Williams, Mary Lou
- Ronald P. Dufour
Williams, Mary Lou (08 May 1910–28 May 1981), pianist, composer, and arranger, was born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of Mose Scruggs and Virginia Winn. Her father left home about the time she was born; her mother remarried, to Fletcher Burley, and the family moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when Mary Lou was four. She began to play the piano at about the same time, learning first from her mother and then from the many pianists who frequented the family's home. She learned to play ragtime, boogie-woogie, and blues, and her uncle and grandfather paid her to play their favorite popular and classical tunes. Her stepfather took her to play in local gambling halls and similar venues and to Pittsburgh theaters to see musicians like the pianist ...