Hart A. Wand

 

March 3, 1887 – August 9, 1960

Inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2012, Hart A. Wandwas an American early fiddler and bandleader from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In the musical world he is chiefly noted for publishing the "Dallas Blues", the first ever published twelve-bar blues song, in March 1912.

Named for his grandfather, Wand was an 89er, coming with his parents, a brother, and two sisters from Kansas at age two. His father John, an immigrant from Frankfurt, Germany, and successful druggist in Topeka, immediately after the run set up a tent drugstore in what would become Oklahoma City. After his father's death in 1909, Hart Wand took control of the Wand & Son manufacturing plant in Oklahoma City, and kept up his musical interests. Wand moved his business to Chicago sometime before 1920, and by 1920 had settled in New Orleans. He traveled through Europe, Latin America, and Asia for his business. Samuel Charters, who interviewed Wand for his book The Country Blues stated that Wand was respected and well liked in New Orleans.