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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Mickey & Sylvia was an American R&B duo, composed of Mickey "Guitar" Baker and Sylvia Vanderpool Robinson. They were the first big seller for Groove Records.

Mickey was a music instructor and Sylvia one of his pupils. Baker was inspired to form the group by the success of Les Paul & Mary Ford. They had a Top 20 hit with "Love Is Strange" in 1957. The record sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The duo eventually bought their own nightclub, established a publishing company, and formed their own record label. Although Mickey & Sylvia disbanded by the end of the 1950s, they continued to record together on an infrequent basis until 1965, when Mickey quit the music industry in the United States.

After that, Mickey had a successful career as a session musician, moving to Paris, France. Sylvia had a hit record in 1973 with "Pillow Talk," and later assisted in the formation of the Sugar Hill rap label. She died on the morning of September 29, 2011, aged 75, at Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey from congestive heart failure.

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