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Rodgers says Chic is still working on new music and an album in in the works. Rodgers and Edwards used the Chic platform to produce acts such as Sister Sledge and others.

The 1980s were especially fruitful for Rodgers as he worked with Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna, Sheena Easton and Duran Duran on a series of smash hits. He also produced records for Grace Jones, Al Jarreau, Phillip Bailey, and scored the soundtrack for Eddie Murphy’s hit film, Coming To America.

Rodgers’ winning ways continued into the 1990s when he worked with Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and some of his past collaborators as well. Though illness slowed Rodgers down in the last decade, he has reemerged with French electronica band Daft Punk, playing on the group’s global hit “Get Lucky” produced by and featuring vocals from Pharrell Williams.

A cancer survivor, the formerly insular Rodgers has been candid about his past struggles with drugs and his tough childhood. However, he speaks fondly of the path he took to become one of the most essential musical figures of modern times.

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