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

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Collection summary


Eubie Blake Sheet Music Collection


Blake, James Herbert “Eubie” (1887-1983)

Call number

MS 2800.1


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.

Related Collections

MS 2800, Eubie Blake Manuscript and Ephemera Collection

PP301, Eubie Blake Photograph Collection

Administrative summary


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

Accession number


Biographical Note

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)

Container List

The sheet music collection is arranged alphabetically. Click on a letter below to browse, or download the complete pdf here

(Accompaniement Sketches - Avis Hesitation Waltz)

(Baby Be Smart - Bye Lo)

(Cabin Door - Cycles)

(Daddy Won't You Please Come Home - Dynamite)

(Ease on Down - Eye to Eye)

(Fair Harvard - Further it is From Tipperary)

(Gal From Baton Rouge - Gypsy Rose Lee)

(Had No Clue - Hymn No. 2)

(I Ain't Got It - I'm Getting Nowhere Fast [lyrics])

   (I'm Getting Nowhere Fast [song] - I've Saved All My Love For You)

(Jack O' Lantern One Step - Just You Watch My Step)

(K.C. Polka [The] - Kuu Loke Ula Ula)

(La Bella Cubanera - Lonesome Heart [A])

   (Lonesome Man - Lullabye [A])

M (Ma - Melodie #1[song])

   (Melodie #1 [piano solo] - Mirandy [lyrics])

   (Mirandy[song] - My Yokohama Girl)

(Nagasaki - Numbers [The])

(Odd Cases Of Voicing - Overture To 'Swing It')

(Pack A Little Love In Your Heart - Put Verse)

(Race Horse Blues - Russian One Step-Trot [A])

(Sac-cha-rine - Since Maggie Dooley Learned The Hooley Hooley)

   (Since Maggie Dooley Learned The Hooley Hooley - Stage Door)

   (Stage Door - Symphony Of Harlem)

(T.V. Song - No. 1 - Tickle The Ivories[piano solo])

   (Tickle the Ivories[rag] - Two Special Choruses)

(Ubangi - Utterly Lovely and a Modern Blues)

(Valse - Voodoo Man)

(Wade In De Water - When Day Is Done)

   (When the Day Is Done - Wunderbar)

(Yaddie Kaddie Kiddie Kaddie Koo- You've Got To Love Me An Aweful Lot)

(Za Zu Zay - Zulu War Song)