Joyce's Music Memory List

W.C. Handy

W.C. Handy was born in 1875 and died in 1958,he was raised in a cabin in Alabama with his mother and father. His father was a minister, and his family was very poor. He worked many different weird jobs to save up for a guitar. After many months he finally had enough to buy the guitar he wanted. His father had believed that everything but church music was bad. William’s father told him to return the guitar and get the big dictionary instead. William was an excellent student and enjoyed his school,he graduated and now worked various jobs and was hungry and homeless,Now wearing only a coat and pants he was walking down town when he came across a saloon.William heard a man singing with his guitar and he joined along earning enough money to buy new clothes.William joined the minstrels and traveled all over the U.S.A. Williams first successful song was “Memphis Blues”.

William got only a little bit of money for his song “Memphis Blues” W.C Handy tried to write another song but was being distracted so he packed up a suitcase and rented a hotel without telling anyone.He wrote a new song called “St. Louis Blues” after being inspired by the noises outside of his hotel room and he made $4,000 dollars off of it. But he later lost his eyesight and could not see his movie about his life.

I like W.C Handy because he inspires people and didn't give up when his father tried to make become a minister. He is a very kind and determined person. And his music is very well written and I think that if he was still alive I would definitely get an autograph from him.

Carl Orff

  • Born in Germany
  • He played the blues
  • He died on March 29 1982
  • He was born on June 10 1985
  • Carl had one child, her name was Godela
  • He was married to Liselatte Schmitz
  • Carl Orff's most famous song is Carminative Burana

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