W.C. Handy Original SIGNED 1940 Music Folio, "The Memphis Blues" [SOLD[
W.C. Handy Original SIGNED 1940 Music Folio, "The Memphis Blues" [SOLD[
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W.C. Handy SIGNED Original Music Folio, "The Memphis Blues" (or Mr. Crump), Handy Brothers Music Co., New York, 1940; SIGNED in ink at the first page by the composer W.C. Handy and by the lyricist and arranger J. Russel Robinson; warmly inscribed to Margaret Bonds, pioneering African American composer and classical pianist, who is perhaps best known for the art songs she composed in collaboration with the poet, Langston Hughes. Memphis Blues was one of Handy’s earliest compositions which he claimed (controversially) to have composed as a campaign song for Tennessean Edward Crump’s political campaign of 1910. Handy apparently sold the tune in rather murky circumstances in 1912, but the Foreword to the folio celebrates the return of the copyright to Handy after a 28 year period and promises a full account of how Handy “was induced to part with” his tune for 50 dollars in a “forthcoming autobiography”. For this reissue of “Memphis Blues” Handy had restored parts of the original composition omitted under the earlier copyright and the folio features new lyrics by Robinson “with boogie-woogie accompaniment”. About near fine, in pictorial wraps, 12.25” by 9.25”, 7pp laid into wraps, touch of wear to spine and edges, top corner of rear wrap is creased; the original signatures and inscription are fine without loss or fading. A vintage piece of signed jazz ephemera with a very nice association. J 1850

W.C. Handy Original SIGNED 1940 Music Folio, "The Memphis Blues" [SOLD[
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W.C. Handy Original SIGNED 1940 Music Folio, "The Memphis Blues" [SOLD[
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W.C. Handy Original SIGNED 1940 Music Folio, "The Memphis Blues" [SOLD[
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W.C. Handy Original SIGNED 1940 Music Folio, "The Memphis Blues" [SOLD[
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W.C. Handy Original SIGNED 1940 Music Folio, "The Memphis Blues" [SOLD[
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W.C. Handy Original SIGNED 1940 Music Folio, "The Memphis Blues" [SOLD[
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W.C. Handy Original SIGNED 1940 Music Folio, "The Memphis Blues" [SOLD[
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