February 7, 1887, Baltimore, Maryland – February 12, 1983, New York
James Hubert Blake was an American composer, lyricist, and pianist of ragtime, jazz, and popular music. In 1921, Blake and his long-time collaborator, Noble Sissle wrote the Broadway musical Shuffle Along, one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African Americans.
Blake’s compositions included such hits as, Bandana Days, Charleston Rag, Love Will Find A Way, Memories of You and I’m Just Wild About Harry. The musical Eubie!, which opened on Broadway in 1978, featured his works.
Memories of You