Mary Lou Williams

Mary Lou Williams
Mary Lou and Her Chosen Five
Mary Lou Williams Trio
Real name
Mary Elfrieda Scruggs
May 8, 1910
May 28, 1981
United States
Jazz pianist who, over her career, played in many styles, including stride, swing, hard bop, free and third stream. Williams was also a composer and arranger.
Harold Baker Husband


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Title Performer Release date Covered by
1944 (25 artists)

Covers by Mary Lou Williams

Title Performer Release date Originally by
1976 Miles Davis
1971 Yves Montand
1971 Dizzy Gillespie
November 1944 Belle Baker
1971 Barney Bigard and His Jazzopators
1976 Bobby Timmons
March 1952 Doris Day - Orch. under the Direction of Frank Comstock
May 1946 Frances Comstock & Alfred Drake
November 1944 Clarence Williams' Blue Five
1971 "Fats" Waller and His Rhythm
1954 Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike"
May 1946 Boots & His Buddies
1971 Kathryn Crawford, June Shafer, Ida Pearson and Stella Friend
1954 Connie Boswell
May 1944 Connie Boswell
1954 Joe Venuti and His Orchestra
My Blue Heaven Mary Lou Williams 1964 Unverified
1971 Mistinguett
November 1944 Fred Astaire
1974 Dizzy Gillespie
November 1944 Douglas Stanbury
May 1944 Prince's Band
March 1952 Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts & Betty Garde
March 1952 Adele Astaire & Allen Kearns
May 1946 Adele Astaire
May 1946 Dorothy Dickson
1971 Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy
1971 Ted Fiorito & His Orchestra
March 1952 Ona Munson and Jack Whiting

Songs written by Mary Lou Williams

Original songs

Title Written by Originally by Original date Covered by
Ghost of Love Jack Lawrence, Mary Lou Williams Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy 1939 Covered by (2 artists)
In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee Mary Lou Williams, Milton Orient Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra 1949 Covered by (5 artists)
Little Joe from Chicago Mary Lou Williams, Henry Wells Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy 1938 Covered by (2 artists)
Lonely Moments Mary Lou Williams Boots & His Buddies 1938 Covered by (9 artists)
Satchel Mouth Baby Mary Lou Williams Mary Lou and Her Chosen Five 1944 Covered by (25 artists)
Walkin' Mary Lou Williams, Lindsay Steele Nat "King" Cole with Billy May's Orchestra December 1951 Covered by (2 artists)
What's Your Story Morning Glory Paul Francis Webster, Jack Lawrence, Mary Lou Williams Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy 1940 Covered by (29 artists)

Adapted songs

Title Written by Originals Originally by Covered by
Pretty Eyed Baby Mary Lou Williams, Bill Johnson [jazz], Leo "Snub" Mosley Satchel Mouth Baby Bill Johnson and His Musical Notes Covered by (20 artists)



Title Performer Release date Label
Don Carlos Meets Mary Lou Don Byas - Mary Lou Williams 1954 Vogue Productions
Free Spirits Mary Lou Williams Trio 1976 SteepleChase
From the Heart Mary Lou Williams 1971 Chiaroscuro
Giants Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hackett, Mary Lou Williams 1971 Perception Records
Mary Lou Williams Mary Lou Williams July 1944 Asch Recordings
Mary Lou Williams Trio Mary Lou Williams Trio November 1944 Asch Recordings
Piano Panorama Mary Lou Williams March 1952 Atlantic
Piano Solos Mary Lou Williams May 1946 Disc
Zodiac Suite - The Complete Town Hall Concert of December 31, 1945 Mary Lou Williams 1993 Vintage Jazz Classics
Zoning Mary Lou Williams 1974 Mary


Title Performer Release date Label
Lullaby of the Leaves Mary Lou and Her Chosen Five May 1944 Asch Recordings
Satchel Mouth Baby - Misty Blues Mary Lou and Her Chosen Five - Jerry Jerome and His Cats & Jammers 1944 Asch Recordings


Title Performer Release date Label
Celebrating Mary Lou Williams - Live At Birdland New York Trio 3 + Geri Allen July 4, 2011 Intakt Records
Marian McPartland Plays the Music of Mary Lou Williams Marian McPartland 1994 Concord Jazz
Mary Lou Williams - The Next 100 Years Virginia Mayhew Quartet with Special Guest Wycliffe Gordon August 16, 2011 Renma Recordings