Musician, composer, and music publisher, William Christopher Handy was one of the most influential American songwriters. He introduced the blues genre to the world in 1912 through a series of highly successful, authentic, blues songs adapted to a style that Western society could understand.
Through his original Memphis based company in 1912, and its reinvention in 1918 upon relocating to New York City, he achieved international fame for broadening the appeal of black music, and giving America its first musical identity. His company, Handy Brothers Music Co., Inc., is now the oldest family owned entertainment company in the United States. We continue his legacy by broadening the appeal of his music to a new generation.
Licensing contracts for the use of WC Handy’s image & works; Sales of WC Handy’s musical compositions & productions spanning four catalogs with over 800 works, including spirituals; Publish music in diverse genres; Promote new musical artists; Commission musical & theatrical works & events; Commission literary works & film documentaries on the history of the blues & WC Handy.
We provide links to various recordings of his music, in reverse chronological order, as it has impacted theatrical works, films, and live concerts; as performed by a diverse group of artists from blues, to classical, to western styles.
The legacy of WC Handy continues to excite fans through annual festivals, such as the W. C. Handy Festival in Florence, Alabama; the Blues Foundation; nationally prominent symphonies; blues and jazz concerts; and museums dedicated to his life and American music.
Handy Brothers Music Company Inc. was established in 1918 and managed by W.C. Handy until his passing in 1958. Now the business is led and managed by:
Dr. Carlos R. Handy
President & CEO
For all general information about business endeavors
and history contact Carlos Handy.
Ms. Mary Jane Hancock
Director of Legal Affairs
For all business, permissions, licensing and
other legal matters contact Mary Jane Hancock.
Contractual, licensing, and other legal matters should be directly sent to:
Attn: Mary Jane Hancock, Esq.
Phone: 713 621 9561
Mail all correspondence to:
Attn: Dr. C. R. Handy
Phone: 713 458 8577
William C. Handy, 1918 – 1958
William C. Handy, Jr., son, 1958 – 1972
Katherine Handy Lewis, daughter, 1972 – 1982
Wyer Owens Handy, son, 1982 – 1994
Minnie Handy – Hanson, granddaughter, 1994 – 2011
Carlos R. Handy, 2016 – Present