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60 MINUTES: Rodriguez: The Rock Icon Who Didn't Know It

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A Detroit musician living in poverty didn't know that in South Africa, he was more popular than the Beatles.

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Monday October 8, 2012, 4:32 am

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Monday October 8, 2012, 4:38 am
Interesting, thanks.

Carol H (229)
Monday October 8, 2012, 6:18 am
noted, thank you

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 5:43 am
I heard of this story, just in passing, not much on it, so thank you for placing this on here so I could watch more of this. I am glad he wasn't dead, I'm glad he got to know while on his Earth Walk how he touched people's hearts in some part of the world. This is important film, important man, important for all of us to know, because we never do know how our actions, words and deeds affect others.

This man moved people, they related to his words, his story, and he related to theirs. It shows how we are all very connected to each other around the world. I'm glad for the South African people that he was still alive, what a treat and a thrill for them to see their rock star, alive! What a night for them and what a night for him, it doesn't get any better than goodness.

We need his words in this Country now, in a Country that for many who live here seem to want to make life worse on the poor, treat them as less than human, belittle them, and make false accusations on why they are financially poor. We need Mr. Rodriguez words on how he speaks of the financial poor, that they too have dignity, there is no shame, and they are not all dirty people.

He speaks the same as my Native American Grandmother who had a very hard life, was actually raised as a child out in the marshes with her Mother and Father, and lived off the land of what they could catch and trade. That was the easy part of her life, the hard part was when the "civilized" white people forced her to come out of the marshes and live among the white people so she could go to school.

Then a real life Cinderella story began for her, unfortunately she never had the happy ending. But I recall her words through my Mother who told them to me, that there was no shame in being poor but there was much shame for those who looked down upon them. I wish him the very best in the remainder of his life that at least might offer him a few creature comforts denied him thus far, like his daughter said, a new pair of eye glasses. Some of us ask for so little yet others have way too much.

Christeen A (371)
Friday October 12, 2012, 8:12 pm
Thank you so much for sharing this story with us.

Sandra M Z (114)
Friday October 12, 2012, 10:13 pm
Great story and a reminder a person never knows what tomorrow could bring, don't give up!

Noted, Thank you Dandelion.

Stevie A (10)
Friday October 12, 2012, 10:40 pm
I am full of amazement. That Life can produce such strange twists. I am glad that he is still alive and playing! And contentedly thrilled that he knows how much he contributed.

Susan L (150)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 12:55 am
What a great story - and this man, Rodriguez, makes a perfect example of what a wealthy man Really looks, sounds and lives like. I imagine his daughters are very proud of him. Couldn't he teach so many of the Romneys, Ryans, Cheeney's, et. all, what an honest-to-God, GOOD Man is!
Thanks for posting this story, Cal - and for sending a forward, Sheryl.

Edwin M (346)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 4:37 am
Thank you Cal, what a wonderful story, it might have taken 40 years but this kind soul is finally getting the recognition he deserves. In an age of selfishness and greed it's nice to see that sometimes truly deserving people are recognized.

Patricia Cannell (825)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 6:26 am
Interesting story. Wonder why his music never took of in the U.S.A.? Thanks for posting.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 10:29 am
Ty for posting Cal , thanks Sheryl for sending.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 1:10 pm
Thank you Cal for this amazing story. Thank you Sheryl as well.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 3:34 pm
Great and amazing story! Thanks Cal and Sheryl!

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 4:43 pm
Noted. Great story! Thanks for sharing Cal.

Jae A (316)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 5:26 pm
Great story and thatnks Cal/Sheryl for sharing and or guiding me to this thread. My ditto's for all that others above have already commented !


Giana P (398)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 12:17 am
Great story which proves that sometimes, at the end, things really turn our great!

Susanne R (235)
Monday October 15, 2012, 12:02 pm
What a story! Thank you for sharing it! I'm looking forward to seeing "Searching for Sugar Man" to learn more about Rodriguez. I'm glad he lived to learn of his fame in South Africa and to reap some of the benefits of that fame!
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