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, vocalist
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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||leader, instrumentalist, piano|
|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)||instrumentalist, piano, arranger, leader|
|Victor||D6VB-2899||10-in.||10/7/1946||Waltz boogie||Mary Lou Williams Trio ; Mary Lou Williams||Piano solo, with bass and drums||instrumentalist, piano, composer, leader|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Williams, Mary Lou," accessed November 26, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103504.
Williams, Mary Lou. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 26, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103504.
"Williams, Mary Lou." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 26 November 2022.
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