ‘I Want Your Love’ and ‘Good Times’. The latter became the rhythmic base for the early rap/hip hop song ‘Rapper’s Delight’ by the Sugarhill Gang. Chic drifted apart in the early 1980s but reformed in 1990. Edwards died in 1996.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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