West Street Mob

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West Street Mob
Origin USA
Genres Old school hip hop
Boogie
P-funk
Electro
Instruments vocoders, vocals
Years active 1981–1984
Labels Sugar Hill
Members Warren Moore
Sabrina Gillison
Past members Joey Robinson, Jr. (deceased)

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 comprised Joey Robinson, Jr., Warren Moore 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".

The group is very well known for the Electric Boogie song being featured in the first of Judson Laipply's Evolution of Dance video.

Joseph "Joey" Robinson, Jr., son of Sugar Hill Records founder Sylvia Robinson, died of cancer on July 11, 2015, in Tenafly, New Jersey, at the age of 53.[5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Record
label
Chart positions
[6]
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][7]
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. ^ Linda Moss (July 12, 2015). "Keeper of the Sugar Hill Records flame dies at 53". NorthJersey.com. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ "West Street Mob - Albums (discography)". Allmusic, Billboard. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  7. ^ "West Street Mob (on Chartstats)". Chartstats. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  8. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles". Cashbox. Retrieved 2011-08-28.