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For The Tashian Family, The Hits Just Keep On Comin’

Barry Tashian is a legendary name in Westport music history.

One of the founders of the Remains — who, with fellow Staples grad Bill Briggs, toured with the Beatles in 1966, starred on “Ed Sullivan” and “Hullabaloo,” and were, in the words of Jon Landau, “how you told a stranger about rock ‘n’ roll” — he went on to play guitar with the Flying Burrito Brothers and Emmy Lou Harris.

A longtime resident of Nashville, he carved out a rewarding performing, recording and songwriting career alongside his wife, former Staples classmate Holly Kimball. She’s got a beautiful voice. Together, they’ve performed all over the world.

Now their son Daniel continues the Tashian tradition.

Daniel Tashian

In 2018 he produced “Golden Hour” for Kacey Musgraves. Daniel also wrote 7 of the tracks, played multiple instruments and provided background vocals. Both the Country Music Association and Apple Music named it Album of the Year.

It’s been nominated for 4 Grammy Awards. Winners will be announced next month.

But one thing is certain: Like his dad and mom, no matter what genre, Daniel Tashian rocks.

Nile Cruises

Longtime Westporter Nile Rodgers was a big winner at last night’s Grammy Awards.

Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers

He was a co-writer of — and also performed on — Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams’ disco/funk song “Get Lucky.” It won Record of the Year.  

Alert “06880” reader Fred Cantor — who passed along this info — is impressed that the tune peaked at #1 last year on Billboard’s Dance chart (and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart). He’s even more amazed that it happened 35 years after Rodgers co-wrote and performed on the #1 hit “Le Freak,” by his group Chic.

Fred adds:

Between the hits he wrote for Chic and Sister Sledge in the 1970s, the hit songs he then produced for David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran and Diana Ross among many others in the 1980s-1990s, and his recent success with Daft Punk and Avicii, I can’t think of any other artist who has had the kind of sustained, wide-ranging success he’s had at the highest level.

Congratulations, Nile. Westport looks forward to seeing you at the 2049 Grammys — 35 years from now!

NIle Rodgers with Chic ("Le Freak") -- back in the day.

NIle Rodgers with Chic (“Le Freak”) — back in the day.