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Sylvia Robinson

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Singer/songwriter/manufacturer Sylvia Robinson had two graph toppers: as 1 / 2 of Mickey & Sylvia with “Like Is Strange” and her own single gold solitary, the sensuous “Cushion Chat.” With the All Platinum label with spouse Joe Robinson, she was instrumental within the careers from the Occasions (she created and co-wrote their number 1 R&B solitary “Like on the Two Way Road”) and many strikes by various performers including Donnie Elbert, Retta Youthful (“(Sending Out An) S.O.S.”), the Whatnauts, Brother to Brother, Linda Lewis, Shirley and Organization, the Rimshots (“Very Disco”), and many more. Through the ’80s, the few helped release rap through their Sugarhill Information including Grandmaster Adobe flash as well as the Furious Five as well as the seminal “Rappers Pleasure” from the Sugarhill Gang. The grungy sound quality of most Platinum’s produces was a sonic option to the more refined sounds from the ’70s along with a precursor towards the grainier hip-hop sound from the ’80s and 90s. Given birth to Sylvia Vanderpool on March 6, 1936, in NEW YORK, she produced her documenting debut while a 14-year-old college student at Washington Irving SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. Discovered by way of a skill for Columbia Information, she documented blues with trumpeter Sizzling Lips Page. Later on she recorded only a small amount Sylvia for Savoy. While documenting for the Kitty label, she fulfilled guitarist Mickey Baker who trained her how exactly to play acoustic guitar. In 1956, 21-year-old Sylvia Vanderpool fulfilled RCA Information maker Bob Rolontz, who experienced currently about her and performing partner Mickey Baker. Putting your signature on these to the label, Rolontz created “Like Is Unusual.” Created on Oct 17, 1956, “Like Is Unusual” remained at number 1 R&B for 14 days and visited number 11 Play early 1957. Additional Mickey & Sylvia singles had been the two-sided strike “There Should be a Legislation” (quantity eight) b/w “Dearest” from planting season 1957 and “Baby You’re Therefore Good” from fall 1961. The duo may also be noticed on Ike & Tina Turner’s “It’s Gonna WORKOUT Fine,” that was number 2 R&B for 14 days in summer time 1961. In 1962, Mickey Baker relocated to Paris. In 1964,Sylvia wedded Joe Robinson. The Robinsons began their label, All Platinum Information, in Engelwood, NJ, in 1968. The label acquired its eight-track recording studio room, Spirit Sound Studios. “Cushion Chat” sat around a calendar year . 5 before it had been documented. Sylvia says she originally offered the melody to Al Green, who took a move. Sharing the program with Sylvia was drummer Yogi Horton, bassist Fred Pescod, guitarist Walter Morris, veteran arranger Sammy Lowe on keyboards (Lowe organized several edges for the label), and Craig Derry on congas. The monitor was the debut discharge from the Robinsons’ Vibration imprint. “Sylvia Chat” held the main R&B spot for 14 days and managed to get to number 3 pop on Billboard’s graphs in springtime 1973. A number of the label’s strikes, released on Stang, Turbo, Vibration, and everything Platinum, included the Occasions’ “Appreciate on the Two Way Road ” (number 1 R&B for five weeks, number 3 pop), “Sexy Mama” (number 3 R&B), and “Take a look at Me (I’m in Appreciate)” (number 1 R&B); Donnie Elbert’s cover of Diana Ross & the Supremes’ strike “Where Do Our Appreciate Move”; The Whatnauts’ “I’ll Erase You Discomfort”; Sibling to Brother’s cover of Gil Scott Heron’s “Within the Container” (amount nine R&B); and Chuck Jackson’s “I’m Needing You,Wanting You.” Angie Rock, whose 1999 debut record Black Diamond contains “FORGET ABOUT Rain (ON THIS Cloud),” was an associate of the Series who strike with “Funk You Up,” a 1980 remake of Parliament’s silver 1976 strike “Rip the Roof From the Sucker.” Glaciers Cube’s silver 1993 amount seven one “IT HAD BEEN a Good Time” was predicated on examples of the Occasions’ “Sexy Mama” as well as the Isley Brothers’ “Footsteps at night.” Stacy Lattisaw’s cover of “Like on the Two Way Road” visited number 2 R&B for a month in summer months 1981. Within the ’80s, the Robinsons bought the Chess Information catalog and many years later marketed the catalog to MCA Information. Their kid, Joey Robinson, was an associate of rap action West Road Mob. Sylvia passed on in 2011, at age 75. Both she and Joe Robinson are highlighted in the reserve The Vibe Background of HIPHOP, released by Random Home in Sept 1999.

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Full Name Sylvia Robinson
Died September 29, 2011, Secaucus, New Jersey, United States
Profession Singer, Songwriter, Music Producer
Education Washington Irving Campus
Nationality American
Spouse Joseph Robinson, Mickey Baker
Children Joey Robinson, Jr.
Parents Herbert Vanderpool
Awards Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Groups Mickey & Sylvia
Music Songs Pillow Talk, Sweet Stuff, Gimme a Little Action, It's Good to Be the Queen, Sho Nuff Boogie, Part I, Had Any Lately, Not on the Outside, Lay It on Me, Next Time That I See You, Soul Je T'Aime, My Thing, Didn't I, Drive, Daddy, Drive, Easy Evil, Don't Leave Me Starving, Give It Up in Vain, You Sure Love to Ball, Pussy Cat, Private Performance, Automatic Lover, Love Is Strange, Cowards Way Out, If You Get the Notion, L.A. Sunshine, Mr. Bartender, Next Time I See You, Chocolate Candy Blues, Don't Let Your Eyes Get Bigger Than Your Heart, Speedy Life, Stop Boy, Fine Love, He Don't Ever Lose His Groove
Albums Pillow Talk, Sylvia, Pillow Talk: The Sensuous Sounds Of Sylvia


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#Fact
1 Founded, with husband Joe Robinson, All-Platinum Records in 1967.
2 She founded the very first hip-hop record label, Sugarhill Records, in 1979. Wrote and produced songs for Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Kool Moe Dee & the Treacherous Three, Angie Stone and the Sugarhill Gang.
3 Was "Sylvia" of Mickey & Sylvia.
4 Mother of Joey Robinson


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 2016 writer: "Bawitdaba"
Dirty Grandpa 2016 writer: "It Was a Good Day"
The Rack Pack 2016 writer: "White Lines Don't Do It" - uncredited
Please Like Me 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock the Kasbah 2015 writer: "Bawitdaba"
Britain's Got More Talent 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Eurovision Song Contest: Wer singt für Österreich? 2015 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Fresh Dressed 2015 Documentary writer: "The Message"
Strange Magic 2015 writer: "Love Is Strange", "Love Is Strange Finale Version"
The Wedding Ringer 2015 writer: "Bawitdaba"
M Is for Matchmaker 2014 Short lyrics: "Love is Strange" / music: "Love is Strange"
Genesis: Together and Apart 2014 TV Movie documentary writer: "The Message"
Sex Tape 2014 writer: "It Was A Good Day"
The Voice Kids 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Think Like a Man Too 2014 writer: "White Lines"
Jessica & Krystal 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
22 Jump Street 2014 writer: "Drop Girl"
Pride 2014/I writer: "Shame Shame Shame"
22nd Annual Trumpet Awards 2014 TV Special writer: "The Message"
Ride Along 2014 writer: "It Was A Good Day"
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 writer: "White Lines Don't Do It", "White Lines re-recorded master"
The X Factor 2009-2013 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2013 TV Special documentary writer: "New York State of Mind"
The Great Gatsby 2013 writer: "Empire State Of Mind Pt II Broken Down"
In a World... 2013 writer: "It Was A Good Day"
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2012-2013 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
De wereld draait door 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Filthy Frank Show 2012 TV Series short writer - 1 episode
EastEnders 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Men in Black 3 2012 writer: "Love Is Strange", "Empire State of Mind", "Back in Time"
The Voice 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Britain's Got Talent 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 Documentary writer: "The Message", "It Was A Good Day"
Showboaters 2011 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
PianOwned 2011 TV Series short writer - 1 episode
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie 2011 Documentary writer: "Empire State of Mind"
Dancing with the Stars 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010-2011 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Levenslied TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2011 music - 1 episode, 2011
Football Focus 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
I Melt with You 2011 writer: "White Lines Don't Do It"
Helden von morgen 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Night Stand 2010 TV Series short writer - 1 episode
Rude Tube TV Series music - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Gent de paraula 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glee 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
X Factor 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Step Up 3D 2010 writer: "Empire State of Mind"
Small Teen, Big World 2010 TV Movie documentary writer: "Empire State of Mind" - uncredited
So You Think You Can Dance 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman 2009-2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Isle of Wight Festival 2010: Live 2010 TV Special writer: "Empire State Of Mind"
Sex and the City 2 2010 writer: "Empire State of Mind"
Radio 1's Big Weekend 2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Saturday Night Live 2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Date Night 2010 writer: "Cobrastyle"
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2010 writer: "COBRASTYLE"
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Brit Awards 2010 2010 TV Special writer: "Empire State of Mind"
The Paul O'Grady Show 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
WWE Raw 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Funny People 2009 writer: "Love Is Strange"
Schlaflos in Oldenburg 2008 TV Movie writer: "Love is strange"
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay 2008 writer: "Check Yo Self Remix"
College Road Trip 2008 writer: "Cobrastyle"
ER 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
How I Met Your Mother 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Happy Feet 2006 writer: "The Message"
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 2006 Video Game writer: "The Kids Don't Like It"
Man of the Year 2006 writer: "Cobrastyle"
Littleman 2006 writer: "The Message"
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006 writer: "Bawitdaba"
The Benchwarmers 2006 writer: "Cobra Style"
Everybody Hates Chris 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Honeymooners 2005 "Cobra Style"
Inside Deep Throat 2005 Documentary writer: "Love Is Strange"
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Video Game writer: "It Was A Good Day", "The Message"
Saving Face 2004 writer: "LOVE IS STRANGE"
Scrubs 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
White Chicks 2004 writer: "White Girls"
Cold Case 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shaun of the Dead 2004 as Robinson, "White Lines"
Sir Mix-A-Lot: Shhhh... Don't Tell 'Em That 2004 Video documentary writer: "Jump On It" - as S. Robinson
Tony Hawk's Underground 2 2004 Video Game writer: "Rapper's Delight"
Crooked Lines 2003 writer: "Shame, Shame, Shame"
Anything Else 2003 writer: "Sunday The Day Before My Birthday"
American Wedding 2003 writer: "The Message"
Daddy Day Care 2003 writer: "The Message"
I Love the '80s 2002 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
25th Hour 2002 writer: "White Lines Don't Don't Do It"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game writer: "The Message" - as Robinson
The Wire 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Empire 2002 writer: "White Lines Don't Don't Do It"
Glitter 2001 writer: "The Message"
Pootie Tang 2001 "Make 'em Say Ugh #2"
The Sopranos TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1999 - 2000 performer - 1 episode, 2001
Double Take 2001 writer: "Movement In Still Life"
In Too Deep 1999 writer: "Quiet Storm Remix" - as S. Robinson
Dogma 1999 writer: "Love Is Strange"
54 1998 performer: "Pillow Talk" - as Sylvia / writer: "Pillow Talk"
Soul Music Festival: Part IV 1998 TV Movie writer: "The Message" - uncredited
Doctor Dolittle 1998 writer: "Ain't Nothin' But a Party"
The Locusts 1997 writer: "Love Is Strange"
Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 writer: "White Lines"
Basquiat 1996 writer: "White Lines"
Casino 1995 writer: "Love Is Strange"
Martin 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Boys on the Side 1995 writer: "Shame, Shame, Shame"
Tohuwabohu 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Carlito's Way 1993 writer: "Pillow Talk"
Quantum Leap 1992 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mermaids 1990 writer: "Love Is Strange"
24th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1990 TV Special writer: "Love Is Strange"
The Freshman 1990 writer: "NEW YORK, NEW YORK"
Designing Women 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dirty Dancing 1987 writer: "Love Is Strange"
Miami Vice 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mischief 1985 performer: "Love Is Strange" - as Sylvia / writer: "Love Is Strange"
Black Hollywood 1984 TV Movie documentary writer: "The Message"
Arena 1984 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Beat Street 1984 writer: "Beat Street Breakdown"
Anillos de oro 1983 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five: The Message 1983 Video short writer: "The Message"
Partners 1982 writer: "Love On A Two Way Street"
Burning an Illusion 1981 courtesy: "Tribulation" / writer: "Tribulation"
The Demon 1979 writer: "Rapper's Delight"
Badlands 1973 as S.Robinson, "LOVE IS STRANGE" / performer: "LOVE IS STRANGE" - as Mickey and Sylvia
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Soul Train 1973-1974 TV Series Guest

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Undefeated 2003 TV Movie insurance

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012 TV Special in memoriam
C.O.D.A. 2011 TV Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1973 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sylvia Robinson: Mother of Hip Hop 2015 Documentary short Herself
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 2012 TV Special Herself - In Memoriam

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