Sugar Pie DeSanto

Genres: R&B / Soul
Tags: soul blues funk female vocalists female blues artist Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Umpeylia Marsema Balinton, 16 October 1935, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Raised in San Francisco, DeSanto was discovered at a talent show by Johnny Otis, who later dubbed her ‘Little Miss Sugar Pie’. She recorded for Federal and Aladdin Records before ‘I Want To Know’ (1960) on Veltone reached the R&B charts. Signed to Checker Records in 1961, her first releases made little impact and for two years she toured as part of the James Brown Revue. ‘Slip In Mules’ (1964), an amusing ‘answer’ to Tommy Tucker’s ‘Hi-Heel Sneakers’, regained her chart position. It was followed by the sassy and quite wonderful ‘Soulful Dress’, while an inspired pairing with Etta James produced ‘Do I Make Myself Clear’ (1965) and ‘In The Basement’ (1966). Although her recording career at Checker was drawing to a close, DeSanto’s songs were recorded by such acts as Billy Stewart, Little Milton and Fontella...

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