The man known as the Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy, was born on this day in 1873, and it's not exaggerating to say rock and popular music wouldn't have played out the same way without him. Plus: if you have the blues because your cat keeps waking you up in the night, you may want to check out this new cat-friendly bedframe.
Tax Day gives a lot of us the blues - which, as it turns out, actually kind of works. April 15th is the birthday of the Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith.