In 1970 Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards formed The Boys, their first band together, which would later become The Big Apple Band. Eventually, Niles and Rogers joined the band New York City, which had a big hit in the UK in 1973 with I'm Doing Fine Now. In 1976 the two once again formed their own band - Chic, which was intended to be a rock band. The group recorded their first demo in 1977 - the disco anthem Dance Dance Dance (Yowseh Yowseh Yowseh). The recording featured backup vocals from young session vocalist Luther Vandross. The song was shopped around, but they had a hard time finding a label that was interested. Eventually they convinced Buddah Records to produce the song as a single. The songs huge success in the clubs got Chic noticed by Atlantic Records, and they had a major record deal by the end of 1977. The word "yowseh" was a popular African-American slang for the word "yes" during the Great Depression. The word was popularized by jazz violinist and radio personality Ben Bernie.
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