West Street Mob

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West Street Mob
Origin USA
Genres Old school hip hop
Boogie
P-funk
Electro
Years active 1981–1984
Labels Sugar Hill
Members Bill McGee
Joey Robinson, Jr.
Sabrina Gillison

West Street Mob were a boogie and electro music trio, active between 1981 and 1984,[1] best known for their 1983 song "Break Dance – Electric Boogie". The band comprises Joey Robinson, Jr. who is a son of Sugar Hill Records founder Sylvia Robinson, trumpetist Bill McGee and singer Sabrina Gillison.

History[edit]

In 1981, West Street Mob recorded their eponymous album that peaked at number 57 on the Billboard Black Albums chart.[2] Successful single includes "Let's Dance", peaking #18 on the Black Singles chart and #22 on the Dance chart.[3]

In 1983, they released the Break Dance – Electric Boogie album and the "Break Dance – Electric Boogie" single. The song contains a sample of a 1960s song "Apache" written by Jerry Lordan,[4] and performed by Incredible Bongo Band.

West Street Mob also recorded two singles that were not included on either of the two albums, "Ooh Baby" and "Sing a Simple Song".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Record
label
Chart positions
[5]
US US
R&B
UK
1981 West Street Mob Sugar Hill #56
1983 Break Dance – Electric Boogie Sugar Hill
  • "—" denotes the single failed to chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Record
label
Chart positions[3][6]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
UK
1981 "Let's Dance (Make Your Body Move)" C Sugar Hill #88 #18 #22
"Got To Give It Up" Sugar Hill
1982 "Ooh Baby" Sugar Hill #55
"Sing a Simple Song" Sugar Hill #89 #44
1983 "Break Dance – Electric Boogie" Sugar Hill #37 #52 #64
"Mosquito" Sugar Hill

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Street Mob at Discogs". discogs. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  2. ^ "Billboard (r) Soul LPs (tm)". Billboard/Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 93: 67. Dec 26, 1981. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  3. ^ a b "West Street Mob- Singles (discography)". Allmusic, Billboard. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  4. ^ Production notes on the Sugar Hill SH-460 record.
  5. ^ "West Street Mob - Albums (discography)". Allmusic, Billboard. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  6. ^ "West Street Mob (on Chartstats)". Chartstats. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  7. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles". Cashbox. Retrieved 2011-08-28.