by Kitty Savage
Sylvia was one bad chick. By age fourteen she was already recording on Columbia Records, and continued to build a versatile career in the business that would transform the musical landscape by marketing rap and hip hop to the masses in the 70’s.
The co-founder of Sugar Hill Records died on September 29th from congestive heart failure. Her life was celebrated in a colorful tribute on the Jimmy Fallon show this week, featuring artists such as Erykah Badu, Bootsy Collins, The Roots, Yo Gabba-Gabba, Biz Markie, and more. Read more about Sylvia’s life here.
This song “Pillow Talk” was originally written for Al Green, who decided it was just too dirty for the Rev. Sylvia Robinson, the songwriter and record producer, decided to record it herself, and it went on to be a huge hit in 1972, reaching double platinum sales. She recorded four more albums afterward.