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Roosevelt Sykes Vol. 5 (1937-1939)

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Album Review

Document's Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 5 (1937-1939) offers an exhaustive overview of a two-year period from Roosevelt Sykes' career. During that era, Sykes first recorded a raft of classics: "Night Time Is the Right Time," "Drunken Gambler," "Mistake in Life," and the double (or single) entendre classics "Ice Cream Freezer," "Let Me Hang My Stockings in Your Christmas Tree," and "Somebody's Been Ridin' My Black Gal." The novelties are delicious fun, though only completists will be interested in this lengthy compilation of exactingly sequenced recordings.


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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