“Good Times” is a 1979 song composed by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. It was first recorded by their band Chic, for their 1979 album “Risqué”. The lyrics are largely based on Milton Ager’s “Happy Days Are Here Again”. It also contains lines based on lyrics featured in “About A Quarter To Nine” made famous by Al Jolson. Nile Rodgers has stated that these depression-era lyrics were used as a hidden way to comment on the then-current economic depression in the United States. In August of that year, it became the band’s second number one single on both the Billboard Hot 100 and soul singles chart. Along with the tracks, “My Forbidden Lover”, and “My Feet Keep Dancing”, “Good Times” reached number three on the disco charts. The song has become one of the most sampled tunes in music history, most notably in the song “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang. Other artists who have sampled “Good Times” or used its bassline for inspiration include Queen, Daft Punk, The Beastie Boys, Joe Budden, Vaughan Mason, Kool & The Gang, Mick Jagger, Busta Rhymes, Digital Underground, Change, Will Smith, Indeep, Public Enemy, INXS, Grandmaster Flash, Blondie, Kurtis Blow, Fugees, Justin Timberlake, De La Soul, LL Cool J, and many others. The song is ranked #224 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Chic (pronounced ‘sheek’, sometimes fully capitalized as CHIC) is an American disco and R&B band that was formed in 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. This channel is dedicated to all the great ‘old school’ R&B music I grew up with, the stuff that originally made me tap my feet and want to be a DJ. Funk, soul, disco, R&B, dance, hip-hop, pop . . . 60s, 70s, 80s . . . whatever you call it, it’s all ‘Old School’ and it’s all here!
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