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Sylvia Robinson

Sylvia Robinson (born Sylvia Vanderpool, 6 March 1936 in New York) is a singer, musician and producer.

Her first successful record was the 1956 hit, "Love Is Strange", written by rap forefather Bo Diddley and released as part of the duo Mickey & Sylvia[?] with guitarist Mickey Baker[?]. She married Joe Robinson[?] in 1964 and continued working in the music business, being involved with several more successful releases.

Arguably her most important contribution to the music industry was masterminding the formation of the The Sugarhill Gang and the release of their hit, "Rapper's Delight" in 1979, commonly regarded as the first commercially released rap single.

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