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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 16 November 1873Florence, Alabama, USA
Date of Death 29 March 1958New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameWilliam Christopher Handy
Nickname The Father of the Blues

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Spouse (2)

Irma Louise Logan (1954 - 29 March 1958) (his death)
Elizabeth Virginia Price (19 July 1898 - 11 March 1937) (her death) (6 children)

Trivia (4)

Pictured on a 6¢ US commemorative postage stamp issued in his honor, 17 May 1969.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1981.
Is mentioned by name in the song "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn on his self-titled album (1991).
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

Personal Quotes (1)

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.

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