William Christopher Handy

Born 16 November 1873. Died 28 March 1958
William Christopher Handy
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William Christopher Handy

Biography (Wikipedia)

William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) was a composer and musician, known as the Father of the Blues. An African American, Handy was one of the most influential songwriters in the United States.[citation needed] He was one of many musicians who played the distinctively American blues music, and he is credited with giving it its contemporary form.[citation needed] Handy did not create the blues genre and was not the first to publish music in the blues form, but he took the blues from a regional music style (Delta blues) with a limited audience to one of the dominant national forces in American music.[citation needed]

Handy was an educated musician who used elements of folk music in his compositions. He was scrupulous in documenting the sources of his works, which frequently combined stylistic influences from various performers.

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William Christopher Handy
St Louis Blues
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St Louis Blues

St Louis Blues

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Bessie Smith, vocals
Louis Armstrong, trumpet
William Christopher Handy
St. Louis Blues
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St. Louis Blues
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The St Louis Blues March (Proms 2017)
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The St Louis Blues March (Proms 2017)

The St Louis Blues March (Proms 2017)

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Winston Rollins Big Band
Guy Barker Big Band
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St Louis Blues
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St Louis Blues

St Louis Blues

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Fleetville Swing Band
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St Louis Blues March
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St Louis Blues March
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St Louis Blues
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St Louis Blues
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St Louis Blues
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Beale Street Blues
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Beale Street Blues
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