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MS 2800.1, Eubie Blake Sheet Music Collection
Finding Aid to the Eubie Blake Sheet Music Collection, MS 2800.1
H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society
Eubie Blake Sheet Music Collection
Blake, James Herbert “Eubie” (1887-1983)
151 boxes - (Note: There is no Box 147 or Box 150. In March 2000 the contents of these two boxes of miscellaneous materials were filed in their appropriate locations among other boxes.
This collection contains sheet music and other materials from the estate of Baltimore born composer and pianist James Herbert “Eubie” Blake. Includes sheet music written by Eubie Blake as well as other composers.
H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Gift of the Estate of Eubie Blake, 1984
James Hubert (Eubie) Blake was born in Baltimore on February 7, 1887and died in Brooklyn, New York on February 12, 1983, a few days before his ninety-sixth birthday. Composer, lyricist, and pianist, he was a major figure in the revival of ragtime and early jazz, returning them to prominence as true American musical genres.
Blake was playing piano professionally and composing by the age of 16. His career began to take shape when he met fellow musician Noble Sissle in 1915. Together, the two of them wrote hundreds of songs, many of which became major hits. Blake and Sissle also collaborated on writing the musical play Shuffle Along, which featured classic songs such as “I’m Just Wild About Harry.” Shuffle Along, Blake and Sissle’s most famous work, was significant not only for reviving the black musical genre, but also for helping launch influential young performers and composers who went on to their own successful careers. Among them were Josephine Baker, Florence Mills, Paul Robeson, and William Grant Still. Many songs from Shuffle Along became great hits and were recorded dozens of times.
Blake gave talks and performed well into his ninety’s. The musical “Eubie!” based on his songs, appeared in 1978 and became a major Broadway hit. Blake was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show during the 1970s, and among his many awards was the Presidential Medal of Freedom. To recognize his approaching hundredth birthday, the Kennedy Center presented the televised Eubie Blake: A Century of Music, which won an Emmy Award in 1983. (Michael Mark, library volunteer, November 2015)
The sheet music collection is arranged alphabetically. Click on a letter below to browse, or download the complete pdf here