The Hitmaker is Nile Rodgers' 1959 Fender Stratocaster. Last week, he left it on a train in NYC. (Warning: Autoplaying great music)
Legendary Producer/Writer/Guitarist Nile Rodgers writes on his blog about the near-loss of one of the most famous instruments in music - "The Hitmaker," also known as the "World's Most Successful Guitar
," which Rodgers played on hits by everyone from Chic, David Bowie, Madonna and Duran Duran to Daft Punk. Oh, yeah, and that's The Hitmaker playing the funky riff sampled on Rapper's Delight, too. From a previous
MeFi post, here's Nile Rodgers talking about music and, starting at the 55:40
mark, playing The Hitmaker and demonstrating some of the most famous riffs ever played. [more inside]
posted by The World Famous
on Oct 15, 2013 -
How to make the biggest hit of all time
: Get the most successful female act of the 1960s, the Queen of Motown
, to write and sing lead.
: Get the biggest selling band of the 1970s, the Kings of Disco
, to produce and sing backup.
: Get the biggest selling musical artist of the 1980s, the King of Pop
, to co-write the song and share vocals.
posted by flarbuse
on Jun 6, 2013 -
When Bad Singers Happen To Good Songs: The Songicides!
In today's Spectator
Markus Berkmann amusingly raises the deadly spectre of the worst covers
ever recorded. We're talking assassins here. I nominate Phil Collins's massacre of Holland/Dozier/Holland's "You Can't Hurry Love", as originally sung by Diana Ross and the Supremes; U2's goring of Cole Porter's "Night and Day", best sung by Sinatra or Ella and, worst of all, though he's my favourite artist, Leonard Cohen's mangling of Irving Berlin's classic "Always". What's the worst cover version
you'd like to report to Musical Homicide?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 4, 2003 -