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Shirley Scott

Shirley Scott (March 14, 1934 – March 10, 2002) was an American jazz organist.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Scott studied trumpet and piano in school. As a performer in the 1950s, she played the Hammond B-3 organ. Her recordings with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis included the hit "In the Kitchen". Influenced by gospel and blues, she played soul jazz in the 1960s with Stanley Turrentine, who became her husband during the same decade; the couple divorced in 1971.

Although organ trios declined in popularity during the 1970s, they resurged in the 1980s and she recorded again. In the 1990s, she recorded as pianist in a trio and performed at venues in Philadelphia. She was also a jazz educator.

Scott won an $8 million settlement in 2000 against American Home Products, the manufacturers of the diet drug fen-phen. She died of heart failure in 2002.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Shirley Scott among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 14th, 1934 (Philadelphia), Died March 10th, 2002 (Philadelphia)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: organ

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 104005 1/13/1958 Save your love for me-1 Joe Newman Quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Decca 104006 1/13/1958 The farmer's daughter Joe Newman Quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Decca 104007 1/13/1958 Three little words Joe Newman Quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Decca 104008 1/15/1958 Too marvelous for words Joe Newman Quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Decca 104009 1/15/1958 Scotty Joe Newman Quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Decca 104010 1/15/1958 Makin' whoopee Joe Newman Quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Decca 104011 1/15/1958 Rosetta Joe Newman Quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Decca 104012 1/17/1958 Organ grinder's swing Joe Newman Quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Decca 104013 1/17/1958 I let a song go out Joe Newman Quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Decca 104014 1/17/1958 There's a small hotel Joe Newman Quartet instrumentalist, organ  
Decca 104015 1/17/1958 Moonglow Joe Newman Quartet instrumentalist, organ  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Scott, Shirley," accessed June 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/342864.

Scott, Shirley. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/342864.

"Scott, Shirley." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/342864

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