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Sylvia Robinson
Sylvia Robinson

Birth name

Sylvia Vanderpool

Also known as

Sylvia, Inc., S. Vanterpool, Sylvia Vanderbilt


29 May 1935
New York, New York, United States


Englewood, New Jersey, United States


29 September 2011 (aged 76)
Secaucus, New Jersey, United States


Blues, R&B, rock, soul, funk, disco, hip hop


Singer, record producer, record label executive

Years active



Savoy Records (1951)
Jubilee (1952-1954)
Moonglow (1960)
Sue Records Inc. (1964)
Soul City (1968)
Vibration (1973-1978)
London Records (1973)
All Platinum Records Inc. (1974)
Sugar Hill Records (1982-1986)
Bon Ami Records (1987)

Associated acts

Duke Bootee, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, The Sequence, The Sugarhill Gang

Sylvia Robinson (née Vanderpool; 29 May 1935 - 29 September 2011) was an American singer, record producer, musician, and record label executive. Robinson is best known primarily for founding Sugar Hill Records, and is credited for two of the pioneering singles in the genre of hip hop music: "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang, and "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, earning her the name "Mother Of Hip Hop". She received a Pioneer Award for her solo singing career and her founding of Sugar Hill Records at the 11th Annual Rhythm and Blues Awards Gala in 2000. Robinson died of congestive heart failure on 29 September 2011, aged 76.


Studio albums[]

  • 1973: Pillow Talk
  • 1976: Sylvia
  • 1977: Sweet Stuff
  • 1977: Lay It on Me