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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.

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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. In full: "This is to thank you for your letter of July 10th, and for making it possible for us to receive 50 additional copies of 'The Victorian' which carried your splendid article. A young man from Porto (sic) Rico is collaborating with me on a song that he wrote, in fact, I am going to try to handle the song and he suggested to Father Strassburger and his brother to pay me a visit, they came in and I showed them your article and the magazine, they were acquainted with the father on the outside cover but I don't think they were acquainted with the magazine so I gave them each an autographed copy and have placed each copy where it will do some good for all concerned. Some relatives have been visiting me from the South and while they were on vacation I decided to take a week off for myself and returned from the mountains feeling much better, so, you will be surprised to know that I am rehearsing for Billy Rose's show that opens Monday or Tuesday night and I am doing 'ST. LOUIS BLUES' on the trumpet, headlining with Harriet Hector. I think it is going to be a beautiful show and should you come to New York I hope you will find it convenient to drop in on us. I congratulate you on the completion of your work and receiving a degree in August. I hope you will let me hear from you when you go to Washington and when you go Southwest and let me know how you are getting along and in fact I am hoping all the fine things for you you hoped for me in your last letter Very truly yours, P. S. Have you seen the Theatre Arts Magazine, The Negro in the American Theatre, August edition, if not get it. I tried to get a copy to send you but haven't been able to do so. I know you will enjoy reading it since it is interesting. Let me know if you were able to obtain a copy." A year earlier, jazz great HANDY, the son and grandson of African Methodist Episcopal ministers, had published his autobiography, Father of the Blues. Although the songwriter, cornetist and bandleader did not invent the "Blues", he was one of the first to use the term in a song title ("Memphis Blues" in 1912) and published "blue notes" in his compositions. Best known for "St. Louis Blues" (1914) and "Beale Street Blues" (1916), Handy was a popular performer until the mid-1940s, when he retired due to failing eyesight. BILLY ROSE, the composer of hundreds of popular songs, was also known for his off-Broadway spectaculars and revues. Lightly creased, tanned at bottom edge, rust paper clip stain in upper left blank corner, lightly soiled in upper right blank corner of first sheet. Overall, fine condition.

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