As I continue to explode aworks into micro-entries on twitter and del.icio.us, I'm realizing the flow works in the other direction as well. Or to phrase it differently, blogging requires some thought, unlike twitter. So in this post, I'll correct what I just twittered, after listening to a John Fahey version of a famous composition.
Yes in fact, W.C. Handy's St. Louis Blues is a famous composition. Wikipedia:
"St. Louis Blues" is a piece of American music composed by William Christopher Handy in the blues style. It remains a fundamental part of jazz musicians' repertoire. It was also one of the first blues songs to succeed as a pop song; it has been performed by numerous musicians of all styles from Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith to Glenn Miller and the Boston Pops Orchestra. It has been called "the jazzman's Hamlet". Published in September of 1914 by Handy's own company, it later gained such popularity that it inspired the dance step the "Foxtrot".
I also don't remember what Ken Burns had to say about the work although I see a version by Louis Armstrong included in the Ken Burns' Jazz CD set. I do remember how Armstrong's recording of West End Blues was seen as a momentous work, though...
YouTube with St. Louis Blues as soundtrack: