Widely known as the "Father of the Blues," W.C. Handy iss among the
most influential of American songwriters. Though he was one of many
musicians who played the distinctively American form of music known as
the blues, he is credited with giving it its contemporary form. While
Handy was not the first to publish music in the blues form, he took the
blues from a not very well-known regional music style to one of the
dominant forces in American music..