Sugar Pie DeSanto

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by Sugar Pie DeSanto

Biography

Umpeylia Marsema Balinton, 16 October 1935, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Raised in San Francisco, DeSanto was discovered at a talent show by Johnny Otis, who later dubbed her ‘Little Miss Sugar Pie’. She recorded for Federal and Aladdin Records before ‘I Want To Know’ (1960) on Veltone reached the R&B charts. Signed to Checker Records in 1961, her first releases made little impact and for two years she toured as part of the James Brown Revue. ‘Slip In Mules’... Read more

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soul
blues
funk
female vocalists
female blues artist
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