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Sugar Pie Desanto @ Starline Ballroom 

Wednesday, Jan 27 2016
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Sugar Pie DeSanto may be 80 years old and less than 5 feet tall, but her music still packs a punch. Even in her early days, when she was touring with James Brown and singing with Etta James, instead of pining over men like other songstresses did in the '50s and '60s, DeSanto sang about sex and power. Despite signing to Chess Records and releasing a handful of popular rhythm and blues singles throughout the '60s (most notably "Use What You Got" and "Soulful Dress"), DeSanto never got the recognition she deserved and faded from the public's memory — until now. DeSanto, who is Filipino-American and has been living in Oakland for the last few decades, will perform at Hard French's Winter Ball and the SFJazz Center. She is also the subject of an upcoming documentary called BitterSweet. Not too bad for an octogenarian.

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