W.C. Handy published his famous song the St. Louis Blues in 1914 but he didn't get around to recording it himself until this version was made in 1922. The song went on to become "the most recorded song of the first half of the 20th Century", outdone in the entire century only by "Silent Night" according to ASCAP. Paramount 12011 was released as Katherine Handy accompanied by Handy's Memphis Blues Band. Katherine was the daughter of W.C. Handy. Several discographies list a recording session for the Lyric label that occurred in September of 1919 and supposedly spawned two records, Lyric 4211 and 4212. It has since been determined that these records were never released and no test pressings have ever been found.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Early Every Morn
(Billy Higgins / W. Benton Overstreet)
1-1922 New York, New York Paramount
12011
Loveless Love
(W.C. Handy)
1-1922 New York, New York Paramount
12011
St. Louis Blues
(W.C. Handy)
1-1922 New York, New York Black Swan
2053-A
Parmount
20098
Muscle Shoals Blues
(George W. Thomas)
3-1922 New York, New York Black Swan
2054-A
Paramount
20112-B
Puritan
11112-B
Davega
5001-B
She's A Mean Job Blues
(Jimmy Selby)
3-1922 New York, New York Black Swan
2054-B
Paramount
20112-A
Puritan
11112-A
Yellow Dog Blues
(W.C. Handy)
1-1922 New York, New York Black Swan
2053-B
Paramount
20098
Artist Instrument
Johnny Dunn Cornet
Katherine Handy Vocals
W.C. Handy Leader, Cornet
Ike Hatch Banjo, Vocals
George Higgans Guitar
Bobby Lee Piano
Sy Moore Drums
James Osborne Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jim Turner Violin
George Williams Trombone
Edward Wyer Violin
Paul Wyer Violin
Robert Young Clarinet, Alto Saxophone