W.C. Handy

By J Poet

 

W. C. Handy, is aptly named the “Father of the Blues.” Before Handy African American folk music, or slave music, had no name. he “translated” it for whites and other people with European musical ears, described its 12 bar pattern with its flatted “blue” notes, and wrote some of the most enduring blues standards including “St. Louis Blues,” “Yellow Dog Blues’ and “The Memphis Blues.” He set up the first successful African American music publishing company, Handy Brothers Music, and his compositions introduced... Read More

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