Mr. W. C. Handy, born William Christopher Handy on November 16, 1873, known as "The Father of The Blues" toured Tyler Texas 76 Years Ago on March 21, 1946.
We commemorate this day in history on March 28, 1958 as the death of W. C. Handy who dies of bronchial pneumonia at 84 Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy 1958 Highlights About March 28, 1958, Day of the Week: Friday
W. C. Handy was one of the most influential songwriters in the United States. One of many musicians who played 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.
Handy was an educated musician who used elements of folk music in his compositions. He was scrupulous in documenting the sources of his works, which frequently combined stylistic influences from various performers.
According to the Sunday Courier-Times Telegraph, Tyler, Texas newspaper on March 3, 1946, wrote the following: Framed Blues Author To Give Lecture At College March 21. W. C. Handy famed "father of the blues" as well as some of the other internationally-known blues songs, will appear at the Texas College auditorium on March 21.
The aged songwriter has such hits as "Beale Street Blues," "Aunt Hager's Children's Blues," "Golden Brown Blues" "Harlem Blues" and Wall Street Blues" to his credit.
Hany will give a lecture during the program.
Mrs. F. A. Wood, secretary of the Tyler Civic Music Association and a Tyler High School music teacher will handle tickets for white patrons.
During the short time, Mr. W. C. Handy visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Duckenfied, the namesake of Duckenfied Street now located in the Butler College district of Tyler, Texas.
While in the home of John W. Duckenfied, W. C. Handy played the Duckenfied baby grand piano, which is now on display in a new location in Tyler, that will be announced at a later time in 2022 by the Empowerment Community Development Corporation which is a 501(c) nonprofit organization with a focus on Education, Arts, Tourism, Veteran Services.
On May 17, 1969, the United States Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp in his honor.