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Q&A with Nile Rodgers: Sinatra, disco and how a trip to the bathroom led to the Diana Ross song ‘I’m Coming Out’

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Q: You told me that at one point, you were getting called by famous people who wanted you to make their disco album. Including Frank Sinatra.

A: At some point in time, disco was so dominant in the music scene, everybody figured that all they had to do was a disco record and they’d have a hit record. A very famous flutist named Herbie Mann had a record called “Hijack.” A woman named Esther Phillips made “What a Diff’rence a Day Makes” with the jazz guitar player Joe Beck. So people just thought, that’s what you’ve got to do, make records that people want to dance to and you get a hit. And Frank Sinatra was no different than anyone else. He loved having hit records.

Q: Didn’t Aretha Franklin also ask?

A: Aretha wanted us to make a record called “I’m Going to Be the Only Star Tonight Down

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Ross Garden Tours | To the most beautiful places in the world

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WELCOME TO ROSS GARDEN TOURS

Over 40 years of garden travel, we have built a reputation for tours that are relaxed, effortless, friendly, inspiring and great fun. Why don’t you join us?

My dream in 1980 was to share the world’s most beautiful gardens. Since then we have taken groups to more than 1000 gardens on four continents. You’ll see some of those gardens on this website. Have a look around and then let us take you to the real thing.

Graham Ross
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Take advantage of our Early Bird deals on our domestic tours
Save $100 per person on “Inside New South Wales” when you book & pay by 3 May 2020.
Save $200 per person on “Western Australia Wildflowers” when you book & pay by 12 May 2020.
Save $100 per person on “Springtime in Tasmania” when you book & pay by 5 June 2020.
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