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W.C. Handy (1873–1958)

W.C. Handy was born on November 16, 1873 in Florence, Alabama, USA as William Christopher Handy. He was married to Irma Louise Logan and Elizabeth Virginia Price. He died on March 29, 1958 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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 2014 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Muscle Shoals (2014) ... (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 2014 Cesar Chavez (writer: "Beale Street Blues")
 2013 Blue Jasmine (writer: "Aunt Hagar's Blues")
 2013 The Great Gatsby (writer: "St Louis Blues")
 2010 Boardwalk Empire (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Belle Femme (2010) ... (writer: "Memphis Blues" - uncredited)
- Family Limitation (2010) ... (writer: "That Jazz Dance" - uncredited)
 2008 The Last Christmas Party (writer: "Aunt Hagar's Children's Blues")
 2008 Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 2005 The Eight (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- HaShminiya BiF'ula (2005) ... (writer: "About Her" - uncredited)
 2001-2005 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes)
- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) ... (writer: "Memphis Blues")
- Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (2001) ... (writer: "Beale Street Blues")
 2005 Peter Cincotti: Live in New York (Video documentary) (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 2004 The Aviator (lyrics: "St. Louis Blues" (1914)) / (music: "St. Louis Blues" (1914)) / (writer: "Yellow Dog Blues" (1914))
 2004 Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (Documentary) (writer: "Careless Love")
 2004 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (writer: "About Her")
 2003/I Swing (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 2003 Mwah! The Best of the Dinah Shore Show (TV Movie documentary) (music: "The Memphis Blues" (originally "Mr. Crump")) / (writer: "The Memphis Blues" (originally "Mr. Crump"), "St. Louis Blues")
 2002 A Nero Wolfe Mystery (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Poison à la Carte (2002) ... ("St. Louis Blues", uncredited)
 2001 The Majestic (writer: "Aunt Hagar's Blues")
 2001 The Cat's Meow (writer: "St. Louis Blues" (1914))
 1999 The Thirteenth Floor (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1998 Where the Heart Is (writer: "Beale Street Blues")
 1997 Cybill (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Name That Tune (1997) ... (writer: "Saint Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1997 Wild Man Blues (Documentary) (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - as William C. Handy)
 1994 Exit to Eden (writer: "Careless Love")
 1994 The Client (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - as William C. Handy)
 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary) (writer: "St. Louis Blues", "Harlem Blues")
 1988 John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (Documentary) (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1984 Karkalou (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1974 The Great Gatsby (writer: "Beale Street Blues")
 1968 Savages from Hell (writer: "St. Louis Blues March")
 1965 The Love Goddesses (Documentary) (music: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1964 The Judy Garland Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.18 (1964) ... (writer: "St. Louis Blues March" - uncredited)
 1962 Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! (writer: "Beale Street Blues")
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Blind Man's Bluff (1961) ... (writer: "Careless Love" - uncredited)
 1960 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Linda, the Performer (1960) ... (writer: "Saint Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1959 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #12.2 (1959) ... (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
- Episode #11.19 (1959) ... (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1959 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.31 (1959) ... (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1957-1959 Timex All-Star Jazz Show (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- The Golden Age of Jazz (1959) ... (music: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
- Episode dated 30 December 1957 (1957) ... (music: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1958 Jazz Party (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 25 December 1958 (1958) ... (writer: "Careless Love")
- Episode #1.20 (1958) ... (writer: "Memphis Blues")
 1958 The Defiant Ones (music: "Long Gone" - as William C. Handy)
 1958 St. Louis Blues (music: "Morning Star", "Yellow Dog Blues", "Friendless Blues") / (writer: "Careless Love", "Chantez Les Bas", "Saint Louis Blues")
 1958 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.12 (1958) ... (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1957 Satchmo the Great (Documentary) (writer: "St Louis Blues")
 1956 Juventud desenfrenada (writer: "San Luis Blues (St. Louis Blues)")
 1955 Pete Kelly's Blues (music: "Oh, Didn't He Ramble" - uncredited)
 1954 Blackout (music: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1954 The Glenn Miller Story (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1954 The Liberace Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Great Personalities (1954) ... (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1953 The I Don't Care Girl (writer: "Beale Street Blues" - uncredited)
 1951 This Is Music (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1951) ... (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1951 Eddie Peabody and Sonny Burke's Orchestra (Short) (writer: "St.Louis Blues")
 1951 The Strip (writer: "Ole Miss Blues")
 1950 For Heaven's Sake (music: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1947 Columbia Thrills of Music: Boyd Raeburn and His Orchestra (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1947 New Orleans (writer: "Beale Street Blues" - uncredited)
 1946 Do You Love Me (music: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1945 The Crimson Canary (music: "Aunt Hagar's Blues" - uncredited)
 1945 Flirty Birdy (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1944 Artistry in Rhythm (Short) (writer: "Memphis Lament")
 1944 Jam Session (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1944 Hi, Good Lookin'! (writer: "Aunt Hagar's Blues")
 1943 A Guy Named Joe (writer: "St. Louis Blues" (1914))
 1943 Is Everybody Happy? (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1943 So's Your Uncle (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1943 Bataan (lyrics: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited) / (music: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1942 The Gay Sisters (writer: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1942 The Next of Kin (music: "Harlem Blues" - uncredited)
 1941 Birth of the Blues (lyrics: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited) / (music: "Memphis Blues", "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1939 Moon Over Harlem (lyrics: "St. Louis Blues" (1914)) / (music: "St. Louis Blues" (1914))
 1939 St. Louis Blues (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1939 Murder in the Night (music: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1938 Sweethearts (music: "St. Louis Blues")
 1938 Vitaphone Capers (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1937 Community Sing: Series 2, No. 1 (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1937 Stella Dallas (lyrics: "St. Louis Blues" (1914)) / (music: "St. Louis Blues" (1914))
 1936 Banjo on My Knee (lyrics: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited) / (music: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1936 The Black Network (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1935 Broadway Ballyhoo (Short) (music: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1935 Rambling 'Round Radio Row (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1934 Belle of the Nineties (writer: "Memphis Blues" - uncredited)
 1933 Barber Shop Blues (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues", "Careless Love" - uncredited)
 1933 Seasoned Greetings (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1933 The Emperor Jones (lyrics: "St. Louis Blues" (1914)) / (music: "St. Louis Blues" (1914))
 1933 Baby Face (writer: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1933 Hold Your Man (writer: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1933 That's the Spirit (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1933 The Mind Reader (music: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1933 King Kong (music: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1933 Ladies They Talk About (writer: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1933 Borrah Minnevitch and His Harmonica Rascals (Short) (music: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1932 Those Blues (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1932 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (music: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1932 The Musical Doctor (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1932 Faithless (writer: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1932 Rain (writer: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1932 The Age of Consent (lyrics: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited) / (music: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1932 Winner Take All (writer: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1932 Red-Headed Woman (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1932 Young Bride (lyrics: "St. Louis Blues" (1914)) / (music: "St. Louis Blues" (1914))
 1932 Scarface (writer: "St. Louis Blues" (1914))
 1932 Dancers in the Dark ("St. Louis Blues", uncredited)
 1931 Safe in Hell (music: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1931 What Price Pants (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1931 Blue Rhythm (Short) (lyrics: "St. Louis Blues") / (music: "St. Louis Blues")
 1931 Night Nurse (music: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1931 Nine O'Clock Folks (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1931 Sky High (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1930 Up the River (music: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1930 Dixie Days (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1930/II Metro Movietone Revue (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1929 Is Everybody Happy? (writer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1929 St. Louis Blues (Short) (writer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1929 Hallelujah (writer: "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - uncredited)
 1929 At the Party (Short) (music: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1928 Dick Rich and His Synco-Symphonists (music: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Book: "Blues: An Anthology".

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Wyer Handy | W.C. Hardy
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Life is something like this trumpet. If you don't put anything in it you don't get anything out. And that's the truth.

Trivia:

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. See more »

Nickname:

The Father of the Blues

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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