Blues Artists

Roosevelt Sykes (1906-1983) was one of the leading blues piano players from the 1930’s until the 1950’s, when his career faded in the face of the new electric Chicago blues. His professional name was “The Honeydripper.” He was born in Elmar, Arkansas and grew up near Helena, Arkansas. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1999.

Here are some websites with more information about Roosevelt Sykes:

Here are some videos of Roosevelt Sykes:

This is a short movie entitled “The Honeydripper”. The person posting it has divided it into two parts and included a separate performance by Big Bill Broonzy in each part.

Gulfport Boogie, circa 1965

Sweet Home Chicago, circa 1965

Roosevelt Sykes introducing Otis Rush, circa 1960

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