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Roosevelt Sykes

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

Birth and Death Data: Born January 31, 1906 (Arkansas), Died July 11, 1983 (New Orleans)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, vocalist, composer, lyricist, speaker, leader

Notes: Also known as Willie Kelly and as "The Honeydripper."

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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 297 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-67582 10-in. 9/29/1931 Strange man blues Emerson Houston Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69400 10-in. 6/9/1931 Sunshine special blues Willie Kelly Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano lyricist, composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69401 10-in. 6/9/1931 No settled mind blues Willie Kelly Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano lyricist, composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69402 10-in. 6/9/1931 Hard rock was my pillow Willie Kelly Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano lyricist, composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69403 10-in. 6/9/1931 As true as I've been to you Willie Kelly Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano lyricist, composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69404 10-in. 6/9/1931 Hard luck man blues Willie Kelly Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano composer, lyricist, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69405 10-in. 6/9/1931 She rolls it slow Clifford Gibson Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69406 10-in. 6/9/1931 Railroad man blues Clifford Gibson Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69407 10-in. 6/9/1931 Pistol shy blues Minnow Townsend Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69410 10-in. 6/9/1931 No home blues Jesse Townsend Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69411 10-in. 6/9/1931 Take a chance Jesse Townsend Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69414 10-in. 6/10/1931 Sunny land blues Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69415 10-in. 6/10/1931 You don't worry my mind Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69416 10-in. 6/10/1931 That stuff you sell ain't no good Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69417 10-in. 6/10/1931 What made me love you so? Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69418 10-in. 6/10/1931 Staggering blues Minnow Townsend Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69419 10-in. 6/10/1931 Don't squeeze me too tight Willie Kelly Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist, composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-69420 10-in. 6/10/1931 You so dumb Willie Kelly Talk, with piano composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, piano, speaker  
Victor BVE-69421 10-in. 6/10/1931 Nasty—but it's clean Willie Kelly Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BVE-70673 10-in. 2/10/1932 Lonesome hill blues Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-70674 10-in. 2/10/1932 Mama, why don't you be yourself? Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-70676 10-in. 2/10/1932 M & O blues, no. 3 Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-70677 10-in. 2/10/1932 Hijack blues Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-70678 10-in. 2/10/1932 Blue ghost blues Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-70679 10-in. 2/10/1932 Sail on Black Sue James "Stump" Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 26-50 of 297 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sykes, Roosevelt," accessed June 26, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105974.

Sykes, Roosevelt. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 26, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105974.

"Sykes, Roosevelt." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 26 June 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105974

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