Tags 1978-79, Eubie Blake, Gary Busey, Gregory Hines, saturday night live, Season 4, snl 8 Replies to “March 10, 1979 – Gary Busey / Eubie Blake and Gregory Hines (S4 E14)” Jurb says: The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center brings artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds together. I wish I was ninety again!”, His memorial service, held in the church where eleven days earlier, thousands of people had celebrated his birthday, began with this prayer:  “Thank you, Jesus, for Eubie. Out the window he flew, down the shed roof and over the fence, straight to the pool room for the long pants he rented from Rabb Walker, then off to Aggie’s to play piano. ... ‘delicate but powerful’ hands. Eubie Blake - Autographed Signed Photograph - Item 30656. Eubie Blake leaped halfway from his seat and yelled “Oh, professor, professor, you hit me, you hit me!” He placed both hands over his heart and continued with great emotion: “You make me think of my dear mother. This was the time of Reconstruction after the Civil War. They collaborated on more musical comedy. Eubie worked hard to develop his style, with emphasis on learning “tricks” that he, and he alone could play. The sawdust was so high it was above the soles of your shoes. We were supposed to shuffle on stage in blackface and patched-up overalls. Eubie Blake - Autographed Signed Photograph - Item 30656. New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo expressed the feelings of many when he composed the following mailgram to Eubie Blake for his centennial birthday:“We have all been enriched by your extraordinary contributions to the music of this century. This was the stage set for Eubie Blake. Eubie “The Indestructible,” as some called him – a man whose fingers could span twelve keys, ragtime pianist/composer and vaudevillian. Ira Gershwin. Eubie’s mother could not keep him from pursuing his career. She always sang like that. There are five undated manuscripts in Blake's hand of his arangements for the songs Eubie himself had made the claim that he would cut up – outlast – his musician friends, as in his piano-playing. Emma relented as long as her son would play only religious tunes. You can see they’re gone and the world is still here. “Eubie’s mother, however, was not won over by her son’s success. He could consume two quarters of champagne in an evening without any discernable effect. Created by Bobbiegita Walker, American, born 1942 Subject of Eubie Blake, American, 1887 - … Life casts of musician Eubie Blake's hands made of polyester resin. But “bless her heart, she learned it, had arrangements made, and sang it in the same week,” Sissle would later say. National Museum of African American History and Culture, http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd59bfda784-cacf-46c3-ba95-19700462484e. Sourced quotations by the American Lyricist Eubie Blake (1887 — 1983). He used to say she was one of the ten most beautiful girls in Baltimiore. He could play the piano like an angel and finally he was among the angels. 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560, Get the latest information about timed passes and tips for planning your visit, Search the collection and explore our exhibitions, centers, and digital initiatives, Online resources for educators, students, and families, Engage with us and support the Museum from wherever you are, Learn more about the Museum and view recent news, There are restrictions for re-using this image. We support, develop, promote and advocate for cultural and educational programming in the visual and performing arts. During this time he wrote some of his most famous ragtime. It was Christmas. "IF I'D KNOWN I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself," Eubie Blake remarked while celebrating his 100th birthday. Together with instrumental parts in a variety of hands, it now resides as part of the Eubie Blake Collection at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. One day Eubie watched as a friend damaged someone’s property, and stayed on the scene after his friend had run away. Someone who wrote 3,000 tunes in his 100 years. After the discovery about her son, Mrs. Blake called father and son into the room and said to John, “Do you know that Mr. Blake (which she called her son when she was displeased) has been playing in a bawdy house?”  Mr. Blake took his son outside and questioned his son, “How much money have you been making, boy?”  Eubie replied by taking his father upstairs, to show him $100 stashed under the carpet. 1, was composed by Robert Boury between 1970-1973. What sort of a legacy did he leave to fellow musicians and fellow humans? He will entertain you completely if you’re ever lucky enough to attend him in concert. Born James Hubert Blake, February 7, 1883, in Baltimore, MD; died February 12, 1983, New York, NY; son of James Sumner Blake and Emily Johnston; married Avis Lee, July 1910-1939; Marion Gant Tyler 1945-1983; Began career as ragtime pianist in 1898; composed first piano rag, 1899; performed in Dr. Frazier’s Medicine Show in 1901 and toured with the stage show Old Kentucky in 1902; performed as a pianist at the Gold-field Hotel, Baltimore, 1907-1915; met Noble Sissle in 1915 and began musical association; tou… Here there were many fights and a lot of rough language. In 1921, he and his long-time collaborator Noble Sissle wrote Shuffle Along, one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African Americans. Eubie Blake’s story is one that stretches from Aggie Shelton’s “Hookshop” (Eubie’s own definition) in Baltimore to the White House in Washington D.C. in 1978. And twelve was when he first got drunk. Recorded in 1968 and 1969, this record is by far the best way to get to know, love, and appreciate Eubie Blake, master of ragtime and gorgeous melodies.The taproot of jazz runs directly from Blake's generation up through all of those Eastern Seaboard ticklers, most significantly James P. Johnson and the school of what critics and historians have labeled Harlem stride piano. … The idea was to look at it as it it were from the moon and I’d say, ‘What’s dat?’ and Noble would say, ‘Dat’s a py-anner!’ and then we’d do our act. By 1902, Eubie had gotten himself a new job buck dancing in “Old Kentucky,” a colored minstrel show in New York City. Eubie Blake leaped halfway from his seat and yelled “Oh, professor, professor, you hit me, you hit me!” He placed both hands over his heart and continued with great emotion: “You make me think of my dear mother. At 90, “Eubie had a spring in his step, jumped out of his chair whenever a lady entered the room and could recall 1907 and last week with equal alacrity.” So wrote Lynn Norment in an Ebony article called “Farewell to Ragtime’s Apostle of Happiness.”, Nearing his 100th birthday, while sitting at a table with a man in his forties, a beautiful woman moved across the dance floor. Eubie Blake was one of the most important figures in early-20th-century African-American music, and one whose longevity made him a storehouse of the history of ragtime and early jazz music and culture. Writing in 1945, Willis Laurence James recalled giving a lecture demonstration attended by Eubie Blake: I sang a florid Negro cry. Blake gives a personal performance of his ever popular "Charleston Rag". Life casts of musician Eubie Blake's hands made of polyester resin. Eubie Blake’s career, and life, did not end until he died in February 1983, one hundred years after he had been born. Inside the joint there were no chairs, only beer barrels and boxes scattered about big round iron tables. Eubie Blake is in total command of his mind and memory and of his still-facile and majestic hands. Life casts of musician Eubie Blake's hands made of polyester resin. Eubie Blake and His Orchestra Eubie Blake & His Orchestra Real name James Hubert Blake Born February 7, 1887 Died February 12, 1983 Country United States IPI 00003303059 Comments Popular, ragtime and jazz pianist. There was a gang of people there. Biography. Emma, small, tough and fervently religious, gave birth to 12 children, only one of whom lived past infancy – Eubie. Eubie Blake. If you have more information about this object, please contact us at NMAAHCDigiTeam@si.edu. It was 1901. He was a prize piano student at the Boston Conservatory who influenced Eubie with the dramatic soft and loud contrasts of his music. You are truly one of our greatest treasures.”, Eubie thought that music was something that could last a lot longer in the minds of some people than he himself could. Eubie Blake initiated the heyday of the black musicals, and his work was in demand through the 1920’s. © The Ann Arbor News. He did not marry again until 1945 after he fell in love with Marion. Eubie Blake, the American jazzman who died at 96, famously observed: "If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself." He began composing his own music. He performed at such places as the Belmont, the Bucket of Blood, Kelly’s and Ben Allen’s. Eubie Blake leaped halfway from his seat and yelled “Oh, professor, professor, you hit me, you hit me!” He placed both hands over his heart and continued with great emotion: “You make me think… Like his childhood games, he made a challenge of piano-playing to himself and others. I wish I I was twenty again!” Eubie looked at her and said “Ahh! Eubie also became a very excellent buck dancer and this talent As he matured, his mother would wail, “the devil got in his fingers!”  And: “Take that ragtime out of my house!”. She always sang like that. And shaking hands with Jimmy Carter, and we all got a souvenir picture of shaking hands with the president at that time. He was born to former slaves, Emma and John Sumner Blake, on February 7, 1883 in Baltimore, Maryland. When the elderly Mrs. Blake was congratulated at a backstage party on Eubie’s great achievements, she replied, “Some may see it that way but he might have done it all for Jesus instead.”. He integrated this education, music he heard on the street and the “rhythms and syncopations in his mother’s own Baptist church,” into his style. The casts end at the wrists and the proper left hand is pointed upwards, while … The photographs in the book are close crops of fingers on fretboards and keys as well as wider shots whose focus, nonetheless, is hands. One of Eubie’s jobs, after Sheldon’s, was to be “Professor Hubert Blake,” who played a melodeon – a small reed organ – while buck dancing on the tailgate of a horse-drawn wagon. This Eubie accomplished. Between 1906 and 1907 Eubie spent summers playing piano in Atlantic City where he met, competed with, influenced and was influenced by other musicians. What was his philosophy of life? Eubie Blake seemed to know exactly what he wanted to do with his life from the time he first embarked upon it. Twelve was when he sang outside local bars with a group of friends for change. The ragtime pianists, reveling in their art, called themselves by such names as The Shadow, Jack the Bear, Big Head Wilbur, No Legs Casey, Abba Labba, Cat-Eye Harry, Boots Butler, Sparrow, Seminole, Slue-Foot Nelson, Sheet-Iron Brown, Wild Cat Joe, Black Diamond, Squirrel and John the Baptist (from Reminiscing With Sissle & Blake). Of course he was the apple of his mama’s eye. Visit the IIIF page to learn more. But if a woman ever entered, someone would shout, “Heads up, men!” and all the vile talk would cease. He continued to work at the bordello, then others, while still living under the roof of his parents. It was really quite remarkable. He climbed up onto an organ stool and began picking out tunes on an organ. Every purchase includes our industry recognized COA. During the early 1900’s Ragtime was all the rage. A man who made a mark on not only his own life, but the lives of people everywhere. Kick it off!’ She’d stay up until I got back, waiting to make sure I kicked off all the sawdust!”. Donated by the Ann Arbor News. The songs “I’m Just Wild About Harry” and “Love Will Find A Way” became national hits, the former used as Harry Truman’s anthem in the 1948 presidential campaign. Or perhaps she had been waiting up, as some mothers do, to see that her son was okay. Blake's compositions included such hits as "Bandana Days", "Charleston Rag", "Love Will Find a Way", "Memories of You" and … From 1910 until 1915, Eubie again spent his summers in Atlantic City. But he got it to play for the pimps dressed for the evening in their full-backed coats, tight-legged pants, Stetson hats, gold watch chains and diamond rings. Eubie kept his career a secret from his parents until one day when a neighbor lady told Mrs. Blake she had heard coming out of Aggie Sheldon’s piano playing that could only be Eubie’s – because of the “wobble-wobble” in the left hand – a sort of reverse boogie bass which came to be Eubie’s trademark. The South, our elegant lady, was in the process of letting wounds heal, reviving and rebuilding. Signed 8x10 black and white publicity photograph of the musician and composer sitting down with his hands crossed in a dark suit-and-tie, glasses and cloth cap. The upright piano was still in its packing crate when Eubie first arrived. Thaťs the stuff I was raised on.” B/w, 7¾x9¾ overall, 7x8¾ image, one surface. Shop for Eubie Blake related autographs, signed photographs, historical documents and manuscripts from the world's largest collection. In 1910 he married Avis Lee of Baltimore, who herself was an accomplished classical pianist, an ex-schoolmate of Eubie. He always remembered her “quick darting eyes” at moments before she unleashed one of “Jehovah’s thunderbolts” at his sinful head, and even in his twenties asked her to restrain her vengeance because “I look so bad up there on stage with all those welts.”, Mrs. Blake was perhaps conflicted for having bought her son a piano and investing in lessons while opposed to “the devil’s music,” ragtime, which Eubie loved to play. But his dictum was never to fret about it.“If you lose somebody, you don’t go to pieces over it. Matthew Paris and David Zimmer interview ragtime virtuoso and musical genius Eubie Blake at his Brooklyn home. When asked who had thrown the rock, a woman witness pointed at Eubie and said, “That mouse-faced boy.”  Eubie thereafter became known as “Mouse” to his friends. Len Lyons, in “The 101 Best Jazz Albums” said, “Their most powerful imprint upon the American theatre was made with the 1921 black musical “Shuffle Along,” which ran for a year and a half on Broadway. Neither John nor Emma were musically inclined, except for Emma’s love of gospel music; she crooned hymns to her son in his crib. At twelve, Eubie “Hubert” Blake was busy with his passion. Enjoy the best Eubie Blake quotes and picture quotes! He felt, lived and played his music. Eubie Blake was one of the longest lasting pioneers of ragtime, and lived to nearly a week past his 96th birthday, although not his 100th as had long been believed. There is much in the way of legal demographic evidence to show that Blake was actually born in 1887, not 1883 as was commonly written throughout the second half of the 20th century. 1972, Berlin, Eubie Blake (p,v): 3:33 Charleston Rag / 4:35 I am Wild About Harry / 5:50 Memories Of You / Eubie Blake ended his bawdy house career after one evening when, mistaken for one of the bartenders at the Middle Section Assembly Club, Blake was shot. The casts end at the wrists and the proper left hand is pointed upwards, while the proper right hand is positioned at an angle. He describes Rachmaninoff's legendary hands interpret the tune through octaves across the keyboard, a reminder that Blake … TOUR SUMMARY: In late 1800s, Baltimore, the remarkably talented James Hubert “Eubie” Blake who grew up on the East Side of town, began to pursue his passion for music and composed breakneck ragtime riffs that would later transform arts, culture and music history.Blake’s original childhood nickname was “Hubie” and would be later fine-tuned to “Eubie”. Eubie Blake leaped halfway from his seat and yelled “Oh, professor, professor, you hit me, you hit me!” He placed both hands over his heart and continued with great emotion: “You make me think of my dear mother. Eubie Blake is in total command of his mind and memory and of his still-facile and majestic hands. Eubie Blake was one of the longest lasting pioneers of ragtime, and lived to nearly a week past his 96th birthday, although not his 100th as had long been believed. B This one is Eubie Blake alone playing piano alone. Creative Commons. And he did, even though he smoked and ate sweets! Ducking behind the piano saved his life. When I came home, my mother would say, ‘Don’t bring that stuff in here. And I remember on the occasion, Eubie Blake was there; the bass player we used to call the Judge, Milt Hinton, he was there. It consists two books, three movements each. Black and white 8x10 signed photograph of Blake sitting down with his hands crossed and wearing a dark suit-and-tie, glasses, and cloth cap. Blake was also a composer and lyricist. He was born to former slaves, Emma and John Sumner Blake, on February 7, 1883 in Baltimore, Maryland. Eubie Blake, American pianist and composer of ragtime music, popular and vaudeville tunes, and musical theater scores, notably Shuffle Along (1921), his groundbreaking collaboration with singer and lyricist Noble Sissle. It looks like there's an issue with JavaScript in your browser. (from Reminiscing With Sissle & Blake by Robert Kimball & William Bolcom). John Blake himself made $9 a week. The casts end at the wrists and the proper left hand is pointed upwards, while the proper right hand is positioned at an angle. The collection consists of one handwritten letter by Eubie Blake to Professor John Garvey, director of the University of Illinois Jazz Band, dated August 3, 1969. Shop for Eubie Blake related autographs, signed photographs, historical documents and manuscripts from the world's largest collection. She always sang like that. All told, the show ran for more than 500 performances. It was the 13th of March, 1915, and we are still partnerds today. by pattykaymooney | Jul 29, 2016 | Profiles. “They All Played Ragtime” tells of a gala performance of “Shuffle Along” in Baltimore in which blacks by special permission were allowed to sit in the boxes. How was Eubie Blake different from other pianist/ composers? An artist develops his or her creativity simply by developing themselves. University of Michigan - African-American Music Collection He and Noble Sissle remained partners for fifty years. Eubie Blake: From Mouse To Lion. His trick was to accent on-the-beat, off-the-beat, and in-between in an “angular but flowing melodic sense, full of surprising leaps and turns.”. His friends later said of him that they knew his spirit was hanging on, more than the body, because of his strong will to live. Thaťs the stuff I was raised on.” His father found him weaving in the street, brought him home to Mrs. Blake who “could smell whiskey on your breath if you were in Los Angeles and she was in Baltimore,” as Eubie Blake was later to say. He returned later with a ham, a turkey, sweet potatoes and the works, with a quarter left over for Eubie. Baltimore in the late 1800’s was an elegant woman picking herself up after being thrown by a horse. 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