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W. C. Handy

W. C. HandyAKA William Christopher Handy

Born: 16-Nov-1873
Birthplace: Florence, AL
Died: 29-Mar-1958
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Remains: Buried, Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Composer, Musician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Father of the Blues

Father: Charles Bernard Handy
Mother: Elizabeth Brewer
Wife: Elizabeth Virginia Price (m. 19-Jul-1896, d. 1937, six children)
Daughter: Lucille (b. 29-Jun-1900)
Wife: Irma Louise Logan (his secretary, m. 1-Jan-1954, until his death)

    University: Agricultural and Mechanical College, Huntsville, AL (1892)

    Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981
    Songwriters Hall of Fame
    Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Author of books:
Blues, An Anthology (1926)
Negro Authors and Composers of the United States (1935)
Father of the Blues (1941, autobiography)
Unsung Americans Sung (1944)

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