W.C. Handy was accompanied by an excellent band made up of members of the Louis Armstrong Orchestra on this session. Handy was 66 years old and blind when these tunes were recorded and his trumpet playing and vocals were a little weak compared to the rest of the band.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Beale Street Blues
(W.C. Handy)
12-26-1939 New York, New York Varsity
8163
Loveless Love
(W.C. Handy)
12-26-1939 New York, New York Varsity
8162
Davis
DA-22
St. Louis Blues
(W.C. Handy)
12-26-1939 New York, New York Varsity
8163
Davis
DA-22
Elite
5039
Philharmonic
FR-81
'Way Down South Where The Blues Begin
(W.C. Handy)
12-26-1939 New York, New York Varsity
8162
Artist Instrument
Sidney Catlett Drums
Pops Foster Bass
Edmond Hall Clarinet
W.C. Handy Trumpet, Vocals, Leader
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Biggie Madison Tenor Saxophone
Luis Russell Piano