Sylvia Robinson, a singer, songwriter and record producer who formed the pioneering hip-hop group Sugarhill Gang and made the first commercially successful rap recording with them, died on Thursday in Edison, N.J. She was 75.
Sylvia Robinson, ‘the Mother of Hip-Hop,’ Dies at 75
Sylvia Robinson, the singer, songwriter and record producer who formed the Sugar Hill Gang and made the first commercially successful rap recording, died early Thursday morning at a hospital in New Jersey. She was 75.
Ms. Robinson had a notable career as a rhythm and blues singer long before she and her husband, Joe Robinson, formed Sugar Hill Records in 1979 and served as the midwives for a musical genre that came to dominate pop music.
She sang with Mickey Baker as part of the duo Mickey & Sylvia in the 1950s and had several hits, including “Love Is Strange,” which was a No. 1 R&B song in 1956. She also had a solo hit, under the name Sylvia, in spring of 1973 with her own composition “Pillow Talk.”
Bobby Hebb paired up with Sylvia when Mickey Baker moved to Paris. The duo became BOBBY & SYLVIA performing "Love Is Strange" at the club The Blue Morocco and releasing a 45 RPM on Battle Records
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Greg Howe performing "SUNNY"
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Sing along with Greg Howe performing "SUNNY"
Instrumental backing track...terrific!
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