Eubie Blake was one of the most important figures in early 20th-century African American music, and one whose longevity made him a storehouse of the history of ragtime and early jazz music and culture.
“I don’t have any bad habbits. They might be bad habits for other people, but they’re all right for me.” – Eubie Blake
“Never trust anyone who wants what you’ve got. Friend or no, envy is an overwhelming emotion.” – Eubie Blake
“If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” – Eubie Blake
“Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind – listen to the birds. And don’t hate nobody.” – Eubie Blake
“All the high-tone, big-time folks would say, ‘Isn’t it wonderful how these untrained, primitive musicians can pick up all the latest songs instantly without being able to read music?” – Eubie Blake
“You’ll have to ask somebody older than me.” – Eubie Blake
“The people wanted to believe that the Negroes couldn’t learn to read music but had a natural talent for it. So we never played with no music. I’d get all the latest Broadway music from the publisher, and we’d learn the tunes and rehearse them until we had them all down pat- never made no mistakes. All the high-tone, big-time folks would say, isn’t it wonderful how these untrained, primitive musicians can pick up all the latest songs instantly without being able to read music?” – Eubie Blake