W.C. Handy was known as the Father of the Blues...

It was in Memphis that Handy wrote his first song “Mr. Crump,” as a campaign tune for mayoral candidate and later political boss E.H. Crump.  The song, which Handy renamed “Memphis Blues,” became nationally popular.  In 1912, “Memphis Blues” made history when it became the first commercially published blues song.

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