ROOSEVELT SYKES

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Next time someone voices the goofball opinion that blues is simply too depressing to embrace, sit 'em down and expose 'em to a heady dose of Roosevelt Sykes. If he doesn't change their minds, nothing will. There was absolutely nothing downbeat about this roly-poly, effervescent pianist (nicknamed "Honeydripper" for his youthful prowess around the girls), whose lengthy career spanned the pre-war and postwar eras with no interruption whatsoever. Sykes' romping boogies and hilariously risqué lyrics (his double-entendre gems included "Dirty Mother for You," "Ice Cream Freezer," and "Peeping Tom") characterize his monumental contributions to the blues idiom. He was a pioneering piano pounder responsible for the seminal pieces "44 Blues," "Driving Wheel," and [roviLink="MC"]"Night Time Is the Right Time."

[/roviLink]Sykes began playing while growing up in Helena. At age 15, he hit the road, developing his rowdy barrelhouse style around the blues-fertile St. Louis area. Sykes began recording in 1929 for
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Collection 1929-47Collection 1929-47
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Acrobat 2014
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Music Is My BusinessMusic Is My Business
Fat Possum 2017
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Feel Like Blowing My HornFeel Like Blowing My Horn
Delmark 1997
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HoneydripperHoneydripper
Obc 1993
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Blues By Roosevelt 'The Honeydripper' SykesBlues By Roosevelt 'The Honeydripper' Sykes
Smithsonian Folkways 2005
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ROOSEVELT SYKES The Return of Roosevelt Sykes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Return of Roosevelt Sykes
Blues 1960
ROOSEVELT SYKES The Honeydripper album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Honeydripper
Blues 1961
ROOSEVELT SYKES Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues
Blues 1961
ROOSEVELT SYKES Sings The Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sings The Blues
Blues 1967
ROOSEVELT SYKES Roosevelt Sykes In Europe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Roosevelt Sykes In Europe
Blues 1969
ROOSEVELT SYKES The Meek Roosevelt Sykes (aka The Honeydripper's Ball) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Meek Roosevelt Sykes (aka The Honeydripper's Ball)
Blues 1970
ROOSEVELT SYKES The Honeydripper's Duke's Mixture album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Honeydripper's Duke's Mixture
Blues 1971
ROOSEVELT SYKES Dirty Double Mother album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dirty Double Mother
Blues 1973
ROOSEVELT SYKES Feel Like Blowing My Horn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Feel Like Blowing My Horn
Blues 1973
ROOSEVELT SYKES Hard Drivin' Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Drivin' Blues
Blues 1975
ROOSEVELT SYKES Raining In My Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Raining In My Heart
Blues 1987
ROOSEVELT SYKES Gold Mine album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gold Mine
Blues 1992

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ROOSEVELT SYKES Three Kings And The Queen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Three Kings And The Queen
Blues 1962
ROOSEVELT SYKES Roosevelt Sykes / Victoria Spivey ‎: Grind It! The Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival Volume 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Roosevelt Sykes / Victoria Spivey ‎: Grind It! The Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival Volume 3
Blues 1996

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