#1372 – 1969 6c W. C. Handy

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Issue Date:  May 17, 1969

City:  Memphis, TN
Quantity:  125,555,000

Printed By:  Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Printing Method:  Lithographed, engraved

Perforations:  11

Color:  Violet, deep lilac and blue

 

Issued on the 150th anniversary of the founding of Memphis, Tennessee, this issue salutes famous composer, musician, and the man whom many consider the “inventor of the blues,” W.C. Handy.

 

W. C. Handy (1873-1958)

Composer and Musician

The “Father of the Blues” was born in Florence, Alabama, and later moved to Memphis, Tennessee.  Handy did not invent the blues, but was responsible for popularizing the music.  Among his famous songs are “Memphis Blues,” “Beale Street Blues,” “St. Louis Blues,” and “Joe Turner Blues.”  He wrote an autobiography, “Father of the Blues,” and a book on black musicians, “Unsung Americans Sung.”

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Issue Date:  May 17, 1969

City:  Memphis, TN
Quantity:  125,555,000

Printed By:  Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Printing Method:  Lithographed, engraved

Perforations:  11

Color:  Violet, deep lilac and blue

 

Issued on the 150th anniversary of the founding of Memphis, Tennessee, this issue salutes famous composer, musician, and the man whom many consider the “inventor of the blues,” W.C. Handy.

 

W. C. Handy (1873-1958)

Composer and Musician

The “Father of the Blues” was born in Florence, Alabama, and later moved to Memphis, Tennessee.  Handy did not invent the blues, but was responsible for popularizing the music.  Among his famous songs are “Memphis Blues,” “Beale Street Blues,” “St. Louis Blues,” and “Joe Turner Blues.”  He wrote an autobiography, “Father of the Blues,” and a book on black musicians, “Unsung Americans Sung.”