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Song of the Week #8 – Saint Louis Blues (WC Handy)

Today’s song of the day comes from “The Father of the Blues”, WC Handy, who died on this date in 1958. He didn’t create the blues – instead he took the regional form of Delta blues and brought it to a national audience with his blues based compositions. Though this song might be considered a blues song, it’s also entered the pantheon of jazz standards. As Landman and I have embarked on our New Orleans and swing jazz listening experiment, I’ve really come to appreciate this tune a lot more. –Heatwave