Eubie Blake

Biography

Born: February 7, 1883; Baltimore, MD   Died: February 12, 1983; New York, NY  
Eubie Blake had a rather unique career. Although his main importance was as a songwriter for Broadway shows in the 1920s, late in life he became known as the last living link to ragtime. Blake always had a colorful life. He wrote his first rag, "The Charleston Rag," in 1899, spent years playing with medicine shows and in sporting houses, and by 1915 was teaming up with singer Noble Sissle in vaudeville. Sissle and Blake wrote for the 1921 hit Read more show Shuffle Along (the first all-black musical) and it was followed by Revue Negre, Plantation Review, Rhapsody in Black, and Bamville Review. The team of Sissle and Blake, in addition to making recordings, were filmed for some early experimental sound shorts. Among Blake's hit songs of the 1920s were "I'm Just Crazy About Harry," "You're Lucky to Me," and "Memories of You."

Although he made some recordings in 1931, Eubie Blake generally had a lower profile for the next three decades. He worked with Sissle now and then and earned a degree from New York University, but was largely forgotten until 1969. That year he recorded a double LP for Columbia (The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake) that amazed listeners who had never heard of him. During his remaining 14 years, Eubie Blake was a very popular performer, playing and singing ragtime-era pieces, charming audiences, making new records, appearing on Broadway in the 1978 show Eubie (he was 95 at the time), and running his own label, Eubie Blake Music. He continued performing until he was 98, and Eubie Blake made it to his 100th birthday with five days to spare. Read less
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  • 1.
    Historical Organs Of Southeastern Massachusetts
    Label: Organ Historical   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  H. Alexander Matthews,  Edward MacDowell,  Traditional,  M. Searle Wright  ... 
    Performer:  Brian Jones,  Peter Krasinski,  Cheryl Drewes,  Thomas W. D. Guthrie  ... 
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    Black Manhattan, Vol. 2 / Benjamin, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80731 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Accooe,  Eubie Blake,  Bert Williams,  Wilbur C. Sweatman  ... 
    Performer:  Anita Johnson,  Edward Pleasant,  Robert Mack,  Linda Thompson Williams
    Conductor:  Rick Benjamin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
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    Blackbirds Of 1928 & Shuffle Along
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 96188 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Francis McHugh,  Eubie Blake
    Performer:  Cab Calloway,  Thelma Carpenter,  Louise Woods,  Avon Long  ... 
    Conductor:  Lehman Engel,  Eubie Blake
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
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    Essential Ragtime
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1254 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Scott Joplin,  Tom Turpin,  Charles Hunter,  Joseph Lamb  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Souter,  Roger Shields
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    Originals - Musical Comedy 1909-1935
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 82405 Release Date: 01/18/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Scott,  Nora Bayes,  George M. Cohan,  Elsie Janis  ... 
    Performer:  Blanche Ring,  Nora Bayes,  Jack Norworth,  Al Jolson  ... 
    Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon,  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Leonard Joy,  Richard Himber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus,  Ritz-Carlton Orchestra  ... 
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    Paul Robeson - The Complete EMI Sessions 1928-1939
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15586 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional,  Thomas John Williams,  John Ireland  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Robeson,  Lawrence Brown,  Ruthland Clapham,  Herbert Dawson
    Conductor:  Ernest Irving,  Walter Goehr,  Ronnie Munro,  Carroll Gibbons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Mayfair Orchestra,  Jack Hylton Orchestra  ... 
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    The Arthur Fiedler Legacy - Stars And Stripes - An American Concert
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001006002 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Shelton Brooks,  Euday L. Bowman,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Jerome Rosen,  Pasquale Cardillo,  Ralph Votapek
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    Silks & Rags / Great American Main St. Band
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54131 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Scott Joplin,  John W. Bratton,  Walter Milbank,  Ludwig Stasny  ... 
    Conductor:  Sam Pilafian,  Mark Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band
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