Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sugar Pie Desanto Print for Ponderosa Stomp
This two-color letterpress print on Clay-coated Newsback was produced through the use of carved wood blocks, antique lead and wood type as well as newly manufactured wood type. Along with the wood blocks containing photographic information, the new type was produced in-house on a 100 watt laser engraver. The block for the blue flat (pictured below) was carved using a Wesel Radial Arm Router and finished using hand tools.

Routed and Hand-Carved Block
Words on Sugar Pie from
Sugar Pie Desanto
's career began at a talent show when Johnny Otis spotted her talent (she won) and offered her a contract on the spot. She joined his revue and he nicknamed her Sugar Pie. While she is best known for hits like “I Want to Know”, which hit #4 on the R&B charts in 1960, “Soulful Dress” in 1964, and duets with Etta James on “Do I Make Myself Clear” and “In the Basement, Part 1”, she is a songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Fontella Bass, Little Milton, Minnie Riperton and The Dells. Sugar Pie has also been known to bust out free standing back-flips on stage.

Video of Sugar Pie Desanto from a 1964 performance in England.

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