Blind Blake

Blind Blake

Real Name:
Arthur Blake
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Born Arthur Blake, circa 1893, Jacksonville, Florida; died: December 1, 1934.

Blind Blake recorded about 80 tracks for Paramount Records in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He was one of the most accomplished guitarists of his genre with a surprisingly diverse range of material. His complex and intricate fingerpicking has inspired Rev. Gary Davis, Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, Ralph McTell and many others. He is most known for his distinct guitar sound that was comparable in sound and style to a ragtime piano.

Very little is known about his life. His birthplace was listed as Jacksonville, Florida by Paramount Records but even that is in dispute. Nothing is known of his death. Even his name is not certain.
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Blind Blake Discography

Singles & EPs

12431 Blind Blake Stonewall Street Blues / Too Tight(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12431 US 1927 Sell This Version
12413 Blind Blake Skeedle Loo Doo Blues / Come On Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12413 US 1927 Sell This Version
12597 Blind Blake Wabash Rag / You Gonna Quit Me Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12597 US 1928 Sell This Version
12634 Blind Blake Goodbye Mama Moan / C. C. Pill Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12634 US 1928 Sell This Version
12583 Blind Blake Hard Road Blues / Sea Board Stomp(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12583 US 1928 Sell This Version
12710 Blind Blake Back Door Slam Blues / Cold Hearted Mama Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12710 US 1929 Sell This Version
12863 Blind Blake Fightin' The Jug / Hastings St.(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12863 US 1929 Sell This Version
12810 Blind Blake Doing A Stretch / Poker Woman Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12810 US 1929 Sell This Version
12824 Blind Blake Too Tight Blues No. 2 / Georgia Bound(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12824 US 1929 Sell This Version
12886 Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Blake, Will Ezell, Charlie Spand, The Hokum Boys (3), Papa Charlie Jackson Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Blake, Will Ezell, Charlie Spand, The Hokum Boys (3), Papa Charlie Jackson - Hometown Skiffle Part I / Hometown Skiffle Part II(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12886 US 1930 Sell This Version
R23 Blind Blake Brownskin Mama Blues(Shellac, 10", Single, Mono) Tempo (14) R23 1949 Sell This Version
65101 Meade "Lux" Lewis / Charlie Spand, Blind Blake Meade "Lux" Lewis / Charlie Spand, Blind Blake - Honky Tonk Train Blues / Hastings Street(Shellac, 10") Signature (4) 65101 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

LP/18, LP-18 Blind Blake The Legendary Blind Blake(LP, Comp, Ltd) Ristic Records, Ristic Records LP/18, LP-18 UK 1958 Sell This Version
JFL 2001 Blind Blake The Legendary Blind Blake(10", Comp, Mono) Jazz Collector JFL 2001 UK 1959 Sell This Version
JEL 4 Blind Blake And Ramblin' Thomas Blind Blake And Ramblin' Thomas - The Male Blues Vol. 3(7", EP, Comp) Jazz Collector JEL 4 UK 1959 Sell This Version
CC 6 Papa Charlie Jackson / Blind Blake Papa Charlie Jackson / Blind Blake - Blind Blake & Papa Charlie Jackson(LP, Comp, RE) Collector's Classics CC 6 Denmark 1964 Sell This Version
RLP 8804 Blind Blake Blues In Chicago (Comp) Riverside Records RLP 8804 UK 1967 Sell This Version
BLP-12003 Blind Blake 1926-30 - Bootleg Rum Dum Blues (Comp) Biograph Records BLP-12003 US 1968 Sell This Version
JGL 9002 Blind Blake Guitar And Vocal(LP, Comp, Mono) Jazz Collector JGL 9002 UK 1968 Sell This Version
BLP-12023 Blind Blake 1926-32 Search Warrant Blues Volume Two(LP, Comp) Biograph Records BLP-12023 US 1970 Sell This Version
BLP 12031 Blind Blake No Dough Blues 1926-29 (Volume 3)(LP, Comp, RM) Biograph Records BLP 12031 US 1971 Sell This Version
BLP 12037 Blind Blake Vol 4: Rope Stretchin' Blues 1926-1931(LP, Comp) Biograph Records BLP 12037 US 1972 Sell This Version
101 Blind Blake That Lovin' I Crave (LP, Comp, Mono) Whoopee 101 US 1974 Sell This Version
BLP-12050 Blind Blake That Lovin' I Crave 1926-1930(LP, Comp) Biograph Records BLP-12050 US 1975 Sell This Version
MSE 1003 Blind Blake 1926-29 The Remaining Titles(LP, Comp) Matchbox Records MSE 1003 UK 1984 Sell This Version