WHO ARE THEY: Michael “Wonder Mike” Wright, Henry “Big Bank Hank” Jackson and Guy “Master Gee” O’Brien all hailed from Englewood and formed the Sugarhill Gang with the help of producer Sylvia Robinson in the mid-1970s. The group became famous for ushering in recorded hip-hop music in 1979 with its multi-platinum-selling Top 40 hit single “Rapper’s Delight.” Although the group was never able to equal the success of “Rapper’s Delight,” it did have minor hits with “Apache,” “Eighth Wonder,” “Rapper’s Reprise” and “Showdown.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: Although The Sugar Hill Gang didn’t invent rap music, it can take credit for putting it on the map and exposing it to a mass audience with its 1979 hit single “Rapper’s Delight.” The opening lyric “I said a hip hop, the hippie, the hippie to the hip-hip hop and you don’t stop” is about as famous as any in rap music and fans at Bally’s Atlantic City can look forward to hearing it Saturday night when The Sugar Hill Gang performs a free concert at the Bikini Beach Bar. The group also will be performing songs such as “Apache” and “Eighth Wonder.”
SHOW INFO: Tickets are FREE. The show begins 10 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Bally’s Bikini Beach Bar.