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Nile Rodgers’s best album was made with Sister Sledge!

Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards’s side project, Sister Sledge, released 1979 what has to be considered the best Disco album ever made.

By this point, the Sledge sisters had succumbed to a bit of a slump. After releasing their first single in 1971, followed by two albums in ’75 and ‘77, they’d only had two hits, and none of them in their native U.S.

Love Don’t Go Through No Changes On Me, released in ‘74 did reasonably well in Japan and Mama Never Told Me charted in the U.K. but being on major label Atlantic, this wasn’t going to work for much longer, enter Nile and Bernard…

Chic were on the same label as Sister Sledge and when they got the gig to write and produce their next album, they really went for it.

Singles We Are Family, He’s The Greatest Dancer, and Lost In Music all did really well. Thinking Of You was released five years later and also did well.

These four songs are some of the best Disco tunes ever recorded, up there with Bee Gees, The Jacksons and of course, Chic’s own hits.

What’s so impressive about these four tunes is the longevity they’ve had. All four are still played by DJs and on the radio, they’ve been sampled multiple times and are a given on every Disco band’s setlist. Bands that play Motown and Soul, even your average party band often play at least one of these legendary compositions.

We must also remember that when We Are Family was released in early 1979, it was just before the movement Disco Demolition changed the landscape of music in July of the same year, effectively barely giving the album a chance!

After the enormous success with We Are Family, they released Love Somebody Today the following year, but the magic was clearly gone and no significant singles came from this release.

The same would be true for the remaining albums coming from Sister Sledge, nothing even came close to the incredibly high quality they managed with We Are Family.

I guess this proves that writing amazing tunes is easier said than done, even when you’re Nile Rodgers, who has confessed that the album We Are Family is probably the best album he’s ever made!


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He’s The Greatest Dancer

Cm7 Dm7 | F#dim7 Gm7 |
Oh, what, wow, he’s the greatest dancer.
Cm7 Dm7 | Gm7 |
Oh, what, wow, that I’ve ever seen.

Go to He’s The Greatest Dancer chords.


Lost in Music

C Dm7 | Dm7 | C G | G |
We’re lost in music, caught in a trap, 
C Bbmaj7 | Bbmaj7 | Bbmaj7 C | C |
no turnin’ back, we’re lost in music.

Go to Lost in Music chords.


Thinking of You

Gm7 Dm7 | Eb Bbmaj7 |
Everybody let me tell you ’bout my love,
Gm7 Dm7 | Eb Bbmaj7 |
brought to you, by an angel from above.

Go to Thinking of You chords.


We Are Family

A (A6) | G (G6) | D (Dadd9) | F/G (Fadd9/G) |
We are family, I got all my sisters with me.
A (A6) | G (G6) | D (Dadd9) | F/G (Fadd9/G) |
We are family, get up everybody and sing

Go to We Are Family chords.


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