Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Big Bank Hank

Big Bank Hank

August 5, 1957 -  November 11, 2014
Driving into work this morning, I heard the news Big Bank Hank had passed away from cancer. He was 57 years old.

In 1979, I was standing on the playground during recess wearing my red gingham Toughskins jeans, my white eyelet top and some worn out Converse navy blue hightops gymshoes. A seventh grader (I was in sixth) named Tanya Morris ran over to where I was standing. We walked home from school together most days, along with my younger sister, D'mona. Tanya was very excited. "I know the whole thing," she said.

"What?" I asked. I was trying to read my book.

"You haven't heard it?"

I put down my book. What was she talking about? "Oh, you mean that new rap song?"

"Yeah. The Rapper's Delight." Tanya stared at me. I could see her thought bubble floating away with the word NERD threatening to rupture it. Even then, I didn't take fast to the latest trends.

Tanya stood before me and rapped the entire song -  the long version. Never forgot it.

Thanks Big Bank Hank.

Oh yeah and thanks to Tanya Morris too.

Big Bank Hank’ of The Sugarhill Gang dies at 57 - NY Daily News

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