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W.C. Handy Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

W.C. HANDY
Born: November 16, 1873 in Florence, Alabama
Died: March 29, 1958 in New York City, New York
Biography | show moreshow less
Songwriter, cornetist and bandleader W.C. HANDY (1873-1958), who was known as the "Father of the Blues", did not invent the "Blues", but he was one of the first to use the term in a song title ("Memphis Blues" in 1912), and he published "blue notes" in his compositions, which also included "Beale Street Blues" (1916). Handy, who conducted his own band (1903-1921) before becoming a music publisher in the 1920s, was a popular performer until the mid-1940s, when he retired due to failing eyesight.
Film Credits | show moreshow less
1931-Sky-High (Sound), 1929-Is-Everybody-Happy (Sound), 1928-Dick-Rich-and-His-Synco-Symphonists (Sound), 2004-The-Aviator (Sound), 1997-Cybill (Sound), 1959-The-Tennessee-Ernie-Ford-Show (Sound), 1956-Juventud-desenfrenada (Sound), 1954-The-Liberace-Show (Sound), 1951-The-Strip (Sound), 1947-Columbia-Thrills-of-Music:-Boyd-Raeburn-and-His-Orchestra (Sound), 1945-The-Crimson-Canary (Sound), 1939-Moon-Over-Harlem (Sound), 1936-The-Black-Network (Sound), 1935-Broadway-Ballyhoo (Sound), 1933-Seasoned-Greetings (Sound), 1933-Baby-Face (Sound), 1933-That's-the-Spirit (Sound), 1932-The-Musical-Doctor (Sound), 1932-Faithless (Sound), 1931-What-Price-Pants (Sound), 1931-Blue-Rhythm (Sound), 2013-Blue-Jasmine (Sound), 2013-The-Great-Gatsby (Sound), 1958-The-Ed-Sullivan-Show (Other), 2008-Thou-Shalt-Not:-Sex,-Sin-and-Censorship-in-Pre-Code-Hollywood (Sound), 2004-Kill-Bill:-Vol.-2 (Sound), 1997-Wild-Man-Blues (Sound), 1968-Savages-from-Hell (Sound), 1958-Jazz-Party (Sound), 1958-The-Dinah-Shore-Chevy-Show (Sound), 1955-Pete-Kelly's-Blues (Sound), 1945-Flirty-Birdy (Sound), 1944-Hi,-Good-Lookin'! (Sound), 1943-Bataan (Sound), 1937-Stella-Dallas (Sound), 1933-Borrah-Minnevitch-and-His-Harmonica-Rascals (Sound), 1932-I-Am-a-Fugitive-from-a-Chain-Gang (Sound), 1932-Rain (Sound), 1932-The-Age-of-Consent (Sound), 1932-Red-Headed-Woman (Sound), 1932-Young-Bride (Sound), 1931-Safe-in-Hell (Sound), 1929-St.-Louis-Blues (Sound), 1986-Death-of-a-Soldier (Music Department), 1929-St.-Louis-Blues (Music Department), 1929-St.-Louis-Blues (Producer), 1951-Wonderful-Town,-U.S.A. (in person), 1950-The-Milton-Berle-Show (in person), 1993-Bluesland:-A-Portrait-in-American-Music (Other), 2010-Boardwalk-Empire (Sound), 1939-Murder-in-the-Night (Sound), 1962-Ring-a-Ding-Rhythm! (Sound), 1959-Perry-Como's-Kraft-Music-Hall (Sound), 1929-Hallelujah (Sound), 2005-The-Eight (Sound), 2004-Unforgivable-Blackness:-The-Rise-and-Fall-of-Jack-Johnson (Sound), 2002-A-Nero-Wolfe-Mystery (Sound), 2001-The-Majestic (Sound), 1999-The-Thirteenth-Floor (Sound), 1984-Karkalou (Sound), 1961-Stagecoach-West (Sound), 1957-Satchmo-the-Great (Sound), 1954-The-Glenn-Miller-Story (Sound), 1953-The-I-Don't-Care-Girl (Sound), 1943-A-Guy-Named-Joe (Sound), 1938-Vitaphone-Capers (Sound), 1936-Banjo-on-My-Knee (Sound), 1935-Rambling-'Round-Radio-Row (Sound), 1934-Belle-of-the-Nineties (Sound), 1933-The-Emperor-Jones (Sound), 1933-Hold-Your-Man (Sound), 1932-Winner-Take-All (Sound), 1932-Dancers-in-the-Dark (Sound), 1932-Those-Blues (Sound), 1931-Night-Nurse (Sound), 1931-Nine-O'Clock-Folks (Sound), 1930-Dixie-Days (Sound), 1930/II-Metro-Movietone-Revue (Sound), 1957-Satchmo-the-Great (in person), 1954-This-Is-Your-Life (in person), 1974-The-Great-Gatsby (Sound), 1954-Blackout (Sound), 2008-The-Last-Christmas-Party (Sound), 2001-2005-American-Masters (Sound), 2003/I-Swing (Sound), 2003-Mwah!-The-Best-of-the-Dinah-Shore-Show (Sound), 2001-The-Cat's-Meow (Sound), 1998-Where-the-Heart-Is (Sound), 1994-Exit-to-Eden (Sound), 1994-The-Client (Sound), 1989-John-Huston:-The-Man,-the-Movies,-the-Maverick (Sound), 1965-The-Love-Goddesses (Sound), 1964-The-Judy-Garland-Show (Sound), 1957-1959-Timex-All-Star-Jazz-Show (Sound), 1958-The-Defiant-Ones (Sound), 1958-St.-Louis-Blues (Sound), 1951-This-Is-Music (Sound), 1947-New-Orleans (Sound), 1946-Do-You-Love-Me (Sound), 1944-Jam-Session (Sound), 1943-Is-Everybody-Happy (Sound), 1943-So's-Your-Uncle (Sound), 1942-The-Gay-Sisters (Sound), 1942-The-Next-of-Kin (Sound), 1941-Birth-of-the-Blues (Sound), 1939-St.-Louis-Blues (Sound), 1938-Sweethearts (Sound), 1937-Community-Sing:-Series-2,-No.-1 (Sound), 1933-The-Mind-Reader (Sound), 1933-King-Kong (Sound), 1933-Ladies-They-Talk-About (Sound), 1933-Barber-Shop-Blues (Sound), 1932-Scarface (Sound), 1930-Up-the-River (Sound), 1929-At-the-Party (Sound), 1955-Person-to-Person (in person), 1952-Battle-of-the-Ages (in person), 1949-1957-The-Ed-Sullivan-Show (in person), 1951-Eddie-Peabody-and-Sonny-Burke's-Orchestra (Sound), 1959-La-rebelion-de-los-adolescentes (Music Department), 1944-Artistry-in-Rhythm (Sound)
Theater Credits | show moreshow less
Black-and-Blue - Music (January 26, 1989 - January 20, 1991), Bubbling-Brown-Sugar - Music (March 2, 1976 - December 31, 1977), At-Home-With-Ethel-Waters - Music (September 22, 1953 - October 10, 1953), Swingin'-The-Dream - Music (November 29, 1939 - December 9, 1939), Change-Your-Luck - Music (June 6, 1930 - June 19, 1930), Shubert-Gaieties-of-1919 - Music (July 17, 1919 - October 18, 1919)
  • W.C. HANDY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 04/08/1957  - HFSID 257382
    W.C. HANDY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 04/08/1957 - HFSID 257382
    W.C. HANDY Black and white publicity photograph of W. C. Handy sitting at a piano. Photograph inscribed and signed: "Mr Jo Rolando Jr/William C Handy/4-8-57". B/w, 7¾x10. From 1903-1921, William Christopher Handy (1873-1958), who was known as the "Father of the Blues", conducted his own band.

    Sale Price $595.00

    $700.00

  • W.C. HANDY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 05/14/1956  - HFSID 327869
    W.C. HANDY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 05/14/1956 - HFSID 327869
    W.C. HANDY Inscribed photograph of the "Father of the Blues" shown reading a piano lesson book featuring his signature classics! Inscribed photograph signed: "Miss Pauline Myra/William C. Handy, 5-14-1956", in blue ink. B/w, 8x10 cardstock photograph.

    Sale Price $637.50

    $750.00

  • W.C. HANDY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 06/20/1947  - HFSID 272464
    W.C. HANDY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 06/20/1947 - HFSID 272464
    Special Price
    W.C. HANDY Small black and white publicity photograph of W. C. Handy receiving the key to St. Louis from Mayor A. P. Kaufmann. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Kenneth E. Wade/W.C. Handy/6-20-1947". B/w, 5x7 overall, image 4½x5 (one surface). Captioned at lower margin: "Mayor A. P.

    Sale Price $525.00

    $700.00

  • W.C. HANDY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 08/16/1950  - HFSID 172391
    W.C. HANDY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 08/16/1950 - HFSID 172391
    W.C. HANDY Black and white with brown hue publicity photograph of W. C. Handy playing his trumpet. Photograph inscribed and signed: "Mr Eddie Sousa/W.C. Handy/8-16-1950". B/w with brown hue, 8x10.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • W.C. HANDY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 08/16/1950  - HFSID 174021
    W.C. HANDY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 08/16/1950 - HFSID 174021
    W.C. HANDY Small black and white publicity photograph of W. C. Handy reading a book. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Mr. & Mrs. Sousa/W.C. Handy/8-16-1950". B/w, 5x7. From 1903-1921, William Christopher Handy (1873-1958), who was known as the "Father of the Blues", conducted his own band.

    Sale Price $450.00

    $500.00

  • W.C. HANDY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH  - HFSID 321985
    W.C. HANDY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 321985
    W.C. HANDY A photograph of Handy with his family: his daughter Lucille, grandson Homer, and cousin Blanch Photograph signed: "W.C. Handy", on verso: "My daughter Lucille/My grandson Homer/My Cousin Blanch Poole/+ myself", Sepia 10x8. W.C.

    Sale Price $680.00

    $800.00

  • W.C. HANDY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH 06/05/1956  - HFSID 174022
    W.C. HANDY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH 06/05/1956 - HFSID 174022
    W.C. HANDY Black and white publicity photograph of W. C. Handy holding a book of sheet music featuring "W.C. Handy's Blues Classics". Photograph signed: "William C Handy/6-5-56." B/w, 8x10. Inscribed in another hand: "To./Mr. Eddie Sousa." He is holding a book of sheet music featuring "W.C. Handy's Blues Classics".

    Sale Price $637.50

    $750.00

  • W.C. HANDY - COLLECTION  - HFSID 90194
    W.C. HANDY - COLLECTION - HFSID 90194
    W.C. HANDY. Comprises (1) TLS: "W.C. Handy", 1p, 8x10¾. New York, N.Y., 1940 February 13.On letterhead of Handy Brothers Music Co., Inc. to Mr. Lionel A. Aucoin, Spencer, Massachusetts. In full: "This is to acknowledge receipt of

    Sale Price $1,020.00

    $1,200.00

  • W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED MAGAZINE PHOTO SIGNED 04/21/1953  - HFSID 279524
    W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED MAGAZINE PHOTO SIGNED 04/21/1953 - HFSID 279524
    W. C. HANDY Red-toned b/w magazine photo of W. C. Handy, the "Father of the Blues", signed and dated in 1953 Inscribed magazine photo signed "Master Allen [illegible]/Wallace Handy/4-21-1953" in blue ink. Red-toned b/w, 6x8¼.

    Sale Price $595.00

    $700.00

  • W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC COVER SIGNED 10/12/1942  - HFSID 287852
    W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC COVER SIGNED 10/12/1942 - HFSID 287852
    W. C. HANDY His inscribed 1942 signature on the cover of sheet music for "Twenty-Third Psalm," published by his company Sheet music inscribed and signed: "To Mrs. Adele R. Grebel /W. C. Handy 10-17-42", 8 pages, 9¼x10½.

    Sale Price $450.00

    $500.00

  • W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC COVER SIGNED 11/06/1957  - HFSID 45852
    W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC COVER SIGNED 11/06/1957 - HFSID 45852
    W.C. HANDY Copy of The Saint Louis Blues signed and dated by Handy on cover Sheet music inscribed and signed: "[illegible]/W.C. Handy/11-6-1957", 6 pages, 9x12¼ (conjoining leaves). Printed sheet music for The Saint Louis Blues: "Revised Edition/Ukulele Arrangement". Published by Genuine American Music.

    Sale Price $595.00

    $700.00

  • W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED  - HFSID 87292
    W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED - HFSID 87292
    W.C. HANDY "The Father of the Blues" signs sheet music for one of his most famous tunes, Saint Louis Blues. Sheet Music inscribed and signed: "To/Mr Arthur Loesser/With sincere appreciation/and many good wishes/W.C. Handy/", 6p, 9x12. His song "Saint Louis Blues".

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED 02/20/1950  - HFSID 168926
    W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED 02/20/1950 - HFSID 168926
    W.C. HANDY Copy of The Saint Louis Blues signed and dated by Handy on cover Sheet music inscribed and signed: "Wes Ballred/W.C. Handy/2-20-1950". 6 pages, 9x12¼ (conjoining leaves). Printed sheet music for The Saint Louis Blues: "Revised Edition/Ukulele Arrangement". Published by Genuine American Music.

    Sale Price $680.00

    $800.00

  • W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED 04/29/1946  - HFSID 167796
    W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED 04/29/1946 - HFSID 167796
    W. C. HANDY W. C. Handy signs sheet music to "The Memphis Blues" to a fan. Sheet Music inscribed and signed: "To Moe Gale Esqr/who has done so much/for music/W.C. Handy/4-29/46", 6p, 9x12. "The Memphis Blues", by W.C. Handy. © 1912 W.C. Handy, renewed 1940. Signed on cover.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED 09/27/1946  - HFSID 174550
    W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED 09/27/1946 - HFSID 174550
    W. C. HANDY W. C. Handy inscribes the sheet music to "Opportunity". Sheet Music inscribed and signed: "To G.C. Gliespie/W.C. Handy/9-27-46", 6p, 9x12. Signed on cover. The song "Opportunity" for medium voice; poem by Walter Malone, music by W. C. Handy. © 1934 W. C. Handy Music Publisher, New York.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED 12/19/1934  - HFSID 255212
    W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED 12/19/1934 - HFSID 255212
    W.C. HANDY "The Father of the Blues" signs one of his most famous tunes. Sheet Music inscribed and signed: "To O. C Drouilard/Season's Greetings/W.C. Handy/12-19-'34.", 8p, 9x12¼. "Souvenir Edition" of his "St. Louis Blues".

    Sale Price $595.00

    $700.00

  • W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED 1932  - HFSID 79749
    W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED 1932 - HFSID 79749
    W.C. HANDY W. C. Handy inscribes sheet music for "St. Louis Blues". Sheet Music inscribed and signed: "To Harry Walman/W.C. Handy/'The Author'/Armistice Day/1932" on front cover, 2p, 8¾x11¾, front and verso. Sheet Music for "St. Louis Blues".

    Sale Price $850.00

    $1,000.00

  • W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED 1950  - HFSID 87936
    W.C. HANDY - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED 1950 - HFSID 87936
    W. C. HANDY W. C. Handy signs sheet music to "Careless Love" to a fan. Sheet Music inscribed and signed: "To Miss Hanna Norris/W.C. Handy/1950", 6p, 8¾x11¾. "Careless Love", by W.C. Handy.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • W.C. HANDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/07/1944  - HFSID 217298
    W.C. HANDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/07/1944 - HFSID 217298
    W.C. HANDY The "Father of the Blues" types a letter after getting out of the hospital to vaudeville comedian Joe Laurie, Jr. and wife regarding his health and the well being of the Memory Lane cast Typed Letter Signed: "W.C. Handy", 1p, 7¼x11. Tuckahoe, New York, 1944 January 7. On his imprinted W.C.

    Sale Price $765.00

    $900.00

  • W.C. HANDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/13/1946  - HFSID 161465
    W.C. HANDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/13/1946 - HFSID 161465
    W.C. HANDY W. C. Handy sends a typed letter to a fan with material about his activities. Typed Letter Signed: "William C. Handy", 1p, 8½x11. New York, N.Y., 1946 June 13. On letterhead of Handy Brothers Music Co., Inc./Publishers/Genuine American Music to Mr.

    Sale Price $637.50

    $750.00

  • W.C. HANDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/29/1942  - HFSID 86773
    W.C. HANDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/29/1942 - HFSID 86773
    W.C. HANDY W. C. Handy sends a typed letter catching up on the news. Typed Letter Signed: "W.C. Handy", 1¼p, 7¼x10½, separate sheets. New York, New York, 1942 July 29. On his personal stationery to Mr. Marius Risley, St. Bonaventure College, St. Bonaventure, New York.

    Sale Price $637.50

    $750.00

  • W.C. HANDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/08/1932  - HFSID 147702
    W.C. HANDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/08/1932 - HFSID 147702
    W.C. HANDY W. C. Handy sends a typed letter about "St. Louis Blues". Typed Letter Signed: "W.C. Handy/Treas", 1p, 8½x11. New York, New York, 1932 December 8. On letterhead of Handy Brothers Music Co. Inc. to Mr. H.C. Darnell, RCA Victor Company, Inc., Camden, New Jersey.

    Sale Price $1,020.00

    $1,200.00

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