W.C. Handy

W.C. Handy
1873 - 1958
W.C. Handy  American Jazz Musician

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First Name William
Middle Name Christopher
Last Name Handy
Full Name at Birth William Christopher Handy
Alternative Name William Christopher Handy, The Father of Blues; W.C. Handy
Birthday 16th November, 1873
Birthplace Florence, Alabama, U.S.
Died 29th March, 1958
Place of Death New York City, New York, United States
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Nationality American
Occupation Text Composer, songwriter, musician, bandleader, author
Occupation Jazz Musician
Music Genre (Text) Blues, Jazz
Music Genre Blues, Piano
Year(s) Active 1893–1948
Music Style Early American Blues
Music Mood Earnest, Sophisticated, Literate, Confident, Amiable/Good-Natured, Organic, Boisterous
Instrument Piano, Songwriter, Bandleader
Instrument (text) Piano, cornet, trumpet, guitar, vocals

William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) was a composer and musician who referred to himself as the Father of the Blues. Handy was one of the most influential songwriters in the United States. One of many musicians who played the distinctively American blues music, Handy did not create the blues genre but was the first to publish music in the blues form, thereby taking the blues from a regional music style (Delta blues) with a limited audience to a new level of popularity.

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