Profession: Musician and Father of the Blues
Why Famous: One of the most influential American songwriters W. C. Handy is known as the "Father of the Blues".
While he did not create the blues genre he took it from a regional music style (Delta blues) with a limited audience to one of the dominant national forces in American music.
- 1912-09-27 W. C. Handy publishes "Memphis Blues", considered the 1st blues song
- 1914-09-11 W. C. Handy publishes "St Louis Blues"