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EUBIE BLAKE - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 55590

EUBIE BLAKE This 1978 First Day Cover honoring Jimmie Roberts, the "Father of Country Music," is signed by the composer and musician First day cover signed "Eubie Blake". 6½x3½.

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EUBIE BLAKE This 1978 First Day Cover honoring Jimmie Roberts, the "Father of Country Music," is signed by the composer and musician First day cover signed "Eubie Blake". 6½x3½. This First Day Cover honors Jimmie Rodgers as part of the 1978 Performing Arts Series, with cachet of Jimmie Roberts, "Father of/Country Music" near left edge. Postmarked Meridian, Mississippi, May 24, 1978. With one 13¢ Jimmie Rodgers, "Singing Brakeman" stamp affixed. FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. The son of former slaves, Eubie Blake (1887-1983, born James Hubert Blake in Baltimore, Maryland) worked closely with musician Noble Sissle throughout his career. Together they helped create the Broadway show Shuffle Along (1921), whose cast included Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson. Many of Blake's most famous songs came from Shuffle Along, including I'm Just Wild about Harry and Love Will Find a Way. Blake died five days after his 96th birthday. Although he claimed to be born in 1883 late in life, multiple government documents agree he was born in 1887. Eubie Blake will be remembered as one of the first African-American Broadway directors and a famed ragtime and jazz pianist. In 1978, the musical Eubie! reminded audiences of the composer's music from the 1920s, becoming a Broadway hit. Lightly toned, creased, and rippled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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