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Happy Birthday To Westport’s Nile Rodgers

Nile Gregory Rodgers turns 62 on Friday.
Nile Gregory Rodgers turns 62 on Friday. Photo Credit:

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Westport’s Nile Gregory Rodgers!

Rodgers, who has owned a home in Westport, turns 62 on Friday. The musician, producer, composer, arranger, and guitarist was born Sept. 19, 1952 in New York, N.Y.

He started his career as a session guitarist with the "Sesame Street" band and recorded four solo act albums.

He is the lead guitarist and founding member of the band Chic, which has been nominated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nine times – 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

He served as co-musical director for the tribute concert to Ahmet Ertegün at the Montreux Jazz Festival in the summer of 2006.

He has continued to collaborate with an array of musicians, including his 2014 three-time Grammy Award-winning collaboration with Daft Punk, Avicii, Disclosure and Sam Smith, among many others.

He is the recipient of the Winter Music Conference 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award and was profiled in the highly rated BBC4 documentary special, "Nile Rodgers: The Hitmaker."

In March 2014, Rolling Stone named Rodgers one of the 50 Most Important People in EDM.

Rodgers' solo single "Do What You Wanna Do (IMS Anthem)" was released on Aug. 10, 2014, to benefit his We Are Family Foundation.

Rodgers is currently working with Mark Ronson on Duran Duran's upcoming album to be released in 2015.

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