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Mickey & Sylvia was an R&B duo composed of Mickey “Guitar” Baker and Sylvia Van der Pool Robinson. They were the first big seller for Groove Records.

Mickey “Guitar” Baker was a music instructor, and Sylvia Robinson was one of his pupils. His guitar stylings, especially the insane soloing on “Love Is Strange”, inspired a plethora of guitarists, including Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground.

Mickey & Sylvia had a hit with “Love Is Strange” in 1957. They continued to record together until 1965. After that, Mickey had a successful career as a studio musician. Sylvia had a huge hit (#1 R&B, #3 Pop) in 1973 with the song “Pillow Talk”, and later assisted in the formation of the Sugar Hill rap label.


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  • Heiko1954

    Ich höre gerne alte Musik [ Oldies ] und habe auch einige CDs davon.

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • BJBooth

    We lost another brilliant guitarist last night, lets try to remember his work today.

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • BJBooth

    Not many people realize that Mickey was the superb guitarist playing for Louis Jordan in his later band years. Listen to Caldonia from Jordan's Rock and Roll album as an example. Hugely underrated guitarist, like Steve Cropper in my opinion.

    31 Oct 2012 Reply
  • KaliaKnowsBest

    Come 'ere lover boy! I said BAaaAaAAaAAaAABBbbBbBBBBBbbYYyyyyyYYy.

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • PThomasAnderson

    Al menos saqué algo bueno de dirty dancing, esta fabulosa canción.

    7 Oct 2011 Reply
  • bretonbanquet

    RIP Sylvia :(

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • richardneal

    The black Les Paul & Mary Ford

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Ool-Ya-Koo

    I never did

    3 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Its_bitch

    me too [3]

    14 Nov 2010 Reply
  • hlysht-itsbee

    come 'ere loverboy!

    15 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Okosan

    Come here LoverBoy!....

    19 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ox_Nifredil_xo

    me too [2] xD. Love is strange <3

    28 May 2010 Reply
  • mmmmlowell

    me too.

    16 Sep 2009 Reply
  • miggiesmalls

    i always imagined them as white people..

    30 Jul 2009 Reply
  • PappaWheelie

    Have you ever went over a friends house to eat and the food just ain't no good? I mean the macaroni's soggy the peas are mushed and the chicken tastes like wood...

    8 Nov 2007 Reply

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