(SECAUCUS, N.J.) -- Sylvia Robinson, who as part of the duo Mickey & Sylvia scored a #11 hit with Love Is Strange in 1957 before finding Top 5 success as a solo artist in 1973 with Pillow Talk, died of congestive heart failure Thursday morning in a Secaucus, N.J., hospital. She was 75. According to a family spokesman, Robinson had been in ill health for five months prior to her passing, Sister 2 Sister magazine reports.
Besides her successes with Pillow Talk and Love Is Strange -- the latter of which used in a memorable scene in the classic 1987 film Dirty Dancing -- Robinson was the founder of the seminal hip-hop record company Sugar Hill Records. She also produced two of the most famous and influential early rap songs -- Sugar Hill Gang's Rapper's Delight and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's The Message. Because of her achievements with the Sugar Hill label and as a producer, she often has been referred to as the Mother of Hip-Hop.
Robinson is survived by three sons -- Joseph Robinson Jr., Leland Robinson, and Rhondo Robinson.
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