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Price: $150.00

MINT CONDITION

Autographed and inscribed first edition sheet music of Blake and Sissle’s “Gypsy Blues” from their Broadway hit “Shuffle Along”. Blake writes, To my very, very good friends Bill and Peggy Smith, from Eubie Blake, April 12th, 1975.  6 pages inclusive of covers, M. Witmark & Sons, New York, 16420-3. The score is dis-bound, however, all pages are there and we offer with a 5” x 6” matte, double-weight photograph of Blake suitable for framing.

“Shuffle Along” opened on Broadway on May 23rd, 1921 at Daly’s Theatre on 63rd Street.  484 performances later, it closed on July 15, 1922.  Eubie Blake played the piano in the pit orchestra and Noble Sissle was a performer on the stage.  Also in the pit band were composer William Grant Still and Hall Johnson.  A ground breaking work at the time for African American stage as the writers, composers and actors were all African American, a first.  The show over time included a tour and two Broadway revivals, 1933, 1952 and an adaptation in 2016.  Though not in the premiere cast, the careers of entertainer Josephine Baker, the tragic singer Florence Mills, singer Adelaide Hall, singer and actor Paul Robeson and actress Fredi Washington were all launched during the show.

“Gypsy Blues” brought down the curtain in Act I and it was recorded numerous times by Blake and others including the first recording by Blake and his Shuffle Along Orchestra. Most notably the tune was recorded by Paul Whiteman’s Band in 1922 which popularized the piece throughout the nation.  Ladd’s Black Aces, The Happy Six and Henderson’s Novelty Orchestra made the earliest 78 rpm recordings in 1921.  Blake and Sissle made a recording of the show in 1950 with Blake on the piano and the vocals by Sissle. 

The score is dis-bound at the spine, the sheets are in fine condition.

Historical despite the disparity in dates.

EUBIE BLAKE - COMPOSER
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