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Here’s To You, Mrs. Robinson

sylvia robinson Heres To You, Mrs. Robinson

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sylvia Robinson[/lastfm] was a musical triple threat.  She was a successful singer, writer and producer.  She just passed away at 75 from congestive heart failure.  You probably remember her best from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mickey & Sylvia[/lastfm]’s “Love Is Strange” and her solo hit, “Pillow Talk.”  But, did you know Sylvia is considered to be the “Mother Of Hip-Hop?”

Back in the 1970’s, Sylvia and her husband Joe founded Sugar Hill Records.  It was there that Sylvia produced the song “Rapper’s Delight” for the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sugarhill Gang[/lastfm].  In 1979, this became the very first “hip-hop” song to hit the Top 40 charts.  hence, the credit to Mrs. Robinson.  She also had a very big part in the release of “The Message” from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five[/lastfm].  This was the start of “socially-conscious rap.”

Let’s look back at some of Sylvia’s most famous work.

30 years after it’s release, “Love Is Strange” came back into pop culture during this scene of “Dirty Dancing.”

There’s no mistaking Sylvia’s sexy sounds in “Pillow Talk.”{youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J9iSpA9QTs]

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Shirley & Company[/lastfm] were on Sylvia’s record label.  Remember “Shame Shame Shame?”

Sylvia scored a producer’s credit with “Love On A Two Way Street” from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Moments[/lastfm].

Of course, the legendary “Rapper’s Delight.”

And, last – but not least – “The Message.”  Sylvia made this happen.

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