Eubie Blake  (1883-1983)
Last updated: 31.10.18
p_blakee.jpgQuoting 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  
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Books:
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book15.gif  Eubie Blake: Keys of Memory Lawrence T. Carter flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
book15.gif  Reminiscing with Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake Robert Kimball flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
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Brass Music CDs:
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Jazz Music CDs:
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cd15.gif Black Swan Classic Jazz Band Ragtime Revelry CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
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cd15.gif Chris Barber The Very Best of Chris Barber flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
Ragtime Music CDs:
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cd15.gif Eubie Blake 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 That's Ragtime! flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif  Eubie Blake Tricky Fingers flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Best Ragtime Album Ever flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists A Century of Ragtime 1897-1997 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
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cd15.gif Various Artists 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 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 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 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 Kings of Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists 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 Ragtime 1900-1930 flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif  Various Artists Ragtime Hard To Find Classics flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists 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 Rhapsody in Blue flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Noel Lester Syncopated Sensations flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra Creole Belles CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Claude Bolling Le Ragtime flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Ophelia Ragtime Orchestra 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 Echoes from the Snowball Club
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cd15.gif James Price Johnson Carolina Shout CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif  James Price Johnson Harlem Stride Piano flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
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cd15.gif James Price Johnson James P. Johnson 1938-42 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
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cd15.gif Trebor Jay Tichenor The Tichenor Family Trio
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cd15.gif Mimi Blais Geraldine
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cd15.gif Mimi Blais Ragtime
cd15.gif Mimi Blais Sunday Morning flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif  Mimi Blais Taxi! flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Paragon Ragtime Orchestra 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 That Demon Rag! CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif The Great American Main St. Band Silks & Rags flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif William Bolcom Let's Do It: Bolcom & Morris at Aspen flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif William Bolcom Sweet Sixteenths: A Ragtime Concert CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Matthew Davidson Sugar's Nightmare flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Matthew Davidson Voodoo Queen: Piano Rags, Jazz and Blues flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif New England Ragtime Ensemble The Art of the Rag flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Richard Dowling 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 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  Brent Watkins 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 The Heroes of Parlor Town - Volume 2 CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Terry Waldo Ragtime Classics Vol. 1 flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller Live in Kalamazoo CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller Ol' Muddy CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller Rag Time Sue flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller Ragtime Reflections CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Jazzou Jones Riverboat Ragtime: Then and Now CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Peter Muir Spontaneous Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Scott Kirby Centennial Sampler: Vol. 1 flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Scott Kirby 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 More Damn Good Ragtime flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Scott Kirby Some Assembly Required CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Butch Thompson The Butch Thompson Trio Plays Favorites flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Butch Thompson Good Old New York 88's flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif Frederick Hodges Kitten on the Keys: Ragtime, Novelty & Stride Classics flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Adam Swanson Chestnut St. in the 90s CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Max Morath Living a Ragtime Life flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Max Morath 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 "Perfessor" Bill Edwards The Rag's the Thing
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards A Ragtime Sampler
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards Rapid Fire Ragtime
cd15.gif  "Perfessor" Bill Edwards Rhapsodies in Ragtime
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards Whipped Cream Rag
cd15.gif John Arpin Classics in the Park flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif John Arpin Kings of Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Robert R. Darch Reunion in Ragtime flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
             
DBE456 The Chevy Chase (1914) - Fox Trot
D/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 5 mins.
1-2 days
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DBE457 Fizz Water (1914) - Trot and One Step
A(T)/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 4¼ mins.
1-2 days
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sm15.gif The Chevy Chase (1914) D/T/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif Fizz Water (1914) A(T)/T/T/B/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifmp315.gif
sm15.gif I'm Just Wild About Harry (1921) A/A/T/B
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 86 works by Eubie Blake (1883-1983). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Electronic Resource Items
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Charleston Rag 1899  wvicon.gif
Kitchen Tom 1907 c.  wvicon.gif
Tricky Fingers 1908  wvicon.gif
The Baltimore Todolo 1910 c.  wvicon.gif
The Brittwood Rag 1910 c.  wvicon.gif
Poor Jimmy Green 1910 c.  wvicon.gif
Poor Katie Redd 1910 c.  wvicon.gif
Troublesome Ivories 1911  wvicon.gif
The Chevy Chase (1914) 1914  wvicon.gif
Classic Rag 1914
Fizz Water (1914) 1914  wvicon.gif
Ragtime Rag 1914 c.
It's All Your Fault 1915 Eddie Nelson, N. Sissle  wvicon.gif
Bugle Call Rag 1916 Carey Morgan  wvicon.gif
My Loving Baby 1916
To Hell With Germany 1918
Ain't Cha Coming Back, Mary Ann, to Maryland 1919 N. Sissle  wvicon.gif
The Baltimore Blues 1919 N. Sissle  wvicon.gif
Gee! I Wish I Had Someone to Rock Me 1919 N. Sissle  wvicon.gif
Gee! I'm Glad I'm From Dixie 1919 N. Sissle  wvicon.gif
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Goodnight Angeline 1919 N. Sissle , J.R. Europe  wvicon.gif
I'm Just Simply Full of Jazz 1919  wvicon.gif
Jazz Baby 1919
Mammy's Lit'l Choc'late Cullud Chile 1919 N. Sissle  wvicon.gif
Messin' Around 1919
You've Been a Good Little Mammy to Me 1919
Florodora Girls 1920
Oriental Blues 1920
Vision Girl 1920 N. Sissle  wvicon.gif
Good Fellow Blues 1921
High Steppin' Days 1921
I'm Just Wild About Harry 1921 N. Sissle  wvicon.gif
If You've Never Been Vamped by a Brownskin, You've Never Been Vamped at All 1921
Low Down Blues 1921
Shuffle Along 1921 N. Sissle
You Were Meant For Me 1922
Dear Li'l Pal 1923
Don't Love Me Blues 1923
Everybody's Struttin' Now 1923
Lovin' Chile 1923
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Rain Drops 1923
Two Hearts in Tune 1923
Breakin' 'em Down 1924
Chocolate Dandies 1924
Dixie Moon 1924 N. Sissle
I'll Find My Love in D-I-X-I-E 1924
Manda 1924 N. Sissle
Sounds of Africa That Charleston Dance 1924
There's a Million Little Cupids in the Sky 1924
There's No Place As Grand 1924
Thinking of Me 1924 N. Sissle
You Ought to Know 1924
Why Did You Make Me Care? 1925
I Would Like to Know Why? 1926 Noble Sissle  wvicon.gif
A Dollar For a Dime 1930 Andy Razaf
Green Pastures 1930  wvicon.gif
Loving You the Way I Do 1930 Jack Scholl, Will Morrissey  wvicon.gif
Memories of You 1930 Robert C. Haring Andy Razaf  wvicon.gif
My Handy Man Ain't Handy No More 1930
Roll, Jordan, Roll 1930
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
You're Lucky to Me 1930 Andy Razaf
Dusting Around 1933
Sore Foot Blues 1933
Black Keys on Parade 1935
Blue Thoughts 1935  wvicon.gif
Butterfly 1935
Trucking on Down 1935 also Harlem's Latest Dance Craze
Ain't We Got Love 1937
Moods of Harlem 1937
Blue Classique 1939  wvicon.gif
We Are Americans Too 1940
Boogie Woogie Beguine 1945
Dictys on Seventh Avenue 1949  wvicon.gif
Capricious Harlem 1950c
Hot Feet 1958
Blue Rag in Twelve Keys 1969
Eubie's Boogie 1969
Eubie Dubie 1972 John Guarneri
Eubie's Classical Rag 1972
Melodic Rag 1972
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Novelty Rag 1972
Rhapsody in Ragtime 1972  wvicon.gif
Valse Marion 1972
Randi's Rag 1974
Gypsy Blues ?
Merry Widow Rag ?
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youtube15.jpg The Baltimore Blues 2:10 E. Blake  Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Blue Classique 5:16 E. Blake  Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Blue Thoughts 2:41 E. Blake  Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Fizz Water 3:52 E. Blake  Ragtime Dorian Henry Fizz Water (1914)
youtube15.jpg I Would Like to Know Why? 2:13 E. Blake  Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Gypsy Blues - Eubie Blake - John Arpin.1978 2:02 E. Blake  John Arpin