Chic - Good Times

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  "Good Times" is a song by American R&B band Chic from their third album "Risqué" (1979). The disco song, ranked No. 229 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, has become one of the most sampled tunes in music history, most notably in hip hop music.

Lyrics and inspiration

The lyrics include a reference to Milton Ager's "Happy Day's 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 Great Depression-era lyrics were used as a hidden way to comment on the then-current economic conditions in the United States.

In a 2015 interview Rodgers stated that "Good Times" was partly inspired by the 1974 Koola dnt eh Gang song "Hollywood Swinging".

 

Chart performance

The song hit number-one on August 18, 1979 before being ousted by The Knack's smash hit "My Sharona" the following week. Along with the songs "My Forbidden Lover" and "My Feet Keep Dancing", "Good Times" reached #3 on the disco chart. It reportedly sold more than 5 million copies, making it, at the time, the best-selling 45 RPM single in the history of Atlantic Records. Billboard magazine named "Good Times" the number one soul single of 1979.

 

Personnel

  • Guitar – Nile Rodgers
  • Bass – Bernard Edwards
  • Acoustic piano – Rob Sabino
  • Fender Rhodes electric piano – Raymond Jones
  • Drums – Tony Thompson
  • String arrangements – Harold Wheeler or Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards

 

Charts

Certifications

 
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA) Gold 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

 

 

 

Chic - Good Times / A Warm Summer Night

UK Atlantic Records K 11310 stereo (1979) 1st UK pressing.

Record produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The record centre hole displays ony minimal signs of wear.

The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.

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