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W. C. Handy
(1873-1958) born on
Nov 16
US composer, singer. The Father of the Blues integrated the blues idiom into the then-fashionable ragtime; composed the classic "St. Louis Blues."
Life is something like a trumpet. If you don't put anything in, you won't get anything out.

You can never tell what's in a woman's mind,
And if she's from Harlem, there's no use o' tryin'
In the South of long ago whenever a new man appeared for work in any of the laborers' gangs, he would be asked if he could sing. If he could he got the job. The singing of these working men set the rhythm for the work.
Hard times that's all we hear 'round this way.
Odd dimes they're growing thinner each day.
Good times, "Just 'round the corner," so they say.
Sometimes I feel like nothin,' somethin' throwed away,
Somethin' throwed away.
And then I get my guitar, play the blues all day.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: From "The LIFE 101 Quote Book," an internet collection of quotations.
R: "Harlem Blues," 1922.
A: c. 1917; in "My Soul Looks Back, 'Less I Forget," by Dorothy Winbush Riley, 1995.
N: "Way Down South Where the Blues Began," 1932.
K: "Joe Turner Blues," 1915.

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