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Bernard Edwards

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Bernard Edwards


Bernard Edwards (31 October, 1952 Greenville, N.C. – 18 April 1996, Tokyo, Japan) was an American bass player, singer, songwriter and record producer.

Edwards grew up in Brooklyn, New York City, met Nile Rodgers in the early 1970s. The two formed the Big Apple Band (active 1972–1976) and then united with drummer Tony Thompson to eventually form the group Chic together with singer Norma Jean Wright.

With Chic (active 1976–1983), Edwards created era-defining hits such as Dance, Dance, Dance, Everybody Dance, Le Freak, I Want Your Love and Good Times. Edwards also worked with Nile Rodgers to produce and write for other artists, using Chic to perform everything musically and vocally except lead vocals. Those productions with Norma Jean Wright, Sister Sledge, Sheila and B. Devotion, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Debbie Harry and Fonzi Thornton led to more hits such as Saturday, He's The Greatest Dancer, We Are Family, Spacer, Upside Down, I'm Coming Out and Backfired.

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