‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Wins Two Awards At Sundance Film Festival | PT Music

Press release for PT Music

Searching For Sugarman
Searching For Sugarman

In 2006 Swedish film producer Malik Bendjelloul visited Cape Town, South Africa as part of a world-spanning journey searching for inspiration for a new film. What he found was a story that was so unbelievable that if a scriptwriter had written it as a piece of fiction, it would have been rejected as being too far-fetched.

‘Searching For Sugar Man’ took three years to complete and was filmed in Cape Town and Detroit, and other South African and US locations. The film had its international premiere on Thursday 19th January 2012, at the Sundance Film Festival held in Park City, Utah, USA as a representative of the World Documentary section.

Synopsis from Sundance Filmguide:

“Rodriguez was the greatest ’70s U.S. rock icon who never was. His albums [Cold Fact and Coming From Reality] were critically well-received, but sales bombed, and he faded away into obscurity among rumors of a gruesome death. However, as fate would have it, a bootleg copy of his record made its way to South Africa, where his music became a phenomenal success. In a country suppressed by apartheid, his anti-establishment message connected with the people.

When his second album finally gets released on CD in South Africa, two fans take it as a sign, deciding to look into the mystery of how Rodriguez died and what happened to all of the profits from his album sales. Since very little information about the singer exists, they meet many obstacles until they uncover a shocking revelation that sets off a wild chain of events that has to be seen to be believed. ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ is a story of hope, inspiration, and the resonating power of music”.

After the initial screening, Chris Lee from the Daily Beast wrote: “Following the rise, seeming demise, and re-emergence of an obscure but influential Mexican-American folk singer named Rodriguez, the movie premiered Thursday to tears, cheers, and a standing ovation from festival attendees”.

‘Searching For Sugar Man’ garnered two awards, The ‘World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary’ and ‘World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize for its Celebration of the Artistic Spirit’. To receive both an audience award and a critics award is a very rare occurrence indeed and had only happened once before since Sundance was founded in 1981 by Robert Redford. It was also one the first films sold at the Festival, being snapped up by Sony Pictures Classics.

Rodriguez (who turns 70 this year in July) attended the festival and appeared with Malik Bendjelloul and Sugarman.org’s Stephen “Sugar” Segerman, after every screening. He also performed at the packed-out Sundance ASCAP Music Café. (see video below)

The Sundance Film Festival success of ‘Searching For Sugarman’ is another milestone in the strange and wonderful story of the man known, to his ever increasing fan base around the world, simply as Rodriguez.

Brian Currin

Sundance Press Release

Sundance Filmguide

Sundance ASCAP Music Café

How can I sell my music online?

See Digital Music Sales

This is one of the questions I get asked very often by South African musicians.

In 2002 I was involved with creating the SAmp3. com portal for promoting South African music through free downloads. However there was no real way, at the time, to monetize these free give-aways.

In August 2006, I became a partner in starting Rhythm Online to sell MP3s to the world. This online store is now known as Rhythm Music Store (and also MyMusiek) and if you are a talented musician, published or unpublished, fill in the online electronic distribution agreement to have your tunes listed on Rhythm Online Music Store.

Would you like the world to hear and buy your music?

SAmp3. com can help you promote your music through channel24 and sell your MP3s to the world on the RhythmMusicStore.com.

And the best part is, there is no cost to you!

Music Sales:

If you wish to sell your music on RhythmMusicStore.com you will need to complete the easy online agreement.

All the information you need can be found there.

Currently Rhythm Music Store is only able to accommodate artists and labels with bank accounts in South Africa.

For selling MP3s on Rhythm Music Store we require a physical audio CD or CD-R for  for the following reasons:

  • Quality Control
  • Naming Convention
  • Creation of 30 second samples

Single songs are also fine (we list it as a album with only one track, and with its own artwork and blurb), but we still require the music to be supplied on an audio CD, please.

Postal address:
Rhythm Music Store
PO Box 399
Century City
Cape Town

Physical address:

Brian Currin
c/o Mabu Vinyl
2 Rheede Street
Cape Town
[Click here for a map]

Free Promotional Give-aways:

Please contact:

Stephen “Sugar” Segerman:
email: sugar@samp3.com
Phone: 021-423-7635 (office hours)

We will need your song(s) on an audio CD or CD-R, mailed, couriered or hand-delivered to us, so that we can rip the mp3s. We will also need some info about the band/artist and your authorisation of our use of your tracks as free mp3 downloads. You need only supply one copy of each album for both Rhythm Music Store and SAmp3.com

For free promotional give-aways you can also email your MP3s to brian@samp3.com

By sending MP3s to brian@samp3.com you are authorizing them to be used as free downloads.

Please do not send MP3s for selling on RhythmMusicStore.com, please see reasons above.

Postal address:
PO Box 399
Century City
Cape Town

Physical address:
Mabu Vinyl
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Cape Town
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Cliff Richard and Andre Rieu South African Tour Dates

From PT Music

Cliff Richard

cliff richard essential classic recordings
cliff richard essential classic recordings

6th March – Durban
10th March – Cape Town
13th March – Sun City
14th March – Dome, Johannesburg

Andre Rieu

an evening with andre rieu
an evening with andre rieu

Friday 23rd April until Tuesday 27th – Sun City
Wednesday 28th April – ICC, Durban
Saturday 01 May until Monday 3rd May – Grand West Cape Town

Albums available from http://ptmusic.co.za

PT Music
PT Music

Hits From LM Radio – new 2CD set from PT Music

Hits From LM Radio
Hits From LM Radio

Disc 1

  1. Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
  2. Me And You And A Dog Named Boo – Lobo
  3. My Baby Loves Lovin’ – White Plains
  4. Jam Up And Jelly Tight – Tommy Roe
  5. There’s A Kind Of Hush – Hermans Hermits
  6. Jingle Jangle – The Archies
  7. Telstar – The Tornados
  8. I Just Can’t Help Believing – BJ Thomas
  9. Hawaii Five-O – The Ventures
  10. Son Of My Father – Chicory Tip
  11. Rock Your Baby – George McCrae
  12. Pied Piper – Crispian St. Peters
  13. Doctor’s Orders – Carol Douglas
  14. Sunshine Superman – Donovan
  15. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) – Edison Lighthouse
  16. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted – Jimmy Ruffin
  17. Make Me An Island – Joe Dolan
  18. Games People Play – Joe South
  19. Indian Reservation – Paul Revere & The Raiders
  20. Warm & Tender Love – Percy Sledge
  21. Feel Like A Woman – The Troggs
  22. I Heard It Through The Grapevine (live) – Marvin Gaye

Disc 2

  1. Hitchin’ A Ride – Vanity Fare
  2. Come And Get It – Badfinger
  3. Band Of Gold – Freda Payne
  4. Reflections Of My Life – The Marmalade
  5. Tears Of A Clown – The Miracles
  6. Yellow River – Christie
  7. If I Had A Hammer – Trini Lopez
  8. Beautiful Sunday – Daniel Boone
  9. I’m Telling You Now – Freddie & The Dreamers
  10. Fery Cross The Mersey – Gerry & The Pacemaker
  11. Just Like Eddie – Heinz
  12. Judy In Disguise – John Fred & The Playboys
  13. Arizona – Mark Lindsay
  14. Windy – The Association
  15. Hang On Sloopy – The McCoys
  16. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart – The Trammps
  17. In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry
  18. He’s So Fine – The Chiffons
  19. The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace
  20. Midnight Confessions – The Grass Roots
  21. Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters
  22. Moody River – Pat Boone
  23. Nice To Be With You – Gallery

Do you remember a time in South Africa when there was no TV and no internet? Hard to believe that there ever was such a time, and that listening to the radio was actually one of the best ways to discover the latest and greatest music. The DJ’s cared about the music and they even had theme tunes. Springbok Radio was OK, but the station that teenagers really embraced with enthusiasm was LM Radio, based out of Lourenco Marques in neighbouring Mozambique.

LM Radio was privately owned and operated, and served a vast audience of young people by transmitting pop and rock music which was not heard on the state-controlled SABC stations. The music was everything and DJs like David Gresham, Darryl Jooste, Long John Berks, Peter De Nobrega (and many, many more), were real personalities who played music that they really liked and the fans appreciated it.

The radio station in Lourenco Marques first started broadcasting in the 1930s, but it was in the late 1950s that it underwent a major format change to cater for the younger generation.

The LMRadio.org website says it best; “LM Radio, as it was popularly known, was renowned for its Top Twenty chart show, the LM Hit Parade, and played a major role in promoting South African artists and their music.”

In 1975 LM Radio became Radio 5, and then 5FM, but the spark of independence was no longer there and whole generations have grown up in South Africa without hearing music radio at its best.

This CD will go a long way in helping you to remember when radio was a way of life and a place for really great music.

Sleeve notes by Brian Currin, July 2009

Released by PT Music, September 2009

Available to download at RhythmMusicStore.com

A chronological history of Rodriguez: the man, the myth, the music

By Brian Currin

(printed in the booklet of the All The Facts compilation CD released in 2009)

10 July

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez born in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

“I like to tell people that I was born on Michigan Avenue, five blocks from the centre of Detroit.” – Rodriguez

AprilRodriguez records 6 tracks for the Impact record label in Detroit, most of which will be re-recorded for the Cold Fact and Coming From Reality albums.
AugustI’ll Slip Away, produced by Harry Balk, is released as a single by Impact Records in the USA and credited to Rod Riguez. This track will be re-recorded in 1972. The b-side is You’d Like To Admit It.
23 September“Rod Riguez could make a name for himself with this bluesy, mid-tempo rock ballad. Keep it in sight.” – Cashbox reviewing I’ll Slip Away single
August / SeptemberCold Fact recorded at Tera-Shirma Studio in Detroit. Arranged and produced by Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey.
March/AprilCold Fact is released on the Sussex label, but fails to sell. The album will be re-issued in South Africa in 1971 and again in 1974 and will become a cult classic among National Servicemen and University students.
18 AprilBillboard gives Cold Fact a 4 star review.
Mid-to-late 1970Recording sessions for Coming From Reality held over 3 weeks at Lansdowne Studios in London during mid-to-late 1970. Produced by Steve Rowland.
“We spent 30 wonderful days recording the Reality album. We stayed in Belgravia, London.” – Rodriguez
April 1971Cold Fact released in South Africa.
November 1971Coming From Reality released in USA, but does not sell.
1972I Think Of You/To Whom It May Concern 7″ single released in Brazil and both sides are played on Brazilian local radio.
1972Coming From Reality released in South Africa.
1972Steve Rowland (Coming From Reality producer) and Family Dogg release an album titled The View From Rowland’s Head which includes five Rodriguez-penned tracks.
1972/73Street Boy, I’ll Slip Away and Can’t Get Away recorded at GM Recording Studios, East Detroit, MI.
1976Coming From Reality re-issued in South Africa again, but now re-named After The Fact to capitalise on success of Cold Fact.
June 1977At His Best released in Australia
May 1978Cold Fact released in Australia.
January 1979Coming From Reality released in Australia.
March /April 1979Rodriguez tours Australia. Shows on 17th and 18th March are recorded for a live album.
October 1981Tour of Australia with Midnight Oil.
October 1981Rodriguez Alive, recorded during the 1979 Australian tour, is released in Australia and New Zealand only. Has not yet been released on CD.
1981Rodriguez graduates from Wayne State University (Detroit) with a BA in Philosophy.
1982The Best Of Rodriguez released in South Africa, with the same tracks as the Australian At His Best album, but with a different cover.
1986At His Best and Cold Fact re-issued in Australia by Blue Goose Music.
22 April 1991Cold Fact released on CD in South Africa.
1993At His Best and Cold Fact released on CD in Australia.
30 AprilComing From Reality / After The Fact released on CD in South Africa with sleeve notes by Mad Andy Harrod and Stephen “Sugar” Segerman.
17 SeptemberSpurred on by the sleeve notes of After The Fact, South African journalist Craig Bartholomew sets off in search of Rodriguez.
NovemberThe Best Of Rodriguez re-issued on CD in South Africa with extra tracks.
AprilThe Great Rodriguez Hunt website is published by Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and Alec McCrindle.
3 AugustCraig Bartholomew makes telephone contact with Mike Theodore.
6 AugustThe first post (by Alec McCrindle) appears on The Great Rodriguez Hunt message board.
12 SeptemberEva Alicia Rodriguez Koller publishes a message on The Great Rodriguez Hunt Message Board: “Rodriguez is my father! I’m serious.”
15 SeptemberStephen Segerman speaks to Rodriguez on the phone.
OctoberCraig Bartholomew’s article “Looking For Rodriguez” published in “Directions” magazine.
25 OctoberBrian Currin publishes the “Climb Up On My Music” website, a catalogue of information and trivia about Rodriguez and his music.
26 OctoberNewspaper report on Stephen Segerman finding Rodriguez appears in The Sunday Times Cape Metro. This article refers to Craig Bartholomew as “a music detective”.
27 OctoberThe Great Rodriguez Hunt website becomes The Great Rodriguez Website as the hunt is now over.
NovemberI’ll Slip Away, originally released as a single in 1967, is released on The Best Of Impact Records compilation CD
11 FebruaryEva announces on The Rodriguez Forum website that Rodriguez is coming to tour South Africa.
16 FebruaryCape Times newspaper publishes an article announcing Cape Town concerts for March 6 & 7.
17 FebruaryThe Star newspaper publishes a report confirming dates for the South African tour in March.
20 FebruaryThe Mail & Guardian newspaper publishes an interview with Rodriguez by Craig Bartholomew.
2 MarchRodriguez arrives in Cape Town, South Africa.
5 MarchRodriguez is interviewed on MNet TV program “Front Row” and performs I Wonder unplugged in the studio.
6 MarchSouth African tour opens at Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town. Rodriguez is greeted with a standing ovation and the crowd sings along to every song.
9 MarchSold-out concert at Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg. After the show Rodriguez is awarded a platinum disc for Cold Fact (over 50 000 units sold in South Africa).
10 MarchAnother sold-out show at the Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg. This show is recorded to be released as a live album, Live Fact.
23 MarchSouth Africa rock band Just Jinger release 6-track EP CD Something For Now with a cover version of Sugar Man. This song has long been part of their stage repertoire.
12 JuneLive Fact, recorded on 10th March 1998, is released in South Africa.
12-14 JuneRodriguez tours Sweden.
16 JuneRodriguez appears on stage with Just Jinger at the State Of The Nation Concert at the Standard Bank Arena, but does not perform.
17 & 18 JuneRodriguez plays two nights at The Blues Room in Johannesburg to launch the Live Fact album.
SeptemberUniversal Music (South Africa), the distributors of the Rodriguez back catalogue (except for Live Fact which is on the Sony label), confirm that they will no longer be pressing or distributing Rodriguez CDs.
April30th anniversary of the release of Cold Fact in South Africa.
5 July‘Dead Men Don’t Tour’ documentary produced by Tonia Selley broadcast on SABC 3 TV.
10 JulyStephen Segerman visits Rodriguez in Detroit for his 59th birthday and presents him with a copy of the ‘Dead Men Don’t Tour’ video documentary.
September16-date tour of South Africa
15 AprilRodriguez ‘Sugarman’ + Muddy Waters ‘Tom Cat’ released as 500 limited edition 7-inch single, taken from David Holmes’ mix album ‘Come Get It I Got It’.
1 JuneThe “Climb Up On My Music” and “The Great Rodriguez Website” websites combine as http://www.sugarman.org.
8 JulyPT Music South Africa announces that Cold Fact and After The Fact will soon be available in South Africa on CD again.
10 JulyRodriguez’s 60th birthday.
15 JulyTim Forster’s article on Rodriguez appears in Mojo magazine.
28 JulyCold Fact re-issued in South Africa by PT Music. The Sugarman.org website is involved in correcting the lyrics and providing additional information.
OctoberAfter The Fact re-issued on CD by PT Music in South Africa. The Sugarman.org website is involved in correcting the lyrics and providing additional information.
DecemberSugarman listed at number 34 in “The 100 Greatest Drug Songs Ever!” published in the December 2002 issue of UK magazine Mojo.
17 & 18 April 2003Rodriguez meets David Holmes at Avatar Studios (formally the Power Station) and adds backing vocals to a new recording of Sugarman.
1 September 2003Official release of the Free Association’s version of Sugarman on Mercury Records.
10 July 2004Rodriguez arrives in Windhoek, Namibia from Detroit on his 62nd birthday and is met by his daughter, Eva, who now lives in South Africa.
15 July 2004Rodriguez performs a one-off concert in a place called Otjiwarongo. This small Namibian town is approximately 400kms from Windhoek. This concert is part of the Cheetah National Arts Festival.
1 August 2004Article appears in Sunday Times about Rodriguez meeting up with South African musicians, Garden Root.
13-14 August 2004Rodriguez plays three sold-out concerts on the Garden Route in the Southern Cape this weekend. His band for these concerts was Graeme Sindall (lead guitar), Heath Sindall (drums), and Neil Lord (bass).
August 2005Remastered version of Cold Fact released by PT Music.
12 August 2005London gigs announced.
29 September 2005Sugarman – The Best Of Rodriguez CD, compiled by PT Music and SugarMan.org, is launched at the Independent Armchair Theatre in Cape Town with a performance by Rodriguez.
7 & 8 October 2005Rodriguez plays live in London for the first time.
23 November 2006Rodriguez plays live in London again.
April 2007Rodriguez plays live in Australia.
14th April 2007Rodriguez plays live in Rotterdam, Holland.
19th AugustCold Fact remastered and re-issued in the USA by Light In The Attic.
 Rodriguez articles and positive reviews appear in various music magazines including Mojo and Uncut.
5th MayComing From Reality remastered and re-issued in the USA by Light In The Attic.
May to AugustRodriguez tours USA and Europe.The world’s biggest cult musician gains worldwide recognition at last.
August / September40th Anniversary of the recording sessions for Cold Fact.
SeptemberRodriguez tours South Africa
SeptemberAll The Facts 2CD set released by PT Music in South Africa.
23rd JanuaryAustralian Tour for March / April 2010 announced.
March40th Anniversary of the release of Cold Fact

Solid Gold – Where Were You Then? 44 Songs From The Vaults Of Time

Solid Gold - Where Were You Then?

Catalogue Number: SPTB128

CD 1

01. THE SHANGRI-LAS – Leader Of The Pack (2:53)

No.1 Chart-Topper in the USA. Top 20 in the UK in 1965 & charted again at No.3 in 1972

02. JOE DOLAN – Hush Hush Maria (2:45)

Chart-Topper in SA in 1975

03. THE ARCHIES – Sugar Sugar (2:51)

No.1 Chart-Topper in the US & UK in 1969

04. PERCY SLEDGE – When A Man Love A Woman (2:36)

No.4 Chart-Topper in the UK & No.1 Chart-Topper in the US in 1966 and again in 1987

05. HERMAN’S HERMITS – I’m Into Something Good (2:36)

Topped the Charts in the UK in 1964

06. ODYSSEY – Going Back To My Roots (3:52)

SA Chart-Topper & Top 5 in the UK in 1981

07. TAVARES – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel (3:54)

No.4 Chart-Topper in the UK & Top 20 in the US in 1976

08. DIONNE WARWICK “Live” – That’s What Friends Are For (4:57)

No.1 Chart-Topper in the US & Top 20 in the UK in 1985

09. IVY LEAGUE – Tossin’ And Turning (2:21)

No.3 in UK in 1965 & charted in the US in 1965

10. DEL SHANNON – Runaway (2:17)

No.1 Chart-Topper in the UK & US in 1961

11. ANITA WARD – Ring My Bell (3:30)

1979 US and UK Chart-Topper, No.3 in SA

12. THE PLATTERS – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (2:28)

No.1 Chart Topper in the UK & US in 1959

13. THE STYLISTICS – You Make Me Feel Brand New (4:45)

No.2 Chart-Topper in the US & UK in 1975

14. THE THREE DEGREES – When Will I See You Again (2:39)

Chart-Topper in the UK US & SA in 1974

15. KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND – Please Don’t Go (3:45)

Released in 1979 & topped the US And SA charts. Reached No.3 in the UK

16. PAT BOONE – Speedy Gonzales (2:31)

Top 10 Chart-Topper in the UK & US in 1962

17. KIM CARNES – Bette Davis Eyes (3:40)

US & SA Chart-Topper in 1983 & Top 10 in the UK in 1981

18. EXILE – Kiss You All Over (3:30)

SA & US Chart-topper & UK Top 10 in 1978

19. MUNGO JERRY – In the Summertime (3:36)

Top 10 Chart-Topper in SA, UK & US in 1970

20. PILOT – Magic (2:56)

Top 5 in the UK & Top 20 in the USA & SA during 1975

21. EDISON LIGHTHOUSE-Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) 2:31

Top 5 in the UK, US & SA in 1970

22. GLORIA GAYNOR – I will Survive (4:47)

1979 US & UK Chart-Topper & No.2 In SA

CD 2

01. TOMMY ROE – Dizzy (2:39)

Triple Chart-Topper in US, UK & SA in 1969

02. THE TROGGS – Wild Thing (2:35)

No.1 Chart-Topper in the US in 1966, No. 2 in the UK in 1966

03. RODRIGUEZ – Sugarman (3:45)

Huge hit in SA in 1974 (From the Classic Album “Cold Fact”)

04. BJ THOMAS – Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (3:04)

Released in Late 1969, Hit the Top Spot in the US & SA & top 40 in UK in 1970

05. THE FOUNDATIONS – Build Me Up Buttercup (2:53)

Top 5 in the USA, UK & SA in 1968

06. JOSE FELICIANO – Light My Fire (3:02)

Top 10 in the US & UK in 1968

07. CANNED HEAT – On The Road Again (3:20)

Top 20 in the US & UK in 1960

08. THE GRASS ROOTS – Midnight Confessions (2:41)

Top 5 in the US in 1968

09. DANIEL BOONE – Beautiful Sunday (2:58)

Top 20 in the USA & SA, Top 30 in UK 1972

10. FREDDIE & THE DREAMERS – I’m Telling You Now (2:07)

No. 2 in the UK in 1963 & topped the US Charts in 1965

11. THELMA HOUSTON – Don’t Leave Me This Way (4:07)

1977 SA & USA Chart-Topper, as well as Top 20 in the UK

12. BADFINGER – Come And Get It (2:08)

Top 10 in the US and in the UK in 1970

13. CHRISTIE – Yellow River (2:41)

No.1 in the UK & Top 30 in the US in 1970

14. EDDIE RABBIT – I Love A Rainy Night (3:11)

US Chart-Topper In 1981

15. BROOK BENTON – Rainy Night In Georgia (3:54)

Top 5 in the US Pop Charts & No.1 in the Soul Charts in 1970

16. FREDA PAYNE – Band Of Gold (4:04)

UK Chart-Topper & Top 5 In The US, Top 20 In SA in 1970

17. GOOMBAY DANCE BAND – Sun Of Jamaica (4:07)

Released in 1979 & Topped the SA Chart in 1980

18. AARON NEVILLE – Tell It Like It Is(3:05)

No.2 in the US in 1966

19. RAY CHARLES – Georgia On My Mind (3:36)

Chart-Topper in the US in 1960 & Top 30 in the UK

20. CHIC – Le Freak (3:28)

1979 SA and US Chart-topper & Top 10 in the UK

21. ELVIS PRESLEY – Don’t Be Cruel (2:04)

No. 1 in the USA in 1956

22. KINCADE – Dreams Are Ten A Penny (2:36)

Reached No.2 in Germany. Top 20 in SA, Australia & Holland in 1970

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