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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 8th, 1910 (Atlanta), Died Durham

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1955

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

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 137 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  
Brunswick C4473 10-in. 5/1/1930 Mary’s idea Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy Jazz/dance band arranger  
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 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 and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 60853 10-in. 3/2/1936 Moten swing Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 60854 10-in. 3/2/1936 Lotta sax appeal Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 60861 10-in. 3/3/1936 Git Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60862 10-in. 3/3/1936 All the jive is gone Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60865 10-in. 3/4/1936 Froggy bottom Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60866 10-in. 3/4/1936 Bearcat shuffle Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60867 10-in. 3/4/1936 Steppin' pretty Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60874 10-in. 3/7/1936 Christopher Columbus Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60876 10-in. 3/7/1936 Corky-1 Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 60877 10-in. 3/7/1936 Corny rhythm Mary Lou Williams instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60878 10-in. 3/7/1936 Overhand (New Froggy Bottom) Mary Lou Williams instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60879 10-in. 3/7/1936 Isabelle Mary Lou Williams instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60886 10-in. 3/11/1936 I'se a-muggin' Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60887 10-in. 3/11/1936 Until the real thing comes along Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 137 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Williams, Mary Lou," accessed October 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103504.

Williams, Mary Lou. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103504.

"Williams, Mary Lou." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 October 2020.

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

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