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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 May 28th, 1981 (Durham)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1955

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

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 142 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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 ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60887 10-in. 3/11/1936 Until the real thing comes along Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60894 10-in. 3/11/1936 Swingin' for joy Mary Lou Williams instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60895 10-in. 3/11/1936 Clean pickin' Mary Lou Williams instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60961 10-in. 3/31/1936 Puddin' head serenade Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60972 10-in. 4/2/1936 Until the real thing comes along Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60973 10-in. 4/3/1936 Blue illusion Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 60974 10-in. 4/3/1936 Cloudy Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61003 10-in. 4/7/1936 Give her a pint (and she'll tell it all) Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61023 10-in. 4/9/1936 Mary's special Mary Lou Williams instrumentalist, piano, celeste  
Decca 61463 10-in. 12/9/1936 Fifty-Second Street Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61464 10-in. 12/9/1936 The lady who swings the band Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61465 10-in. 12/9/1936 What will I tell my heart? Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61466 10-in. 12/9/1936 Dedicated to you Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61598 10-in. 2/15/1937 Wednesday night hop-1 Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61599 10-in. 2/15/1937 Skies are blue Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61950 10-in. 2/15/1937 Downstream Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 61951 10-in. 2/15/1937 In the groove (Keep it in the groove CD MCA-GRP 1622-2, CD MCA-GRP 2641-2/2) Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62133 10-in. 4/17/1937 Worried over you Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62134 10-in. 4/17/1937 Foolin' myself Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62135 10-in. 4/17/1937 I'm glad for your sake Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62136 10-in. 4/17/1937 I'll get along somehow Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 26-50 of 142 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Williams, Mary Lou," accessed December 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103504.

Williams, Mary Lou. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103504.

"Williams, Mary Lou." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 December 2021.

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

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