*On this date in 1906, Roosevelt Sykes was born. He was an African American blues singer and musician.
From Elmar, Arkansas, Sykes began playing while growing up in Helena, Arkansas. At age 15, he hit the road, developing his rowdy barrelhouse style around the blues-fertile St. Louis area. Sykes began recording in 1929 for OKeh and the next year was signed to four different labels under four different names (among them-Dobby Bragg, Willie Kelly, and Easy Papa Johnson)!