The Sugarhill Gang
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The Sugarhill Gang performing in 2007
|Origin||Englewood, New Jersey, United States|
|Genres||Old-school hip hop, disco|
|Past members||Big Bank Hank (deceased)|
The Sugarhill Gang is an American hip hop group, known mostly for its 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight," the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The song uses an interpolation of the instrumental track from the hit "Good Times" by Chic as its foundation.
The members, all from Englewood, New Jersey consisted of Michael "Wonder Mike" Wright, Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson, and Guy "Master Gee" O'Brien. The three were assembled into a group by producer Sylvia Robinson, who founded Sugar Hill Records with her husband, record mogul Joe Robinson. The group and the record company are named after the Sugar Hill, Harlem neighborhood.
The Sugarhill Gang never again topped the US charts, though it had a slew of European hits, such as "Apache", "8th Wonder" (which was performed on the American music show Soul Train in 1981), "Rapper's Reprise (Jam Jam)", and "Showdown" (with the Furious Five). In 1999, the trio reunited and recorded Jump on It! a hip hop children's album.
In recent years, original members of the Sugarhill Gang have performed as the Original Sugar and as Rapper's Delight Featuring Wonder Mike and Master Gee.
On November 11, 2014, Big Bank Hank died at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer.
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The discography of The Sugarhill Gang includes four studio albums, nine compilations and fifteen singles.
|U.S. top 200||U.S. R&B||NZ|
|1983||Rappin' Down Town
|1984||Livin' in the Fast Lane
|1999||Jump on It!
- Sugarhill Gang Greatest Hits (1984)
- The Best of Sugarhill Gang: Rapper's Delight (1996)
- Ain't Nothin' but a Party (1998)
- Back to the Old School 2 - Rapper's Delights (1999)
- Sugarhill Gang, The* Vs. Grandmaster Flash - The Greatest Hits (2000)
- The Greatest Hits of Sugarhill Gang (2004 Tour) (2004)
- The Story of Sugarhill Records (2005)
- Hip Hop Anniversary Europe Tour: Sugarhill Gang Live (2008)
- Rhythm & Rhymes: The Definitive Collection (2010)
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|U.S. Hot 100||U.S. R&B||U.S. Club Play||NZ||UK|
|1979||"Rapper's Delight"||36||4||14||18||3||Sugarhill Gang|
|1980||"Rapper's Reprise (Jam Jam)"||—||—||—||—||—|
|"8th Wonder"||82||15||38||—||—||8th Wonder|
|"Showdown" (credited as The Furious Five meets The Sugarhill Gang)||—||49||—||—||—|
|1982||"The Lover In You"||—||55||—||—||54||Rappin Down Town|
|1983||"The Word Is Out"||—||71||—||—||—|
|"Be A Winner"||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Kick It Live from 9 to 5" / "The Lover In You"||—||50||—||—||—||Livin' in the Fast Lane|
|1984||"Livin' in the Fast Lane"||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Troy" / "Girls"||—||—||—||—||—|
|"The Down Beat"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985||"Work, Work The Body"||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989||"Rapper's Delight (Hip Hop Remix '89)"||—||—||—||34||58|
|2009||"Lala Song" (credited as Bob Sinclar featuring The Sugarhill Gang)||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Sugar Hill Gang". allmusic.com. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
- "Sugar Hill Gang bio". allmusic.com. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
- Perrone, Pierre (2011-10-04). "Sylvia Robinson: Hitmaker who co-founded Sugar Hill Records and became known as ‘the mother of hip-hop’". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
- Guse, Clayton. "Big Bank Hank from Sugarhill Gang dead at age 58". http://nyc.suntimes.com/. Sun Times National.
- Sugarhill Gang- Rappin Down Town @Discogs.com Retrieved 12-24-2011.
- Livin' in the Fast Lane (album?) at Discogs (list of releases)
- Sugarhill Gang playlist on WaveCat
- "I Want My Name Back" documentary on the Sugar Hill Gang, Featuring Master Gee and Wonder Mike
- Master Gee interview
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