W. C. Handy (1873-1958) Musician, composer. Handy played with several bands and traveled throughout the Midwest and the South, learning about the African-American folk music that would become known as the blues. Handy later composed his own songs—including “St. Louis Blues,” “Memphis Blues” and “Aunt Hagar’s Blues”—which would help popularize the form and come to be major commercial hits. 8” x 10” sepia-toned photograph signed, “To Kenneth Griffith with loads of luck W. C. Handy 6-2-1942”.