Reps for Harlem legend Bobby Robinson have confirmed that he died last week at 93 after being ill for several years.
The South Carolina native was recognized throughout New York City for his shop, Bobby’s Happy House, the first black-owned business on 125th St.
Robinson’s legacy consists of his work with music legends such as Doug E. Fresh, the Furious Five and Spoonie Gee.
several labels such as Red Robin, Whirlin’ Disc, Fire, Fury and Enjoy, Robinson collected an extensive catologue including the likes of The Furious Five’s “Superrappin’,” The Treacherous Three’s “Feel The Heartbeat” and The Fearless Four’s “Rockin’ It.”
Robinson’s impact reached far beyond the Hip-Hop community, working with the likes of Gladys Knight and great bluesman Elmore James.
Bobby’s Happy House was shut down on January 21st 2008 due to re-development plans from the landlord.
“I’ve seen 125th St. at its best and worst,” Robinson said in 2007. “And I’ll tell you, there’s no more exciting place in the world.”