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'The Yellow Dog Rag'
Another colorful cover of one of the early blues pieces Handy wrote and published

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William Christopher Handy's "Memphis Blues" Was Published
September 28, 1912

Handy's original tune, titled "Mr. Crump," merged the blues sound with popular ragtime style. Overwhelmingly popular, the song led Crump to the mayor's office and Handy to musical success. Changing the song's name to "The Memphis Blues," he watched the sheet music go on sale in department stores on September 28, 1912. The first thousand copies sold out in just three days. But Handy's publisher deceived him and told him that the song had flopped, offering him just $50 to buy the rights. The composer agreed. Though cheated out of his first big hit, Handy went on to produce many other popular works, such as the "Yellow Dog Rag." W.C. Handy became recognized around the world as the "Father of the Blues." What other blues musicians do you know?
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