Remembering Baltimore’s Hometown Hero Eubie Blake
When I was a student at Towson State University in Maryland, I found that Baltimoreans were quite fond of their hometown hero Eubie Blake. When his 100th birthday rolled around in 1983, I was there to witness many fine tributes and to feel the love they felt for this remarkable talent. I played a couple of hours of his music on my radio show “We Called It Music” on WCVT-FM and there were television and concert tributes all over the City and surrounding areas. In fact, I think people felt it was more of a shock when he died only days after his centennial birthday, than it was that he lived so long. Doug Ramsey from Rifftides gives us a look at this ragtime and popular song genius.