Saturday, December 11, 2010

West Street Mob

West Street Mob were an R&B\rap from the 80s that consisted of members Bill McGee, Joey Robinson Jr, and Sabrina Gillison. They were signed to Sugar Hill Records.

Prior to West Street Mob, Bill McGhee was in a band called Hellaphenalia and did various music projects. Joey Robinson Jr. is the son of Sugar Hill Records founder and musician Sylvia Robinson.
In 1981, they released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #56 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Let's Dance (Make Your Move)" peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100, #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #18 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.

The song became the trio's highest appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 to date.
The follow-up single, "Gotta Give It Up" peaked at #73 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the charts for 5 weeks.
West Side Mob released the single "Sing a Simple Song" which peaked at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #44 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
In 1983, West Street Mob released their second album "Break Dance: Electric Boogie" which was first released in France & Germany, but was later released in the United States, Australia, & New Zealand a year later.        
The first single released from the album "Ooh Baby" peaked at #55 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
The title song was released as the second single from the album which managed to peak at #52 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #37 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, stayin on the charts for 11 weeks and #64 on the U.K. Singles chart.


West Street Mob released three more singles: "I Can't Stop," "Rock the Party" and "Mosquito" before fading into obscurity.

Sabrina Gillson provided vocals for musician Duke Bootee's 1984 "Bust Me Out" album and was featured on David Grant's 1985 album "Hopes and Dreams" on the duet "Take My Heart."

Her last music appearance to date was doing background vocals on Seven Windows' song "Shakey's Got the Blues" in 1986.
Bill McGhee continues to work on various music projects, but he is also a jazz musician and school adminstrator.

In 2006, he released a jazz album, "Chase the Sunset." Joey Robinson Jr. has written & produced music for artists, but it is unknown what he is up to today.

To see Bill McGhee's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/billmcgeemusic

To see a fan-video for "Let's Dance (Make Your Body Move)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4eP4m08ZYE

To see a fan-made video for "Get Up and Dance" (from their debut album), go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjlqxL_kGDA

To see a fan-made video for "Break Dance (Electric Boogie)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMlaYTbmv8I

To see a fan-made video for "Mosquito," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY-ug-CiQqE

To see a fan-made video for "Got to Give it Up," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VANBF2Hp1


[updated on 05\07\12]

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