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Musical Legends Nat King Cole, Eartha Kitt, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Pearl Bailey, Barney Bigard, A Young Billy Preston And An Ensemble Of Jazz Musician Heavweights Join The Celebrated Actress Ruby Dee In This Tribute In Song To The Life Of "The Father Of The Blues", W. C. Handy (Black/White, 1958, 1 Hour 45 Minutes) PLUS BONUS TITLE: NEW WORLD A-COMING: A TRIBUTE TO W. C. HANDY, An Episode Of The Revered 1944 Radio Series Testament Of The Life And Issues Of Black Americans (Audio Only, November 19, 1944, 25 Minutes), All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD Or MP4 Video Download! #StLouisBlues #SaintLouisBlues #WCHandy #NatKingCole #EarthaKitt #CabCalloway #EllaFitzgerald #MahaliaJackson #PearlBailey #BarneyBigard #BillyPreston #RubyDee #Composers #Trumpeters #FatherOfTheBlues #Blues #TheBlues #AmericanMusic #AmericanSongbook #Music #Movies #Film #MotionPictures #Cinema #Hollywood #AmericanCinema #CinemaOfTheUS #DVD #MP4 #VideoDownload
* 11/15/21: Updated To Include NEW WORLD A-COMING: A TRIBUTE TO W. C. HANDY!
St. Louis Blues is a 1958 American film broadly based on the life of W. C. Handy. It stars jazz and blues greats Nat "King" Cole, Pearl Bailey, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, and Barney Bigard, as well as gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and actress Ruby Dee. The film's soundtrack used over ten of Handy's songs including the title song. In conjunction with the film, Cole recorded an album of W. C. Handy compositions, arranged by Nelson Riddle, and Fitzgerald incorporated "St. Louis Blues" into her concert repertoire. The film had its world premiere on April 10, 1958 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, less than two weeks after Handy's death.
W. C. Handy, African American trumpet player and composer known as the "Father of the Blues" (November 16, 1873 - March 28, 1958) was born William Christopher Handy in Florence, Alabama. Handy was one of the most influential American songwriters. He was one of many musicians who played the distinctively American blues music, and he is credited with giving it its contemporary form. Handy did not create the blues genre and was not the first to publish music in the blues form, but he took the blues from a regional music style (Delta blues) with a limited audience to one of the dominant national forces in American music. Handy was an educated musician who used elements of folk music in his compositions. He was scrupulous in documenting the sources of his works, which frequently combined stylistic influences from various performers.