When I was young, Rodriguez was big in Australia. I remember him being compelling to listen to. Then he just disappeared. I heard he'd walked away from the music industry but didn't realise it wasn't exactly voluntary. I had no idea that he was completely unknown in his home country, the US.
He was also big in South Africa. "Huge" would be a better word for it. His influence through his music is credited in having played a part in the downfall of the apartheid regime there.
He, at the same time had no idea of his fame elsewhere and gave up performing thinking he must have no talent and all because the record company did not promote his music and did not pay him his royalties for the sales that came internationally through the sheer quality of his music.
But at long last, at 70 years old, the truth is out and he is being recognised all over the world.