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

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Sixto Diaz Rodriguez (also known just as Rodríguez or as Jesús Rodríguez; born July 10, 1942) is an American folk musician based in Detroit, Michigan. His career initially proved short lived, with two little-sold albums in the early 1970s and two Australian concert tours. Unbeknownst to him, however, his work became extremely successful and influential in South Africa, as well as continuing to retain a loyal following in Australia. At one point in time he was arguably more famous than Elvis Presley to South African fans, although he was mistakenly rumored in that country to have committed suicide.

In the 1990s, determined South African fans managed to seek out and contact him, which led to an unexpected revival of his musical career. Their story is told in the 2012 Academy Award–winning documentary film, Searching for Sugar Man, which has also helped give Rodriguez a measure of fame in his native country.

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

Rodriguez is a resident of Detroit's historic Woodbridge neighborhood, which he can be seen walking through in Searching for Sugar Man.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1970 Cold Fact 6
1971 Coming From Reality (a.k.a. “After the Fact”) 5 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1977 At His Best Compilation 2
1996 The Best of Rodriguez Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1981 Alive Live 1
1998 Live Fact Live 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Rating Releases
2012 Searching for Sugar Man Soundtrack 4

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