***Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, also known as Rodríguez or Jesús Rodríguez (born July 10, 1942), is an American folk musician from Detroit, Michigan. His career initially proved short lived, with two little-sold albums in the early 1970s and two Australian concert tours. Although retaining a loyal following in Australia, unknown to Rodriguez his albums became extremely successful and influential in South Africa. According to the film-makers of the documentary about him, Searching for Sugar Man, sales of his records outnumbered those of Elvis Presley in South Africa. He was rumored there to have committed suicide.
In the 1990s, determined South African fans managed to find and contact Rodriguez, which led to an unexpected revival of his musical career. This is told in the 2012 Academy Award–winning documentary film Searching for Sugar Man, which helped give Rodriguez a measure of fame in his home country.
Rodriguez lives in Detroit’s historic Woodbridge neighborhood, through which he is seen walking in Searching for Sugar Man. ***
That is an excerpt from Wikipedia when you do a search for Sixto Rodriguez. Why do a search on him? Coz hes heading to South Africa again next year. At 73 to do a tour of this nature takes loads of guts. And that is what this is all about. Kudos to Mr Rodriguez.
There are so many people out there that has never heard of him or heard his music. That is very unfortunate and very sad. But for those that do know him – Hell Yeah! Super keen to get road tripping. Missed his last visit. No way I am missing this one. Watching the movie Searching for Sugar Man was quite something. Who knows what the truth is at all, ever. But lets just say that you can take everything as gospel and that’s what its like. Then I stand amazed by the man. Sugar Man. Humble as he was even after the found fame. Yes, I know it was a while ago already and lots has happened in between. Some good and some not so good. That doesn’t matter. I still think that is something to be noted. Doing everything as he did. Very cool, and yes. Hats off. Not sure if I would have.
Had a good friend over for a chat on skype today. Had a good catch-up and among some things that we chatted about, was Rodriguez. Another part of the character was revealed in that conversation. He is a very proud man. I respect him for that. Sometimes it can be a great thing to be proud, and to stand strong in that. Pride can be a rather nasty as well if it gets hold of you. That’s a story for another time. What I was saying. Proud to the point where he would stand through his whole concert. I don’t think many people would even know something like that, but it’s true.
He would take tremendous strain, but do it for the love of music and his fans.
Like I said earlier, another tour. I feel a road trip coming up.
We should take legends like these and keep their music burning hot for many more years.
Why would you want to do something like that? Because they are that damn good. I think there are many others like him…
Keen to hear from you guys who you think could be added to this list.
Have a good one. Black Hat.