The Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man tells the almost unbelievable story of a Mexican-American songwriter whose two early Seventies albums bombed in America, but who wound up finding a huge audience in Apartheid-era South Africa. Sixto Rodriguez had no idea he was a legend there until a group of fans found him on the Internet and brought him to the country for a series of triumphant concerts. Here are 10 things you may not know about Rodriguez:. Not only did he skip the Oscar ceremony — he was asleep when he won. Searching for Sugar Man director Malik Bendjelloul begged Rodriguez to attend the Oscars, but he refused, feeling it would take the attention away from the filmmakers. Australia discovered him before South Africa. By the late s, Australian concert promoters tracked down Rodriguez in Detroit.
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Sixto Diaz Rodriguez , known professionally as Rodriguez born July 10, , is an American singer-songwriter from Detroit , Michigan. Because information about him was scarce, it was incorrectly rumored there that he had committed suicide shortly after releasing his second album. In the s, determined South African fans managed to find and contact Rodriguez, which led to an unexpected revival of his musical career. This was told in the Academy Award —winning documentary film Searching for Sugar Man and helped give Rodriguez a measure of fame in his home country. Rodriguez has been living in Detroit's historic Woodbridge neighborhood, through which he is seen walking in Searching for Sugar Man. He is known to live a simple life, possessing no telephone or cell phone of his own, and occasionally visiting bars in the Cass Corridor section of Detroit near Woodbridge and Midtown Detroit , such as the Old Miami pub, where he has performed live concerts for small local crowds. Rodriguez was born in in Detroit, Michigan.
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