Published Jan 17, 2011A recent blog posting from disco funk legend Nile Rodgers confirms that he has been fighting cancer. Rodgers, best known for his work with the '70s dance outfit Chic ("Le Freak," "Good Times"), revealed in a blog entry titled "Walking on Planet C" that he was diagnosed with an "aggressive" cancer back in October 2010.
The blog goes on to describe his harrowing yet all too common experience. The candid entry goes on to explains everything from how he felt after receiving the devastating biopsy reports ("It was like Jaws was savagely eating me from the inside out"), to initially hiding the results from his family, to the daily four-mile walks he would go on to prep himself for the "radical surgery" that would attempt to remove the cancer. The musician underwent surgery over the holidays and is now recovering at home.
A huge part of Rodgers's coping with the condition was remembering the many hits he's written and how they have affected other people. He reminisces about walking to a local coffee shop to find the whole staff singing along to Sister Sledge's "We Are Family," which he co-wrote with Bernard Edwards.
Rodgers has probably affected your own life more than you realize. Beyond his work with Chic, the songwriter also lent his talents to such hit tracks as David Bowie's "Let's Dance," "Modern Love" and "China Girl"; Diana Ross's "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out"; Madonna's "Material Girl" and "Like a Virgin"; Duran Duran's "The Reflex" and "Notorious"; and the B-52s' "Love Shack."
To read Rodgers's entire blog entry, head here.
Thanks to NME for the tip.