Handy Brothers Music Company, Inc

Handy Brothers Music Company, Inc Handy Brothers Music Company is the oldest black-owned music publishing company in the world, and still family-owned and operated. WC Handy Father of the Blues at Handy Brothers Music Company Inc specializes in entertainment services in the nature of development, creation, production, and post-production of multimedia digital projects in the nature of musical sound recordings.
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We distribute via downloads as well as file delivery systems and USA First Class Mail. We are dedicated to enhancing the legacy of the music of WC Handy Father of the Blues. We are dedicated to promoting the original works of William C. Handy, the "Father of the Blues," including musical arrangements performed by some of the world's greatest blues artists. These include not only works inspired by W.C. Handy’s most famous compositions – including “St. Louis Blues,” “St. Louis Blues March,” “Memphis Blues,” “Yellow Dog Blues,” and “Beale Street Blues” – but also sacred music. We offer:

• Digital Productions services and Blues sheet music for various instruments and ensemble
• Spiritual arrangements
• Educational materials, such as books and anthologies
• Publishing new works both digital and analog

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04/30/2020
Handy Brothers Music Company, Inc

Handy Brothers Music Company, Inc

WC Handy Father of the Blues at Handy Brothers Music Company Inc specializes in entertainment services in the nature of development, creation, production, and post-production of multimedia digital projects in the nature of musical sound recordings.
We distribute via downloads as well as file delivery systems and USA First Class Mail. We are dedicated to enhancing the legacy of the music of WC Handy Father of the Blues.

04/30/2020

WC Handy Father of the Blues at Handy Brothers Music Company Inc specializes in entertainment services in the nature of development, creation, production, and post-production of multimedia digital projects in the nature of musical sound recordings.
We distribute via downloads as well as file delivery systems and USA First Class Mail. We are dedicated to enhancing the legacy of the music of WC Handy Father of the Blues.

Happy 146th Birthday WC HANDY!!!!!  Born TODAY IN 1873, in Florence Alabama.  Your beat rocks on FATHER OF THE BLUES!!!
11/16/2019

Happy 146th Birthday WC HANDY!!!!! Born TODAY IN 1873, in Florence Alabama. Your beat rocks on FATHER OF THE BLUES!!!

HAPPY 146TH BIRTHDAY WC HANDY! Born this day in 1873 in Florence Alabama. Father of the Blues your beat rocks on.

Grammy Voting Members please vote for our Spiritual 'They that Sow in Tears' in Category # 36. Best Gospel Performance/S...
10/18/2018

Grammy Voting Members please vote for our Spiritual 'They that Sow in Tears' in Category # 36. Best Gospel Performance/Song - They That Sow in Tears, Shall Reap in Joy - Reddick Pernell Cunningham Chorale.
Vote for WC Handy!

Grammy Voting Members please give our Spiritual 'They that Sow in Tears' in
Category 36. Best Gospel Performance/Song - They That Sow in Tears, Shall Reap in Joy - Reddick Pernnell Cunningham Chorale.
Vote for WC Handy!

Handy Fest in Henderson KY 2018
08/22/2018

Handy Fest in Henderson KY 2018

Photos by Chuck Summers

W.C. Handy Music Festival
07/28/2018

W.C. Handy Music Festival

PARK ’N SOUL
N HARMONY WITH NATURE LITTER-FREE EVENT
7-9 pm Wilson Park, Florence (in case of rain, event moved to Gattman Park, Muscle Shoals)
Featuring: CC Jags
Sponsored by: Cook’s Pest Control

Mr Handy's Blues in Harlem
05/06/2018

Mr Handy's Blues in Harlem

05/06/2018
04/30/2018
International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day

Be sure to watch the 2018 International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert on April 30 beginning at 4 pm ET with artists including UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Dianne Reeves Music, Branford Marsalis, Danilo Perez, and many more. This year's concert will be an unforgettable statement on the power of music to bring us all together. Made possible by the generous support of Toyota USA. Watch on our page or on Jazzday.com #JazzDay

Father of the Blues, WC Handy dies March 28, 1958 (1873-1958). Died in NY and buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx NY,  in...
03/28/2018

Father of the Blues, WC Handy dies March 28, 1958 (1873-1958). Died in NY and buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx NY, in Jazz Corner.

W.C. Handy—the “Father of the Blues”—dies
More than 25,000 mourners filled the streets around Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church for the funeral of W.C. Handy, who died at the age of 85 on this day in 1958.

“With all their differences, my forebears had one thing in common: if they had any musical talent, it remained buried.” So wrote William Christopher Handy in his autobiography in discussing the absence of music in his home life as a child. Born in northern Alabama in 1873, Handy was raised in a middle-class African-American family that intended for him a career in the church. To them and to his teachers, W.C. Handy wrote, “Becoming a musician would be like selling my soul to the devil.” It was a risk that the young Handy decided to take. He was internationally famous by the time he wrote his 1941 memoir, Father of the Blues, although “Stepfather” might have been a more accurate label for the role he played in bringing Blues into the musical mainstream. The significance of his role is not to be underestimated, however. W.C. Handy, one of the most important figures in 20th-century American popular music history, died in New York City on March 28, 1958.
While Handy’s teachers might not have considered a career in music to be respectable, they provided him with the tools that made his future work possible. Naturally blessed with a fantastic ear, Handy was drilled in formal musical notation as a schoolboy. “When I was no more than ten,” Hand wrote in Father of the Blues, I could catalogue almost any sound that came to my ears, using the tonic sol-fa system. I knew the whistle of each of the river boats on the Tennessee….Even the bellow of the bull became in my mind a musical note, and in later years I recorded this memory in the ‘Hooking cow Blues.'” The talent and the inclination to take the traditional black music he heard during his years as a traveling musician and capture it accurately in technically correct sheet music would be Handy’s great professional contribution. It not only made the music that came to be called “the Blues” playable by other professional musicians, but it also added the fundamental musical elements of the Blues into the vocabulary of professional song-composers. Jazz standards “The Memphis Blues” and “St. Louis Blues” are the most famous of Handy’s own compositions, but his musical legacy can be heard in the works of composers as varied as George Gershwin and Keith Richards.

Join the WC Handy Foundation at Okra Charity Salon.  Drop your ticket in our vote- box.
03/05/2018

Join the WC Handy Foundation at Okra Charity Salon. Drop your ticket in our vote- box.

WC Handy's voting box.
03/05/2018

WC Handy's voting box.

03/03/2018
St Louis blues - Herbie Hancock - Gershwin's World

Enjoying WC Handy played by Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder

Herbie Hancock Gershwin World fue lanzado en 1998 en la etiqueta Verve. GERSHWIN MUNDO. Ganó el Premio Grammy 1999 a la Mejor Interpretación Instrumental de ...

Harlem Rhythm
02/15/2018

Harlem Rhythm

William Christopher Handy (W. C. Handy) was an African American composer and musician, known as the "Father of the Blues". Handy was one of the most influential American songwriters. He was one of many musicians who played the distinctively American blues music, and he is credited with giving it its contemporary form.

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 with a limited audience to one of the dominant national forces in American music.

#Harlem #Uptown #Community #Dance #Music #HRCD #Blues #WCHandy #FatheroftheBlues #HarlemRhythmCommunityDance #Rhythm #BlackPride

A common American story
02/05/2018
White Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing

A common American story

White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing is the story of Gail Lukasik’s mother’s “passing,” Gail’s struggle with the shame of her mother’s choice, and her subsequent journey of self-discovery and redemption. In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail expl...

A tribute article to WC Handy, Love the enthusiasm for WC Handy!
02/04/2018
Unpublished Black HistoryIn W. C. Handy’s Band

A tribute article to WC Handy, Love the enthusiasm for WC Handy!

After we unearthed dozens of photographs from The New York Times’s archives, we asked you to submit your own unpublished images of black history. Welcome to this evolving collection.

Black History Month travel destinations
02/04/2018
Black History Month travel destinations

Black History Month travel destinations

With an entire country of rich history to explore, and nonstop flights from BWI readily available, consider discovering the African-American legacy of cities throughout the country. We've done the legwork, identifying some of the most interesting spots to sightsee for a weekend, or longer.

The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Award Honoring W.C. Handy at The Rise School Houston.  The Handys made the donation...
01/31/2018

The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Award Honoring W.C. Handy at The Rise School Houston. The Handys made the donation on January 30th 2018 after participating in a sing-along and dance show presented by the students of the successful Music Therapy program managed by Veronica Llanos Butler

The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Award Honoring W.C. Handy at The Rise School Houston

Mr. Handy's Blues: A Musical Documentary
01/09/2018

Mr. Handy's Blues: A Musical Documentary

Father of the Blues
11/11/2017

Father of the Blues

Blue Destiny
10/30/2017
Blue Destiny

Blue Destiny

Blue Destiny, a four part symphony, was written by WC Handy and arranged by Harry A. Yerkes, Alberte Chiaffarelli, and WC Handy. First movement is based on Saint Louis Blues. Second movement is based on Beale Street Blues. Third movement (Scherzo) is based on St. Louis Blues. Fourth movement by Chas L. Cooke based on Harlem Blues and Memphis Blues. Composed in the 1950s.

WC Handy's Harlem home at 232 W. 139th Street, Harlem, NY. Located on Striver's Row.
10/26/2017

WC Handy's Harlem home at 232 W. 139th Street, Harlem, NY. Located on Striver's Row.

Beale St.​WC ​Handy Home​ & Museum​ Owner MIA? WC Handy wrote the lyric ‘If Beale Street could talk,’…and lordy we wish ...
08/09/2017
WC Handy Foundation – Supporting Young Musicians

Beale St.
​WC ​Handy Home​ & Museum​ Owner MIA?

WC Handy wrote the lyric ‘If Beale Street could talk,’…and lordy we wish the street could talk enough to tell us who owns the Handy Home Museum at 352 Beale Street. We also need to verify that the Father of the Blues owned and lived in the Handy Home. Once we verify the historical provenance of the home then the owner could start performing the many-needed repairs and upkeep. Unfortunately, we have been told by the City that two different owners have rights to the home, the City of Memphis and Mr. John Elkington of the now defunct Performa Entertainment Real Estate, Inc. Neither the City nor Mr. Elkington will provide the name of the previous owner who sold or donated the home nor will they repair the roof, the fence and the water pipe that has been broken for nearly 10 years as reported by other business owners on Beale St. who routinely open their restrooms up for museum visitors and staff.

We identified one more potential owner who may have a claim to the home due to a potential defect in title to the home, the grandchildren of Handy’s neighbors, WH Holloway and his wife Rebecca who lived at 659 Jennette Place in the home now located at 352 Beale St. Lot 659 is the lot adjacent to WC Handy’s lot at 657 Jennette Place.

In 2016, we visited the Handy Museum on Beale St and noticed the home was hidden behind an overgrown tree, we also noticed missing shingles from the roof scattered in the yard, boards popping off the side of the house, missing light bulbs and light covers, and we learned there was no running water in the museum. Dr. Carlos Handy, the only living grandson of WC Handy was shocked, disappointed, and angered to see the condition of the home. The dilapidated home casts a poor reflection on the legacy of WC Handy Father of the Blues, and the Handy family. We met with Mayor Strickland in February 2017 to discuss the future of the Handy Home and we were told the home belonged to the City of Memphis and was supposed to be transferred to the City years ago by the presumed owner and holder of the papers, Mr. Elkington. The City claimed that as soon as the paperwork for the home was delivered by Mr. Elkington, the City would start repairs. The City offered to inspect the home for Dr. Handy and agreed to send an Inspection Report to the Handys. The inspection was completed and the report was delivered by Spring 2017. We also requested an inventory and proof of insurance for the home, and neither have been delivered. Over the last 30-plus years, the Handy Foundation has loaned Handy artifacts, family letters and photographs, and other Handy historical items to the museum.

During that visit to Memphis we attempted to locate 659 Janette Street and learned from the City and Shelby County records that Memphis has never had a street named Janette. However, there is a Jennette Place. Realizing the name of street was incorrect we logically concluded that possibly the house number was incorrect. We ordered a title search for 659 Jennette Place and learned Handy never owned that home. A search of all properties on the block revealed that Mr. Handy purchased the home next door at 657 in January 1911. Nearly 100 years later, the Handy’s home at 657 was destroyed by a fire and unceremoniously demolished in 2011 per the City records. Let that fact set in for a moment, and you too will feel the deep blue-depression we are feeling at the Handy Foundation. The neighbors still remember the fire.

Today, there is no historic marker at 659 or 657 Jennette Place. We have plans to apply for a historic marker to honor the place where Handy’s house stood at 657 Jenette Place in the neighborhood behind Stax Museum. WC Handy and his wife Elizabeth raised their family in a shotgun home at 657 Jennette Place, and the couple entertained their friends and neighbors and WC Handy composed great American standards including Beale Street Blues, Memphis Blues, and St. Louis Blues among countless other hits.

Why the editors of Handy’s autobiography used an erroneous address in WC’s autobiography Father of the Blues is a mystery to us. The autobiography tracks the Handy’s move from a rental home on Ayers Street in Memphis to a home they purchased in Memphis. Handy dictated the book into a Dictaphone. We have a Handy Dictaphone on display at the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis along with a Handy typewriter. Father of the Blues was inducted into the Literary Hall of Fame at the Blues Foundation in May 2017. The book display will be open to the public until May 2018.

Then we heard about the 1990 lawsuit filed in Chancery Court of Shelby County, The Blues Foundation v Joe Savarin & John Elkington et all, and read the Court Order signed by the Judge stating John Elkington owns the Handy Home. A search of public records of Elkington’s business and personal inventories during his bankruptcy and divorce proceedings does not list the Handy House as an asset. A public records search of the City’s assets, the assets of Beale Street Development Corporation, Beale Street Management’s assets, and the Blues Foundation assets does not reveal a claim of ownership by any entity listed. The IRS was unable to locate an owner by a name-based reverse search of historical assets.

However, we did find the Handy Home listed as the keystone asset of the public records of the multi-million-dollar federal grants applications submitted to the Federal Government for Beale St to receive the Historical Designation and all benefits including millions in grants and millions in tax breaks. In the grant applications, the relocated Handy Home is positioned on Beale St to be the ‘Gateway to Beale Street.’ Perhaps in the haste to get the grant applications written and submitted for federal funding and tax breaks, a title search was never pulled and the wrong home was inadvertently moved to Beale St. Or perhaps the error was discovered when the researchers realized Janette St did not exist, and the decision was made to move the home anyway. I am disturbed by the current sign in front of the home on Beale St boldly displaying the statement ‘The house was moved here from 659 Janette St…’, a street that never existed in Memphis. Whoever printed the sign or directed the printing of the sign must have known of the error, and decided to print the inaccurate address with little regard for the actual name of the street or the home’s provenance.

WC Handy’s company, Handy Brothers Music Company, Inc. will turn 100 years old in 2018 and the Board of the Handy Foundation is planning Centennial Celebrations for the oldest American entertainment company still family owned and operated. Events will commence in multiple cities in multiple states. Before the Centennial Celebrations begin, we ask that the owner of the Handy Home come forward, claim ownership and disclose who sold or transferred the home to them.

If the home was never owned by WC Handy, then the owner must stop using the Handy name to promote the Holloway’s home AND return all gifted or loaned Handy artifacts to the Handy Foundation. If the true owner proves the Handy Home’s historical significance and provenance then we ask that the needed repairs, maintenance and upkeep commence at once so Blues lovers everywhere may visit the Handy Home in 2018 to celebrate the life and music of WC Handy Father of the Blues and America’s oldest family owned and operated entertainment company Handy Brothers Music Company, Inc.

Mary Jane Hancock, Esq does not speak for the Board of the WC Handy Foundation and all views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of other Board. [email protected] www.WCHandyFoundation.org Submitted August 6, 2017
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P.O.Box 667339
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WC Handy Father of the Blues at Handy Brothers Music Company Inc specializes in entertainment services in the nature of development, creation, production, and post-production of multimedia digital projects in the nature of musical sound recordings.
We distribute via downloads as well as file delivery systems and USA First Class Mail. We are dedicated to enhancing the legacy of the music of WC Handy Father of the Blues.

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