W.C. Handy

Born: November 16, 1873
Muscle Shoals, AL, USA
Died: March 28, 1958

Signifigant Achievements

  • He was the first to add flatted thirds and sevenths (so-called "blue notes") to published compositions.
  • Handy was the first to compose and publish a tune with the word "blues" in it, "Memphis Blues" in 1912.
  • Appears on a U.S. postal stamp with Duke Ellington.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Composer Band Leader Piano Songwriter

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