Rodriguez (Sixto Rodriguez, Mexican-American folk musician, “Sugar Man”)

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Legal name: Sixto Díaz Rodríguez


Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, known professionally as Rodriguez (born July 10, 1942), is an American singer-songwriter from Detroit, Michigan. His career initially proved short lived in the United States, but 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.

On May 9, 2013, Rodriguez received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his alma mater, Wayne State University (WSU), in Detroit.

Rodriguez lives in Detroit's historic Woodbridge neighborhood, through which he is seen walking in Searching for Sugar Man.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1970 Cold Fact 8
1971 Coming From Reality (a.k.a. “After the Fact”) 5 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1977 At His Best 2
1996 The Best of Rodriguez 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Alive 1
1998 Live Fact 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
2012 Searching for Sugar Man 4 4

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