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"Darondo sounds like a cross between Ronald Isley and Al Green and has recorded even less than Shuggie Otis and Sixto Rodriguez." --Sholem Stein

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

William Daron Pulliam (October 5, 1946 – June 9, 2013), who performed in the 1970s under the name Darondo, was an American musician from the San Francisco Bay Area. Enthusiasts of the soul music regard him as a cult favorite. The mythology surrounding Darondo describes him as a pimp, although he has denied this claim. His performing name is said to have originated as a compliment from a waitress who was fond of his generous tipping habits. Darondo started to receive more attention when London DJ Gilles Peterson started playing his 1973 single, "Didn't I" on his BBC Radio 1 program. In 2008, the song was featured on an episode of Breaking Bad

Recordings of Darondo are available from Luv N Haight, an imprint label of Ubiquity Records. Other works can be purchased from Omnivore Recordings. He also hosted a public broadcasting music video program where he did comedy skits and gave love advice in a segment called "Penthouse Letters" which can be found on YouTube. He died of heart failure in 2013.


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