Disco pioneer Nile Rodgers helped rock's rule-breaker land his second leader.
David Bowie was three years removed from one of his most critically-lauded albums, Scary Monsters, when, in 1983, he released the most commercial LP of his boundaries-breaking career.
Bowie left RCA for EMI (and a reported $17.5 million payday) and enlisted Chic producer-guitarist Nile Rodgers to add some pop polish to his next album. Rodgers had already established himself as a '70s hit-maker, crafting songs for Diana Ross, Sister Sledge and his own group, but his career was in free fall. "I had six flops in a row, after having no flops," Rodgers told Billboard in 2016. "[Then] the 'disco sucks' [backlash] happened ... And this guy David Bowie, who is a rock god, says ... 'I believe in him.' "