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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 126-142 of 142 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 68366 10-in. 11/18/1940 Harmony blues Kansas City Seven ; Mary Lou Williams instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 68546 10-in. 1/3/1941 Cuban boogie woogie Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 68547 10-in. 1/3/1941 A dream dropped in Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 68548 10-in. 1/3/1941 Is it a sin (lovin' you) ? Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 68549 10-in. 1/3/1941 Ring dem bells Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 69519 10-in. 7/17/1941 Big time grip-1 Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 69520 10-in. 7/17/1941 47th Street jive Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 69521 10-in. 7/17/1941 I'm misunderstood Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 69522 10-in. 7/17/1941 No answer Andy Kirk ; Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Decca 83158 7/11/1952 Down beat Mary Lou Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83159 7/11/1952 [Unknown title(s)] Mary Lou Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83160 7/11/1952 Out of nowhere Mary Lou Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83161 7/11/1952 C jam blues Mary Lou Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83455 9/30/1952 Down beat Mary Lou Williams instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83456 9/30/1952 C jam blues, part 1 Mary Lou Williams instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83457 9/30/1952 C jam blues, part 2 Mary Lou Williams instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 89020 August 1955 Roll 'em-5 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra arranger  
(Results 126-142 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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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