James Hubert Blake, 7 February 1883, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 12 February 1983, New York City, New York, USA. Eubie Blake grew up to the sounds of ragtime music, and before the turn of the century was playing piano in sporting houses and other similar establishments. He was a composer too, and in 1915 joined forces with Noble Sissle; they played in vaudeville as a double act and wrote together extensively. In 1921 Sissle and Blake wrote the score for a Broadway show - a remarkable accomplishment for blacks at that time. Shuffle Along, which starred Flournoy Miller, Aubrey Lyles, Gertrude Saunders, and Sissle himself (with Blake on the piano), included several admirable songs, including Bandana Days, Gypsy Blues, Love Will Find A Way, Everything Reminds Me Of You, Shuffle Along and If Youve Never Been Vamped By A Brown Skin (Youve Never Been Vamped At All). There was also one...