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.
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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. Emil R. Dein, San Perdo (sic, Pedro), California. In full: "Many thanks for your good letter. It is with pleasure that I autograph to you along with other material that will give you an insight of my activities. I hope you will excuse my scribbling, and you will when I tell you that my eyesight is about gone, but I am thankful at the age of seventy-two to still be able to toot the old trumpet which I did in Memphis at the Cotton Carnival on the 16th of May and Greensboro, N.C. May 23rd; Cleveland and, it is a wonder you did not hear me over the radio playing the 'SAINT LOUIS BLUES' at Bill Robinson's birthday party. I will appear at the American Negro Music Festival July 12th Chicago and Detroit July 16th tooting the old trumpet in 'SAINT LOUIS BLUES.' I am also sending you an autographed copy of the 'SAINT LOUIS BLUES' which speaks for itself. Trusting that these things will add to your enjoyment, and with every good wish, I am Very truly yours." Items mentioned not present. From 1903-1921, HANDY, who was known as the "Father of the Blues", conducted his own band. He became a music publisher in the 1920s, becoming the first to codify and publish songs known as "the blues". His own works include "Memphis Blues", "St. Louis Blues" and "Beale Street Blues". BILL ROBINSON was the Black dancer and performer known as "Bojangles". Lightly creased. Folds, vertical folds touch the "W" of William and the "n" in Handy. Staple holes at upper left margin, pinholes at right blank margin. Overall, fine condition.
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