O. T. Sykes
"The Singing Dentist"
Dr. O. T. Sykes was born in Cross County, Arkansas . As a young man, he moved to Parkins, AR; where he graduated from Central High School . He then attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (formerly known as AM&N College ) from 1958 -1962. In 1967, he enrolled at the Howard University School of Dentistry and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1970.
In 1970, he then moved to Memphis, TN , where he interned for the noted Dr. Arthur Gipson. He perfected his craft for six (6) months and then ventured out on his own.
Dr. O. T. Sykes began writing and singing while in college.
He co-wrote and produced several songs on his original album “First Love” and had more than a few hits from his initial and subsequent releases. His popularity spanned throughout the tri-sate area and he became affectionately known as the “Singing Dentist”. He has performed at a multitude of concerts, clubs and special events. His velvety voice and classic good looks make him a crowd pleaser.
His vocal style hints of the innate sensitivity of Brian Ingram, the "bluesiness" of Johnnie Taylor, the smooth funkiness of Al Green and the melodious soulfulness of the late great Sam Cooke. His rendition of Cooke’s singles "Chain Gang and "You Send Me" on stage exudes his own personal style with an undercurrent of the original artists' blue intensity. His dynamic blend of vocal intensity, complete with sultry dance moves provides a performance that captivates audiences and propels woman of all ages into a cathartic frenzy of spell-binding proportions! His dedicated fans flocks to hear this handsome, polite, well-groomed songster poetically combine the aching sounds of blues, the gritty soulfulness of R&B and a hint of gospel into a mesmerizing performance.
His grace is apparent as he approaches and takes commands of the stage. His debonair style, polished approach and charismatic attributes makes him a heart throb for the young at heart. One fan wrote, “it is unlike anything else I’ve ever seen, the crowd response is priceless! His on-stage presence is where he truly comes alive!”
O.T. credits his musical mentor Harry Winfield and Wayne Douglass as his inspiration and musical coaches. Throughout the years, Sykes has had major record deals, received numerous accolades, citations, awards and critical reviews.
Sykes brings a heightened passion to everything he accomplishes. In today’s society with many successful black artists entering into the music foray; Sykes has become a mainstay and a stalwart, due to his loyal fans. With a gift for music and a strong business shrewdness, Sykes owns a record label, publishing company, retains ownership rights to his recordings, owns real estate and has a thriving dentist business.
WZZA BLUES & SOUL PLAYLIST
The Shoals, Alabama – 256-381-1862
January 7th – January 13th 2008
1 Willie Hill You Go Your Way & I’ll Go Mine Ifgam
2 Carl Sims I Like This Place Ecko
3 Phillip Manuel Had To Have You II FIRE/SBR
4 Patrick Green Popcorn Man Across The Board
5 North “Tunes” Woodall Going In Circles 2unes Music
6 Moses T Groove You Soul 1st Records
7 Parker This World Gone Mad Mo Soul
8 Stan Jones f/Tarralyn Ramsey Where Would I Go Mo Berries
9 Latimore My Give A Damn Done Gave Out LatStone
10 Shaya Hidden Tears Second Chance
11 The Craig Crawford Players They’ll Know We Are Christians Life Jam Records
12 Barkays f/Evelyn King If Loving You Is Wrong Right Now
13 Denise LaSalle It’s Going Down Ecko
14 Al Lindsey Missing You At Christmas Pulsating Records
15 Soul Tempo Let It Be TNA Records
16 OT Sykes Loneliness Inside Me Big M Records
17 Willie Clayton My Time Malaco
18 Rhythm Allstars f/Geoff McBride Christmas Is Jomar
19 Roni Mr. Right Jac
20 Nathaniel Kimble This Christmas Brimstone
21 Patti LaBelle What Do The Lonely Do At Xmas Def Soul
22 Pookie Southern Woman Allison Records
23 Euricka f/Calvin Richardson On My Own HOF Records
24 Lenny Williams Amen Len-Tom
25 Aretha Franklin f/Fantasia Put You Up On Game Arista
Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Breaking Southern Soul Singles: ----------December 2007
1. Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake (Ecko Reissue)------------David Brinston
Bargain-Priced Somebody's Cuttin' My Cake CD
2. "A Woman Knows"------------------------Willie Clayton
Bargain-Priced My Tyme CD
3. Ride It Like A Pony--------------Snatch Nelson
Bargain-Priced Ride It Like A Pony CD
4. "Loneliness Inside Me"------------------O. T. Sykes
5. "Why Are You That Way"----------Jimmy Taylor
6. "Breakin' Me Down"---------------Vick Allen
Bargain-Priced Baby Come Back Home CD
7. "Where Has The Love Gone" ------------B. Dupree
Bargain-Priced Down South Music CD
8. "If You Catch Me Sleepin'"------------Floyd Taylor
Bargain-Priced You Still Got It CD
9. "Now That We're Talking"------------Jimmy Taylor
10. "Slip Away For Christmas"--------The Love Doctor
AM1070-WDIA MEMPHIS II NEED A COWBOW TO RIDE MY PONY. Sheba Potts-Wright ... my first love. o.t.sykes. 1. CAN YOU BELIEVE. Robin Thicke. 2. heaven. Jamie Foxx. 3. Teach Me ...
www.otsykes.com. Now Big M Records has released The Best of O.T. Sykes, which actually is the same as his First Love CD (eight tracks, 32 min.). On this small-budget CD there are three slow songs, and two of them have been small hits – Loneliness inside Me and a beat ballad called My First Love. On the uptempo front there are a couple of tracks that even take you back to the days of disco, Licensed to Love and Stone Crush on You. Vocally O.T. faintly reminds me of Chuck Strong.
Entry Made: 01/21/2008
W L O R
Lynette “The Diva” Brown
Throw back Days MUL-TY
If Loving You Is Wrong Bar-Kays
On My Own Euricka/Richardson
You Still Got It Floyd Taylor
Groove On Bigg Robb
Loneliness Inside Me O. T. Sykes
It’s Going Down Denise LaSalle
Friday Night Fish Fry Mel Waiters
I Like This Place Carl Simms
Southern Woman poky
Dog Kinda Love Dicky Williams
Never Miss A Good Thing Sir Charles Jones
Private Fishing Hole Potts-Wright
Friends Don’t The Duchess