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Mary Lou Williams

Mary Lou Williams (born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs; May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981) was an American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer. She wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements and recorded more than one hundred records (in 78, 45, and LP versions). Williams wrote and arranged for Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and she was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Tadd Dameron, Bud Powell, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 8, 1910 (Atlanta), Died May 28, 1981 (Durham)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, arranger, composer, leader, songwriter, celeste

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 147 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-09576 10-in. 7/7/1937 Roll 'em Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-017042 10-in. 11/12/1937 Camel hop Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-023420 10-in. 5/23/1938 Little Joe from Chicago Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-044234 10-in. 11/21/1939 Why go on pretending? Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-055504 10-in. 8/8/1940 What's your story, morning glory Tex Beneke ; Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PD6VB-2524 10-in. 7/24/1946 Harmony grits Mary Lou Williams' Girl Stars Jazz/dance quintet, with solos instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor PD6VB-2525 10-in. 7/24/1946 It must be true Mary Lou Williams' Girl Stars ; Mary Lou Williams Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PD6VB-2528 10-in. 7/24/1946 Humoresque Mary Lou Williams Trio ; Mary Lou Williams Piano solo, with bass (take 1)Piano solo, with bass and drums (take 2) arranger, instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Victor D6VB-2899 10-in. 10/7/1946 Waltz boogie Mary Lou Williams Trio ; Mary Lou Williams Piano solo, with bass and drums leader, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor D7VB-0627 10-in. 3/5/1947 Pretty eyed baby William Johnson ; Musical Notes (Bill Johnson) Male vocal solo, with vocal quartet and jazz/dance quintet songwriter  
Brunswick C4473 10-in. 5/1/1930 Mary’s idea Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band arranger  
Brunswick C5724 10-in. May 1930 Night life Mary Lou Williams Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C5725 10-in. May 1930 Drag ‘em Mary Lou Williams Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick C6017 10-in. 7/15/1930 Gettin’ off a mess Seven Little Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick C6431 10-in. 10/9/1930 Travelin’ that rocky road Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band arranger  
Brunswick KC591 10-in. Nov. 1929 Mess-a-stomp Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band arranger  
Brunswick KC600 10-in. Nov. 1929 Sumpin’ slow and low Memphis Stompers ; John Williams Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick KC618 10-in. Nov. 1929 Corky stomp Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick KC619 10-in. Nov. 1929 Froggy Bottom Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band arranger  
Brunswick KC620 10-in. Nov. 1929 Froggy Bottom Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band arranger  
Decca 60852 10-in. 3/2/1936 Walkin' and swingin'-1 Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 60853 10-in. 3/2/1936 Moten swing Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 60854 10-in. 3/2/1936 Lotta sax appeal Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 60861 10-in. 3/3/1936 Git Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60862 10-in. 3/3/1936 All the jive is gone Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 147 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Williams, Mary Lou," accessed May 18, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103504.

Williams, Mary Lou. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 18, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103504.

"Williams, Mary Lou." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 18 May 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103504

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