Sylvia Robinson

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Sylvia Robinson (née Vanderpool)
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Sylvia Robinson, singer, songwriter and producer, (born 29 may 1935- died 29 September 2011). She was born Sylvia Vanterpool in Harlem, New York. As a 14-year-old student at Washington Irving high school, her vocal talent led to her first recordings, singing blues with a band led by the trumpeter Hot Lips Page. Between 1956 and 1962, she worked as a duo with her former guitar teacher, the virtuoso instrumentalist Mickey Baker.
In 1962 Baker moved to Paris, bringing their partnership to an end. Sylvia married the musician Joe Robinson, Sr. in 1964. She immersed herself in the music business and ran a club in the Bronx before the couple moved to Englewood, New Jersey. There, they opened Soul Sound Studio (2), an eight-track recording studio which, like Motown and Stax, had its own house band of backing musicians.
The Robinsons formed the All Platinum Record Co. in 1968, and Sylvia became one of the few female record producers at the time.
By the late 1970s, All Platinum was in financial difficulties, caused in part by the Robinsons' purchase in 1975 for close to $1m of the rights to the Chess Records catalogue, which included recordings by Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. They intended to record new material under the Chess banner, but found they could not afford to.
In 1979 the company was thrown a lifeline. Sylvia was alerted by her teenage son Joey to the new sounds developing in the Bronx.
The resulting track, Rapper's Delight, was soon selling 50,000 copies a day. It became a top 40 hit in the US and reached No 3 in the UK. The single launched the Robinsons' Sugar Hill Records label and Sylvia became a leading figure in the rapid proliferation of hip-hop music worldwide.
Mother of Joey Robinson, Jr., Leland Robinson and Rhondo Robinson
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VIB M 8126 Pillow Talk — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* Pillow Talk (Album) Vibration VIB M 8126 US 1973 Sell This Version
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VI-127 Sweet Stuff — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* Sweet Stuff (Album) Vibration VI-127 US 1975 Sell This Version
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VI-129 Sylvia — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* Sylvia (Album) Vibration VI-129 US 1976 Sell This Version
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VI-131 Lay It On Me — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* Lay It On Me (Album) Vibration VI-131 US 1977 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

J-5386X Frankie And Johnny / Come Home  — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia Robbins* Frankie And Johnny / Come Home (Single) Moonglow (2) J-5386X Canada 1960 Sell This Version
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106 Our Love — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia Robbins* Our Love Sue Records Inc. 106 US 1964 Sell This Version
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45-805 Don't Let Your Eyes Get Bigger Than Your Heart / From The Beginning — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia Robbins* Don't Let Your Eyes Get Bigger Than Your Heart / From The Beginning (Single) Sue Records Inc. 45-805 US 1964 Sell This Version
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106 Our Love/I Can't Tell You — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia Robbins* Our Love/I Can't Tell You(7", Mon) Sue Records Inc. 106 US 1964 Sell This Version
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PL-2303 I Can't Help It — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* I Can't Help It (Single) All Platinum Records Inc. PL-2303 US 1967 Sell This Version
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ST 5015 Have You Had Any Lately? / Anytime — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia Robinson / Sylvia* & Al* Sylvia Robinson / Sylvia* & Al* - Have You Had Any Lately? / Anytime (Single) Stang Records ST 5015 US 1970 Sell This Version
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VI-525 Soul Je T'aime — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* And Ralfi Pagan Sylvia* And Ralfi Pagan - Soul Je T'aime (Single) Vibration VI-525 US 1973 Sell This Version
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VI-528 Private Performance / If You Get The Notion — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* Private Performance / If You Get The Notion (Single) Vibration VI-528 US 1973 Sell This Version
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VI-524-A Didn't I — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* Didn't I (Single) Vibration VI-524-A US 1973 Sell This Version
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HLU-10429 Have You Had Any Lately — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* Have You Had Any Lately (Single) London Records HLU-10429 UK 1973 Sell This Version
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VI-527 Alfredo / If You Get The Notion — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* Alfredo / If You Get The Notion (Single) Vibration VI-527 US 1973 Sell This Version
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HLU 10415 Pillow Talk / My Thing — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* Pillow Talk / My Thing (Single) Vibration HLU 10415 Ireland 1973 Sell This Version
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ST-5038-A Turning Point — Sylvia Robinson Little April* Turning Point(7", Promo) Stang Records ST-5038-A US 1973 Sell This Version
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JBS 58 Running Bear / Pillow Talk — Sylvia Robinson Wild Angels / Sylvia* Wild Angels / Sylvia* - Running Bear / Pillow Talk(7", Jukebox) Decca, London Records JBS 58 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
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VI-512 Gimme A Little Action / Next Time I See You — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* Gimme A Little Action / Next Time I See You Vibration VI-512 US 1974 Sell This Version
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AP-2350 Sho Nuff Boogie — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* & The Moments Sylvia* & The Moments - Sho Nuff Boogie (Single) All Platinum Records Inc. AP-2350 US 1974 Sell This Version
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VI-530 Easy Evil — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* Easy Evil (Single) Vibration VI-530 US 1974 Sell This Version
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VI-529 Sweet Stuff / Had Any Lately — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* Sweet Stuff / Had Any Lately (Single) Vibration VI-529 US 1974 Sell This Version
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6146 410 Pussy Cat — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* Pussy Cat (Single) Vibration 6146 410 Chile 1975 Sell This Version
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SFL-2038 Pillow Talk / Pussy Cat — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia Robinson Pillow Talk / Pussy Cat(7") Philips SFL-2038 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
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VI 567 L.A. Sunshine / Taxi — Sylvia Robinson Sylvia* L.A. Sunshine / Taxi (Single) Vibration VI 567 US 1976 Sell This Version

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Funktual

Funktual

August 9, 2022
Y'all need to add ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMER to that bio!
WarpedRecord3345

WarpedRecord3345

January 28, 2020
One of the great undersung heroes of soul, funk, hip-hop and so much more.
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DjFredVal

DjFredVal

October 2, 2011
RIP Sylvia Robinson :'(

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