Nile Rodgers: "The first song I learned to play was The Beatles' 'A Day In The Life'"

Nile Rodgers: "The first song I learned to play was The Beatles' 'A Day In The Life'"

Nile Rodgers reveals the huge influence The Beatles had on him in the new issue of Uncut (dated July 2013 and out now).

The Chic guitarist and songwriter, who recently teamed up with Daft Punk on their new Random Access Memories album, was particularly struck by the closing track of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, "A Day In The Life".

"This was the first song I learned to play on guitar," explains Rodgers. "My transformation happened years earlier when I first heard 'The End' by The Doors, but it wasn't as important as actually learning 'A Day In The Life'."

"I was 16 and really struggling, but my mother’s boyfriend realised the guitar was out of tune, and once he tuned it, I was able to sit there and play it perfectly."

You can read more of Nile Rodgers discussing the records that changed his life, including Jimi Hendrix, Donna Summer and James Brown, in the new issue of Uncut, out now.

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