Handy, W. C. The Jogo Blues 1913 W. C. Handy Black Americana
Memphis Pace and Handy Music Co 1913 Sheet Music Very Good
Pace and Handy Music Co., Memphis, 1913, composed by W. C. Handy
Cover Art - N. Copson
Mild wear, tiny closed edge tear or two, light shelf grit, printed and pencil notation in margin rear cover denoting prior ownership
The Jogo Blues (Jogo slang for Negro) was previously known as the Memphis Itch. Part of the melody was adapted and became the catalyst for Handy's later composition The St Louis Blues, touted to be the most popular Blues song ever written.
Ironically, Handy self-published the St. Louis Blues with help from his long time friend and partner Harry Pace, as every publisher he encountered didn't have any interest.
It has been said that this cover illustration of a Black musician seated at a piano in evening dress, signifies racial undertones and traditional beliefs that Black pianists ("Black Professors") were only suited for playing the piano in saloons or bordellos.
Properly matted and framed this extremely scarce item would make an exceptional decorative item