1977 – Members of Chic are refused entry to Studio 54

Chic was a disco band that was formed by Nile Rodgers and Bernie Edwards in 1976. They had early hits such as “Everybody Dance” and “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)”, but their 1978 single “Le Freak” was their greatest hit (and the single best selling single ever for their label, Atlantic).

Its genesis came from an incident in 1977. Grace Jones had invited the band to join her at Studio 54, but had neglected to put their names on the door. So after waiting through the legendarily long queues on the busiest night of the year, Bernie Sanders was understandably pissed off to be refused entry to the club.

So pissed off, in fact, that he wrote a song about it – originally, the words ‘Le Freak’ were actually ‘fuck off’.

Referenced in:
Le Freak — Chic