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Top 49 Influential Men: Sixto Rodriguez 36

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November 06, 2013 AT 1:21 PM
Sixto Rodriguez has one of the most unlikely and inspiring success stories. A brilliant singer-songwriter, he toiled in obscurity in Detroit, working odd jobs while unwittingly becoming a superstar in South Africa. Who was Rodriguez? Why was he unaware of his success? And how did he fail to reap the rewards of it? It took the work of a group of persistent South African superfans to find out and a Swedish filmmaker to bring his story to the masses, with the award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man. Rodriguez, at 71, is now selling out concert halls, but what is most remarkable about his story is his humility.