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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.”

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Sugar Pie DeSanto Documentary Film Project