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Memphis Blues

    “Memphis Blues” is a blues song recorded by W.C. Handy.

    Memphis Blues: The publication of William Christopher Handy’s “Memphis Blues” on September 28, 1912, changed the course of American popular music by introducing African-American folk blues into mainstream music.
    Handy originally wrote the song, combining blues and ragtime, as a campaign song for E.H. Crump (original title of the song was “Mister Crump”), which led to Crump’s election as mayor of Memphis.
    The song went on sale at Bry’s Department Store in Memphis on Saturday, September 28, 1912. The first 1,000 copies were sold in three days, but the published claimed the song was a flop and bought it for just fifty dollars, swindling Handy of his first big hit.
    Handy went on to write “St. Louis Blues” in 1914, “Beale St. Blues” in 1916, and many other songs, leading to his being recognized as the “Father of the Blues”. [Some information from the [external link to the] Library of Congress]

    This song is the number one (1) greatest blues song of all time according to Digital Dream Door’s Rick Varner.


“Memphis Blues” by W C Handy

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