Discovering Sugar Man

I really want to thank Jo Bryant and her OMG Stop the presses !!!!!!! post for introducing me to the incredible story of this most amazing man:

Sixto Rodriguez

Sixto Rodriguez

After a very brief recording career in the late 60s and early 70s, Sixto Rodriguez faded into obscurity in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Unbeknownst to him however, his music had made him a rock icon as big as Elvis and The Beatles in places like South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, New Zealand and Australia – while almost no one here in the U.S. had ever heard of him, including myself!

I really hope you all take the time to check out Jo’s post. She’s been a huge Rodriguez fan since the 70s and her post chock full of information about him, including music videos and a 60 Minutes piece covering this beautiful and humble man’s rise from anonymity to being the focus of the acclaimed documentary film “Searching for Sugar Man” (Wikipedia) (IMDB).

I listened to quite a few Rodriguez songs on YouTube after reading Jo’s post. Here are two of my favorites (so far)…

I want ice water.

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30 thoughts on “Discovering Sugar Man

  1. Was it “60 Minutes” that did a feature on him? I know I saw a story about him somewhere in the last few months. I’d never heard of him. Difficult to imagine a talent like this just disappearing from the American music scene for so long.

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    • Isn’t that just freaky?!?! Of course, Rodriguez is such an unassuming type, so I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised. And yeah, there’s a YouTube video of the 60 Minutes piece in Jo’s post. 😀

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  2. I first came across Rodriguez when his song “Sugar Man” was in the movie Candy with Heath Ledger. His music is beautiful and many people have been talking about him since that recent 60 minutes special on him a few weeks ago. Thanks for posting!

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