Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1873-11-16
Death 1958-03-28
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

African American composer known as "Father of the Blues; bandmaster for Mahara's Minstrels in Chicago, Ill.; founder of Pace and Handy Music Company.

From the description of W.C. Handy papers, 1900-1979. (Fisk University). WorldCat record id: 70972574

African Americna composer and musician as well as music publisher in New York. He was known as the "father of the blues" because he codified, composed and popularized the blues songs.

From the description of Letter, 20 May 1941. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122434423

Composer; cornetist; bandleader and publisher, W.C. Handy's fame rests upon his work as a composer. Handy wrote and published more than 150 songs and arrangements of folksongs, mainly spirituals and blues. The popularity of Handy's songs helped to make black folk blues a permanent part of America's popular music.

From the guide to the W.C. Handy collection, 1914-1954, (The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.)

Composer and performer.

From the description of Typewritten letter signed : New York, N.Y., to James J. Fuld, February 2, 1955, 1955 Feb. 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270922436

Composer; cornetist; bandleader and publisher, W.C. Handy's fame rests upon his work as a composer.

Handy wrote and published more than 150 songs and arrangements of folksongs, mainly spirituals and blues. The popularity of Handy's songs helped to make black folk blues a permanent part of America's popular music.

From the description of W.C. Handy collection, 1914-1954. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122615627

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Subjects:

  • Popular music
  • Blues (songs, etc)
  • Jazz
  • Composers--United States
  • African American composers
  • Music publishing--United States
  • Blues (Music)
  • Music publishing
  • Popular music--United States--Writing and publishing
  • African American musicians
  • Composers--Correspondence
  • Piano music (Blues)
  • Blues musicians
  • Popular music--Writing and publishing
  • Composers
  • African Americans--Music--Bio-bibliography
  • Musicians
  • African Americans--Music
  • African American authors
  • Minstrel shows

Occupations:

  • African American composers

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • Idaho--Lewiston (as recorded)
  • Memphis (Tenn.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Lewiston (Idaho) (as recorded)