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Hip Hop’s ‘mother’ deserves a salute

A lot of young people – I mean those who are still in their 20’s – have been asking me the same questions: Who was Sylvia Robinson? And why was she referred to as the “Mother of Hip Hop?”
 Myron Mays

A lot of young people – I mean those who are still in their 20’s – have been asking me the same questions: Who was Sylvia Robinson? And why was she referred to as the “Mother of Hip Hop?”

In response, I ask them if they have ever heard of a song called “Pillow Talk.” They usually say no. Then I ask if they know a song called “Rappers Delight.” That’s when the puzzled look on their faces goes away.

But then there’s usually more questions, such as, “What did this lady have to do with “Rappers Delight?”

Well, here goes the story:

Robinson’s career dates back to 1956, when she sang on the No. 1 hit song, “Love is Strange,” with partner Mickey Baker. The song was sampled by many other artists, including Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, as well as Peaches and Herb. Eventually it inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Remember the hit song “Love on a Two Way Street” by The Moments? That song was released on her All Platinum record label in 1968. After writing and producing a string of hits for others, Robinson released a few singles of her own, including her 1973 sexually charged hit song, “Pillow Talk.”

In 1979, Robinson and her husband, Joe, and her children started Sugarhill Records and eventually released Hip Hop music’s first hit song – “Rappers Delight” – by the Sugarhill Gang. The 15-minute song became not only a first of its kind, but the first rap song to get radio play, as well as the first one to actually crack the Top 40, reaching number 36 on the pop charts.

In addition to those feats, the song was actually the first rap song to sample another song, which was “Good Times” by Chic. And if you wanna take it a step further, it was actually the first rap song to be the subject of a lawsuit regarding an uncleared sample.

Amazing, I know, right? And there’s more.

Sugarhill Records was also the label that introduced the music world to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 1982. Since then, Flash has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Robinson will be laid to rest on Oct. 11th in Englewood, N.J.

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Parting shot

My good friend and talk show host Loretta McNary has released a book called “Faith for the First Step.” I’ll tell you all about it and see what inspired her to share her experiences with us.

Until then, that’s what’s happening!

(Got an event you want me to cover or attend, just send me an email at www.whatshappeningmyron.com.)

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