Sixto Rodriguez started his musical career in 1967 with the stage name Rod Riguez. At that time, he put out a single called “I’ll Slip Away”. He then went silent for the next 3 years after which he was taken on by Sussex Records and changed his name to Rodriguez. In 1970, he cut two albums――Cold Fact and Coming from Reality. He did not get much of a response and the label soon let go of him and then the company finally shut down in 1975. With his music career sinking low, Rodriguez gave up on it totally and got into the construction business as a laborer. He spent a large part of his time doing demolition work for renovations as well as roofing.