Williams, Mary Lou

(redirected from Mary Elfrieda Scruggs)

Williams, Mary Lou (b. Mary Elfrieda Scruggs)

(1910–81) jazz musician; born in Atlanta, Ga. She was an important arranger and pianist with Andy Kirk from 1929–41, and wrote arrangements for Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman in the 1930s and 1940s. She later embraced the bebop style and wrote several sacred works, including "Mary Lou's Mass" in 1970.
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Born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs in 1910, she demonstrated her musical gift as a child by mimicking tunes her mother played on the organ--note for note.
She had been born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs in Atlanta in 1910.