William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) was an African American blues composer, often known as "The Father of the Blues".
Music Preservation Society biography
I think America concedes that (true American music) has sprung from the negro. When we take these things that come from the art of the Negro and from the heart of the man farthest down.
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If my serenade of song and story should serve as a pillow for some composer's head, as yet perhaps unborn, to dream and build on our fond melodies in his tomorrow, I have not labored in vain.
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