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Q&A with Nile Rodgers: Sinatra, disco and how a trip to the bathroom led to the Diana Ross song ‘I’m Coming Out’

Q: You told me that at one point, you were getting called by famous people who wanted you to make their disco album. Including Frank Sinatra.

A: At some point in time, disco was so dominant in the music scene, everybody figured that all they had to do was a disco record and they’d have a hit record. A very famous flutist named Herbie Mann had a record called “Hijack.” A woman named Esther Phillips made “What a Diff’rence a Day Makes” with the jazz guitar player Joe Beck. So people just thought, that’s what you’ve got to do, make records that people want to dance to and you get a hit. And Frank Sinatra was no different than anyone else. He loved having hit records.

Q: Didn’t Aretha Franklin also ask?

A: Aretha wanted us to make a record called “I’m Going to Be the Only Star Tonight Down

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