Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel

Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel

Real Name:
Melvin Glover
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Name of the artist here should actually be "Grandmaster & Melle Mel". This unique wording was the result of an ugly legal suit between Melle Mel (Melvin Glover) and Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler). When Flash was essentially pushed out of his own group - especially in the fact that he was a non-player on the breakthrough Grandmaster Flash & Furious 5 track "The Message" - Melle Mel (with the encouragement of Sugarhill Records label head Sylvia Robinson) decided that he would take Flash's place in the band - and essentially take his name as well. During this time, the definitive singles "The Message II" and "New York, New York" were released under the name of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5, even though Flash had nothing to do with these releases.
The net result of the lawsuit forced Sugar Hill and Melle Mel to cease the theft of Flash's name - which resulted in the White Lines singles all being pressed with the name "Grandmaster & Melle Mel", with Melle Mel's name in larger type than "Grandmaster".
White Lines eventually proved to be Sugar Hill's downfall, as the famous bassline and much of other components of the song were stolen from the sub-underground (but now much more justifiably well known) track "Cavern" by Liquid Liquid, which resulted in another lawsuit - of which Sugarhill would never recover from.
Subsequent releases from Mel were released as Grandmaster Melle Mel.
Mel later dropped the "Grandmaster" & reunited with Flash in the late 80's - and toured with the reunited Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 in the early 90's.
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Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel Discography

Singles & EPs

SH-465 Grandmaster & Melle Mel* White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) (Maxi, Single) Sugar Hill Records SH-465 US 1983 Sell This Version
101903 Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel Jesse(7") Sugar Hill Records, Vogue 101903 France 1984 Sell This Version
CD3-1 Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel / Melle Mel & Duke Bootee Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel / Melle Mel & Duke Bootee - White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) / Message II (Survival)(CD, Mini, Single, Ltd) Castle Communications CD3-1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
OG 4152 Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel / Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel / Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five - White Lines (Don't Do It) / Step Off(12") Old Gold (2) OG 4152 UK 1990 Sell This Version
SH-32508 Grandmaster & Melle Mel* / Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five Grandmaster & Melle Mel* / Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five - White Lines / Scorpio (Single) Sequel Records SH-32508 US 1985 Sell This Version
DMC CL 1 Sugarhill Gang / Run-DMC / Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel Sugarhill Gang / Run-DMC / Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel - Rap Classics(12") Dance Music Classics DMC CL 1 US 2002 Sell This Version

Compilations

BLAT 12-1 Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel / Various Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel / Various - White Lines (Don't Do It) / Sweet Sugar Edit(12", Comp) Blatant (2) BLAT 12-1 UK 1987 Sell This Version