DEAD: ON THIS DATE
W. C. Handy (aged 84)
“Father of the Blues”
William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) was a composer and musician,known as the Father of the Blues. An African American, Handy was one of the most influential songwriters in the United States. One of many musicians who played the distinctively American blues music, Handy did not create the blues genre and was not the first to publish music in the blues form, but he took the blues from a regional music style (Delta blues) with a limited audience to a new level of popularity.
DEATH: On March 28, 1958, Handy died of bronchial pneumonia at Sydenham Hospital in New York CityOver 25,000 people attended his funeral in Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. Over 150,000 people gathered in the streets near the church to pay their respects. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.