Sugar Pie DeSanto
In the 1950s and 1960s she toured with both Johnny Otis and James Brown, collaborated with Etta James, married Alvin Parnham, a.k.a. Pee Wee Kingsley and changed her name to Peylia Parham. After their divorce from Parnham, she moved to Chicago, where she kept on recording successfully and writing songs for other artists, often along with Shena DeMell.
She was given a Bay Area Music Award in 1999 for best female blues singer. In September 2008, she was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Received a lifetime achievement award from the Goldie Awards in November 2009.