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Arthur Blake (c. 1896 - December 1, 1934) better known as Blind Blake, was an American blues and ragtime singer and guitarist.


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Arthur Blake (c. 1896 - December 1, 1934) better known as Blind Blake, was an American a African-American blues and ragtime singer and guitarist.



Arthur Blake (c. 1896-December 1, 1934) was an American Blues and ragtime singer who made numerous songs for Creator/ParamountRecords in the 1920s and 1930s.

Very little is known about his early history, though it seems he may have been from Jacksonville, Florida, and that he emerged in the 1920s as a musician.

He was married to Beatrice [=McGee=] and he later died from pulmonary hemorrhage after suffering from pneumonia.

!Works
* ''Early Monrning Blues''
* ''West Coast Blues''
* ''You gonna Quit Me Blues''

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Arthur Blake (c. 1896-December 1896 - December 1, 1934) better known as Blind Blake, was an American Blues blues and ragtime singer who made numerous songs for Creator/ParamountRecords in the 1920s and 1930s.

Very little
guitarist.


Little
is known about his early history, though it seems he may have been of Blake's life. Promotional materials from Paramount Records indicate he was born blind and give his birthplace as Jacksonville, Florida, and it seems that he lived there during various periods. Other documents such as his death certificate states he was born in 1896 in Newport News, Virginia. However, nothing would be set in stone about Blake until the 1920s, when he emerged in the 1920s as a musician.

He
recording artist.


One of the most accomplished guitarists of his genre, he
was married to Beatrice [=McGee=] known for his distinguished guitar playing, which was and is often compared in sound and style to ragtime piano and his warm, relaxed voice which was considered dissonant to the music he later played. He would record about 80 tracks for Paramount Records between the late 20s and early 30s most of which would be compiled into various compilations.


Although the records sold well, the ending of his recording career with Paramount would be marked by their bankruptcy in 1932 and would soon die of uncertain circumstances[[note]]It was rumoured he
died from a violent death by either getting hit by a streetcar (purported by Reverend Gary Davis) or freezing to death in Chicago after a drunken stupor. Dutch blues researcher Alex van der Tuuk gave the most concise death report with suggesting he died of a pulmonary hemorrhage hemorrhage, after suffering from pneumonia.

!Works
* ''Early Monrning Blues''
* ''West Coast Blues''
* ''You gonna
previously being hospitalized for a case of pneumonia [[/note]] in 1934.

Although living a relatively short life shrouded in misconceptions. His music would go on to influence various other blues and blues-inspired artists such as Reverend Gary Davis, John Fahey and Music/BobDylan who notably covered his song "You Gonna
Quit Me Blues''Blues" on his 1992 record, ''Music/GoodAsIBeenToYou''.

!!'''Notable Songs:'''
* "Early Morning Blues"
* "West Coast Blues"
* "Diddie Wa Diddie"
* "You Gonna Quit Me Blues"
* "Police Dog Blues"

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Arthur Blake (c. 1896-December 1, 1934) was an American Blues and ragtime singer who made numerous songs for Creator/ParamountRecords in the 1920s and 1930s.

Very little is known about his early history, though it seems he may have been from Jacksonville, Florida, and that he emerged in the 1920s as a musician.

He was married to Beatrice [=McGee=] and he later died from pulmonary hemorrhage after suffering from pneumonia.

!Works
* ''Early Monrning Blues''
* ''West Coast Blues''
* ''You gonna Quit Me Blues''

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