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W.C. Handy

(November 16th 1873 - March 28th 1958)

Born William Christopher Handy in Florence, Alabama he was the son of a pastor who excelled in music as both an instrumentalist and composer. Favoring cornet and piano he went on to teach at the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes from 1900 to 1902. By 1909 W.C. Handy was leading a band based in Memphis, Tennessee and began publishing compositions derived from black folk songs forever solidifying his place in written history as the "Father of the Blues".


Fuzzy Wuzzy Rag (3:16)

Louisville Blues (2:34)

Muscle Shoals Blues (3:19)

Ole Miss Rag (2:57)

St. Louis Blues (3:08)

That "Jazz" Dance (3:12)

Yellow Dog Blues (3:16)

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