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CHIC Facebook Photo Treasure

Other CHIC Related Posted on 2015-02-03 13:35

Some nice photos have surfaced on Facebook. Here’s Alfa Anderson (front in beige) with Luther Vandross’ group “Luther” at Montreux Jazz Festival in 1977. (Thanks to Leon Petrossian the Luther Vandross guru!)

Luci Martin looking fab as always!

Another fab Luci shot!

Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, in the studio, producing Debbie Harry’s first solo album Koo Koo in 1981 (photo courtesy of Chris Stein)

Nile Rodgers at his most 80s, circa mid 1980’s. Photo by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Norma Jean Wright in “The Topettes” featuring her sisters Beverly & Gwen and her ex-sister in law Pam. (courtesy of Norma Jean Wright & David E Goodin). Norma Jean Wright writes:

My humble beginnings, with “The Topettes”. Beverly, Pam, Gwen & Me. The orginal members of the Topettes were Moncella (Sugar) Young, my sister Beverly and me. Moncella’s mom Ms. Elcenya (RIP) was our chaperone and mentor. We performed throughout the midwest with well known organist Red Top Young. He was Moncella’s uncle.

(posted here before) Norma Jean Wright & Luci Martin in the band ESP. Norma Jean Wright writes:

ESP is the the first band that Luci Martin and I fronted and this is how we met. From here we later toured in Canada with another band. While free lancing I had already recorded lead vocals for Chic, and they were shopping for a deal. Once the deal came through from Atlantic I returned to New York to finish the album with Nile, Bernard and Tony.

Norma Jean Wright with Machine’s Lonnie Ferguson, Jay Stovall and Clare Bathé-Williams hanging out at the studio (Clare also sang on the first CHIC album), this was after Norma Jean Wright had joined CHIC. (courtesy of Norma Jean Wright). Norma Jean Wright writes:

For the record, I wasn’t a member of Machine, Clare Bathé-Williams is the lead singer of Machine. She is the lead voice on all their hits. Clare and I have always been good friends and still are. Back in the day we worked together on several projects. She was considered for a Chic slot, by Nile and Bernard, but landed her position with Machine, and can sing her socks off!

Lastly Norma Jean Wright in what looks like a studio watching something?

LINKS:

Norma Jean Wright on Facebook GO!
Luci Martin on Facebook GO!
Nile Rodgers on Facebook GO!
Leon Petrossian on Facebook GO!
Leon Petrossian’s Luther Vandross the early years group on Facebook GO!
Clare Bathé-Williams on Facebook GO!
Lonnie Ferguson on Facebook GO!
Jay Stovall on Facebook GO!



New CHIC Album In June 2015!

CHIC Posted on 2015-02-03 12:26


As we have reported before CHIC’s new single will arrive on March 20th, 2015. But no news on which label, or when the album will be released had been announced, until now.


CHIC and Nile Rodgers has signed with CHIC’s old home base Warner, parent of Atlantic Records. Dare we ask for an old Atlantic label on the album print, just as they did with the CHIC Box? The album, according to Nile Rodgers, will be entitled “It’s About Time“, and the first single, as we have reported, will be entitled “I’ll Be There“. Nile Rodgers told CHIC fan Graham Lewis this about the titles of the album and the single:

When I found Nard’s body I said, “Now I’ll be there for you in death like you were there for me in life.”
I had to go through the difficulty of getting his body home to his family from Japan, where they don’t believe in embalming… and well after the coroner finished with the autopsy, I had to get a special container… it’s a long flight back to America, and I had to find someone who was the best of the only two embalmers in the entire country. Everything was about TIME! But that’s only one small part of the story of the new CHIC album.

The CEO of Warner Bros, Cameron Strang, had this to say about this signing:

Nile Rodgers’ influence on the course of modern music cannot be overstated. For the past four decades, his visionary work as a songwriter, producer, bandleader, and musician has reverberated across genres and generations. From groundbreaking guitar work, to an uncanny hit-making instinct, to shaping the sound of countless artists, he has created a phenomenal musical legacy. Nile has never stopped moving forward, so I am thrilled to welcome him into the WBR family as he begins a dynamic new chapter of his extraordinary career.”” (quote from Mixmag.net)


As the new album will feature most, if not all, of the CHIC members throughout our band’s illustrious career, even the late and great Luther Vandross, and Nile Rodgers has talked about a simultaneous vinyl release, we have put it to Nile as well as many of our CHIC luminaries to do a centerfold photo shot for a double vinyl albums inner cover featuring all old and new CHIC members featured on the album (even the one’s we’ve lost) dressed to the teeth looking something like this (but with a CHIC twist).


Ideally that inner cover should have all the movement, CHICness and joy of this iconic CHIC promo photo:


It seems that paralell to recording the new CHIC album Nile Rodgers has been followed by a camera crew, and he has mentioned a documentary being shot, but not the focus of it. We are hoping that this documentary are following closely the recording of the new CHIC album, so that we will have even more to look forward to this year.


Speaking of looking forward to… Even though CHIC was snubbed by the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, and that we now consider it an honor that CHIC is the most snubbed band ever in its history, CHIC’s multi platinum hit “Le Freak” was recently inducted into the “Grammy Hall Of Fame” and later TODAY (Tuesday February 3rd, 2015) Nile Rodgers will be honored by the Grammy’s for excellence in music production. Only 8 have been so honored before him among them is Quincy Jones.

The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing will celebrate
its eighth annual GRAMMY Week event honoring three-time GRAMMY winner
Nile Rodgers for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for
the art and craft of recorded music. Michael Ostin and Cameron Strang
will serve as honorary co-chairs at the event taking place during GRAMMY
Week on Feb. 3, 2015, at The Village studios in West Los Angeles.

As
the Producers & Engineers Wing 2015 honoree, Rodgers joins an
impressive list of past honorees: Chris Blackwell, T Bone Burnett, Tom
Dowd, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Jimmy Iovine, Quincy Jones, Arif Mardin,
Al Schmitt, Jerry Wexler, and Neil Young.
” (quote from Grammy.com)

CBS Sunday Morning even had Nile Rodgers picture (about the Grammy honor) for the week ahead schedule this week (photo by Marvin Avilez):

Nile Rodgers also recently did an interview about the honor on Fox News.

So while we CHIC fans have been waiting for the next CHIC album for 23 years (by June, 2015) we are still here, eagerly awaiting our gang’s next outing, and we know it will be outstanding, because CHIC has never let us down in the music department, and we are certain this won’t happen this time either.

But “It’s About Time“.

LINKS:

Warner Brothers Press release full text GO!
Nile Rodgers Fox News Interview GO!
The Grammys Honoring Nile Rodgers GO!