A taste of Post-War blues tonight from Roosevelt Sykes and His Honeydrippers. Sykes was a huge influence on the piano blues scene, having been a fixture since the 1930's. He can certainly lay claim to the title of the original Honeydripper. As Blues was changing from its rural roots to the more urban Jump-Blues idiom, Sykes struck a middle ground with his trademark Boogie piano backed with a small combo brass and reed section. The result was a melding of Jazz and Blues that maintained popularity all the way to the mid-1950's and then experienced a resurgence in the mid-1960's.
Tonight it's a track Sykes cut for RCA Victor on November 18, 1947. An unofficial anthem for a Friday night, High As A Georgia Pine.
Not that it's a signal to go out and get loaded or anything . . . .
Newstalgia Reference Room - November 26, 1947 - it may be the day after Thanksgiving where you are, but if you were in 1947, it hadn't happened yet. On this day they were mulling over The Marshall Plan, Foreign Aid and political skirmishes over the budget. And the Cold War was busy getting colder. Read more...