On today in 1883, Eubie Blake was born James Hubert Blake in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a composer, lyricist, and pianist of ragtime, jazz, and popular music. Blake collaborated with Noble Sissle in 1921, to write the Broadway musical Shuffle Along, which was one of the first Broadway musicals written and directed by African Americans. Some of Blake’s compositions include “Bandana Days”, “Charleston Rag”, “Love Will Find A Way”, and “Memories of You”. In 1978, the musical Eubie!, opened on Broadway and featured his work. Eubie Blake died on February 12, 1983, in Brooklyn New York, at the age 100.
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