Look Back: W.C. Handy, 1932
Date: 3/2/2012 Album ID: 1425671
Photos by Post-Dispatch staff photographers
William Christopher Handy stood before the live microphone of KMOX on March 5, 1932, raised a cornet to his lips and blew "St. Louis Blues", the bouncing melody that made him rich. W.C. Handy’s first visit to St. Louis in winter 1893 was all about blues, nothing of riches. Shivvering with other homeless men on cobblestone riverfront, Handy probably did "hate to see that evening sun go down," as the lyrics go.