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W. C. Handy

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy

Full Name: William Christopher Handy
Profession: Musician and Father of the Blues

United States of America

Biography: 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.

Born: November 16, 1873
Birthplace: Florence, Alabama, USA
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: March 28, 1958 (aged 84)
Cause of Death: Bronchial pneumonia

Historical Events

  • 1912-09-27 W. C. Handy publishes "Memphis Blues", considered the 1st blues song
  • 1914-09-11 W. C. Handy "Father of the Blues" publishes his most famous composition "St Louis Blues"