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Blind Blake


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    • us: Blake, Arthur (Blues musician)
    • us: Blake, Blind
    • us: Blind Arthur
    • us: Gorgeous Weed
    • us: James, Billy (Blues musician)
    • us: Martin, Blind George
    • us: Phelps, Arthur
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    • found: His Blind Blake, complete recorded works in chronological order [SR] 1991:label (Blind Blake)
    • found: Herzhaft, G. Encyclopedia of the blues, 1992(Blind Blake (Arthur Phelps, ca. 1880-1935))
    • found: Harris, S. Blues who's who, 1981(Phelps, Arthur (aka Blind Arthur/Blind Blake/Gorgeous Weed/Billy James/Blind George Martin); b. c1890-5, Jacksonville (Duval Co.), FL (unconfirmed); d. c1933, Florida (unconfirmed); blues singer and guitarist)
    • found: The best of Blind Blake [SR] p2000:insert (Blind Blake; formal name was Arthur Blake)
    • found: Wikipedia, Oct. 21, 2008("Blind" Blake; b. Arthur Blake (or Arthur Phelps?), ca. 1893, Jacksonville, Fla.(?); d. ca. 1933; blues singer and guitarist, often called "The King of Ragtime Guitar")
    • found: All music guide WWW site, Oct. 21, 2008(Blind Blake; probably b. between 1895 and 1897, Jacksonville, FL; d. 1937(?); blues guitarist; biographical information largely unverifiable)
    • found: Encyc. of pop. mus., 3rd ed.(Blind Blake; b. Arthur Blake (or possibly Phelps), 1890s, Jacksonville, Fla.; d. c. 1933; blues guitarist)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed December 17, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database:(Blake, "Blind" Arthur; Arthur Phelps; Billy James; Gorgeous Weed; George Martin; blues musician / singer, composer / arranger; born in 1893 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States; sang and performedas a traveling blues musician, initially on the East Coast; eventually settled in the Midwest, performing in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin (1920's-30's); his time in Chicago (1926-29); Richmond, Indiana (1929); and Grafton, Wisconsin (1929-32) are traced through his recordings with Paramount; first recording was the guitar solo "Early Mornin' Blues", followed by "West Coast Blues"; one of the earliest blind blues artists influencing this American style and form, recording over eighty songs for Paramount (1920's-1930's); died in 1933 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States)
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    • 1994-03-03: new
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