Formed by New York session musicians guitarist Nile Rodgers and bass player Bernard Edwards, Chic emerged as one of the influential and best-regarded dance acts of the 1970s, refining disco in a way that indelibly left its mark on the music of the era. The first groups they formed together were The Boys and the Big Apple Band and, with former Labelle drummer Tony Thompson in the ranks, became a popular covers band. Signed by Atlantic, their self-titled debut album was released in 1977, featuring singers Luther Vandross and Norma Jean Wright and including the hit singles Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah) and Everybody Dance. Their best-known track, though, is infectious dance single LeFreak - featuring a memorable groove worked out spontaneously in Bernard Edwards' apartment which became the biggest-selling single in the history of the Warners label at that time - included on the album C'est Chic. Another of their biggest tracks Good Times was released on the Risque album in 1979, a significant influence on the dance and hip hop scene that followed (their music has been sampled on numerous hip hop records) and they became a much sought-after production outfit for other artists, including Diana Ross, David Bowie, Power Station and early Madonna. Various incarnations of the band followed, but two of the three core members Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson died in 1996 and 2003 respectively.




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