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The Sugarhill Gang

The Sugarhill Gang is a hip-hop group from the 70s and 80s. They are credited with releasing hip-hop's first single to find a mainstream audience beyond the hip-hop scene with their song Rapper's Delight,, the very first rap song to hit the Top 40. By the mid-80s, the group faded away as the hip-hop scene began to expand and transform itself. Forming in 1979 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, Manhattan neighborhood After the release of Rapper's Delight, the group never topped the US charts, though they 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 (featuring Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five). In 1999, the trio reunited and recorded Jump on It! a hip hop children's album. The group continue to tour. Here I Am, a track on their album sang by Craig Derry, achieved moderate success despite not being released as a single. The group discontinued touring in 2007. More Info: Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.


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