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The Sugarhill Gang is an American hip hop group, known mostly for its 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight," the first hip hop single to become a Top 40 hit. The song uses an interpolation of the instrumental track from the hit "Good Times" by Chic as its foundation.
The members, all from Englewood, New Jersey consisted of Michael "Wonder Mike" Wright, Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson, and Guy "Master Gee" O'Brien. The three were assembled into a group by producer Sylvia Robinson, who also founded Sugar Hill Records along with her husband, record mogul Joe Robinson.
The Sugarhill Gang never again topped the charts, though it had a few minor hits, such as "Apache", "Eighth Wonder" (which was performed on the American music show Soul Train in 1981), "Rapper's Reprise (Jam Jam)," and "Showdown" (with the Furious Five). In 1999, the trio reunited and recorded Jump on It! a hip hop children's album. The group continue to tour.
The discography of The Sugarhill Gang includes four studio albums, nine compilations and fifteen singles.
|U.S. top 200||U.S. R&B||NZ|
|1983||Rappin' Down Town
|1984||Livin' in the Fast Lane
|1999||Jump on It!
- Sugarhill Gang Greatest Hits (1984)
- The Best of Sugarhill Gang: Rapper's Delight (1996)
- Ain't Nothin' but a Party (1998)
- Back to the Old School 2 - Rapper's Delights (1999)
- Sugarhill Gang, The* Vs. Grandmaster Flash - The Greatest Hits (2000)
- The Greatest Hits of Sugarhill Gang (2004 Tour) (2004)
- The Story of Sugarhill Records (2005)
- Hip Hop Anniversary Europe Tour: Sugarhill Gang Live (2008)
- Rhythm & Rhymes: The Definitive Collection (2010)
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|U.S. Hot 100||U.S. R&B||U.S. Club Play||NZ||UK|
|1979||"Rapper's Delight"||36||4||14||18||3||Sugarhill Gang|
|1980||"Rapper's Reprise (Jam Jam)"||—||—||—||—||—|
|"8th Wonder"||82||15||38||—||—||8th Wonder|
|"Showdown" (credited as The Furious Five meets The Sugarhill Gang)||—||49||—||—||—|
|1982||"The Lover In You"||—||55||—||—||54||Rappin Down Town|
|1983||"The Word Is Out"||—||71||—||—||—|
|"Be A Winner"||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Kick It Live from 9 to 5" / "The Lover In You"||—||50||—||—||—||Livin' in the Fast Lane|
|1984||"Livin' in the Fast Lane"||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Troy" / "Girls"||—||—||—||—||—|
|"The Down Beat"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985||"Work, Work The Body"||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989||"Rapper's Delight (Hip Hop Remix '89)"||—||—||—||34||58|
|2009||"Lala Song" (credited as Bob Sinclar featuring The Sugarhill Gang)||—||—||—||—||—|