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Roosevelt Sykes • The Return of

Roosevelt Sykes
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Roosevelt Sykes (January 31, 1906 – July 17, 1983) was an American blues musician, also known as "The Honeydripper".

Born in Elmar, Arkansas, Sykes grew up near Helena but at age 15, went on the road playing piano with a barrelhouse style of blues. Like many bluesmen of his time, he travelled around playing to all-male audiences in sawmill, turpentine and levee camps along the Mississippi River, gathering a repertoire of raw, sexually explicit material. His wanderings eventually brought him to St. Louis, Missouri, where he met St. Louis Jimmy Oden., author of the blues standard "Goin' Down Slow".

In 1929 he was spotted by a talent scout and sent to New York City to record for Okeh Records. His first release was "'44' Blues" which became a blues standard and his trademark. He quickly began recording for multiple labels under various names including Easy Papa Johnson, Dobby Bragg and Willie Kelly. After he and Oden moved to Chicago he found his first period of fame when he signed with Decca Records in 1934. In 1943, he signed with Bluebird Records and recorded with The Honeydrippers. Sykes and Oden continued their musical friendship well into the 60s.

In Chicago, Sykes began to display an increasing urbanity in his lyric-writing, using an eight-bar blues pop gospel structure instead of the traditional twelve-bar blues. However, despite the growing urbanity of his outlook, he gradually became less competitive in the post-World War II music scene. After his RCA Victor contract expired, he continued to record for smaller labels, such as United, until his opportunities ran out in the mid-1950s.

Roosevelt left Chicago in 1954 for New Orleans as electric blues was taking over the Chicago blues clubs. When he returned to recording in the 1960s it was for labels such as Delmark, Bluesville, Storyville and Folkways that were documenting the quickly passing blues history. He lived out his final years in New Orleans, where he died from a heart attack on July 17, 1983.

Sykes had a long career spanning the pre-war and postwar eras. His pounding piano boogies and risqué lyrics characterize his contributions to the blues. He was responsible for influential blues songs such as "44 Blues", "Driving Wheel", and "Night Time Is the Right Time".

He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Gennett Records Walk of Fame in 2011.

Review by Bill Dahl
Sykes's lyrical images are as vivid and amusing as ever on this 1960 set, with titles like "Set the Meat Outdoors" and "Hangover" among its standouts. Other than drummer Jump Jackson, the quartet behind the pianist is pretty obscure, but they rock his boogies with a vengeance. Contains a nice remake of his classic "Drivin' Wheel."

Discogs ...

1 Drivin' Wheel 2:22
2 Long, Lonesome Night 4:13
3 Set The Meat Outdoors 2:01
4 Coming Home 3:47
5 Stompin' The Boogie 2:44
6 Number Nine 2:24
7 Calcutta 3:13
8 Selfish Woman 2:47
9 Hangover 3:18
10 Night Time Is The Right Time 2:36
11 Runnin' The Boogie 2:29
12 Hey Big Momma 4:24

Written-By – Roosevelt Sykes (tracks: 1 to 7, 9 to 11)

Release Date: 1960
Duration: 36:18
Genre: Blues
Acoustic Blues
Acoustic Chicago Blues
Piano Blues
Regional Blues

Recorded By [Recording] – Rudy Van Gelder
Recording Date: March 1, 1960 & March 2, 1960
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Info from:

BVLP 1006 The Return Of Roosevelt Sykes
Clarence Perry Jr., tenor sax; Roosevelt Sykes, piano, vocals; Floyd Ball, Frank Ingalls, guitar; Armond "Jump" Jackson, drums.
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 1, 1960
2044 Number Nine
2045 Runnin' The Boogie
2046 Calcutta
2047 Hangover
2048 Comin' Home
2049 Long, Lonesome Night
same personnel.
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 2, 1960
2050 Drivin' Wheel
2051 Night Time Is The Right Time
2052 Set The Meat Outdoors
2053 Selfish Woman
2054 Hey Big Momma
2055 Stompin' The Boogie

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