Today in History: W.C. Handy & the Blues

Today in History–September 28–the Library of Congress features William Christopher Handy, whose song the “Memphis Blues” was published on this date in 1912. Handy introduced the blues into mainstream music and became known as the father of the blues. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a rich collection of blues music resources.

William Christopher Handy’s “Memphis Blues” Was Published September 28, 1912 America’s Library

W.C. Handy song recordings

W.C. Handy sheet music

W.C. Handy images

W.C. Handy historical newspaper coverage

“Now What a Time”: Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943

Blues songs and blues music from The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip

Blues songs from Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, 1937-1942

Blues song recordings

Blues sheet music

Chicago blues songs lyrics from oral history

Chicago Blues and Jazz: A New Story Map on the Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection

Blues images

Blues manuscripts and text documents

Blues music historical newspaper mentions

Blues-related legislation

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