The Sugarhill Gang

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Sugarhill Gang
OriginEnglewood, New Jersey, United States
GenresRap music, old-school rap
Years active1973–2007, 2007-present
LabelsSugar Hill
MembersWonder Mike
Master Gee
Big Bank Hank
 
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Sugarhill Gang
OriginEnglewood, New Jersey, United States
GenresRap music, old-school rap
Years active1973–2007, 2007-present
LabelsSugar Hill
MembersWonder Mike
Master Gee
Big Bank Hank

The Sugarhill Gang is an American Rap music group, known mostly for its 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight," the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit. The song uses an interpolation of the instrumental track from the hit "Good Times" by Chic as its foundation.[1]

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.[2] The group and the record company are named after the Sugar Hill, Manhattan neighborhood.[3]

The Sugarhill Gang never again topped the US charts, though it had a slew of European hits, such as "Apache", "Eighth 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.

Discography[edit]

The Sugarhill Gang discography
Releases
Studio albums5
Compilation albums9
Singles15

The discography of The Sugarhill Gang includes four studio albums, nine compilations and fifteen singles.

Studio albums[edit]

YearTitleChart positions
U.S. top 200U.S. R&BNZ
1980Sugarhill Gang
  • Released: February 7, 1980
4
19828th Wonder
  • Released: November 24, 1982
  • Label: Sugar Hill
501544
1983Rappin' Down Town[4]
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: Sugar Hill
1984Livin' in the Fast Lane
  • Label: Sugar Hill[5]
1999Jump on It!
  • Released: April 16, 1999
  • Label: Rhino Entertainment

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
U.S. Hot 100U.S. R&BU.S. Club PlayNZUK
1979"Rapper's Delight"36414183Sugarhill Gang
1980"Rapper's Reprise (Jam Jam)"
"8th Wonder"8215388th Wonder
1981"Apache"531351
"Showdown" (credited as The Furious Five meets The Sugarhill Gang)49
1982"The Lover In You"5554Rappin Down Town
1983"The Word Is Out"71
"Be A Winner"
"Kick It Live from 9 to 5" / "The Lover In You"50Livin' 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)"3458
2009"Lala Song" (credited as Bob Sinclar featuring The Sugarhill Gang)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sugar Hill Gang". allmusic.com. Retrieved 4/12/12. 
  2. ^ "Sugar Hill Gang bio". allmusic.com. Retrieved 4/12/12. 
  3. ^ Perrone, Pierre (2011-10-04). "Sylvia Robinson: Hitmaker who co-founded Sugar Hill Records and became known as ‘the mother of hip-hop’ - Obituaries - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  4. ^ Sugarhill Gang- Rappin Down Town @Discogs.com Retrieved 12-24-2011.
  5. ^ Livin' in the Fast Lane (album?) at Discogs (list of releases)

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