MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Rap pioneer from “Sugar Hill Gang” dies, Johnny Marr sings “The Smiths” on Tonight Show, and AC/DC reveals “Play Ball” video from Rock or Bust



Big Bank Hank– the standout voice from the pioneering 80’s rap group The Sugar Hill Gang has died.

Big Bank Hank was born Henry Jackson and was one third of The Sugar Hill Gang, that also included Wonder Mike and Master Gee. Hank was the most flamboyant voice on 1979’s “Rapper’s Delight” The song became a huge commercial hit and was suburban America’s first experience with hip hop and rap culture. It sold millions of copies, though Sugar Hill Records never had it officially certified. Read more on the passing of a rap & hip hop pioneer here.

Watch the Sugar Hill Gang perform “Rapper’s Delight” below.

The Sugar Hill Gang-“Jump On It!- Apache”

Johnny Marr dug into some of his roots with The Smiths as he performed the group’s “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

Watch the performance below.

Read more about Johnny Marr’s new album “Playland” and read Pitchfork’s interview with Johnny Marr here.

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Redferns/Getty Images

AC/DC has released the video for their new song “Play Ball”.  It’s featured off AC/DC’s upcoming Rock or Bust LP and is the first video to showcase their new rhythm guitarist Stevie Young, who has replaced his uncle Malcolm Young, who left the band this year due to dementia.

Watch video for AC/DC’s “Play Ball” below.

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