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1) Sixto Diaz Rodriguez (also known as Rodriguez or as Jesus Rodriguez) is an American musician, born in Detroit, Michigan on July 10, 1942. He was named ‘Sixto’ (pronounced seex-toe) because he was the sixth child in his family. Rodriguez’s parents were middle-class immigrants from Mexico, who left in the 1920s. In most of his songs he takes a political stance on the cruelties facing the inner city poor.

In 1967 (under the name Rod Riguez) he released the single “I’ll Slip Away” through the small label Impact. He did not produce anything for another three years until he was signed to Sussex Records; an offshoot of the Buddah label. It was after the move to Sussex that he changed his professional name to just Rodriguez. Rodriguez recorded two albums with Sussex—Cold Fact in 1970, and Coming from Reality in 1971. But after mixed reviews and low album sales he was dropped from the label, which later folded in 1975.

After failing to make an impact in America, he gave up his career as a musician. However, although he was relatively unknown in his home country by the mid 70s, his albums were starting to gain airplay in countries like South Africa, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), New Zealand and Australia.

After imported copies of his Sussex albums ran dry, an Australian record label, Blue Goose Music, bought the Australian rights to his back catalogue in the mid 70s.


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    great guy

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  • lovelylynn

    still blows my mind how amazing the story of Rodriguez is. that is a real life fantasy. rock on, rodriguez. you are the real thing.

    8 Jun 8:43pm Reply
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    a lot of searching has delivered me here.the journey was worth it .

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  • Talkthomas

    Totally agree with both Martin_Ostar and TwentaHenna. Great story. Great man.

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  • Martin_Ostar

    Just an ordinary music legend so very much deserving of praise.

    29 May 7:27am Reply
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    R.I.P. Malik Bendjelloul... :(

    28 May 12:46am Reply
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  • 1treehillbilly

    Back in 2007 when i first signed up on Last FM i think Rodriguez had around 10,000 listeners :) Good luck to him. Rodriguez songs reminds me when my daughter was in her Mummy's tummy...she's almost 20 now :)

    27 May 1:00pm Reply
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    Searching for Sugar Man brought me here. [36]

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  • TwenteHenna

    I hope that wherever Malik Bendjelloul is now, he finds peace. His magical movie remains, and I'm grateful for that.

    15 May 5:30pm Reply
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    R.I.P. Malik Bendjelloul!

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    Malik Bendjelloul, the director of "Searching for Sugar Man" died yesterday. Only 36 years old... It’s a great shame we won’t get any more films or documentaries by him. Rest in peace young man.

    13 May 11:45pm Reply
  • PsychedelicAcid

    what a man

    1 May 10:31am Reply
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