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"Then I saw the beauty of primitive music." W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues

W.C. Handy grew up in the southern part of the United States, in a small town in Alabama. His father was a church leader, and Handy was raised in the faith of his father. Life was hard in those days. And when Handy was young, he had to work. He made soap and worked in the fields.

W.C. Handy at age 19

Handy loved music, so he secretly saved his money and bought a guitar. When h...

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