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Roosevelt Sykes Vol. 4 (1934-1936)

Roosevelt Sykes

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Album Review

The fourth volume in Document's Complete Recorded Works covers Roosevelt Sykes' career from late 1934 to mid-1936, a period during which he introduced his signature tune "Honeydripper," along with "Soft and Mellow (Stella Blues)," the bawdy gem "Dirty Mother for You," and a few songs with vocalists Johnnie Strauss and Arthur McKay. Most of these highlights, though, are also available on the Roosevelt Sykes (1929-1941) compilation, so casual listeners shouldn't feel the need to spring for anything extra.

Biography

Born: 31 January 1906 in Elmar, AR

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

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...
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