This modest Beale Street house was once the address of "the father of the blues," W. C. Handy (1873–1958) ; it was during his time living here that he wrote "Beale Street Blues" and "Memphis Blues," both classics. The house displays just a sampling of Handy memorabilia and artifacts, but you'll be able to peruse old photos as you listen to commentary from a knowledgeable guide. The W.C. Handy house is a quick stop, since the museum is small and the tour only lasts 20 minutes.