Bob Effros in 1929

Bob Effros in 1929
Bob Effros (left) with Vincent Lopez Orchestra

Saturday, May 24, 2014

W.C. Handy: "Father of the Blues" performing his own "Memphis Blues"

"Life is something like this trumpet. If you don't put anything in it you don't get anything out. And that's the truth".  William C. Handy

Grandpa Bob adored W.C Handy: Memphis friend and fellow trumpeter known as "Father of the Blues".

At 11 years old, I composed my first letter to a US President.  What was the pressing issue? Being a young stamp collector, grandpa urged me to write the US Government in support of a Postage stamp honoring the well deserved W.C Handy  issued May 17, 1969.

Thanks to  Dorian Henry  for this  "Memphis Blues"   Lyrics below:

"There's nothing like the Handy Band that played the Memphis Blues so grand.

Oh play them Blues.

That melancholy strain, that ever haunting refrain

Is like a sweet old sorrow song.

Here comes the very part that wraps a spell around my heart.

It sets me wild to hear that loving tune a gain,

The Memphis Blues".