Not Bad for a 97 Year Old

 

Eubie Blake was 98 when this recording was made of him playing his Charleston Rag. The audio is only passable.

Blake composed I’m Just While About Harry (long-time collaborator Noble Sissle was the lyricist). The song was written for the musical Shuffle Along, which Wikipedia describes as the first successful Afro-American musical. It opened in 1921.

  • Scott Dwight

    I think he was really only about 93 or 94. He added a few years to his age when he was getting his late fame. He died when he was actually 96 years old.

  • Carl

    That’s funny. Most people do creative subtraction when they get old…