W.C. HANDY

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W.C. Handy was born on November 16, 1873, in Florence, Alabama. He played with several bands and traveled throughout the Midwest and the South, learning about the African-American folk music that would become known as the blues. Handy later composed his own songs that would popularize the form and come to be major commercial hits, including "St. Louis Blues," "Memphis Blues" and "Aunt Hagar's Blues." He died in New York City in 1958.

Composer, musician and music publisher William Christopher Handy was born on November 16, 1873, in Florence, Alabama, to Elizabeth Brewer and Charles Barnard Handy. The son and grandson of Episcopalian ministers, the young Handy showed his love of music at an early age, and was supported in his pursuits by his maternal grandmother. His father had other ideas, however, and was staunchly opposed to secular musicianship for his son, only agreeing to pay for organ lessons. Nonetheless, Handy
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W.C. HANDY Father of the Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Father of the Blues
Blues 1980

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William C. Handy
Blues 1969

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W.C. HANDY W.C. Handy's Memphis Blues Band album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
W.C. Handy's Memphis Blues Band
Blues 1994

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Bunch of Blues / Moonlight Blues
Blues 1917

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