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's romping boogies and hilariously risqué lyrics (his double-entendre gems included "Dirty Mother for You," "Ice Cream Freezer," and "Peeping Tom") characterize his monumental contributions to the blues idiom -- he was a pioneering piano-pounder responsible for the seminal pieces "44 Blues," "Driving Wheel," and "Night Time Is the Right Time.
(2:25) 1. Sugar Cup
(4:40) 2. The Last Laugh
(2:53) 3. The Train Is Coming (No More Baby Talk)
(3:04) 4. Third Degree Blues
(2:53) 5. Training Camp Blues
(4:05) 6. True Thing
(3:31) 7. Whole Lot Of Children
(3:04) 8. Yellow Yam Blues
(3:10) 9. You Can't Fix It Back
(2:30) 10. You Understand
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