W. C. Handy

American blues composer and musician
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William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) was an American composer and musician[1] who referred to himself as the Father of the Blues.[2][3] Handy was one of the most important songwriters in the United States.[4] He was known as one of the first singers to publish music American blues music.

W. C. Handy
Handy in July 1941, photographed by Carl Van Vechten
Handy in July 1941, photographed by
Carl Van Vechten
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Christopher Handy
Born(1873-11-16)November 16, 1873
Florence, Alabama, United States
OriginMemphis, Tennessee, United States
DiedMarch 28, 1958(1958-03-28) (aged 84)
New York City
GenresBlues, jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, bandleader, teacher
Years active1893–1948


  1. Obituary Variety, April 2, 1958, p. 68.
  2. "On This Day" The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-7-3.
  3. Evans, David (2001). "Handy, W(illiam) C(hristopher)". Grove Music Online. Retrieved September 13, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Robin Banerji (30 December 2012). "WC Handy's Memphis Blues: The Song of 1912". BBC News - Magazine. Retrieved 30 May 2018.