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Name: Sylvia Robinson  
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Date of Birth: 6th March 1936
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA
Profession: Composer
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Sylvia Robinson (born Sylvia Vanderpool, 6 March 1936 in New York) is a singer, musician and producer.

Her first successful record was the 1957 hit, "Love Is Strange", written by rap forefather Bo Diddley and released as part of the duo Mickey & Sylvia with guitarist Mickey Baker. She married Joe Robinson in 1964 and continued working in the music business, being involved with several more successful releases. As a solo performer and billed as Sylvia she released the single "Pillow Talk" in 1973. The song reached number one on the R&B chart and number three on the pop chart, and is an early example of disco music. In the 1970s the Robinsons founded Sugar Hill Records.

Arguably her most important contribution to the music industry was masterminding the formation of The Sugarhill Gang and the release of their hit, "Rapper's Delight" in 1979, the first commercially successful rap single. The group was discovered in Englewood, New Jersey, where Sugar Hill Records was based.

In the 1980s, the Robinsons bought the Chess Records catalog and several years later sold the catalog to MCA Records. Their son, Joey Robinson, was a member of rap act West Street Mob.

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