W. C. Handy

Blues, Composer

1873 – 1958

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Who was W. C. Handy?

William Christopher Handy was a blues composer and musician. He was widely known as the "Father of the Blues".

Handy remains among the most influential of American songwriters. Though he was one of many musicians who played the distinctively American form of music known as the blues, he is credited with giving it its contemporary form. While Handy was not the first to publish music in the blues form, he took the blues from a regional music style with a limited audience to one of the dominant national forces in American music.

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

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Born
Nov 16, 1873
Florence
Also known as
  • William C. Handy
  • William Christopher Handy
  • W.C. Handy
  • Handy, W. C.
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Fisk University
Lived in
  • Florence
Died
Mar 28, 1958
Sydenham Hospital
Resting place
Woodlawn Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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