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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 51-75 of 142 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 62446 10-in. 7/26/1937 A mellow bit of rhythm-1 Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62447 10-in. 7/26/1937 In my wildest dreams Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62448 10-in. 7/26/1937 Better luck next time Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62449 10-in. 7/26/1937 Satan takes a holiday Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62453 10-in. 7/27/1937 What's mine is yours Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62454 10-in. 7/27/1937 Why can't we do it again? Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62455 10-in. 7/27/1937 The key to my heart Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62456 10-in. 7/27/1937 I want to be a gypsy Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62872 10-in. 12/13/1937 Lover come back to me Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62873 10-in. 12/13/1937 Poor butterfly Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62874 10-in. 12/13/1937 The big dipper Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62875 10-in. 12/13/1937 Bear down Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63255 10-in. 2/8/1938 I surrender dear Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63256 10-in. 2/8/1938 Twinklin' Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63257 10-in. 2/8/1938 It must be true Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63258 10-in. 2/8/1938 I'll get by Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63259 10-in. 2/8/1938 Little Joe from Chicago-1 Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 64612 10-in. 9/9/1938 The gal that wrecked my life Rodney Sturgis instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 64613 10-in. 9/9/1938 Bless you, my dear Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 64614 10-in. 9/9/1938 How can we be wrong? Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 64615 10-in. 9/9/1938 Mess-a stomp-1 Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 64642 10-in. 9/2/1938 Toadie toddle Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 64643 10-in. 9/2/1938 won't tell a soul (I love you) Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 64644 10-in. 9/2/1938 What would people say? Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 64645 10-in. 9/2/1938 How much do you mean to me? Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 51-75 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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