Caption: W.C. Handy, composer of the "St. Louis Blues," plays his famous melody at St. Louis Sportsman's Park on July 10, 1944, during the American Negro Music Festival. He was 70 at the time of the visit. Handy published the blues hit in 1914 in Memphis, where he had established himself as a musician on Beale Avenue (later Beale Street). He spent the winter of 1892-93 in St. Louis, mainly homeless and jobless -- good enough inspirations for the blues. But he named the song in honor of a wealthy friend from St. Louis, not the hard winter he endured as young man. (Post-Dispatch)
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