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Charleston Rag
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Mrs.Demetria Lewis

Who cares what year he was born what we all can agree on is he is a musical genius 💯


Mrs.Demetria Lewis 1883



Dave Luttinen

There seems to be little dispute that The Charleston Rag was written in 1899. This means he was 12 years old upon its composition which, to me, makes this an even greater achievement. His hands spanned a twelfth (C to G on the octave above) [source: a friend of mine met him, shook hands, and watched him play]. This performance is delightful. TY.


It was not written in 1899. Eubie did not tell the truth about some things. One was his age and another was the dates to his compositions. He (and others, such as Jelly Roll Morton), would lie about these matters to place themselves into its pioneering history. Charleston Rag was originally called Sounds Of Africa and first appeared in 1917. He embellished on it over the years, as he did with other pieces of his. The style of some of is other rags which he claimed were from pre-1910 are all modern works, or at least modern reworkings of them.

Mindy King

I saw him in concert in the 70's his memory wasn't perfect but he was still wonderful!


Very grateful for YouTube there are so many amazing videos that some people have that should be shared and preserved forever. This is one that is just great


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William Nahnsen

This is incredible! This is why YouTube is so great.

ribmeat hamhock

i remember seeing him on the tonight show, back in the seventies. just great, a national treasure. r.i.p. mr. blake!!

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