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St. Louis Blues (1958)
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Summary: Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but he can't stay away from the music of the streets and workers. After he writes a theme song for a local politician, Gogo, a speakeasy singer, convinces Will to be her accompanist. Will is estranged from his father for many years while he writes and publishes many blues songs. (imdb)
Directed By: Allen Reisner
Starring: Eartha Kitt, Ruby Dee, Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, Juano Hernandez, Nat 'King' Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Roy Glenn, Billy Preston, Mahalia Jackson, Jester Hairston, Teddy Buckner
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