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Chic: Everybody Dance
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Chic: Everybody Dance

Bernard Edwards was the king of making danceable bass lines. Case in point: “Everybody Dance” by Chic. This clip of the band performing on a 1977 broadcast of TopPop, and starts off with a look at the bassist's unique right-hand technique to kick off the song.

Bass Players To Know: Bernard Edwards
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Bernard Edwards

I’d like to title this column: “Better Late Than Never.” You’ve heard his bass lines at weddings, on the radio, at the supermarket, and possibly while waiting on the phone for the next available representative. His grooves defined the funk and disco era with their syncopated and infectious hooks, in-your-face tone, and get your booty on the dance floor swagger....

Late Bernard Edwards Plays on “New” Chic Single Born from Analog Tapes
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Late Bernard Edwards Plays on “New” Chic Single Born from Analog Tapes

Although Chic bassist Bernard Edwards died in 1996, new music featuring his bass prowess is available again on the Chic song, “I’ll Be There.” The 12-inch vinyl single from Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers (Edwards’ Chic bandmate) and The Martinez Brothers is based on an old “lost” analog practice take of for a Chic song called “Love Somebody Today,” according to...

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Nominees
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Nominees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the list of nominees for the 2014 induction, and the bass world is well represented. Half of the artists have been nominated before, with several returning from last year’s picks, while the other half are all first-time nominees. This includes Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, the Replacements, Yes, Link...

Chic: “Good Times” Live (1996)
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Chic: “Good Times” Live (1996)

A good bass line just never goes away, and Bernard Edwards’ iconic riff for Chic’s “Good Times” is a perfect example. Besides being under the fingers of players worldwide, the song has been sampled countless times, most notably on the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” In this clip from Tokyo’s Budokan in 1996, the group plays off of that fact after...