Eubie Blake  (1883-1983)
Last updated: 21.02.17
Quoting from the Arcadian Press sheet notes: "Blake, born to former slaves in Baltimore on February 7, 1883, was baptised James Hubert Blake. Relatives and friends called him Hubie which was abbreviated to Eubie. He grew up in an atmosphere of syncopated music and sentimental ballads played on music boxes and had some piano lessons from a friendly church organist in Baltimore.
At the age of 15, Blake got a regular job as a pianist in a "hook-shop" (a sporting house) run by Aggie Sheldon, a successful madam, which provided him with tips from both the inmates and their customers. He improvised rag music (his long fingers could stretch to twelve keys on the keyboard) and soon began to compose in earnest. In 1899 he wrote his "Charleston Rag" which became a hit. His brilliant playing was soon recognised and having won a national piano-playing contest, he toured vaudeville for many years. Blake played in Jim Reese Europe's Society Orchestra (which became the 369th Infantry band in France during WW 1) which did much to put early jazz and the work of black composers before the general public. Later, in 1919, Blake and Noble Sissle (who was also a member of Europe's band) appeared together on the vaudeville circuit as singers and dancers billed as "The Dixie Duo". Together, by bringing from Harlem to Broadway an all-black musical, "Shuffle Along" (which opened on May 23, 1921 billed as "a musical melánge"), they broke the tradition of black-face white comedians and started a vogue of the 1920's. The score included the song I'm Just Wild About Harry (1921) which became a hit and was actually used as a campaign song for Harry Truman in 1948. Another Blake hit song was " Memories of You", from the musical "Blackbirds of 1930". Blake wrote songs for the musical "Elsie" (1923); the revue "Chocolate Dandies" (1924); "Folies Bergére" (1930); "Shuffle along of 1933"; "Swing It" (1937) and "Shuffle Along of 1952". His ragtime compositions included "Tricky Fingers" (1908); "Troublesome Ivories" (1911); "Chevy Chase" (1914); "Fizz Water" (1914); "Black Keys on Parade" (1935) and "Dicty's on Seventh Avenue" (1952).
The ragtime revival brought Blake out of his retirement in his eighties. In 1969 he recorded the album "The 86 Years of Eubie Blake" and, in 1972, formed his own record company. As Blake's centennial approached there was a growing appreciation of his natural talent and, in tribute to his 75 years in show business, a Broadway musical billed simply "Eubie!" was produced with resounding success. In 1981 he received the Medal of Freedom from President Reagan. He made his last public appearance, at the age of 99, at Lincoln Center in NY on June 19, 1982. Interviewed on his 100th birthday Blake made the classic remark, having confessed that he drank, smoked and liked women: "if I'd known I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of myself." Eubie Blake died on February 12, 1983, 5 days after his 100th birthday."


Websites :
url15.gif Eubie Blake Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  
Books :
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book15.gif Eubie Blake: Keys of Memory by Lawrence T. Carter flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
book15.gif Reminiscing with Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake by Robert Kimball flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
Own Library :
[§] The Chevy Chase (1914) D/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
[§] Fizz Water (1914) A(T)/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
[§] I'm Just Wild About Harry (1921) A/A/T/B BLA3
Further sheet music at DBE: ON HOLD
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Ragtime Music CDs:
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cd15.gif John Arpin on "Kings of Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Black Swan Classic Jazz Band on "Ragtime Revelry" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Geraldine"
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Once Upon a Rag Time" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Ragtime"
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Sunday Morning" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Mimi Blais on "Taxi!" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Eubie Blake on "Golden Reunion in Ragtime" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Eubie Blake on "Memories of You" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Eubie Blake on "That's Ragtime!" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Eubie Blake on "Tricky Fingers" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif William Bolcom on "Let's Do It: Bolcom & Morris at Aspen" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif William Bolcom on "Sweet Sixteenths: A Ragtime Concert" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling on "Le Ragtime" flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Bob Darch on "Reunion in Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Matthew Davidson on "Sugar's Nightmare" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Matthew Davidson on "Voodoo Queen: Piano Rags, Jazz and Blues" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Richard Dowling on "Rhapsody in Ragtime" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Richard Dowling on "World's Greatest Piano Rags" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "The Rag's the Thing"
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "A Ragtime Sampler"
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "Rapid Fire Ragtime"
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "Rhapsodies in Ragtime"
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "Whipped Cream Rag"
cd15.gif The Great American Main St. Band on "Silks & Rags" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Frederick Hodges on "Kitten on the Keys: Ragtime, Novelty & Stride Classics" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif James P. Johnson on "Carolina Shout" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif James P. Johnson on "Harlem Stride Piano" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif James P. Johnson on "Harlem Stride Piano 1921-1929" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif James P. Johnson on "James P. Johnson 1921-28" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif James P. Johnson on "James P. Johnson 1938-42" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif James P. Johnson on "James P. Johnson 1944-45" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Jazzou Jones on "Riverboat Ragtime: Then and Now" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller on "Live in Kalamazoo" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller on "Ol' Muddy" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller on "Rag Time Sue" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller on "Ragtime Reflections" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Scott Kirby on "Centennial Sampler: Vol. 1" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Scott Kirby on "Grace & Beauty: Ragtime Classics" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Scott Kirby on "More Damn Good Ragtime" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Scott Kirby on "Some Assembly Required" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Noel Lester on "Syncopated Sensations" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Best Ragtime Album Ever" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "A Century of Ragtime 1897-1997" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Gold Collection" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "The Greatest Jazz, Blues and Ragtime of the Century" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "The Greatest Ragtime of the Century" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Hot Flashes: Rare High Quality Short Lived Bands" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Jazz Piano Masters" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Kings of Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry 1891-1922" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Ragtime 1900-1930" flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Ragtime Hard To Find Classics" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Ragtime to Jazz: Vol. 2: 1916-1922" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Rhapsody in Blue" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Max Morath on "Living a Ragtime Life" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Max Morath on "The World of Scott Joplin Vol. 2" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Peter Muir on "Spontaneous Ragtime" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif New England Ragtime Ensemble on "The Art of the Rag" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra on "Creole Belles" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Ophelia Ragtime Orchestra on "1995 U.S Tour in New Orleans" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Ophelia Ragtime Orchestra on "Echoes from the Snowball Club"
cd15.gif Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on "Black Manhattan Vol. 2" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on "That Demon Rag!" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif Adam Swanson on "Chestnut St. in the 90s" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Butch Thompson on "The Butch Thompson Trio Plays Favorites" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Butch Thompson on "Good Old New York 88's" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif Charles Thompson on "The Neglected Professor" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Trebor Jay Tichenor on "The Tichenor Family Trio"
cd15.gif Trebor Jay Tichenor on "Virginia's Favorites" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Terry Waldo on "Ragtime Classics Vol. 1" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Brent Watkins on "The Heroes of Parlor Town - Volume 1" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Brent Watkins on "The Heroes of Parlor Town - Volume 2" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15es.gif
Brass Music CDs:
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cd15.gif Empire Brass on "Braggin' in Brass" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
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DBE456 The Chevy Chase (1914) - Fox Trot
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DBE457 Fizz Water (1914) - Trot and One Step
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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 83 works by Eubie Blake (1883-1983). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Items on hold

Charleston Rag (1899) wvicon.gif
Breakin' 'em Down (1924)
Kitchen Tom (1907 c.) wvicon.gif
Chocolate Dandies (1924)
Tricky Fingers (1908) wvicon.gif
Dixie Moon (1924)
Words by: N. Sissle
The Baltimore Todolo (1910 c.) wvicon.gif
I'll Find My Love in D-I-X-I-E (1924)
The Brittwood Rag (1910 c.) wvicon.gif
Manda (1924)
Words by: N. Sissle
Poor Jimmy Green (1910 c.) wvicon.gif
Sounds of Africa That Charleston Dance (1924)
Poor Katie Redd (1910 c.) wvicon.gif
There's a Million Little Cupids in the Sky (1924)
Troublesome Ivories (1911) wvicon.gif
There's No Place As Grand (1924)
The Chevy Chase (1914) wvicon.gif
Thinking of Me (1924)
Words by: N. Sissle
Classic Rag (1914)
You Ought to Know (1924)
Fizz Water (1914) wvicon.gif
Why Did You Make Me Care? (1925)
Ragtime Rag (1914 c.)
A Dollar For a Dime (1930)
Co-Author: Andy Razaf
It's All Your Fault (1915) wvicon.gif
Words by: Eddie Nelson, N. Sissle
Green Pastures (1930) wvicon.gif
Bugle Call Rag (1916) wvicon.gif
Co-Author: Carey Morgan
Loving You the Way I Do (1930) wvicon.gif
Words by: Jack Scholl, Will Morrissey
My Loving Baby (1916)
Memories of You (1930) wvicon.gif
Co-Author: Robert C. Haring Words by: Andy Razaf
To Hell With Germany (1918)
My Handy Man Ain't Handy No More (1930)
Ain't Cha Coming Back, Mary Ann, to Maryland (1919) wvicon.gif
Words by: N. Sissle
Roll, Jordan, Roll (1930)
The Baltimore Blues (1919) wvicon.gif
Words by: N. Sissle
You're Lucky to Me (1930)
Words by: Andy Razaf
Gee! I Wish I Had Someone to Rock Me (1919) wvicon.gif
Words by: N. Sissle
Dusting Around (1933)
Gee! I'm Glad I'm From Dixie (1919) wvicon.gif
Words by: N. Sissle
Sore Foot Blues (1933)
Goodnight Angeline (1919) wvicon.gif
Words by: N. Sissle, J.R. Europe
Black Keys on Parade (1935)
I'm Just Simply Full of Jazz (1919) wvicon.gif
Butterfly (1935)
Jazz Baby (1919)
Trucking on Down (1935)
also Harlem's Latest Dance Craze
Mammy's Lit'l Choc'late Cullud Chile (1919) wvicon.gif
Words by: N. Sissle
Blue Thoughts (1936)
Messin' Around (1919)
Ain't We Got Love (1937)
You've Been a Good Little Mammy to Me (1919)
Moods of Harlem (1937)
Florodora Girls (1920)
We Are Americans Too (1940)
Oriental Blues (1920)
Boogie Woogie Beguine (1945)
Vision Girl (1920) wvicon.gif
Words by: N. Sissle
Dictys on Seventh Avenue (1949) wvicon.gif
Good Fellow Blues (1921)
Capricious Harlem (1950c)
High Steppin' Days (1921)
Hot Feet (1958)
I'm Just Wild About Harry (1921) wvicon.gif
Words by: N. Sissle
Blue Rag in Twelve Keys (1969)
If You've Never Been Vamped by a Brownskin, You've Never Been Vamped at All (1921)
Eubie's Boogie (1969)
Low Down Blues (1921)
Eubie Dubie (1972)
Words by: John Guarneri
Shuffle Along (1921)
Words by: N. Sissle
Eubie's Classical Rag (1972)
You Were Meant For Me (1922)
Melodic Rag (1972)
Dear Li'l Pal (1923)
Novelty Rag (1972)
Don't Love Me Blues (1923)
Rhapsody in Ragtime (1972) wvicon.gif
Everybody's Struttin' Now (1923)
Valse Marion (1972)
Lovin' Chile (1923)
Randi's Rag (1974)
Rain Drops (1923)
Merry Widow Rag (?)
Two Hearts in Tune (1923)