Big Bank Hank from The Sugarhill Gang Dead
Big Bank Hank died last night in Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey. Hank was a member of The Sugarhill Gang along with Wonder Mike and Master Gee. The group is world-renowned for their 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight,” the first rap single to chart the Top 40, selling over 10 million copies. Hank was manager for The Cold Crush Brothers’ Grandmaster Caz and working at a pizzeria when Sylvia Robinson’s son Joey heard him rap. Hank created controversy when he used a verse written by Caz in “Rapper’s Delight” and kept the writing credit. Hank, born Henry Jackson, was suffering from cancer. He was 57.