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W. C. Handy
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Handy in July 1941, photographed by
Carl Van Vechten
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Birth name William Christopher Handy
Born (1873-11-16)November 16, 1873
Florence, Alabama, United States
Origin Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died March 28, 1958(1958-03-28) (aged 84)
New York City
Genres Blues, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, bandleader, teacher
Instruments Trumpet
Years active 1893–1948

William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) was an American composer and musician who referred to himself as the Father of the Blues. Handy was one of the most important songwriters in the United States. He was known as one of the first singers to publish music American blues music.


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