Irene Scruggs

Irene Scruggs (born Irene Smith, December 7, 1901 – July 20, 1981) was an American Piedmont blues and country blues singer, who was also billed as Chocolate Brown and Dixie Nolan. She recorded songs such as "My Back to the Wall" and "Good Grindin'" and worked with Clarence Williams, Joe "King" Oliver, Lonnie Johnson, Little Brother Montgomery, Albert Nicholas, and Kid Ory. Scruggs achieved some success but today is largely forgotten.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 7th, 1901 (Lamont), Died July 20th, 1981 (Trier)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: contralto, lyricist, composer, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W143690 10-in. 3/19/1927 Sorrow Valley blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano lyricist, composer  
OKeh S-72486 10-in. Apr. 1924 Everybody's blues Irene Scruggs ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-72487 10-in. Apr. 1924 Why he left me, I don't know Irene Scruggs ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-72497 10-in. May 1924 Cruel papa but a good man to have around Irene Scruggs ; Irene Scruggs ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist, vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-72498 10-in. May 1924 My daddy's calling me Irene Scruggs ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist, vocalist, contralto  
OKeh W80817 10-in. 5/2/1927 Lonesome valley blues Irene Scruggs Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, contralto, composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80818 10-in. 5/2/1927 Outsider blues Irene Scruggs Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh W80819 10-in. 5/2/1927 Smokey rattler Irene Scruggs Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh W80820 10-in. 5/2/1927 Sorrow Valley blues Irene Scruggs Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano lyricist, vocalist, contralto, composer  
Brunswick C228-C229 10-in. 4/23/1926 Home town blues Irene Scruggs Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C230-C231 10-in. 4/23/1926 Sorrow Valley blues Irene Scruggs Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto, lyricist, composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Scruggs, Irene," accessed August 15, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107426.

Scruggs, Irene. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 15, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107426.

"Scruggs, Irene." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 15 August 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107426

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