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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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To: Buckeye McFrog
Lorne Greene's Ringo?

Victor Lundberg's An Open Letter to My Teenage Son was another "rap" release, circa 1967. The spoken word lyrics ended powerfully and patriotically:

And I love you too, Son.
But I also love our country and the principles for which we stand. And if you decide to burn your draft card, then burn your birth certificate at the same time.
From that moment on, I have no son!

21 posted on 09/29/2011 1:17:24 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Borges

That stuff wasn’t hip hop; hip hop is crap and vulgar.Sugar Hill Gang in the late 70’s was quality and fun to listen to and move around...hip hop is crap and is a lot of anger and hate...same as the crap the Seattle grunge music puts out...whinny and angry, etc.


22 posted on 09/29/2011 1:20:34 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: Red Badger

JC wasn’t holding his crotch when he was singing so it doesn’t count.


23 posted on 09/29/2011 1:25:33 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: IMR 4350

But he was in a prison...........


24 posted on 09/29/2011 1:28:38 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
Click for Mickey and Sylvia - Love is strange

Mickey and Sylvia

Hip Hop and Rap


25 posted on 09/29/2011 1:35:20 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama/Rangel/Pelosi Code of Ethics: DonÂ’t do as I do. Do as I say.)
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To: Borges

Good Riddance.


26 posted on 09/29/2011 1:51:33 PM PDT by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: Borges

“The Mother of Hip Hop.”

She mated with a rabbit?


27 posted on 09/29/2011 2:23:36 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: aruanan
Here's the song in question: Rapper's Delight.

Sounds a lot like Andy Sandler's "rap" skit on SNL.

28 posted on 09/29/2011 2:27:10 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: Red Badger
The article calls it ‘rap’, in the first sentence.........

Yeah, the terms were a lot more interchangeable back then or used in this way: on hip hop music people rapped. But now there seems to be more of a distinction between them as genres.
29 posted on 09/29/2011 2:41:50 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Borges

I’m guessing nobody’s quite sure who the father of Hip-Hop is......


30 posted on 09/29/2011 2:45:39 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Red Badger
Check out this from Frank Zappa in 1966
31 posted on 09/29/2011 2:59:53 PM PDT by ex91B10 (The only option now is mass resistance.)
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To: aruanan

This is one of the first songs I remember on the radio that made me want to dance... I was 6 years old. :) They played this song many-a-time in “House” Clubs in the late 80s/early 90s, too. Still makes me want to move! LOL

May she RIP...


32 posted on 09/30/2011 1:20:31 AM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: TangoLimaSierra
Sounds a lot like Andy Sandler's "rap" skit on SNL.

Technically, Adam Sandler's rap on SNL would sound like Rapper's Delight because it's 20+ years older than.

33 posted on 09/30/2011 3:28:52 PM PDT by perfect stranger (Nobama)
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To: fatez
The bass player for most, if not all of the Sugar Hill music has been playing with Living Colour since 1993. Doug Wimbish
34 posted on 09/30/2011 3:40:54 PM PDT by perfect stranger (Nobama)
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To: Borges
Deck of Cards by T. Texas Tyler (1948) was the first rap record!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OXLcUbkgFg

35 posted on 09/30/2011 3:53:45 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: perfect stranger
No, the new guy Andy Samberg. I know I said Sandler. Heres a linky. He comes in about halfway thru.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czrALMcxp-s&feature=related

36 posted on 09/30/2011 4:29:15 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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