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Handy Brothers Music Co., Sales Promo for Minstrels

By: (Handy, W. C.)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Handy Brothers Music Co.: ca. 1930

Seller ID: 16055

Condition: Very Good


Small (3 1/2 X 6) sales promo from Handy Brothers Music Co. This sheet is of interest bacuse it is aimed at minstrel shows and features aneclectic mix of music, including the spiritual (Oh Death Where Is Thy Sting), Hokum (Who Broke the Lock on the Hen House Door), and Rock (Shake, Rattle and Roll). If Shake, Rattle and Roll is the famous rock song, then this Promo has to date from the 1950's. However, I suspect that this is a different song that was more connected to minstrelsy and that the Promo is from the 1930's. This is still an odd grouping of songs, connected to the Handy publishing hou... View more info

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Autograph of W. C. Handy, Framed with Photo

By: Handy, W. C.

Price: $225.00

Publisher: Associated Press: 1941,1951

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15353

Condition: Very Good-


"Father of the Blues," 1951 Associated Press photo on the occasion of his 78th birthday, framed with cut signature from an autograph album, dated 1941. There are some small holes in the paper. Photo is somewhat yellowed. The price takes these flaws into account. The photo is 8x10, the signature 3 ½ x 1 ½, matted together to 11x17. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 1 pages; Signed by Author View more info

Father of the Blues An Autobiography

By: Handy, W. C.

Price: $175.00

Publisher: New York, Macmillan: 1941

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 14580

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Some light wear on edges, corners, spine ends and surface. Small stain on front foredge, along with general and expected aging. Book is square and binding is secure. This is a solid copy of the stated 1st Printing of Handy's autobiography. Musical transcriptions of some songs are used as illustrations. Even though Handy was called the "Father of the Blues," modern writers often dismiss, unwarrantedly, that title. In many ways, Handy was exactly what the title suggests. We also have a very attractive autographed photo of Handy. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 317 pages View more info

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W. C. Handy Letter, Signed -- to a fan, 1943

By: Handy, W. C.

Price: $600.00

Publisher: New York, W. C. Handy: 1943

Seller ID: 15311

Condition: Very Good


W.C. Handy (1873-1958) brought blues music to the fore of American Music from its modest regional roots. Considered one of the most influential songwriters with a stunning number of classic compositions to his credit not the least being "Saint Louis Blues" and "Memphis Blues". Later in his career he authored four books on African-American composers and music history. His funeral was attended by thousands in Harlem and over a hundred thousand mourners lined the streets in the Bronx to his grave site. Offered is a typed letter signed 11 x 8½" on Handy Brothers Music Co., Inc... View more info

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A Treasury of the Blues : Complete Words and Music of 67 Great Songs From Memphis Blues to the Present Day

By: Handy, W. C. (Ed.)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Boni (Simon & Schuster): 1949

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 12964

Condition: Very Good- with no dust jacket


Black cloth with red backstrip and gilt titles. Some edge, corner and surface wear with a small dampstain on the lower left corner and spine area, that affects, to a lessening degree on each page the first 25 pages or so. The stain touches no text and is not especially noticeable. ; B&W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 258 pages; Great collection of blues, and other songs, with both words and music. Handy desreves more credit in the history of blues than many purists give him credit. This is considered the 2nd edition after the 1926 1st. View more info