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Subject: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,cornchild@hotmail.com
Date: 30 Mar 01 - 07:11 PM

Hi all- Just noticed a few month-old thread about Bahamian calypso singer Blind Blake. Anyone know where one can get one's hands on any recordings??? I've been looking for months, and am amazed that there seems to be NOTHING in print by him. I have heard covers (like Paul Geremia's, as mentioned in the thread in December) enough to know he must be great. Anyone out there know of a cd I'm missing out on? Or where to buy an lp? Or, if need be, does some kind soul have anything they could throw on a tape or something? I HAVE to hear this guy! Thanks,

Jeff Kenney

http://www.culcom.net/~shadow1/Truth.htm http://www.culcom.net/~shadow1


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Justa Picker
Date: 30 Mar 01 - 07:35 PM

Calypso singer????????
Not unless there are 2 (or more Blind Blake's that I don't know of....and if so I stand corrected.)

Here is a good compilation of the Blind Blake I'm thinking of, and as well here is a good article on his life and music.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 30 Mar 01 - 08:02 PM

Blake Alfonso Higgs (Blind Blake) wrote and sang many wonderful Calypso songs. My fave is "Run Come See". It's been recorded many times but the Weavers did a great job on it.

One of my students acyually SAW him in the fifties, apparently busking at the airport.

And yup...there sure WERE two of them. The hot guitarist and blues singer was "Arthur" Blake, I believe.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 30 Mar 01 - 10:14 PM

As far as I can tell, the Bahamian Blind Blake made 1 LP which never found its way onto a CD.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: rube1
Date: 30 Mar 01 - 10:27 PM

I have a Blind Blake lp and he is the Calypso singer you are looking for. I just happen to be crazy about calypso music. It is a wonderful record, not typical calypso, more calypso folk. Doubt very seriously it will ever be on cd. ART Records (ALP-3) recorded in the Bahamas Copyright 1951

I don't have anything better to do-here are the liner notes:

A GROUP OF BAHAMIAN SONGS By "Blind Blake" and the Royal Victoria Hotel "Calypsos"

Past and present visitors to Nassau cannot help but be familiar with the strolling troubadours, practically a Bahamian institution, who materialize from the camouflaging darkness of the tropic night, to serenade the tourist with their wares-soft melodies sung to the accompaniment of a guitar or banjo-which they offer in exchange for the musical jingle of coins in a hat. Rare is the "victim" who can resist the charm of these native ballads, or who leaves the islands without at least a few strains of "Yes, Yes, Yes." "Bahama Mama," or "J.P. Morgan" running through his head. A quick grasp of the Bahamian inflection enables the listener to be as intrigued by the stories these songs tell, as by their tuneful rhythm-although, there are those who, after several days on the island, have asked, seriously, if the natives are speaking Spanish! (Note to whom it may concern: It is English)

Few of these wandering minstrels are better known or have been more widely enjoyed, in local circles, than Blake Alphonso Higgs-better known as "Blind Blake"-and his "boys." for years Blake, though blind (he went blind in 1934), made his way about unaided even by a dog. At other times, he would combine with a few friends, in one of the somewhat casual groups which tend to form among these local exponents of melody and rhythm, combining the various talents and instruments of their members, and offering the occasion for vocal harmony, to improve on the original renditions. the five members of this particular band have played together, off and on, since 1934. Practice and association tend to refine the arrangements-although some of the most captivating music we have heard was sung, in completely spontaneous harmony, by three waiters (musicians by nature if not by trade) to an accompaniment beaten out on two wooden liquor cases and a "catacoo" (two hard sticks rapped together)

In these recordings: the banjo and solo voice are by Blake, guitars by Dudley Butler, Chatfield Ward and Freddie Lewis (solo guitar) george Wilson expounds on the bass fiddle, while Dudley is also heard on the "Catacoo" or "Cleaver," and Chatfield handles the maracas. A sixth member of the group, not audible on the records, is "Music," a musically appreciative canine of dubious parentage, who seldom leaves Blake's side.

There are many of these native ditties and, as is the case with most true folk music, many versions of each one. There are verses we have never heard, and verses we could not put in print. Many of the songs date from the earliest days of slavery in the Bahamas, and others were born as recently as the incidents they celebrate. the occasion of the celebration might be of international importance (as "Love Alone," which refers to the "ablication" of Edward VIII,) or it might be based entirely on a personal experience of its author ("Never Interfere With Man and Wife"...), which has, more than likely, been embroidered with further embellishments and new verses by other bards, who invariably lend their own touch to the tunes they sing. They song "Run-Come-See-Jerusalem" commemorates an incident of the hurricane which swept these islands with devastating force in 1929. Blake is also the recognized author of "Jones."

The ten tunes which have been selected from Blake's extensive repertoire are among those most popular with visitors who, for nearly twenty years, have heard Blake play and sing on the terrace of Nassau's famous Royal Victoria Hotel. There, he has played to an impressive host of celebrities, along with thousands of "just plain people." It is certainly of interest to note here, that H.R.H. the Duke of Windsor is among the many who have enjoyed Blake's version of "Love Alone"-while two Morgans, whose initials were "J.P" (father and son) requested encore after encore of the song which bears their name.

To those to whom all, or some, of these tunes are familiar will return pleasant memories of balmy nights, rustling palms, gay parties, and faraway friends. To others, who may never have heard of "Jones" or "Yes, Yes, Yes" it is hoped that these ballads, recorded in their native setting, may bring a little of that indescribably charm-so often referred to as 'quaint"--which in indigenous to the now not so far away Bahamas.

(Probably more than you wanted, but the text does echo from a bygone time. Contact me if you want me to record you a copy on cdr or tape. Kevin Wilson)


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Justa Picker
Date: 30 Mar 01 - 11:34 PM

Thanks for clarifying that Rick. I honestly didn't know there were 2.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 30 Mar 01 - 11:38 PM

Thanks Kevin. Great info.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: reggie miles
Date: 31 Mar 01 - 03:25 AM

I had a song book by the calypso Blake but sold it at the swap meet some years back. I couldn't read all them hen scratchin's so it weren't no t' me.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: reggie miles
Date: 31 Mar 01 - 03:27 AM

I had a song book by the calypso Blake but sold it at the swap meet some years back. I couldn't read all them hen scratchin's so it weren't no use t' me.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: reggie miles
Date: 31 Mar 01 - 11:00 AM

Oh.......... it's read thrice post once, not the other way round.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,cornchild@hotmail.com
Date: 31 Mar 01 - 05:18 PM

Kevin, you are a God!!! Thanks for the liner notes -- did you sit down and type those out?? As an accompaniment, I noticed someone is selling a postcard from the Bahamas with a nice picture of that Blind Blake (as opposed to the other, American one, who is also great of course!), if anyone wants to see that. I have it saved, for that matter. Interesting stuff... Anyway, Kevin, I would be forever in your debt if you could make me a tape or cd of that record. I've just been getting into calypso and have an Arhoolie compilation on cd, plus a couple of great Rounder discs, but it's tough to find much! Of course, I also have all those Belafonte records (if that's really considered calypso) that my mom had when I was growing up! But Kevin, how do I contact you via email? I have lots of stuff I could send you in return, maybe, just not much calypso! Any reccomendations of good calypso would also be wonderful -- I have a friend who's getting really into it too! Let me know and thanks again Kevin!!! (feel free to email me privately on all of this, it's cornchild@hotmail.com)

Jeff


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 31 Mar 01 - 07:36 PM

Cornchild- Give me a ring (800/548-FOLK). Camsco Music has several of the older (and some of the newer) calypso recordings.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,Seth from China
Date: 31 Mar 01 - 11:53 PM

As I mentioned in a thread months ago, my parents brought back theat mentioned set of Blind Blake 78's from a trip to the Bahamas in 1951. I grew up with them and preferrd them to any thing else that was available to me as a little kid. I kept these records for more than forty years, but they disappeared when I sold my house in 1999. Somewhere, in the U.S., I have them on tape, but not here in China (what was I thinkin'?) As I remember, the songs included: It's Love, Love Alone('Caused King Edward to Leave the Throne); Jones, oh Jones; My Name is Morgan (But it AIn' J.P.); Run, ComE, See; Pretty Boy; YEs Yes Yes; Watermelon Hangin' on the Vine; Lord Got Tomatoes, and maybe two more. To my credit, I knew this stuff was cool before I knew what cool was! Good Luck finding the records. It's some great, great stuff. My Dad, who was more inclined to Guy Lombardo, put them away, and only would play them for me as a kid if I put up a stink.

Seth


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 01 Apr 01 - 10:58 PM

Nothing more to add...but too good to let if drop off so quickly. Hi Seth.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Stefan Wirz
Date: 24 Jan 03 - 02:56 PM

Blind Blake (the Bahamian one) discography online !


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: harvey andrews
Date: 24 Jan 03 - 05:41 PM

I posted this sometime ago on a previous thread. Thought I should add it here. I have the one album but oh! what I'd give for the other four!!

In the 70's I flew with a CSE (Combined Services Entertainment) tour to Belize via the Bahamas. As we were flying in to Nassau we began to sing some of Blind Blake's songs. I was surprised three or four other musicians knew them too. They'd bought the same album, remaindered in Woolworth's I think for 2/6d.

We were let off the plane for an hour as it refueled and went in to the airport lounge. I led the way. I noticed an old man sitting just inside the door, a sign beside him saying "Blind Blake and his trio". I stopped the others and knelt down and asked "Are you Blind Blake, sir?" He raised his head and grunted a soft "Yes". I couldn't believe it!! I told him we knew his songs and sang them in the folk clubs in England. He didn't really believe me, so I persuaded him to step out into the light so we could have our photos taken with him. I was ecstatic when he unpacked an old banjo and posed with me and my guitarist Graham Cooper. I have the photos still and I've never beamed a bigger smile.

I asked him to play and he started "Run come see". That's when we all joined in with harmonies. We sang "Jones" and "watermelon" too I think. When we finished there wasn't a dry eye in sight, certainly not Blake's. A couple of young men came then, his accompanists, and I told them we loved the man and his songs and that they must look after him as he was a treasure. They said they knew that.

We had a few minutes left before re-boarding the plane and I spotted a stall selling records and LP's. I rushed over and told the young girl to sell me everything she had by Blind Blake. She looked at me quizzically. "Who?" she asked. I pointed to the old man sitting on the bench by the door. "Oh, the old man who plays for the tourists when they get off the plane? No, we got nothing by him" She shrugged. He was just the old man, no more than a busker.

It was one of the most poignant, moving and special hours of my life and I think a moment that changed my life and made me feel a part of something much bigger than my own career...the world of creativity and the way it's taken for granted and cherished by so few. "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone" If you love somebody's work, cherish them, support them, and buy it. I've seen others on that metaphorical bench who should never have been there either and I've always thought it a crime.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: greg stephens
Date: 24 Jan 03 - 05:48 PM

Harvey, thanks for the Blind Blake story. Wonderful. I've recorded Run Come See myself, and do his version of Delia's Gone regularly. fantastic to hear from someone who actually met him. I envy you.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Peter T.
Date: 24 Jan 03 - 05:56 PM

A great story, Harvey. As you say, makes you think about what it means to be creative, beyond the world of Grammies and Oscars. The great talents in every profession who no one, or few ever hear about. You wonder sometimes if at least the great god of Music, or Art, or Poetry smiles on them somewhere. "Thou true and faithful servant"....
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Amos
Date: 24 Jan 03 - 06:00 PM

Aww, Harvey, you tell a story like that, all these years later, and it still jerks the ole teardrops. Wotta find, man!! Thanks,


A


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: greg stephens
Date: 24 Jan 03 - 06:06 PM

I was walking by Antietam Creek where it runs into the Shenandoah this summer, and just below the old C and O canal aqueduct someone had written "Runcmcee" in white stones by the creek. What did that mean? It made us think of Blind Blake.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: greg stephens
Date: 24 Jan 03 - 06:07 PM

My American geography(or memory) isnt so good. I think it was the Potomac, not the Shenandoah.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,Frank Hamilton
Date: 25 Jan 03 - 04:10 PM

Blind Blake was quoted as saying that he wrote the popular song of the fifties called "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" and that he was ripped off. Sinatra recorded it and made it a hit.

Blind Blake wrote the song "My Name Is Morgan But It's Not J.P."

Frank


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Stewie
Date: 25 Jan 03 - 11:12 PM

Hi Frank,

I have seen that attribution too - in several places - but Meade et alia 'Country Music Sources: A Biblio-discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music' attribute words and music to P.J. Howley 1906. The NLCR recorded the 1931 version by Buster Carter and Preston Young of 'Bill Morgan and His Gal' (Vol V NLCR reissued on 'Early Years' Smithsonian CD) without attribution. The Carter and Young side was reissued recently on 'Walter Smith and Friends Vol III' Document DOCD-8064. In his notes to that CD, Tony Russell wrote that 'Bill Morgan and His Gal' was published as 'My Name Is Morgan But It Ain't JP' in 1906, and this appears to be the only recording in the old-time idiom'. However, he gives no attribution. To muddy the waters further, a jazz site composer listing gives the 1906 date, but attributes it to Halsey Mohr/Will Mahoney. Doing a search at the Lester Levy sheet music site fails to unearth the song, but a search for P.J. Howley appears to indicate that Howley was a music publishing company rather than a composer. Whatever, to me at least, this seems to cast serious doubts on the claim that Blake Alfonso Higgs was the author. I can't seem to find any biographical info on him. How old was he when he recorded?

The jazz link follows - you need to scroll down to the song title:

Click Here

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Barbara
Date: 26 Jan 03 - 02:44 AM

I'm pretty sure that "Baubles, Bangles and Bright Shiny Beads" was ripped off from the Russian classical composer, Borodin. At least you can hear that theme in one of his violin....quartets, or maybe it's a concert orchestra piece, and I'm pretty sure it dates from around the turn of the last century.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: greg stephens
Date: 26 Jan 03 - 03:41 AM

I think claiming authorship of the old songs he sang was a Blind Blake habit,,,,not an unusual habit in folkie circles, it gets you royalties sometimes. Blind Blake copywrighted Delia's Gone and Run Come See, Lonnie Donegan copyrighted all sorts of American folksongs. It's commonplace.
   Mind you you, maybe B Blake did write Run Come See, but he certainly didnt write JP Morgan or Delia's Gone.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Greycap
Date: 31 Jan 03 - 12:42 PM

I was on the same trip as Harvey - I've a photo or two somewhere.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,Wilkes
Date: 01 Feb 03 - 08:27 AM

I have several Blake calypso recordings. I contacted Art Records in Florida some years ago and they made me cassette tapes. Thanks for the liner notes; They didn't have those. "Baubles, bangels and beads" is from the musical, "Kismet", and you are correct: The music is from Borodin. Blake appeared with Perry Como on a TV special some 20 or more years ago. I wish I had a copy of that.

I don't check in too often, but feel free to contact me directly.
dwilkes@svpal.org


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,Chris
Date: 07 Mar 03 - 10:36 PM

My experience was similar to that of "Seth from China". My parents were in the Bahamas in the early 50's, heard Blake and brought his album back.   We listened to it as kids, and although it took us a while to figure out the lyrics, we loved the recording.

There is a Blind Blake cassette available with, as I recall, most of the songs from his first recording (78) and a few from his later recordings. I don't recall the label, but can probably find the tape if anyone is interested. (I think it had all the lyrics printed in the cassette "liner". My father passed away in 2000 at age 94. He had let us all know that he wanted Blind Blake played at his funeral service. It was. Perhaps it was a first for a funeral service. He never did care much about what was conventional.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 08 Mar 03 - 03:49 PM

I've located at least one recording of Blake Alfonso Higgs--he does 8 tracks on a calypso CD. If any's interested, I can look into it and let you know the price.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Art Thieme
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 05:36 PM

Years ago I bought two 12 inch LPs and one ten inch LP of Blake Hiigs at the old Rose Records store in Chicago---1962. All three of those are nowhere to be found. Such is life.

Art


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,earmstrong@stothert.com
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 03:57 PM

I would really like to get a copy of the album ALP-3
"A group of Bahamian songs)
Is this possible on CDR or ?

Eric Armstrong


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,Nick Stone
Date: 13 May 04 - 08:13 AM

I heard Blind Blake in Nassau in the '50s and would love to have a CD of any of his music. My address is stone@polymedica.com


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,Don
Date: 21 Sep 04 - 01:51 PM

I too had the pleasure of seeing Blind Blake in his later years.
I have   several of his albums and some cassettes with him on it that I got in the Bahamas, while living there. He was truly a wonderful musician. His early work was by far his best, musically, as it did not have the American influence of the later sfuff. There are a couple of his later recordings, which are still played on ZNS (Radio Bahamas 810 AM), which are very poor, but still better than most of the modern music! There has been a resurgence of old music in the Bahamas in the last two years, with artists redoing old standards like, Eight Babies, Deila's gone, and others. As a guitarist, I have picked up alot of his old tunes, and always have fun playing them for people. My favorite memory was playing "Jones OH Jones" at a remote beach bar in Abaco, Bahamas. The Barthender looked at me and laughed " Boy wheh ya lean dat from? I ain heard dat in years" Anyway, Blake was a true great, and his presence is still felt in Calypos in the Bahamas. It is not uncommon for mothers to sing their young childern to sleep to "Conch aint got no bone". Anyone interested in any clairification on words in Bahamian songs, feel free to email me, as I am very fluent in Bahamian slang and music, and might be able to help. Email me at Busman1965@aol.com


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: harvey andrews
Date: 21 Sep 04 - 06:03 PM

My son found a site where all Blind Blake's tracks are available for purchase and download. I've now got the lot. However, the classic album IS the best.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Nov 04 - 10:53 PM

I would like to purchase the Blind Blake, Royal Victoria Hotel Calyso lp. Do you have a copy for sale?

Thanks.

dscheinfeld@erikson.edu


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,For Don: Posted in 9/04.
Date: 09 Nov 04 - 10:16 PM

As a college student in the early '50's on spring vacation, spent a couple of weeks in Nassau. Recall seeing Blind Blake and Simonette at various outdoor events. Also, Delbon Johnson at "Dirty Dick's" which started up at 10:00 AM which went until the wee AM hours. Also recall (almost) "Cypress Brandy" which was schoolboy dirt cheap but left you with a monumental headache the next day. Years later (1988), got into a super conversation with the calpyso band leader at the British Colonial Hotel who brought me up to speed re the above artists. Neat, neat memories. Anyone know where I can find Blake's ALP-6 LP (have 3, 4 and 20 which I've put on CD's)?

Mike in Houston (corkint@houston.rr.com).


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,mike in houston
Date: 09 Nov 04 - 10:31 PM

Harvey: Am most interested in the site where I may download ARP-6 by Blind Blake. Plse. advise.

Mike in Houston at corkint@houston.rr.com

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: harvey andrews
Date: 10 Nov 04 - 02:56 PM

http://www.wirz.de/music/blakbfrm.htm and click on the covers , then follow the trail to purchasable downloads.
Cheers,
Harvey


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,RMLindy@aol.com
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 11:11 PM

I've been looking for years for the Blind Blake lp under discussion, particularly the song "Jones."

How could I arrange for a CD?

With thanks, RML


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 05:47 PM

Blind Blake is fantastic! Particular the song 'Jones, oh Jones; which is hilarious! Some great revenge plans there. Does anyone have
the lyrics? Some are just undecipherable.
Ben


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,Robert Sands
Date: 12 Jun 08 - 09:52 PM

I will have to listen to my copies of the song 'Jones Oh Jones' again to get the proper words. Being Bahamian I understand the accent and as close as some people are to the right words they aren't from here, and as they try and find relevant words with a foreign ear they tend to miss the actual word. Of course many of these things are in local context and those not familiar would not be able to relate to the language or the events prompting the reason for the song.
      'Blind' Blake Higgs was not born blind, he knew colours. He would always come to my grandfather's shop - 'W.H. Sands & Son Ltd.'to buy what English cloth he needed to make what ever it was that he wanted to wear. His wife would drop him off at the front door of the shop, he would come in and I would ask him how he was and what he wanted, He was always very particular about the colours he had in mind for whatever outfit that it was that he needed at that time. Always posessed with a wry humour and a smile and always asking about the older people in the family he was a friend and customer throughout his life. He passed away in 1986 and should have been awarded more recognition during his lifetime. I still enjoy his music and feel very special that such a unique, humble and talented person was one of ours.
       There wewe many other very talented Bahamians including Tony 'The obeah Man'McKay, George Symonette and Joseph Spence. We have many talented persons who keep to the real Bahamian music today like Andrew Jones and Ronnie Butler.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Nov 08 - 01:26 PM

KEvin, just read this posting from 2001 so dont know if you are still there. I heard Blind Blake in Nassau in 1961, I think. Bought his album and have been looking for it the past few years as I still hum some of his songs. Is it still possible to get a copy? Mbush


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Folk Form # 1
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 05:18 AM

I think I will stick to Arthur Blind Blake. Calypso make sme want to run for the hills.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: greg stephens
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 06:46 AM

Do so! That will leave the rest of clear to relax and listen to our Bahamian Blind Blake records, classics all. My favourite is Delia's Gone. Was Jump into Line one of his as well? I can't remember.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Folk Form # 1
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 06:51 AM

We need a battle of the Blind Blakes to sort this out once and for all.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: greg stephens
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 07:12 AM

Personally, I think the sun shines out of both of their respective orifices. Obviously the American one was a more seminal guitarist, but that isn't everything.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Dave Illingworth
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 08:39 AM

Yes - they are both great, in my estimation. Both different, and both very entertaining. (One of the bands I play in includes songs from both........I hasten to add I am not the lead guitarist)
There is a CD issue of the Bahaman Blind Blake, but not sure of the details. I can find out, if anyone is interested (although a quick google should easily solve the problem)


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Folk Form # 1
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 10:20 AM

I searched throgh Amizon but all I could find was a compilation of various artists, including Blind Blake, called Legends of Calypso. You have me intrigued now. Might check it out.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Legends-Calypso-Andre-Toussaint/dp/B000089YAO/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1225898266&sr=1-20


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,Doc John
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 10:24 AM

I always feel names should be registered uniquely like those of ships and racehorses. I share my, not all that common, name with a lion tamer. Did someone mention Jimmy Rogers?
Doc John


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Folk Form # 1
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 10:48 AM

Sonny Boy Williamson.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,David A. Greene
Date: 08 Jan 09 - 02:09 AM

A fan of Blake's since childhood, I wore out three volumes of his music on 50s vintage vinyl. Some years ago, I managed to track down less worn replacements on EBay. I am fortunate to have a longtime friend who is a very computer-savvy recording engineer. He is currently in the process of filtering and enhancing these recordings. I am a stickler when it comes to meddling with the original sound of music that I have been listening to for so long. I can tell you that the results this guy is getting are really superb. He works slowly and I can't say how soon the project will be completed; however, if anyone is interested in acquiring a copy of this material, I will to accomodate a few requests for only the cost of materials and shipping. I'll watch this site for responses.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 08 Jan 09 - 04:05 AM

Yes, David, but let's keep it on one thread, preferably This one to which you already contributed.

Good luck with the project.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: Fanatic Dave
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 09:30 PM

Murray,
             As you may have surmised, I am decidedly inexperienced in the proper use of a site such as this. I have recently noticed that there are two threads regarding Blake on which I have left postings. If, at any point, you could spare the time to look over my entries and pass along any advice or suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it. I was surprised to get so much response so quickly to messages about an artist who is, sadly, so little known.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 11:57 PM

I recently received a remastered compilation of the original three-volume "Blind Blake: A Group of Bahamian Songs" records on one CD. Having played the entire collection through several times, I can attest that this version is super clean, and sounds just terrific. I set the project in motion because of a lifelong love of Blake's music. I am not seeking to turn this into a commercial enterprise but individuals interested in obtaining a copy, at cost, may contact me at David.greene5@comcast.net.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,Fanatic
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 04:44 PM

As I mentioned on the other Blind Blake thread at this site, a recording engineer friend has re-mastered the three volume set of Blind Blake records onto a single CD. This project was undertaken for our personal enjoyment without any commercial objective in mind. The finished product sounds extremely clean and good. I could not handle any huge demand, but would be willing to send a few copies to interested Blake fans. I would want only to be reimbursed for modest material costs and postage.
                                                                                                          Dave Greene
                                                                                          email: David.greene5@comcast.net


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,BRADLEY
Date: 30 Mar 10 - 01:44 PM

i am trying to contact kevin wilson about lps of blind blake higgs as he
talk about on the subject blind blake calypso singer????


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,Phil
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 09:43 PM

The old Higgs (And The Royal Victoria Hotel Calypsos) vinyl is readily available online:

Blind Blake And The Royal Victoria Hotel Calypsos
A Group Of Bahamian Songs, ART Records, AL3/ALP3, 10"LP, 1951
A1         J.P. Morgan
A2         Jones! (Oh Jones!)
A3         Yes!, Yes!, Yes!
A4         Pretty Boy
A5         Run Come See
B1         Love, Love Alone
B2         Lord Got Tomatoes
B3         Pigeon
B4         Watermelon Spoilin' On The Vine
B5         Never Interfere With Man And Wife


A Second Album Of Bahamian Songs, ART Records, ALP4, 10"LP, 1952
A1         Peas And Rice - Little Nassau
A2         Eighteen Hundred And Ninety-One
A3         John B. Sail (Wreck Of The John B.)
A4         A Conch Ain't Got No Bone
B1         Gin And Coconut Water
B2         Sara Jane
B3         Foolish Frog
B4         Hold 'Im Joe - Jump In The Line - Wheel And Turn Me

Reissued as ALP4A, 12"LP, 1957 ("bonus" tracks: A2, B2)
A1         Peas And Rice - Little Nassau         
A2         Bellamena         
A3         Eighteen Hundred And Ninety-One         
A4         John B. Sail (Wreck Of The John B.)         
A5         A Conch Ain't Got No Bone         
B1         Gin And Coconut Water         
B2         The Cigar Song         
B3         Sara Jane         
B4         Foolish Frog         
B5         Hold 'Im Joe - Wheel And Turn Me - Jump In The Line


A Third Album Of Bahamian Songs, ART Records, ALP6, 10"LP, AEP6, 2x7"EP gatefold, 1952
A1         Goombay Drum
A2         Eight Babies
A3         Never Mind The Noise In The Market
A4         Boat Pull Out - Bahama Mama
B1         Run Joe
B2         Delia Gone
B3         Curley Cay
B4         Brown Skin Gal - Mary Ann
(7" track#: A1, A2, B1, etc.)

Reissued as:
...With The Royal Victoria Calypso Orchestra & The Goombay Four
ALP6A, 12"LP, 1957 ("bonus" tracks: A2, B3)
A1         Goombay Drum
A2         Go Down Emanuel Road
A3         Eight Babies To Mind
A4         Noise By The Market
A5         Boat Pull Out - Bahama Mama
B1         Run Joe
B2         Delia Gone
B3         Sly Mongoose
B4         Curley Cay
B5         Brown Skin Gal - Mary Ann

More to follow...


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,Phil
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 09:49 PM

Higgs did one album side for Frank Penn's Freeport, Grand Bahama label.
A Cultural Experience, G.B.I. Recording Co. Ltd., LP109, 1976

Indigenous Bahamian Songs
A1         Jonah Swallowed The Whale
A2         Jesus The Son Of God Do
A3         The Shilling
A4         Under Mervin
A5         Prayer Time
A6         Aunt Elizabeth
A7         Good Friday
A8         The Rape
A9         Unity         
                
Indigenous Bahamian Comedy: (Pandora Gibson)
B1         Yes, Yes, Yes         
B2         What A Pain I Got         
B3         Peas A Rice & Coconut Oil         
B4         Jones Oh Jones         
B5         Foolish Frog


If you're still "vinyl capable" this is your holy grail:
Blind Blake And The Victoria Royal Hotel Calypsos, Moi J'Connais Records (Switzerland,) MJCR004, 2010
A1         Love, Love Alone         
A2         John B. Sail (Wreck Of The John B.)         
A3         Yes, Yes, Yes         
A4         Go Down Emmanuel Road         
A5         Monkey Song         
A6         Delia Gone         
B1         Run Come See Jerusalem         
B2         The Cigar Song         
B3         Jones (Oh Jones)         
B4         Hold 'im Joe / Jump In The Line / Wheel And Turn Me         
B5         Eighteen Hundred And Ninety One         
B6         Goombay Drum
180gr. Audiophile reissue compilation available for under U$20, mint, factory sealed.


Next up: CD reissues...


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake Calypso singer???
From: GUEST,Phil
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 09:52 PM

Compact disc:
Note: Everything I've ever play-graded sounded like it was taken from Hal Doane's 1951-52 Nassau recordings (ART Records.)


Blind Blake, The Goombay Rock, P-Vine Records (Japan,) PCD-2861, 1994
1         J.P. Morgan
2         Jones Oh Jones
3         Yes, Yes, Yes
4         John B. Sail
5         Rum Come See
6         Eighteen Hundred And Ninety-One
7         Lord Got Tomatoes
8         Peas And Rice - Little Nassau
9         A Conch Ain't No Bone
10         My Pigeon Gone Wild
11         Pretty Boy
12         Sly Mongoose
13         Run Joe
14         Spirit Rum
15         Fisherman Bill
16         Loose Goat, Tie Goat
17         Boat Pull Out - Bahama Mama
18         Delia Gone
19         Goombay Drum
20         The Goombay Rock
Compiled by Fukazawa Yoshiki; distro by Blue Interactions; hard to find and pricey.


Compilation, Legends of Calypso, ARC Music (UK,) EUCD1774, 2002
(w/Peanuts Taylor; Andre Toussaint; et al)
4         De Pig An' Goat
5         Brown Skim Gal/Mary Ann
12         Gin & Coconut Water
15         Bahama Lullaby Rock
19         Bellamena
21.        O' Look Misery
23         The Monkey Song
U$5 boot/yard sale perennial.


Blind Blake And The Royal Victoria Hotel Calypsos, Bahamian Songs, Megaphone (France,) CDMEGA22, 2009
1         Love, Love Alone
2         John B. Sail (Wreck Of The John B.)
3         Jones (Oh Jones)
4         J. P. Morgan
5         Consumptive Sara Jane
6         Yes, Yes, Yes
7         Never Interfere With Man And Wife
8         Gin And Coconut Water
9         The Cigar Song
10         Run Come See Jerusalem
11         Bahama Lullaby
12         My Pigeon Got Wild
13         Delia Gone
14         Tanneray
15         Loose Goat
16         Lord Got Tomatoes
17         Bellamena
18         Hold ´im Joe / Jump In The Line / Wheel And Turn Me
19         Go Down Emmanuel Road
20         Watermelon Spoilin' On The Wine
21         O Look Misery
22         Foolish Frog
23         Peas And Rice
24         Eighteen Hundred And Ninety One
25         Monkey Song         
26         On A Tropical Isle
27         Goombay Drum
28         Better Be Safe Than Sorry
Available online used/new: U$10-18 and MP3 for download at AmazonUK.


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