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Blind Blake

Blind Blake

Real Name:Arthur Blake
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American blues and ragtime singer and guitarist.
Born: 1896, Jacksonville, Florida
Died: December 1, 1934, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Blind Blake recorded about 80 tracks for Paramount 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 his death certificate gives 1896 as birth year and Virginia as birthplace.

Sites:Wikipedia , wirz.de
Aliases:Arthur Phelps (2), Billy James And His Guitar, Blind George Martin
In Groups:Blind Blake With His Kazoo Band, The Paramount All Stars, Yazoo All Stars
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