Nile Rodgers’ Journey: From Disco To Abbey Road

Nile Rodgers seems to have done it all.

The 65-year-old Westporter/musician/ producer/ composer/arranger  has performed or produced for everyone from Sister Sledge (“We Are Family”) to Duran Duran, David Bowie, Madonna and Britney Spears.

He’s earned Grammys for Record of the Year and Album of the Year (for Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories”).

Those of us a bit older remember his guitar work with Chic (“Le Freak”).  Nearly 40 years later, he played at President Obama’s final White House party. It lasted until 6 a.m.

Nile Rodgers has even been honored as the Westport Library’s “Booked for the Evening” star.

But now he’s got a new gig: chief creative advisor at Abbey Road.

The legendary artist joins the most legendary studio on the planet. He’ll record rock and pop stars, while also mentoring up-and-coming performers.

Rodgers — who told the BBC he dreamed of working at Abbey Road ever since he heard “I Want to Hold Your Hand” — says that every day at work, he sees people recreating the road-crossing made famous on the Beatles’ eponymous album.

But, he adds, the studio remains cutting-edge. “I’m an audio fanatic. I want my new stuff to sound amazing.”

He’s already worked with Bruno Mars there.

It really must be “Something” to watch the 2 stars “Come Together.”

(For more details on Nile Rodgers’ new project, click here. Hat tip: Alan Hodge.)

Nile Rodgers outside Abbey Road Studios. (Photo/Jill Furmanovsky for BBC)

6 responses to “Nile Rodgers’ Journey: From Disco To Abbey Road

  1. Camilla Moe Roisland

    Did you write about him before me???? C

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Tom Feeley Sr

    Besides being a fabulous musician, Nile also happens to be a great guy👍🏼🇺🇸

  3. He’s an inspiration – but this does mean he’ll be spending more time in London than Wepo! 😢

  4. Aracelli Cetina

    his home on riverside is for sale, has he left westport after so many years almost 40 years? >

  5. Bill Boyd (Staples '66)

    A great talent !

  6. Dan. When is the Compo palm tree planting ceremony? Thx. Les