WC Handy House, Florence

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One hundred years ago, in the autumn of 1912, an African-American musician by the name of WC Handy published a song that would take the US by storm - Memphis Blues. It launched the blues as a mass entertainment genre that would transform popular music worldwide.

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One hundred years ago, in the autumn of 1912, an African-American musician by the name of WC Handy published a song that would take the US by storm - Memphis Blues. It launched the blues as a mass entertainment genre that would transform popular music worldwide.

WOW Looking Black On Today In 1873, WC Handy Know As The "Father of the Blues" Was Born

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W.C Handy wrote a song called The St. Louis Blues, and it was jazz.

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WC Handy, "Father of the Blues," was director of music at Alabama A&M from 1900-1902  Here he is shown front left with the college band

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According to Sandra Ford, director of the Handy Home and Museum in Florence, AL, at the age of 10 WC Handy started making lye soap and selling it to save enough money for a guitar. When he earned enough, he proudly brought his treasure home to show his parents. His father, Charles Handy, called it the devil’s instrument and made his son exchange it for a dictionary.

According to Sandra Ford, director of the Handy Home and Museum in Florence, AL, at the age of 10 WC Handy started making lye soap and selling it to save enough money for a guitar. When he earned enough, he proudly brought his treasure home to show his parents. His father, Charles Handy, called it the devil’s instrument and made his son exchange it for a dictionary.

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