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1. Little And Low – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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2. Night Time Is The Right Time – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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3. Monte Carlo Blues – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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4. She Squeezed My Lemon – Roosevelt Sykes with Art McKay
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5. Somebody’s Been Ridin’ My Black Gal – Roosevelt Sykes with Art McKay
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6. Bread Pan – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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7. Ice Cream Freezer – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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8. Drunken Gambler – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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9. Hospital, Heaven Or Hell – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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10. Love Lease Blues – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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11. Hard Lead Pencil – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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12. My Baby’s Playground – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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13. Night Gown Blues – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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14. Sad Yas Yas Yas – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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15. Let Me Hand My Stockings In Your Christmas Tree – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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16. Mistake In Life – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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17. Night Time Is The Right Time, No. 2 – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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18. The Dog In A Man – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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19. She’s Long Gone – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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20. The Train Is Coming (No More Baby Talk) – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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21. Down On My Knees – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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22. Bitter Cup Blues – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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23. Have You Seen Ida B? – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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24. Journey From The Germs – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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25. You Can’t Fix It Back – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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Roosevelt Sykes

The Complete Recorded Works 14 June 1929 – 15 December 1944

Vol. 5: 29th April 1937 to 13th April 1939

Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper), vocal / piano. Art McKay, vocal; accompanied by Odell Rand, clarinet; Roosevelt Sykes, piano; unknown, stand-up bass. Roosevelt Sykes, (The Honey Dripper), vocal / piano; unknown, imitation bass added on 7; unknown, vibes, added on 9. Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper), vocal / piano. Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper), vocal / piano; probably Sidney Catlett, drums.

Genres; Blues, Blues Piano, Arkansas Blues, Chicago Blues. Jazz,

Abridged from this album’s original booklet notes. Not long turned 30 in 1937, Roosevelt Sykes was by now well established with Decca, recording regularly and composing a string of popular and influential songs: Night Time Is The Right Time, for instance, was recorded by numerous artists over the years, from Big Bill Broonzy to Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Sykes himself wrote a second version in 1938 to capitalize on the original’s success. Mistake in Life (which also generated a follow up – see DOCD-5121) survived through to the 50s, when it was recorded by artists as diverse as Big Maybelle, Willie Nix and “Pinebluff Pete”. In the same decade, Monte Carlo Blues was remembered by Stormy Herman (Colbert) of the Dixie Blues Boys and elements from Sykes’ recordings crop up in sometimes surprising places, as when Little Willie Foster incorporated lines from two songs on this album into Crying The Blues. Sykes was a master of double entendre and it seems evident that Decca encouraged him to explore this talent, as can be heard on Bread Pan (Just My Size), Hard Lead Pencil and Ice Cream Freezer, which wasn’t issued at the time, probably because of its implied reference to miscegenation (“Some like vanilla and strawberry, but black walnut is all I crave”). Ingenious and witty though his double meanings could be, there was more to Roosevelt Sykes than this; occasionally, if seldom very successfully, his admiration for Fats Wailer emerged, as on Love Lease Blues and when he wasn’t being the boisterous, self confident man about town, he could come up with startling, bitter commentaries on the pains of love. Many of his songs were far from tranquil, whether they were outrageously bawdy or sadly reflective. This album presents a cross-section of both kinds, cut in a little under two years.

Chris Smith Copyright 1992 & 2008 Document Records

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8. Drunken Gambler – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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9. Hospital, Heaven Or Hell – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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10. Love Lease Blues – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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11. Hard Lead Pencil – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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12. My Baby’s Playground – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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13. Night Gown Blues – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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14. Sad Yas Yas Yas – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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15. Let Me Hand My Stockings In Your Christmas Tree – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honeydripper)
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16. Mistake In Life – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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17. Night Time Is The Right Time, No. 2 – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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18. The Dog In A Man – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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19. She’s Long Gone – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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20. The Train Is Coming (No More Baby Talk) – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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21. Down On My Knees – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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22. Bitter Cup Blues – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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23. Have You Seen Ida B? – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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24. Journey From The Germs – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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25. You Can’t Fix It Back – Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
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