Eubie Blake was a famous African-American ragtime pianist who was born on February 7, 1887, in Baltimore Maryland. As a young child, Blake showed natural musical talent and his mother encouraged him to learn to play the organ and piano with the hopes he would work as a musician and play in local churches. After meeting his partner Noble Sissle, they wrote “Shuffle Along”, which is widely considered to be the first musical to gain popularity on Broadway that was written by African-Americans. Eubie also became famous for songs like “Love Will Find A Way” and “I’m Just Wild About Harry.”
In 1978, the Broadway hit Eubie! opened, which ran for 439 performances. During his career, Blake composed over 350 songs and won many awards from many groups. He died in 1983, at 96 years of age. He was interred in Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.