Friday, August 12, 2016

One Of The Best Songwriters You've Never Heard Of..

Or, at least, one great songwriter I'd never heard of until last year. Sixto Rodriguez made two albums in the early 70s, both of which sold very poorly in the United States, and then seemed to drop off the face of the earth.

There are thousands of stories like that in the music business, but as it turned out, Rodriguez's story was far from over. Somehow, a copy of his first album, Cold Fact, wound up in South Africa. No one could find it in any record stores, so folks made bootleg tapes of it. Rodriguez, living and working in Detroit, eventually became as popular as Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones in South Africa -- and he had no idea until the mid- to late-90s. He would go to South Africa in 1998 and play six sold-out shows in what felt like something of a homecoming. This amazing story is the subject of the documentary Searching For Sugar Man. I consider it recommended viewing.


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