Blind
Blake

Blake Alphonso Higgs
b. 1915 at Matthew Town, Inagua, Bahamas
d. 1985/1986 [?] in Nassau [?], Bahamas

discography
B L I N D   B L A K E postcard; click to enlarge and see back side of postcard
This is a postcard from the Bahamas of Bahamian musician Blind Blake. The caption on the card reads, "Nassau's Famous Blind Blake… Pictured here in the world-famous exotic gardens of the Royal Victoria Hotel., where he and his group of calypso musicians play nightly on the Starlight Terrace Bar and at the new Garden Swimming Pool. Blake and some of his boys are standing under the huge 156 year-old silk cotton tree on the hotel's spacious ground, where four albums of records containing 39 of their calypso tunes have been made for sale to lovers of 'Bahamiana In Calypso'." (source: eBay auction)

This discography is a non-commercial labor-of-love and is in no way associated with any business firm.
All I know about the resp. artist's / label's musical output is shown on this page. To purchase out-of-print records I recommend an ebay, gemm or google search. And - sorry for that - I have not the time to answer any e-mails asking me about further information, let alone duplicating out-of-print recordings I happen to own.

Stefan Wirz   www.wirz.de

Youtube: Loretta Switt, Blind Blake, and Perry Como sing 'Love Alone'; click to view video at Youtube.com
Loretta Switt, Blind Blake, and Perry Como sing 'Love Alone'
(Blake's / Lord Caresser's song about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor)
starts at 6:20 - thanks to Elijah Wald for the link !!!

Blind Blake 78 rpm / 45 rpm / LPs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes
1195?Blind Blake

- Those Good Ol' Asta Boys
- My Name Is Asta
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Art 45-500
21951Blind Blake and the Royal Victoria Hotel "Calypso" Orchestra
A Group Of Bahamian Songs


- J. P. Morgan
- Jones! Oh Jones

- Yes! Yes! Yes!
- Pretty Boy

- Run-Come-See Jerusalem
- Love Alone

- Lord, Got Tomatoes
- My Pigeon Gone Wild

- Watermelon Spoilin' On The Vine
- Never Interfere With Man And Wife

rec. in Nassau, Bahamas; Blind Blake, Dudley Butler, Chatfield Ward, Freddie Lewis, George Wilson

Digital Pressure CD track list:
- JP Morgan 2:45
- Jones (Oh Jones) 2:51
- Yes Yes Yes 2:57
- Pretty Boy 2:50
- Run Come See 3:00
- Love Love Alone 2:48
- Lord Got Tomatoes 3:00
- Pigeon 2:43
- Watermelon Spoilin On The Vine 2:48
- Never Interfere With Man And Wife 3:04

record set of
five 10 inch 78rpms
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Art ALP-3

10 inch LP
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= Art album AL 3

two 45 rpm set
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Art AEP 3

12 inch LP
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Art ALP-3

liner notes

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www.digitalpressure.net
(2002)
"A Group Of Bahamian
Songs"

31952Blind Blake and the Royal Victoria Hotel "Calypso" Orchestra
A Second Album of BAHAMIAN SONGS


- Foolish Frog
- Little Nassau
- Hold 'im Joe
- Peas And Rice
- Jump In The Line
- Wheel And Turn Me
- Consumptive Sara Jane
- Gin And Coconut Water
- Conch Ain't Got No Bone
- John B. Sail (Wreck of the John B.)
- Eighteen Hundred And Ninety-One

- Bellamona *
* on 12 inch LP only

Digital Pressure CD track list:
- Peas And Rice 2:47
- Bellamena 2:20
- Eighteen Hundred And Ninety One 2:36
- John B Sail 3:00
- A Conch Ain't Got No Bone 2:38
- Gin And Coconut Water 2:47
- The Cigar Song 2:27
- Sara Jane 2:42
- Foolish Frog 2:50
- Hold 'im Joe - Jump In The Line 3:15

record set of
five 10 inch 78rpms
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Art ALP-4

10 inch LP
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Art album AL 4

two 45 rpm set
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Art AEP 4

12 inch LP
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Art ALP-4A "Authentic
Bahamian Calypso"

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www.digitalpressure.net
(2002)
"Blind Blake And His Royal
Victoria Hotel Calypsos
(Album 1)"

41952Blind Blake and the Royal Victoria Hotel "Calypso" Orchestra
A Third Album of BAHAMIAN SONGS


- Run Joe
- Mary Ann
- Curley Cay
- Delia Gone
- Bahamas Mama

- Eight Babies
- Boat Pull Out
- Brown Skin Gal
- Goombay Drum
- Noise In The Market

- Go Down Emanuel Road *
- Sly Mongoose *
* on 12 inch LP only

Digital Pressure CD track list:
- Goombay Drum 2:51
- Go Down Emmanuel Road 1:33
- Eight Babies 2:55
- Boat Pull Out Bahama Mama 2:38
- Run Joe 2:44
- Deila Gone 2:55
- Sly Mongoose 1:47
- Curley Cay 2:51
- Never Mind The Noise 2:37

record set of
five 10 inch 78rpms
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Art ALP-6

10 inch LP
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Art album AL 6

two 45 rpm set
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Art AEP 6

12 inch LP
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Art ALP-6A "Authentic
Bahamian Calypso"

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www.digitalpressure.net
(2002)
"Blind Blake And His Royal
Victoria Hotel Calypsos
(Album 2)"

51952Lou Adams Plays Bahamiana Calypso featuring vocals by Blind Blake
with C. Ferguson, J. Roker

- Over So
- Tanneray
- Bad Woman
- Monkey Song

- Oh Look Misery
- Coconut Man
- Barnyard Calypso
- Better Be Safe Than Sorry
10 inch LP
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Art album ALP-12
61952Blind Blake and the Royal Victoria Hotel "Calypso" Orchestra
A Fifth Album of BAHAMIAN SONGS


- The Goombay Rock
- Bahama Lullaby
- Spirit Run
- Loose Goat Tie Goat
- A Womans Love
- Fisherman Bill

- Oh! Liza
- Moonlight Night In Nassau
- At The Iron Bar
- On A Tropical Isle
- Oh Carolie
- De Pig And Goat

Digital Pressure CD track list:
- The Goombay Rock 3:00
- Bahama Lullaby 2:42
- Spirit Run 2:25
- Loose Goat Tie Goat 3:22
- A Womans Love 1:55
- Fisherman Bill 3:12
- Oh! Liza 2:45
- Moonlight Night In Nassau 2:37
- At The Iron Bar 1:54
- On A Tropical Isle 2:47
- Oh Carolie 2:11
- De Pig And Goat 2:08

10 inch LP
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Art album ALP-20

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www.digitalpressure.net
(2002)
"A Fifth Album Of Songs"

71953Blind Blake

- A Conch Ain't Got No Bone
- Hold 'Em Joe
10 inch 78 rpm
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King 1215

7 inch 45 rpm
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King 45-1215

81976Pandora Gibson / Blind Blake:
A Cultural Experience


Pandora Gibson - Indigenous Bahamian Comedy
- Jonah Swallowed The Whale
- Jesus The Son Of God Do
- The Shilling
- Under Mervin
- Prayer Time
- Aunr Elizabeth
- Good Friday - The Rape
- Unity


Blind Blake - Indigenous Bahamian Songs   @ youtube
- Yes, Yes, Yes
- What A Pain I Got
- Peas A Rice & Coconut Oil
- Jones Oh Jones
- Foolish Frog

Pandora Gibson discography

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GBI Recording LP-109
96/2009Blind Blake & The Royal Victoria Hotel Calypsos: Bahamian Songs

- Love, Love Alone
- John B. Sail (Wreck Of The John B.)
- Jones (Oh Jones)
- J. P. Morgan
- Consumptive Sara Jane
- Yes, Yes, Yes
- Never Interfere With Man & Wife
- Gin & Coconut Water
- The Cigar Song
- Run Come See Jerusalem
- Bahama Lullaby
- My Pigeon Got Wild
- Delia Gone
- Tanneray
- Loose Goat
- Lord Got Tomatoes
- Bellamena
- Hold 'im Joe/Jump In The Line / Wheel & Turn Me
- Go Down Emmanuel Road
- Watermelon Spoilin' On The Vine
- Oh Look Misery
- Foolish Frog
- Peas & Rice
- Eighteen Hundred & Ninety One
- Monkey Song
- On A Tropical Isle
- Goombay Drum
- Better Be Safe Than Sorry
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Megaphone CDMEGA22
  

Additional information appreciated !!!

 

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- Blind Blake Calypso Songs. New York (Chas. H. Hansen Music Corp.) 1954
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

 

Blind Blake; from back cover of ALP-6; click to enlarge !
Blind Blake in the 50s; from back cover of ALP-6
(photographer: Heinz Vaterlaus)

 

Blind Blake article by Elijah Wald

Blind Blake pages at www.bahamasentertainers.com

Blind Blake songbook

Blind Blake Calypso Songs
Blind Blake Calypso Songs: 12 Haunting Hummable Bahamian Favorites for Guitar
Chas. H. Hansen Music Corp. New York, N.Y. 1954. 24 p.

- Eight Babies To Mind
- Crab Is A Better Man (Builds His Home In The Sand)
- Consumptive Sara Jane
- Jump In The Line
- Go Down The Wishin' Road (Go Down Emanuel Road)
- Pretty Girl (Pretty Boy)
- Eighteen Hundred And Ninety One
- A Conch Ain't Got No Bone
- Watermelon Spoilin' On The Vine
- Foolish Frog
- Do, Aunt Nanny Do
- Delia's Gone

 

Stefan Wirz


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