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Sylvia Robinson, ‘the Mother of Hip-Hop,’ Dies at 75
NY TImes ^ | 09/29/11 | JAMES C. MCKINLEY JR.

Posted on 09/29/2011 12:20:27 PM PDT by Borges

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.”

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1 posted on 09/29/2011 12:20:31 PM PDT by Borges
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To: wideawake

Someone you knew about?


2 posted on 09/29/2011 12:21:08 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Dat chile is oft dah mussel!


3 posted on 09/29/2011 12:25:29 PM PDT by RexBeach
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To: Borges
made the first commercially successful rap recording,

Nope. Johnny Cash, A Boy Named Sue was............

4 posted on 09/29/2011 12:28:42 PM PDT by Red Badger (We cannot defeat an enemy that the president and hence his administration cannot name.......)
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To: Borges

So I can blame “c-rap” on this woman? I’d have died of shame.


5 posted on 09/29/2011 12:29:49 PM PDT by Grunthor (Rick Perry; Bush, only without the staggering intellect and conservative comittment)
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To: Borges
My university years in DC - good times!


6 posted on 09/29/2011 12:30:00 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: Borges

DONT MEAN TO BRAG, DONT MEAN TO BOAST, BUT I GOT SOME HUMMUS FOR THIS MINI-TOAST!!!

7 posted on 09/29/2011 12:34:20 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Borges
Indeed. She was extremely well-hated by many an early hip-hop star.
8 posted on 09/29/2011 12:41:00 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Red Badger
you sure it wasn't Lorne Greene's Ringo?
9 posted on 09/29/2011 12:52:14 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Well, it could have been.......what year was it?........


10 posted on 09/29/2011 12:54:44 PM PDT by Red Badger (We cannot defeat an enemy that the president and hence his administration cannot name.......)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Okay, here’s why it doesn’t fit. There are actual singers in the background singing “Ringo” in chorus during the song...........


11 posted on 09/29/2011 12:57:58 PM PDT by Red Badger (We cannot defeat an enemy that the president and hence his administration cannot name.......)
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To: wideawake

A buddy of mine back in the early nineties ended up laying carpet with one of the Sugar Hill Gang (I don’t remember which one). I said to my friend, “Why is he laying carpet? He has to be doing well from the royalties.” My friend said Ms. Sylvia made all of the money and the rappers made nothing. He said the rappers were pretty bitter over it.


12 posted on 09/29/2011 12:59:07 PM PDT by fatez ("If you're going through Hell, keep going." Winston Churchill)
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To: Borges

Here’s the song from 1956:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpEA5QGYJFQ


13 posted on 09/29/2011 12:59:29 PM PDT by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: PGR88

Trouble Funk! Saw them at the 9:30 Club many a time - best funk band ever!


14 posted on 09/29/2011 1:04:00 PM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (When is the Queen Haters reunion tour?)
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To: Red Badger

There is plenty of singing (via samples) in Hip Hop.


15 posted on 09/29/2011 1:04:03 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

RIP.


16 posted on 09/29/2011 1:04:22 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: Red Badger
Okay, here’s why it doesn’t fit. There are actual singers in the background singing “Ringo” in chorus during the song...........

Are you confusing hip hop with rap?
17 posted on 09/29/2011 1:06:08 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: aruanan

The article calls it ‘rap’, in the first sentence.........


18 posted on 09/29/2011 1:08:17 PM PDT by Red Badger (We cannot defeat an enemy that the president and hence his administration cannot name.......)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Walter Brennan ‘Old Rivers?


19 posted on 09/29/2011 1:10:25 PM PDT by bleach (If I agreed with you, we would both be wrong.)
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To: Sicvee
Here's the song in question: Rapper's Delight.
20 posted on 09/29/2011 1:15:46 PM PDT by aruanan
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