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Subject: Blind Blake CDs???
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 03:23 PM

I recently received this email from a visitor to my Cocojams' website:

"Anyone, I am trying to find a Blind Blake c.d. for my Dad , who grew up in the Bahamas and now lives in upstate NY. He listened to his music for most of his life. I can't seem to find anything on c.d. and the records are all scratched up, so it would be impossible to play. Does anyone know where I can find a cassette or a c.d. of Blind Blake's Bahamian music? Thank you"

-snip-

I have forwarded to this person the contact information for Dick Greenhaus' Camsco Records. Is there any other information or resources that I could share with her?

Thanks,

Azizi


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 03:24 PM

For those who may not be aware of this Blues artist, see


Blind Lemon Blake Biography


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 03:33 PM

Even Amazon has Blind Blake CDs


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: pdq
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 04:01 PM

The CDs you cite are Arthur Blake, an American blues singer.

The Bahamian singer is a different person.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 04:11 PM

OOPS, sorry.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 04:18 PM

I'm also sorry for my BIG mistake.

I really blew that one. Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Blake are two different artist.

I have to remember to check out the Mudcat Search & Knowledge box before I post anything like this.

See this thread: Blind Blake Calypso Singer


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 04:26 PM

And since I messed up his name, I give also need to show respect to Blind Lemon Jefferson


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: lamarca
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 05:55 PM

Azizi, I've gotten copies of most of the Blind Blake and the Royal Bahamian Orchestra LPs on ebay, all of them in quite playable condition. There was a CD of some of his work called "Goombay Rock", but it's out of print, and I've not been able to find a copy of it... To search ebay, I just put "Blind Blake" and "calypso" - that eliminated all of the other Blind Blake blues records...


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: greg stephens
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 06:12 PM

Azizi: you definitely need the Beginners Guide to Blind nicknames!
As I asked in a Sidmouth Festival Radio 2 folk quiz in c 1980:
who is the odd man out?
Blind Willie Walker
Blind Willy Purvis
Blind Willy Johnson.

When you can answer this, you're ready to rock.
(like all "odd man out" questions, there can be more than one right answer).


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: pdq
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 06:32 PM

That may be a sly attempt by greg stephens to change the subject to a discussion of Eddie Lang.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: greg stephens
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 06:38 PM

pdq: I love discussing Eddie Lang, but I did not include the name of Blind Willy Dunn in the previous post. Though I have to say, I did include him in the original 1980 Simouth question. I just forgot him, ten minutes ago. Anyway, now you've dragged him into the discussion, I do think he was the greatest guitar accompanist ever.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 06:39 PM

Ha! Greg, I confess I'd flunk that quiz.

Well, I guess I have to go back to Blues school. Remember waaay back in February 2005 when I asked for help in learning more about the Blues in this thread?

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=78209

Here's a comment that Amos posted in that thread:

"And now, Azizi's feelin' the blues!!! :D

No harm done, ma'am -- we all get het up once or twice around here, and usually for wrong reasons we have to backpedal all over. Par fer the course!"

-snip-

Actually I don't remember what mistake I made that time. But I know I've made several since then.

I wonder if Google can help me figure out who those artists in your quiz are?

Or is that cheating??

**BG**


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 06:41 PM

Whhops! Another mistake!!

Let me make a red clicky {since I never figured out why my clickies
never come out blue}

Feelin The Blues


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: pdq
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 06:48 PM

Actually, greg stephens, my post was a sly attempt to bring up the name Lonnie Johnson, a true genius. Period.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 06:49 PM

As to Blind Blake, Bahamian singer/songwriter, there is a website where all his recordings can be downloaded if paid for. I have them all, but not the website address, so go searching


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: greg stephens
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 06:56 PM

Eddie Land had the huge pleasure in life of being the preferred accompanist of Joe Venuti, Lonnie Johnson, Bing Crosby and Biz Beiderbecke. What a wonderful variety of musical experience!


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 06:57 PM

Thread creep!


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: pdq
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 07:09 PM

Yes you are, GUEST!


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 07:12 PM

Oh, come on, the thread was about Blind Blake, Bahamian, not the Blues man.Show respect to the originator of the thread or start your own is all I ask.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: pdq
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 07:18 PM

Fair enough, GUEST, but we already have such a thread...

       here it is


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 18 Jul 05 - 08:52 PM

The only CD I've been able to find that includes Blake Alfonso Higgs has this tracklist:
LEGENDS OF CALUPSO - Andre Toussaint, Blind Blake, Calypso 1. AndrE Toussaint: Calypso Island (Alice Simms) - 2:05
2. Calypso Mama:Court House Scandal (Maureen DuValiera) - 2:57
3. Peanuts Taylor: Lizzie Carry Basket(John Berkley Taylor) - 2:04
4. Blind Blake: De Pig an' Goat (Blake Alphonso Higgs) - 2:00
5. Blind Blake: Brown Skin Gal / Mary Ann (Blake Alphonso Higgs) - 2:45
6. Leslie Scott &Irene Williams: Crazy like Mad (Irene Williams) - 2:07
7. Calypso Eddie: Matilda (NormanSpan) - 2:07
8. Harold "Digby" McNair: Back to Back (Zombie Jamboree) (Conrad Mauge) -2:25
9. Mighty Panther: Barbados Carnival (Vernon J. Roberts) - 2:44
10. Brownie: The Bedbug Song (Irving Brown/Alwyn Richards) - 2:24
11. Calypso Mama: De Peas 'n' de Rice (Maureen DuValiera) - 3:12
12. Blind Blake: Gin & Coconut Water (Blake Alphonso Higgs) -2:41
13. Andrノ Toussaint: Yellow Bird (Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman/Norman Luboff) -3:08
14. Mighty Panther: Mama Hold De Light (Vernon J. Roberts) - 2:57
15. Blind Blake:Bahama Lullaby Rock (Blake Alphonso Higgs) - 2:37
16. Calypso Mama: Don't Touch Me Tomato (trad., arr. by Maureen DuValiera) - 2:13
17. Andrノ Toussaint: Hold 'em Joe (Roy Thomas) - 1:23
18. Leslie Scott & Irene Williams: Scratch My Back (Leslie Scott & Irene Williams) - 2:21
19. Blind Blake: Bellamena (Blake Alphonso Higgs) - 2:16
20. Mighty Panther: Nora Nora (Vernon J. Roberts) - 2:45
21. Blind Blake: O' Look Misery (Blake Alphonso Higgs) - 2:29
22. Andrノ Touissant: Watermelon Spoilin・ / Here I Go Walkin・(Blake Alphonso Higgs) - 2:38
23. Blind Blake: The Monkey Song (Blake Alphonso Higgs) - 2:42
24. Mighty Panther: The Big Bamboo (Vernon J. Roberts) - 3:39
25. Colin Kelly: The Snorkel Song (Colin Kelly) - 2:01


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: Abby Sale
Date: 19 Jul 05 - 09:50 AM

Azizi,

Confusing Blind Blake and Blind Blake is pretty standard. In fact it came up at our local round-robin club Sunday night. Both, and Blind Lemon, were brilliant innovaters, tremendously influential, relatively unknown (the Happy! file has no date of birth or death for any of them) and too few recordings. Seeking more info, my summary (just to put them together) is:

Blind Blake: (Born Arthur Phelps or Arthur Blake, aka Blind Arthur) born early 1890's – d1933. Birthplace: Jackson, Florida. (BlueFlame)

Blind Blake—the mystery man of the blues. We know he was born Arthur Phelps, in Jacksonville, FL circa 1890- something and died sometime in 1933 (And in 1937). He disappeared from the blues scene in Chicago, 1932, where he was considered the undisputed 'King of the String', and had recorded over eighty solo sides for Paramount. [from blues pages at Mudcat 7/00]


Blind Blake (from the Bahamas)(born Blake Alfonso Higgs - (he went blind in 1934)) A GROUP OF BAHAMIAN SONGS By "Blind Blake" and the Royal Victoria Hotel "Calypsos" - ART Records (ALP-3) recorded in the Bahamas Copyright 1951. Discography at http://www.wirz.de/music/blakbfrm.htm


Higgs further confuses us by having written "Yass, Yass, Yass" which we usually think of as a USian blues piece, made most famous by Dave van Ronk who got most of his style & many of his songs from Blind Gary Davis.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: Azizi
Date: 19 Jul 05 - 10:05 AM

Thanks, Abby.

You made me feel slightly better about my mixing those the two Blind Blakes up. But I really goofed by putting Blind Lemon Jefferson in the mix too.

I mean it's bad [good?} enough that there were two Blind Blakes.But then I went and created a Blind Lemon Blake...

Maybe my punishment should be that I have to listen for an hour to music I can't stand-like really really bad polka or really really bad country/western or really really bad rap.

Please no! I don't wanna listen to any polka-country/western-rap!

I promise I'll be good. I promise I'll be more careful. I'll even use the preview feature.....

at least some of the time.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 19 Jul 05 - 10:11 AM

Greg, it's probably Blind Willy Purvis, the Geordie character, but if you really want to be clever then Blind Willie Walker.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 19 Jul 05 - 10:13 AM

High lonesome or honky-tonk rap with inept accordion backing and electronic sampling?
It's sorta fun to mix and match blues names.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: lamarca
Date: 19 Jul 05 - 10:34 AM

(thread creep...)The late, beloved DC musician Davie Olive occasionally performed under the name "Blind Harry Palms"... guess he wasn't able to stop in time.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: pdq
Date: 19 Jul 05 - 11:19 AM

I am not a fan of "cheap" nicknames like "Blind" or "Mississippi". Most of the time such names were given by promoters or record company executives.

It shows much more respect to some of my favorite folk musicians to refer to them by their real names: John Hurt, Fred McDowell, Willie McTell (origionally McTier), Gary Davis, etc.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: Abby Sale
Date: 20 Jul 05 - 10:18 AM

pdq: Maybe so, but also these are often handy to distinguish them from other "John Smiths." Of course, it doesn't help with Blind Blake. :-) At allmusic.com (pretty good info & getting better) you see the two him with a choice of Blues (ok) and Reggae (!). But the brief article is ok. You see the phrase: "The calypso Blind Blake (use it sort of like 'Country Johnny Mathis')"   Hmmm. I see from the blues Blind Blake article that he recorded far more than I thought.

And if you look at other bios, you often see that an appelation was won in childhood or self chosen to honor another artist. Eg, Sonny Boy Williamson #2 (for Aleck Miller, who was already known as "Rice" Miller.)

Then there's also the total failure of monikers: If you're looking for a Gary Davis record, you might look (and I have found) him under:

Gary Davis
Davis, Gary
Rev. Gary Davis
Rev. Davis, Gary
Davis, Rev. Gary
Blind Gary Davis
Blind Davis, Gary
Davis, Blind Gary


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: pdq
Date: 20 Jul 05 - 10:26 AM

Here are some real bluesmen with rather creative nicknames, some based on their infirmities:

"Peg Leg" Sam

"Peg Leg" Howell

"Bo Weavil" Jackson
        
Henry "Rubberlegs" Williams

"Cripple" Clarence Lofton


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: pdq
Date: 20 Jul 05 - 10:27 AM

These are folks who's existance is the subject of some debate:

"Blind" Justice

"Blind Boy" Grunt

"Hearing-impaired" Fred Bunt

"Deaf, Blind & Dumb" Magna Cum Laude Evans, also known as "The Armenian Ape Baitor"

Steve "Brain-damaged But Still Hangin' In There" Earle


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake CDs???
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 20 Jul 05 - 06:09 PM

I think the fruit motif is worth pursuing.

from now on I wish to be known as:-

Big Al Passion Fruit Whittle

I toyed with ugly fruit, and The avocado kid, bfore coming to a decision


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake (Bahamas) CDs???
From: GUEST,ralphchas
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 12:52 PM

Trying to locate LP #3 of Blind Blake Calypso from Bahamas, pref copied to a CD.

Can anyone help?

write to me at ralphchas@verizon.net

Tks.


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