Category Archives: Sugar Pie DeSanto

Indiegogo…Go Go Power for Sugar Pie DeSanto!

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https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/indiegogo-go-go-power-for-sugar-pie-desanto

“…a Filipino immigrant father and an African-American mother, a family of 11 or so children, that included Etta James at some point, in a small house in the Fillmore district of San Francisco, a girl gang, sneaking into music clubs, joining music contests and winning too often, to finally being discovered and renamed by the great Johnny Otis — from Umpeylia to Little Miss Sugar Pie…”

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One of my favorite songs of Sugar Pie DeSanto duet with Etta James “Do I Make Myself Clear”

In The Basement – Sugar Pie DeSanto & Etta James

“Born Umpeylia Marsema Balinton to a Filipino immigrant father and an African American mother, who was a classical pianist, Sugar Pie grew up in San Francisco during the city’s blues and jazz renaissance after World War II. She signed with the illustrious Chess Records in Chicago in the 1960s, and performed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem with the likes of James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and other greats of American music.”

Get involved in the documentary by donating to the project:
Sugar Pie DeSanto Documentary Film Project
http://sugarpiedocumentary.com