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The Honeydripper Bluesman Roosevelt Sykes

Roosevelt Sykes Black bull blues album

The Honeydripper Bluesman Roosevelt Sykes

He was always present in the studio ready to play the piano. And you could recognise the bluesman of this article by his stylish suit and hat. Roosevelt Sykes the Honeydripper bluesman had a career in blues which lasted seven decades. He made fame in four Blues cities Helena. St. Louis, Chicago and New Orleans and performed with a whole lot of great musicians.

Sykes music was divers, but always groovy


You will like Roosevelt Sykes for his diversity. For example: ‘Sputnik Baby’  is an electric Blues song with  influences from Boogie Woogie, to Chicago Blues. On the other hand St. James Infirmary is a jazzy New Orleans blues song that is slow emotional and goes through your bones. Sykes sings beautiful his piano style is soulful and grooves fine on the slow rhythm.

“The Blues Player, he ain’t worried and bothered,but he’s got something for the worried people” 

Roosevelt Sykes – Sputnik Baby

Recording His First Songs for Okeh

According to All music’: Sykes began recording in 1929 for OKeh and was signed to four different labels the next year under four different names (he was variously billed as Dobby Bragg, Willie Kelly, and Easy Papa Johnson)! Sykes joined Decca Records in 1935, where his popularity blossomed. After relocating to Chicago, Sykes inked a pact with Bluebird in 1943 and recorded prolifically for the RCA subsidiary with his combo, the Honeydrippers, scoring a pair of R&B hits in 1945 (covers of Cecil Gant’s “I Wonder” and Joe Liggins’ “The Honeydripper”).

I listed some of my favorite tunes of the Honeydripper in this article  Scroll down and experience for yourself!

Feel like Blowing My Horn


Roosevelt Sykes – “Gulfport Boogie”

ROOSEVELT SYKES- SWEET OLD CHICAGO

Roosevelt Sykes – St. James Infirmary

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