Handy W C
Han·dy(hăn′dē), W(illiam) C(hristopher) 1873-1958.
American musician and composer. A pioneering proponent of the artistic legitimacy of African-American music, he was the first person to publish a blues composition, "The Memphis Blues" (1911).
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