A Music Legend From Florence, Alabama

 
W.C. Handy Birthplace, Florence, AL, built circa 1870 … Photo by Caroline Pugh

W.C. Handy Birthplace, Florence, AL, built circa 1870 … Photo by Caroline Pugh

 

You may have heard of the famous recording studios in North Alabama. I’ll have more on that in a later post. But there’s an older music legend from this area that left his mark on music to this day. On a recent trip to Florence, Alabama, I visited W.C. Handy’s birthplace. It’s part of the Mississippi Music Trail, also. In case you’re not familiar with the famous musician, scroll to see more about the “Father of the Blues.” Enjoy!

W.C. Handy, age 19. By uploaded to Wikipedia by Mink Butler Davenport - the English language Wikipedia (log), Public Domain

W.C. Handy, age 19. By uploaded to Wikipedia by Mink Butler Davenport - the English language Wikipedia (log), Public Domain

 
Please help support the mission of the Jazz Video Guy. Contributions of any size matter! https://www.gofundme.com/support-the-mission-of-jazz-video-guy W.C. Handy plays his composition, "St. Louis Blues," on Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town, 12/18/49
 
By W. C. Handy - from the Library of Congress, Brown University Collection of African American sheet music, Public Domain

By W. C. Handy - from the Library of Congress, Brown University Collection of African American sheet music, Public Domain

Photo by Caroline Pugh

Photo by Caroline Pugh

Photo by Caroline Pugh

Photo by Caroline Pugh

 
Photo by Caroline Pugh

Photo by Caroline Pugh

Photo by Caroline Pugh

Photo by Caroline Pugh