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W.C. Handy’s Orchestra, in Memphis, circa 1910

 

Handy’s Orchestra

This is the orchestra the year after they’d moved from Clarksdale, Mississippi, where they had been the Knights of Pithias Orchestra, and about four years before Handy adapted “Mr. Crump Don’t ‘Low” into “The Memphis Blues” and discovered that there was a fortune to be made in publishing blues music. […]