R&B - The Blues William Christopher Handy, a.k.a,...

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The Blues William Christopher Handy, a.k.a, “Father of Blues” was born Nov. 16, 1876, in a tiny log cabin in Florence, Alabama. Handy helped cultivate a musical sound that proved to be both mournful and invigorating – a sound that young musicians would simply call the Blues. The composer once described the emotional texture of his music as “the sound of a sinner on a revival day”. Handy’s most famous composition “St. Louis Blues” was published in 1914. Handy was the first person to analyze and notate the blues. Delta Blues Delta Blues comes from the Mississippi Delta. Mississippi River was a slave exit. Blind Lemon Jefferson : 1887-1929 – American country blues singer, guitarist and songwriter, one of the earliest black-folk-blues singers to achieve popular success. Became an itinerant entertainer in his teens doing prison songs. He worked in the streets as a busker and as a live entertainer in brothels, saloons and parties in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Virginia. Jay Williams was a
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This note was uploaded on 12/16/2010 for the course MUSI 1520 taught by Professor Raywilliams during the Spring '10 term at York University.

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