Blind Blake

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

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.
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Singles & EPs

12392 Ashley St. Blues / Dying Blues — Blind Blake Leola B. Wilson, Blind Blake Leola B. Wilson, Blind Blake - Ashley St. Blues / Dying Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12392 US 1926 Sell This Version
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12387 Early Morning Blues / West Coast Blues — Blind Blake Blind Blake Early Morning Blues / West Coast Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12387 US 1926 Sell This Version
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5040 Blake's Worried Blues / Tampa Bound — Blind Blake Blind Blake Blake's Worried Blues / Tampa Bound Paramount 5040 US 1927 Sell This Version
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12565 He's In The Jail House Now / Southern Rag — Blind Blake Blind Blake He's In The Jail House Now / Southern Rag(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12565 US 1927 Sell This Version
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12431 Stonewall Street Blues / Too Tight — Blind Blake Blind Blake Stonewall Street Blues / Too Tight(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12431 US 1927 Sell This Version
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12413 Skeedle Loo Doo Blues / Come On Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around — Blind Blake Blind Blake Skeedle Loo Doo Blues / Come On Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12413 US 1927 Sell This Version
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12497 Bad Feeling Blues / That'll Never Happen No More — Blind Blake Blind Blake Bad Feeling Blues / That'll Never Happen No More(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12497 US 1927 Sell This Version
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12606 Brownskin Mama Blues / Hey Hey Daddy Blues — Blind Blake Blind Blake Brownskin Mama Blues / Hey Hey Daddy Blues Paramount 12606 US 1928 Sell This Version
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12634 Goodbye Mama Moan / C. C. Pill Blues — Blind Blake Blind Blake Goodbye Mama Moan / C. C. Pill Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12634 US 1928 Sell This Version
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12464 Black Dog Blues / Buck-Town Blues — Blind Blake Blind Blake / Blind Blake With His Kazoo Band Blind Blake / Blind Blake With His Kazoo Band - Black Dog Blues / Buck-Town Blues(Shellac, 10", RP) Paramount 12464 US 1928 Sell This Version
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12597 Wabash Rag / You Gonna Quit Me Blues — Blind Blake Blind Blake Wabash Rag / You Gonna Quit Me Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12597 US 1928 Sell This Version
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12657 Rumblin And Ramblin' Boa Constrictor Blues / Detroit Bound Blues — Blind Blake Blind Blake Rumblin And Ramblin' Boa Constrictor Blues / Detroit Bound Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12657 US 1928 Sell This Version
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12681 Steel Mill Blues / South Bound Rag — Blind Blake Blind Blake Steel Mill Blues / South Bound Rag(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12681 US 1928 Sell This Version
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12695 Low Down Loving Gal / Bootleg Rum Dum Blues — Blind Blake Blind Blake Low Down Loving Gal / Bootleg Rum Dum Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12695 US 1928 Sell This Version
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12583 Hard Road Blues / Sea Board Stomp — Blind Blake Blind Blake Hard Road Blues / Sea Board Stomp(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12583 US 1928 Sell This Version
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12794 Hookworm Blues / Slippery Rag — Blind Blake Blind Blake Hookworm Blues / Slippery Rag(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12794 US 1929 Sell This Version
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12863 Fightin' The Jug / Hastings St. — Blind Blake Blind Blake Fightin' The Jug / Hastings St. Paramount 12863 US 1929 Sell This Version
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12737 Search Warrant Blues / Sweet Papa Lowdown — Blind Blake Blind Blake Search Warrant Blues / Sweet Papa Lowdown(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12737 US 1929 Sell This Version
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12710 Back Door Slam Blues / Cold Hearted Mama Blues — Blind Blake Blind Blake Back Door Slam Blues / Cold Hearted Mama Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12710 US 1929 Sell This Version
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12867 Lonesome Christmas Blues / Third Degree Blues — Blind Blake Blind Blake Lonesome Christmas Blues / Third Degree Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12867 US 1929 Sell This Version
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12810 Doing A Stretch / Poker Woman Blues — Blind Blake Blind Blake Doing A Stretch / Poker Woman Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12810 US 1929 Sell This Version
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12824 Too Tight Blues No. 2 / Georgia Bound — Blind Blake Blind Blake Too Tight Blues No. 2 / Georgia Bound(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12824 US 1929 Sell This Version
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12886 Hometown Skiffle — Blind Blake 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(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12886 US 1930 Sell This Version
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12888 Police Dog Blues / Diddie Wa Diddie — Blind Blake Blind Blake Police Dog Blues / Diddie Wa Diddie(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12888 US 1930 Sell This Version
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12904 Ice Man Blues / Chump Man Blues — Blind Blake Blind Blake Ice Man Blues / Chump Man Blues(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12904 US 1930 Sell This Version