This is the sad news that Henry Lee Jackson aka Big Bank Hank, one of the members of hip-hop group The Sugarhill Gang, died yesterday, 11th November, apparently from kidney complications due to cancer. He was 57 years old.

The Sugarhill Gang, probably most famous for 'Rapper's Delight' – the first hip-hop song that crossed over into the realm of pop and got radio airtime – was brought together when producer Sylvia Robinson, eager to explore this trend in music (very smart because a trend it did become), discovered Big Bank Hank whilst he was managing local hip-hop group The Cold Crush Brothers. He was the manager of a pizzeria in Englewood, New Jersey at the time.

Fellow members of The Sugarhill Gang Michael Wright (aka Wonder Mike) and Guy O'Brien (aka Master Gee) spoke of their grief to TMZ: "So sad to hear of our brother's passing. Rest in peace Big Bank."

Let's listen to '8th Wonder'.