Salute to Bernard Edwards. Birthday Remembrance Born October 31, 1952. Most don’t realize Bernard renowned for his work with Nile Rodgers & CHIC, The Chic Organization, Diana Ross, Sister Sledge to name a few helping redefine soul and disco music in so many ways.
Bernard Edwards also produced 3 songs on my solo debut “Don’t You Want Me” written with my BFF Franne Golde – my duet with George Michael “Learn To Say No” and “Love Injection” – powerhouse drummer Tony Thompson was also on those tracks as well. Before I secured a solo deal I asked Bernard if he’d produce some songs on my debut album and he kept his word, just like George Michael. Having Bernard on board also helped me get signed to have such a respected legend on board and in full support.
Rest in Eternal peace with love and respect to Bernard Edwards, a super nice person to have known.
Originally meeting him when I was in Shalamar I was /am a huge Chic fan and most all of their productions— I fondly recall Bernard gifting me a fabulous pair of red suede #maudfrizon (who was all the rage with fashionistas at the time) – disco roller skates with metallic stars – they were of course very chic! To have worked with him is very special, the music always lives on.
Disco fabulous onstage in my Shalamar days from my personal archives – “Big Fun” album “The Second Time Around” “Right In The Socket” singles. – Blessed to have such longevity from my youth continuing to learn, evolve, grow, get better and never allowing my faith, spirit or self belief to be broken.
Surreal view from stage Taste of Soul LA Saturday, there were people as far and farther than we could see in their biggest attendance of over 300,000 .. especially surreal because I went to high school in the area..have traveled the street many times, tried to get part time jobs while in high school at some of the businesses there that still remain. I dealt with some trying times over there back then and have come so far and still going strong …
:: to anyone facing life challenges- please keep going. #betterdaysahead – not in applause or any of that – the satisfaction that you’ve overcome – fight for those better days and always keep the faith. In these uncertain and tumultuous times do what you can to make life and the world a better place – control what you can .. and never let the world or the odds get you down.
In case you missed it, check out Jody Watley with David Lewis on The Selection, Solar Radio UK.
Each interview reveals something new, brings the facts and anecdotes only I can bring – not to mention each radio host / DJ brings their own flavor and varied playlist and curated songs from my catalog, as well as a couple from my Shalamar days.
Jody Watley with band and sqaud backstage Taste of Soul LA 2018 before taking the stage. (Clarissa McElroy, Naz Chambi, Roland Hamilton, Rosero McCoy, Jody Watley, Nate Allen Smith, Keith Eaddy, John Gregory, Lizz Watts) not pictured Kerry Griffin. Photography by Tyler Miles.