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Big Bank Hank

Posted by purplemary54 on November 11, 2014

One of the original members of the Sugarhill Gang has passed away.  Big Bank Hank, who’s given name was Henry Jackson, was 57.

Sugarhill Gang were not the first rappers, or the first Rap group.  Rap seemed to spring organically from the budding DJ/break dance scene in urban areas, specifically New York.  But they were the first Rap group to have a chart-topping hit with “Rapper’s Delight.”  While there were a lot of other artists, most of them unsung in the mainstream, who had more influence over this genre, Sugarhill Gang proved there was a market for Rap and Hip-Hop.  This helped make the genre more commercially viable and accepted.  That’s no mean feat, and they deserve credit for it.

 

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